Flame Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage South, 68 rods, to Burnt



  • DNR Lake No. 160494
  • Lake Map No. C2282
  • Lake Table No. 9A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Flame Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Flame is a small, relatively shallow, 55 acre lake in the Temperance River watershed. Only ½ mile long at its greatest breadth, its maximum depth is only 22'. At its southern end, Flame drains into Burnt Lake, source of Burnt Creek, a tributary of Sawbill Creek, which in turn flows into the Temperance River, so called because of all of the many rivers which empty into Lake Superior along the north shore, it is the only one without a bar at its mouth. Flame is linked to Burnt by a 60 rod portage.


Flame is a small lake and has but one designated campsite, on its southern shore. Because Flame is something of a deadend extension off the "Fire Lakes" route, portaging in to find the campsite already occupied means retracing your steps back to Burnt before you can continue on. However, if arriving earlier in the day, or during off peak travel times, Flame is worthy of consideration. You would have the lake to yourselves, with no through traffic and no other campsites.

Planning Considerations

Flame is the smallest of the "Fire Lakes", a short chain linking Sawbill in the west with the Temperance River lakes running up from the Baker Lake entry through Kelly, Jack, and Weird into South and North Temperance. It is also a 60 rod portage off the main route. This chain of lakes is a very convenient east/west connection and can be heavily traveled during the busier weeks of the season. Flame provides an opportunity for greater solitude. It also makes a fine base from which to do some bushwacking up the creek and chain of small, unnamed lakes to the north.


Flame supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004