- Portage East, 200 rods, to Trout
Trout Lake, Vermilion River, Bootleg Lake
No. 15, Trout Lake
- DNR Lake No. 690583
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 1
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Merritt is a moderate size, very shallow
lake in the Vermilion River drainage, 20¾ miles SSE of Crane Lake
and 24¾ miles WNW of Ely. Rounded in form, its 195 acres have a maximum
depth of but 8', though the water's clarity has been measured at 6'.
A 200 rod, up-and-over portage connects the eastern shore of Merritt with
Trout to the east. The trail climbs 53' in
the first 125 rods before dropping back some 38' to the western shore of
The forest surrounding Merritt was hit with some heavy, scattered blowdown
as a result of the Independence Day windstorms of 1999, including
the eastern half of the Trout Lake portage and portions of the northwestern
and southwestern shorelines.
Merritt supports a single established
campsite, on its eastern shore just north of the Trout
Merritt is something of a dead end destination,
connected only to the huge expanse of Trout, whose waters separate it from
the rest of the BWCA.
Merritt supports populations of Northern
Pike (Esox lucius), White
Sucker (Catostomus commersoni),
and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).
Notes and Comments
Last updated on
11 April, 2004