Oriniack Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Southeast, 170 rods, to Trout


  • Fisher F-8, Vermilion, Trout Lake, Vermilion River, Bootleg Lake
  • McKenzie No. 15, Trout Lake


Oriniack Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Oriniack is a large, relatively shallow lake in the Vermilion River drainage, 18¾ miles SSE of Crane Lake and 24¾ miles WNW of Ely. Elongated along a SW/NE axis 3 miles in length, its 762 acres have a maximum depth of only 17', with a measured water clarity of 8' (Sechi disk). Near the north end of the lake, Hilda Creek begins its meandering 15 mile course north, then west, to the Vermilion River. Along Oriniack's southeastern shore, an up-and-over portage of just over ½ mile heads to the southeast, gaining some 85' of elevation to the crest of the trail, then dropping back some 75' to the northwest end of big Trout Lake.

The Oriniack area was not seriously affected by the Independence Day windstorms of 1999 though more significant damage was sustained just to the south in the Trout Lake area.


Oriniack supports four established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Oriniack is something of a deadend lake, tucked up tight against the BWCAW boundary just to the northwest of Trout.


Oriniack supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), 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