Homer Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 48 rods, to Axe
  • Portage South, 6 rods, to the Vern River
  • Portage West, 6 rods, to Whack



Homer Lake
Scale 1:42840
Full image approximately 4 miles square


Homer is a moderately sized but shallow lake which straddles the southeastern boundary of the BWCAW. Indeed, most of Homer is outside of the BWCAW, it eastern end featuring a campground and boat launch just off Forest Road 326, the Brule Lake Road. Its western end, the final mile is, however, BWCAW.

Some 2½ miles long, over 80% of Homer's 443 acres are less than 15' deep, the lake having a maximum depth of only 22'. At its far eastern end, Star Creek runs under the bridge on 326 and into Homer from Star Lake to the east. Along its northern shore a 48 rod portage climbs 36' in elevation up to Axe Lake. Along the southern shore near to the west end, Vern Creek begins its course westward to the Temperance. Homer also has a Homer to Homer portage, a 30 rod carry across the neck of the large point extending from the north shore.


Homer supports a single campsite, along the northwestern shore opposite the large island to its east and the outlet of the Vern River to its south. With but a single site on the lake and easy access from the road, it's advisable to make camp early if planning to stay on Homer.

Planning Considerations

Homer, and Vern and Juno beyond, provides an alternative access route north to Brule, which has the added benefit of paddling some of the region's less traveled lakes.


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

Notes and Comments

Because the greater part of the surface area of Homer is outside the wilderness of the BWCAW, don't be surprised to see and hear motors on the eastern side of the lake.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004