- Portage North, 80 rods, to Kroft
- Portage Southeast, 160 rods to Entry Point
on Forest Road 152
Gunflint Trail, Gunflint, Bearskin Lakes
3, Ballclub Lake
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Ram is a small, rather deep lake on
the eastern boundary of the BWCAW in the South Brule River watershed (which
would be bisected by the wilderness boundary were it not extended to wrap
around the eastern half of the lake). It sits perched at the eastern
end of the Misquah Hills, which
rise some 100' on all sides, and almost 200' above Fiddle Creek which drains
the area. Roughly triangular in shape and little more than a half
mile across, Ram's 67 acres drop to a maximum depth of 40'; deep enough
to provide habitat for Lake Trout.
A 160 rod portage drops 180' out of Ram's southern end down to Forest
Road 152. An 80 rod carry out of the north end leads to Kroft
and on to Rum, Little Trout, and Misquah
on the route north to Vista.
Ram supports two established campsites,
one along the northern shore and the other near the northeastern corner.
Ram Lake is BWCAW Entry Point 44 and one
end of the Ram/Vista route over the Misquah Hills.
This is hill country and the initial climb up to Ram from Forest Road 152,
rising more than 1' on average for every rod of the carry, is not atypical.
Ram supports populations of White Sucker
Lake Trout (Salvelinus
namaycush), and Rainbow Trout. Both trout species were stocked annually
from 1991 through 1996.
Notes and Comments
Ram is one of the less popular entry points,
giving entry to a very appealing, if lightly traveled, corner of the Boundary
Waters. And the fishing is supposed to be pretty good, too.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004