DescriptionVern is a long, narrow lake on the Vern River in the Temperance River watershed in the southeastern corner of the BWCAW. Over two miles long, its 142 acres have a maximum depth of 42'.
At Vern's north end, a 65 rod carry leads up to Juno. At its extreme southern end, the Vern River enters the lake from Homer, exiting again just over half a mile up the western shore, bound for Weird and the Temperance. A short, 14 rod carry east into Whack provides an alternate access to Homer by way of an even shorter, 6 rod portage out of the extreme east end of Whack and into Homer.
CampsitesVern supports two established campsites towards its southern end. One sits on the east shore opposite the outlet of the Vern River while the other is on the western shore, a quarter mile north of the river.
Vern, along with neighboring Juno, provides the link between Brule in the north and the Homer/Pipe lakes down along the southern edge of the BWCAW. Through the Vern River, connections can be made westward to Weird on the Temperance River and from there north into the interior around Cherokee, or south and west toward the Fire Lakes and Sawbill. (We have not seen written reference to the Vern River as a canoe route but by all indications it should be quite suitable. We have built it in to future trips and would like to hear first hand from any who have paddled the length of the Vern).
That being said, we received this account of the conditions on the Vern River in the summer of 2000, from Reed Malvick:
WildlifeVern supports populations of Burbot (Lota lota), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), and White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni).
Notes and CommentsWhile Vern is often short for Vernon, there is no evidence of such a relationship between Vern to the south of Brule and Vernon to the east.
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