Little Loon Lake
- Portage East, 173 rods, to Slim
- Paddle South, to Loon
Echo Lakes, Loon River, West Echo Trail; F-16, Loon,
Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 2B
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water
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Little Loon is a relatively deep, mile-long
lake, covering 175 acres in the Loon River drainage, 10½ miles east
of Crane Lake and 32¼ miles northwest of Ely. Connected to
East Loon Bay of Loon Lake by a narrow channel,
Little Loon is surrounded by high hills rising as much as 250' above the
surface of the lake with the lake bottom plunging to a depth of over 65'.
Out of the northeast corner of the lake, a 173 rod portage climbs 130' above
the lakeshore before descending 55' to Slim.
Little Loon supports two established
campsites, near its northern and southern ends.
Little Loon is southern terminus of the
Little Loon/North route, the north/south chain of interior lakes running
parallel to, but just east of the much larger lakes of the Border Route,
from Loon and Little Loon, to Slim,
to Section Pond, to South
Lake, to North Lake on Lac
La Croix. While most will treat it as a pass-through, its location
makes Little Loon a prime stopover between the open waters of Loon, and
the steep climb to Slim and the interior lakes beyond.
Little Loon is included in Beymer,
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes
5, 11, 14, 15, 16, and 19.
It might be expected that Little Loon
supports many of the same fish species as the larger Loon,
given the absence of a physical barrier to fish movement between the lakes.
However, this has not been confirmed by lake survey.
Notes and Comments
After crossing any significant part of Loon
Lake, the channel into Little Loon provides much needed escape, from the
world of motorized boating back into wilderness.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004