Section Pond/
South Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Northeast, 72 rods, to North/South
  • Portage South, 52 rods, to Slim


  • Fisher F-15, Crane, Echo Lakes, Loon River, West Echo Trail; F-16, Loon, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
  • McKenzie 14, Loon, Wilkins Bay


  • DNR Lake No. 690474
  • Lake Map No. C0817
  • Lake Table No. 2B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A

Section Pond/South Lake

Minnesota DNR Lake Names

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Full image approximately 2 miles square


Section Pond is a small lake in the Lac La Croix drainage basin, 11 miles ENE of Crane Lake and 35 miles northwest of Ely. (Section is the name given by the US Geological Survey (USGS) and followed by Fisher and McKenzie, to whom it is Section 3 Pond. To the Minnesota DNR this is South Lake.) Only 2/3 mile long, 10' deep, and quite narrow, the 35 acre "pond" is wedged in among the hills in line with its longer and deeper neighbor to the south. Section 3 Creek enters at the south end, down from Slim and bypassed by a 52 rod portage on the west side. The creek exits at the north end, dropping 40' in its quarter mile course to South Lake. A 72 rod carry to the south of the creek provides the connection for bipedal travelers.


Section Pond supports one established campsite, on its western shore.

Planning Considerations

Section Pond is a link in 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 Little Loon, to Slim, to Section Pond, to South Lake, to North Lake. For most it will be a pass-through lake (er, pond).

Section Pond is included in Beymer, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes 5, 11, 14, 15, 16, and 19.


Section Pond supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Pumpkinseed Sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004