DescriptionFerne is a shallow, mid-sized lake in the Pow Wow Creek drainage of the Perent River watershed 4½ miles northeast of Forest Center, and 29 miles ESE of Ely. Ferne Creek enters the lake in the southeast corner, exiting at the far south end, bound for Pow Wow Creek to the west and the Perent River beyond. Relatively round in shape and just over half a mile across, Ferne's 130 acres are nowhere deeper than 8'.
Ferne appears to be a former destination now returning to the wilderness. The mile long portage (which scales off the USGS maps at something closer to 250 rods) westward to lower Pow Wow Creek no longer appears on all of the current maps and may no longer be maintained. The first half of the trail out of Ferne is gently undulating, whereupon it climbs some 28' before dropping 40' to the banks of Pow Wow Creek.
The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the Ferne area.
CampsitesFerne has no established campsites at this time. Some older maps, however, show three sites, two on the northern shore and one on a point on the southern side.
Planning ConsiderationsFerne is something of a dead end, but worth checking out for anyone exploring the Pow Wow Creek area. It also provides a jumping off point for exploration of the Fungus Lake Primitive Management Area just north of the lake.
WildlifeFerne supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).
Notes and CommentsFerne presents a tempting option for a day trip out of Perent, a lake which presents few such options.