DescriptionPerent is a large, open lake at the headwaters of the Perent River on the southern border of the BWCAW, 6½ miles east of Forest Center and 31¾ miles ESE of Ely. Extending 4 miles between its two portage landings, Perent covers 1800 acres and is, for its size, rather shallow. Most of the lake bottom is less than 15' below the surface and its greatest depth is only 28'.
At the end of the northwest arm of the lake is the mouth of Chickadee Creek, down from Chickadee Lake some 2 miles to the north, in the Fungus Lake Primitive Management Area. In the end of the northeastern arm are the mouths of two small, unnamed streams, that to the west draining an area of bog to the north of Perent, and that to the east draining two small, unnamed lakes and an area of bog. Neither creek appears to be navigable.
Between these creek mouths is the end of the old Kawishiwi Portage, a
640 rod (2 mile) carry north and east to connect with the southern end
of Kawishiwi Lake, at the end of
the Sawbill Trail. This portage appears on old maps but is no longer maintained
and is not featured on current maps of the area. The trail follows an
old logging road which held to the high ground, the result being a series
of climbs and descents which culminate at a point some 220' above Perent
about 1¼ miles out from the lake, whereupon the trail descends
steadily, dropping nearly 200' to the extreme south end of Kawishiwi.
It is unclear whether or not this old portage trail can still be found,
much less used. If you know, we'd lover to hear about it.
The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the Perent area.
CampsitesPerent supports some 20 established campsites, most on the eastern side of the lake.
Planning ConsiderationsMost traffic into Perent comes by way of Hog Creek, three miles of narrow stream twisting through bog and alder thicket from BWCAW Entry Point 36 on Forest Road 354 to the east end of the lake. And most traffic goes no farther. The alternate access to the lake is considerably more arduous, up the Perent River from Isabella.
WildlifePerent supports populations of Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).
Notes and CommentsPutting in at Hog Creek on a summer afternoon can be more exciting than you might like if a wind is up when you round the point into the lake. Four miles of open water to the west allow for the winds to roil up the lake pretty heavily off the mouth of Hog Creek. We found ourselves there with a stiff wind and whitecaps, unable to move ahead however hard we paddled. We ended up portaging over a point to make forward progress, because we could not paddle around it in the open lake. Unless you like paddling rough water and wind, you may want to plan a Parent crossing for early in the day.