Blue Snow Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack at least ½ mile in any direction


  • Fisher F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
  • McKenzie 7, Tuscarora


  • DNR Lake No. 160532
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 8A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Blue Snow Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Blue Snow is a small deep lake, 6¾ miles SSE of Gunflint Trail's End and 45¾ miles ENE of Ely, on a rise of land ½ mile south of Brant and a mile north of Tuscarora. It is connected neither by water route nor established portage to any surrounding lake. The best means of access is unclear.

The forest surrounding Blue Snow dates, for the most part, back to the conflagration of 1854 which burned much of this region. The eastern shore burned in 1864 and again in 1875. None of the forest which rings the lake is more than 145 years old, and some on the east end is less than 125.


Blue Snow Lake has no established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Blue Snow is a Lake Trout lake though far from the only one in the area. Its true appeal lies in its remoteness, in the sheer difficulty of reaching it. Because it is not located in a Primitive Management Area, overnight camping is not allowed. Plan on a strenuous day trip.


Blue Snow is encircled by relatively popular routes but its isolation probably enhances its appeal to moose and wolf. Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) were stocked here in 1993.

Notes and Comments

It seems unlikely that the DNR would stock a lake with no means of access in mind. So, if you have any tips on getting into Blue Snow, we'd like to hear it.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004