- Portage South, 142 rods, to Missing
- Portage West, 85 rods, to West Round
F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
- DNR Lake No. 160606
- Lake Map No. C0333
- Lake Table No. 8A
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Round is a deep, moderate size lake
of somewhat roundish form. It is entirely outside of the BWCAW and, indeed,
supports Tuscarora Lodge and Canoe
Outfitters on its northeastern shore. The Round Lake landing, however,
is a major point of departure for this area of the BWCAW and provides connections
to the official entry points of Brant, three portages
and two small lakes to the west, and Missing
Link, 142 rods to the southwest. The forests on the northern, western,
and southern shores of Round date back nearly a century and a half to the
big stand replacing blaze of 1854. The eastern shore was burned again in
1894, with a smaller patch burned in the 1910 fire.
Round has no established campsites but,
being outside of the BWCAW, does have a lodge, with civilized accommodations
like running water and a telephone.
The Round Lake landing is reached from
the Gunflint Trail and includes a fairly large parking lot. The lot comes
close to filling during peak travel times due to the popularity of the routes
which originate here, particularly the chain of small lakes running west
through Brant to Gillis.
The carry into Missing Link is more difficult
but the lakes on the other end of the portage are worth the extra effort,
and the transient human population is lower.
Round supports populations of Northern
Pike (Esox lucius), Smallmouth
Bass (Micropterus dolomieui),
vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
flavescens). Walleye, Northern, and Bass are all relatively abundant.
Notes and Comments
One year, while waiting for the outfitter
to come to pick us up at the end of a trip, I collected a handful of berries
from a large, mature Pin Cherry tree (Prunus
pensylvanica) at the landing. After stratification of the seed I
ended up with several seedlings, one of which became a 10' tree in its second
season and is now thriving in the garden, a living reminder of that trip.
Last updated on 11 April, 2004