Kroft Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Ram Lake #44 Fishing: MN DNR; This lake is a Dead Sea. No fish.
Maps: Fisher F-13; McKenzie #3 Lake Depth: MN DNR; 12 feet
Fire History: Lake Size: 24 acres
Campsites: 0 Wildlife Seen on Visit: Waterfowl (ducks)
Last Visited: August 17, 2020 Lake Elevation: About 1910 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR

ROUTES/PORTAGES FROM KROFT LAKE:
To Ram Lake: Walk the 68 rod portage
To Rum Lake: Walk the 54 rod portage

Kroft Lake

Gunflint Ranger District

Kroft Lake is a small and relatively shallow lake. Most travelers along this lightly traveled route just pass through this lake. The lake is a fishless desert. There are no campsites on this lake. Kroft Lake is somewhat murky. Water clarity is certainly much less than Ram Lake, but a bit clearer than Rum Lake.

Aquatic vegetation appears across much of the lakes surface, but is especially prevalent in the northwest part of the lake. There are some extravagant moss gardens hanging from the modest cliffs as you approach the Ram Lake portage on your right. There are many large cedar trees in the area.

The portage between Rum Lake and Kroft Lake is the easiest one along this route. The portages get tougher as you head west, culminating in the brutal Little Trout Lake to Misquah Lake portage.

This lake drains to the east via a small creek that flows into Dislocation Lake. Dislocation Lake holds some naturally reproducing brook trout. It is accessible from the same road as the Ram Lake access is found.

The origin of the lakes name is perhaps as mispelling of E.J. Croft, a pianist by profession and a resident of Maple Hill circa 1940's and 1950's. Maple Hill is a small town just north of Grand Marais, Minnesota along the Gunflint Trail.

Exploring Kroft Lake

Routes to locations on Kroft Lake are shown below:
Paddling from the Ram Lake portage to the Rum Lake portage
Paddling from the Rum Lake portage to the Ram Lake portage

PADDLING FROM THE RAM LAKE PORTAGE TO THE RUM LAKE PORTAGE

Kroft Lake 1
View of Kroft Lake from the Ram Lake portage landing.



Kroft Lake map1Paddling from the Ram Lake portage to the Rum Lake portage. The route follows the north shore of the lake. This shoreline is low elevation and the northwest corner of the lake is adjacent to a bog.



Kroft Lake 2
Looking west from near the middle of the north shoreline of Kroft Lake.


Kroft Lake 3Northwest corner of the lake.
Portage to Rum Lake -or- Explore Another Route
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PADDLING FROM THE RUM LAKE PORTAGE TO THE RAM LAKE PORTAGE

Kroft Lake 4
Southern shore of Kroft Lake. You are looking toward the east.



Kroft Lake map2Paddling along the densely forested south shore of Kroft Lake from the Rum Lake portage to the Ram Lake portage. The lakes water has low visibility, so beware of underwater boulders as you paddle the route.



Kroft Lake 5
Moss and lichen cover the low rising cliffs (on your right) as you approach the Ram Lake portage (just left of center) on the east end of Kroft Lake.
Portage to Ram Lake -or- Explore Another Route
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Route Connections for Kroft Lake

From Kroft Lake you can portage to Ram Lake or Rum Lake.

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