Rum Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Ram Lake #44 Fishing: Unknown
Maps: Fisher F-13; McKenzie #3 Lake Depth: MN DNR; About 15 feet
Fire History: Lake Size: About 50 acres
Campsites: 0 Wildlife Seen on Visit:
Last Visited: August 17, 2020 Lake Elevation: About 1910 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR

ROUTES/PORTAGES FROM RUM LAKE:
To Kroft Lake: Walk the 54 rod portage
To Little Trout Lake: Walk the 62 rod portage

Rum Lake

Gunflint Ranger District

This lake is somewhat similar to Kroft Lake. It is relatively shallow and has murky water like Kroft Lake. The water is even more opaque in Rum Lake. The lakes color and clarity may have something to do with the origination of its name. Beware of underwater boulders paddling through this lake, as they are difficult to see in the stained water. The lake has a small island with some large pine trees. There is a pier of boulders stretching from the shoreline out to the island which prevents you from paddling between the island and the shoreline; it will require a liftover to get through.

The portage between Kroft Lake and Rum Lake is the easiest one along this route. On the otherhand, the portage from Rum Lake to Little Trout Lake is strenuous. This portage goes right over a small hill. This trail gains over 100 feet of elevation before summiting the hill coming from Rum Lake and then loses all that elevation down to the shore of Little Trout Lake. Consider this portage a warm up if you plan to do the portage from Little Trout Lake to Misquah Lake.

There are no campsites on this lake. The Minnesota DNR has not done a fish survey on Rum Lake. It could contain northern pike.

A small creek flows out of Rum Lake to the southwest into Slough Lake. Slough Lake in turn drains to the south via another stream that flows through Iota Lake to the south and then into the South Brule River. This creek is not passable.

Exploring Rum Lake

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

PADDLING FROM THE KROFT LAKE PORTAGE TO THE LITTLE TROUT LAKE PORTAGE

Rum Lake 1
Rum Lake from the Kroft Lake portage landing in the BWCA.



Rum Lake map1Following the north shoreline of Rum Lake from the Kroft Lake portage to the Little Trout Lake portage. Note that you cannot paddle between the lakes island and the shoreline. A barrier of rocks and boulders extends from the island to the shoreline. You would have to liftover this obstacle.



Rum Lake 2
A typical view of the north shore of Rum Lake. Spruce and cedar dominate in this area.


Rum Lake 3
Boulder barrier between the island and the north shore of Rum Lake.
Portage to Little Trout Lake -or- Explore Another Route
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PADDLING FROM THE LITTLE TROUT LAKE PORTAGE TO THE KROFT LAKE PORTAGE

Rum Lake 4
View toward the northwest from the Little Trout Lake portage.



Rum Lake map2Initially paddle to the south from the Little Trout Lake portage. After nearing the southern shoreline, head eastward. As you near the east end of Rum Lake, cut across the lake to the Kroft Lake portage.



Rum Lake 5
South shoreline of Rum Lake, near the midway point. Looking generally eastward. Note the "rum" color of the water. The water color fluctuates through several hues depending on how the sun strikes it.


Rum Lake 6
View straight east from mid-part of Rum Lake.
Portage to Kroft Lake -or- Explore Another Route
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Route Connections for Rum Lake

From Rum Lake you can portage to Kroft Lake or Little Trout Lake.

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