Ram Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Ram Lake #44 Fishing: MN DNR; Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout (maybe);
Fish Stocking: MN DNR
Maps: Fisher F-13; McKenzie #3 Lake Depth: MN DNR; 40 feet
Fire History: Lake Size: 68 acres
Campsites: 2 (0 visited) Wildlife Seen on Visit: Loons
Last Visited: August 17, 2020 Lake Elevation: About 1910 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR

To BWCA Entry Point 44: Walk the 103 rod portage
To Kroft Lake: Walk the 68 rod portage

Ram Lake

Gunflint Ranger District

Ram Lake has a soft greenish tint to its clear waters, somewhat reminiscent of the glacial tint caused by silt runoff in mountain lakes. The lake occupies a basin on a small plateau raised about 150 feet above the surrounding area. Even so, the water from Ram Lake only trickles out through a very small creek toward Dislocation Lake.

This lake only allows one permit quota per day, but it is often a busy place anyway. Lots of folks come to Ram Lake on day permits to fish for the lakers and the rainbows in the lake. The latter fish was stocked by the Minnesota DNR. The lake trout seem to be the more abundant of the two species. Seems to be few rainbows now.

There are two campsites on the lake. The site on the north point is more accessible. The campsite on the east end of the lake is located on a high rock shelf about 25 feet above the lake. This makes for nice views, but hard work getting from the camp down to the lake. The canoe landing at this site isn't good either.

The portage from the parking lot into Ram Lake will get your heart beating. It is uphill almost the entire way with boulders strewn along the trail. At the end, there is a stairway made of fitted boulders that leads down to the shore of Ram Lake.

Exploring Ram Lake

Routes to locations on Ram Lake are shown below:
Paddling from the BWCA Entry Point 44 portage to the Kroft Lake portage
Paddling from the Kroft Lake portage to the BWCA Entry Point 44 portage

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Ram Lake 1
Looking toward the northeast from the entry point portage landing.

Alton Lake map1Following the shoreline along the west side of the lake, beginning at the entry point portage and finishing at the Kroft Lake portage.

Paddling along the northwest shore of the lake. The point visible to the right of your view is the lakes north point that sticks out toward the west from the northern shoreline.

Ram Lake 2
Ram Lake from the Kroft Lake portage. The north point of the lake is just left of center. There is a campsite located near the end of the point, on its south side.
Portage to Kroft Lake -or- Explore Another Route
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Ram Lake 3
The lakes main point is visible to the left. View is toward the south/southeast. This is from the Kroft Lake portage.

Ram Lake 4
Just east of the campsite located on the north point, looking almost straight east.

Alton Lake map1After paddling away from the Kroft Lake portage, continue along the north shore of the lake and then southwest down the lakes east shoreline. You briefly check out the campsite on the east end of the lake while passing by. This campsite is located up on the rock shelf. From the area of the campsite, paddle a short ways down the same shoreline to the BWCA Entry Point 44 portage landing.

Ram Lake 5
Rock face marks the location of the lakes eastern campsite. This campsite has a tough landing and involves a bit of a climb up to the actual site.

Ram Lake 6
Approaching the portage that heads back to the entry point parking lot. This portage is easier going from Ram Lake to the parking lot because it is mostly downhill in that direction.
Portage to Ram Lake -or- Explore Another Route
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Route Connections for Ram Lake

From Ram Lake you can portage to the BWCA Entry Point 44 parking lot or to Kroft Lake.

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