Vern Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Homer Lake #40 Fishing: MN DNR; Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye
Maps: Fisher F-6; McKenzie #21 or #3 Lake Depth: MN DNR; 42 feet
Fire History:
Lake Size: 123 acres
Campsites: 3 (0 visited) Wildlife Seen on Visit: None
Last Visited: June 19, 2022 Lake Elevation: About 1814 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR

ROUTES/PORTAGES FROM VERN LAKE:
To Whack Lake: Walk the 14 rod portage
To Juno Lake: Walk the 10 rod, pond, 20 rod portage (about 65 rods total)
To Vern River: Paddle In (This is not a route to Weird Lake unless you relish bushwhacking)

Vern Lake

Tofte Ranger District

VERN LAKE CAMPSITES:
None visited so far.

The portage between Juno Lake and Vern Lake is definitely not flat and is somewhat rock strewn. This is a two-part portage separated near the middle by a small pond. You must load and unload twice because of this making it seem a lot longer than its 65-rods. The Juno Lake end of the portage is solid rock slope which can be a bit tricky.

There are two ways to Vern Lake from the Homer Lake entry point. One is via Whack Lake and the other along the Vern River starting from where it flows out of Homer Lake. The Whack Lake route is probably slightly easier, but the river route is perhaps more scenic. Neither route is particularly difficult.

Vern Lake has northern pike and a decent population of eating-sized walleyes.

Vern Lake is sort of a wide section of the Vern River which flows through it starting from the southeast end of the lake and exiting the lake just across from the Whack Lake portage.

A forest fire burned through this area in the late 1990's, burning through a portion of the birch, fir and spruce that lines the Vern Lake shoreline.

References:
Beymer, Robert, Boundary Waters Canoe Area – Volume 2 – Eastern Region (Berkeley: Wilderness Press, 2006), 75, 77.
Pauly, Daniel, Exploring the Boundary Waters (Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2005), 261, 266.

Exploring Vern Lake

Paddling from the Whack Lake portage to the Vern River Outlet
Paddling from the Vern River Outlet to the Vern River Inlet on the east end of lake

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PADDLING FROM THE WHACK LAKE PORTAGE TO THE VERN RIVER OUTLET

Vern Lake 1
Looking across Vern Lake from the Whack Lake portage. The outlet into the Vern River is in view straight across the lake (slightly left of center).



Paddling directly across the lake from the Whack Lake portage to the entrance to the Vern River.
Paddle into the Vern River -or- Explore Another Route
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PADDLING FROM THE VERN RIVER OUTLET TO THE VERN RIVER INLET ON THE EAST END OF THE LAKE


The Vern River flows through Vern Lake. Paddling starting from where the river leaves Vern Lake, southeast to the east end of the lake where it flows in (so heading in the upstream direction).
Paddle into the Vern River -or- Explore Another Route
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Route Connections for Vern Lake

From Vern Lake, you can portage to Whack Lake. You can also paddle into the Vern River heading either upstream or downstream, as the river passes through the lake.

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