Ferne Creek
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Nearest Entry Point: Lake Isabella Fishing: Unknown
Maps: Fisher F-4, F-5, F-11; McKenzie #19, #20 Creek Depth: Unknown; MN DNR Lake Map
Bushwhack Rating: Unknown Creek Length: About 4.25 miles long; MN DNR Lake Map
Campsites: Unknown Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Creek Elevation: Headwaters in wetland about 1.5 miles NE of Ferne Lake at about 1655 feet; confluence with Powwow Creek at about 1580 feet
Water Clarity: N/A Fire History: 2011 and 1863-64

Ferne Creek

Fungus Lake PMA

Ferne Creek begins in an unnamed bog several miles to the east of Ferne Lake. The creek flows into Ferne Lake’s southeast bay and flows back out of Ferne Lake toward the south, out of the next bay, just to the west from the bay it flowed into the lake. The creek eventually pours into Powwow Creek, just under a mile north of where Powwow Creek dumps into the Perent River.

This area was scorched by the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire that burned much of the southwestern part of the BWCA and was the largest fire in recorded history at about 100,000 acres (almost 10% of the entire BWCA).

There was a large fire in this area around 1863-1864. This fire is known as the North Kawishiwi River/Alice Lake/Cypress Lake/Saganaga Lake Complex. This burn began south of the current BWCAW's southern boundary near the town of Isabella, Minnesota.

Paddling Ferne Creek

A 330 rod portage shown on 1993 Fisher F-4 map, ran along the north and west side of Ferne Creek. This old portage extended from the confluence of Ferne Creek with Powwow Creek all the way to the south end of Ferne Lake. This portage existed because much of Ferne Creek is not navigable. The last 100 rods of Ferne Creek before it drains into Powwow Creek probably can be canoed successfully. The remainder is bushwhacking territory. Small areas of forest along the creek were protected from the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire that swept through the area.

PMA #1: Weeny PMA #4: Tick PMA #7: Pitfall PMA #10: Hairy
PMA #2: Canthook PMA #5: Spider PMA #8: Mugwump PMA #11: Weasel
PMA #3: Sundial PMA #6: Drag PMA #9: Humpback PMA #12: Fungus
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Arrow Lake 2 (Middle) Fungus Lake Nuthatch Lake South Hope Lake
Arrow Lake 3 (Lower) Gogie Lake Powwow Creek Tomahawk Lake
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