Trout Lake Loop

Ely, Minnesota 55731

Trout Lake Loop

Trout Lake Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This rugged trip starts out easy with a lengthy paddle across part of Vermilion Lake and through gigantic Trout Lake to Little Trout Lake. After a long portage you’ll encounter the Little Indian Sioux River, and follow it to a series of lakes connected by creeks, rivers, or challenging portages.

Finally, only Pine Lake and one portage remain to return you to Trout Lake. Fishing can be productive on several lakes, and moose, deer, and smaller mammals are often seen. Most of the lakes are picturesque wilderness gems with clean blue water and wooded shorelines. The put in and the take out will probably be crowded, but between those points people will be quite scarce."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Skill Level
5 to 8 days, with fishing, sightseeing, and possible windy days on the big lakes
Class I
May through September, depending on weather
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, La Croix Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Sioux Pine Island, Chad Lake, Little Crab Lake
Local Maps