Johnson Lake


Johnson Lake is popular for fishing and is connected to Johnson River and Little Johnson Lake. Fishing is considered good for small mouth bass, walleye, and northern pike. 

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At a Glance

Closest Towns: Orr, MN
Water: Boil or filter your water
Restroom: None available at boat landing.
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: LaCroix Ranger District, 218-666-0020

General Information



Johnson Lake is located 29 miles northeast of Orr, MN.

  •  From Orr, continue north on U.S. Hwy 53 to Cusson (4 miles).

  • Turn right onto St. Louis County 180. At Elephnat Lake (11 miles), County 180 becomes Forest Road 203 (slight right).

  • From Elephant Lake, continue on Forest Road 203 for 15 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.

General Notes:

The ½ mile portage on the southern end of the lake is open to ATVs and trailers no wider than 62 inches. There is a dock but no boat ramp.


Overnight parking allowed at trailhead.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

There are 7 backcountry campsites on Johnson Lake. 

Please use facilities provided such as fire rings, tent pads, and latrines. Pack out garbage. 

Fees: None required.
Reservation info: First-come, first-served.


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