- Bushwhack Southwest, 280 rods, to Triumph
Trout Lake, Vermilion River, Bootleg Lake
No. 15, Trout Lake;
No. 16, Burntside Lake
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No.
- Lake Table No. 1
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Canthook is a small, relatively isolated
lake in the Little Indian Sioux drainage, 21½ miles southeast of
Crane Lake and 18½ miles northwest of Ely. It lies just ¾
mile to the southeast of Bootleg and some 50'
above it. Just ½ mile long and narrow, the lake is flanked
on three sides by high hills, rising 50' to 100' above the lakeshore.
It has no apparent surface water inlet or outlet, only an expanse of boggy
ground stretching out to the northeast.
The forests surrounding Canthook burned in the Civil War era fires of
1863-1864, with those to the north burning again in the big 1910 fire.
The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 blew down trees at several spots
along Canthook's western shore. Another blowdown occurred in the area
between Canthook and Bootleg.
Canthook is not on any maintained route
and supports no established campsites. It is, however, located in
the Canthook Lake Primitive Management
Area, and so is available for primitive camping by permit.
Canthook is located in the Canthook
Lake Primitive Management Area, and requires a PMA permit for camping.
These can be reserved through, and picked up at, any ranger station in the
Superior. Because the PMA has no maintained trails or portages, do take
into account the impact of the 1999 blowdowns when planning your trip here.
Notes and Comments
Canthook Lake is named for the old logger's
tool, the canthook, a stout wooden lever, having a toe ring and lip at the
end, used in rolling logs.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004