Coo Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack Southwest, 110 rods, to Burntside


  • Fisher F-9, Cummings, Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
  • McKenzie No. 16, Burntside Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690173
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Coo Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Coo is a very small, relatively deep lake in the Vermilion basin, 31.25 miles southeast of Crane Lake and 9¾ miles WSW of Ely. Barely a quarter mile across, Coo's 20 acres have a maximum depth of 25', with most of the lake bottom in the deep water zone below 15'. Water clarity has been measured at 6½'.

Coo is located in a roadless area of the Superior National Forest but is entirely outside the boundaries of the BWCAW. Access is by bushwhacking in from the shores of Burntside. Maps show no portage trail but if an "unofficial" one exists we'd love to hear about it.

The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did not affect the Coo area.


Coo supports no established campsites, but is outside the BWCAW and subject to the less restrictive camping requirements of the Superior National Forest.

Planning Considerations

Coo is a tough bushwhack on the way to nowhere. If you do get in to Coo send us a photo. We'll publish it here. (It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will get to see this lake.)


Coo supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

With a name like Coo, there just has to be a story. Anyone know it?


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004