Jig Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack South, 160 rods, down Jig and Ole Creeks, to Maxine


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690219
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Jig Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Jig is a small double lake in the Korb River drainage, 28¾ miles southeast of Crane Lake and 11¼ miles WNW of Ely. The lake's two distinct basins are connected by a small channel; the combined length being just over ½ mile. Jig sits among hills which crowd the lakeshore and rise 50' to 70' above it. Through a gap in the hills, Jig Creek flows out of the northeastern basin to its confluence with Ole Creek, dropping 24' in just over ¼ mile. There are no maintained portages into Jig.

The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 produced limited damage in the immediate vicinity of Jig.


Jig supports a single established campsite, on the northeastern body of the lake pair, near the connecting channel. It probably sees little use.

Planning Considerations

The presence of a campsite on Jig suggests that the lake is accessible, though it may require good water levels in Ole Creek and the use of unmarked and unmaintained portages. Jig Creek, from Ole Creek up to the lake, shows too great an elevation change to be navigable for any significant distance. Look for "unofficial" portages here.


Notes and Comments

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


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004