Little Crab Lake

Making Connections

  • Paddle North, down the Korb River, to Korb Lake
  • Bushwack Northeast, up Ole Creek, to Maxine
  • Portage Southeast, 20 rods, to Crab
  • Paddle West, up Lunetta Creek, to Lunetta Lake


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690296
  • Lake Map No. C2563
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Little Crab Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Little Crab is a small, shallow lake at the head of the Korb River in the Little Indian Sioux drainage, 28½ miles southeast of Crane Lake and 11½ miles WNW of Ely. Made up of three small arms, Little Crab is barely ½ mile across at its widest. Its 61 acres have a maximum depth of but 15', with a measured water clarity of 4½'. Hills rise some 50' above Little Crab's northern shore and 100' above the southern, with a broad, flat, and boggy expanse stretching westward, up Lunetta Creek, to Lunetta Lake. At the end of Little Crab's northeastern arm is the origin of the Korb River, which flows north and east, some 3 miles, through Korb Lake, to end up in the southeastern end of Cummings. Also at the end of the northeastern arm is the mouth of Ole Creek, a tributary of the Korb, which runs for some 2 miles, passing through the north end of Maxine, on its way down from Ole Lake. Finally, out of the south arm of Little Crab, an easy, 20 rod up-and-over portage with a 4' rise connects with big Crab.

Little Crab was not hit by the Independence Day windstorms of 1999, though there was scattered blowdown in its general area..


Little Crab supports one established campsite, on the point between its northeastern and northwestern arms.

Planning Considerations

Little Crab is a link between big Crab, with its nearby lakes, and the Cummings area to the north, as well as, big Trout to the west, by way of Lunetta, Schlamn, Glenmore, Western, Buck, and Pine.

Little Crab is included in Beymer, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, and 27.


Little Crab supports populations of Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), and White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni).

Notes and Comments

Little Crab is named, presumably, for its close proximity to the big Crab which, with a bit of imagination, can be seen as crab-like in form.


Line of Spruce Trees

Valley Internet Company
Return to Home Page
Send Feedback to Webmaster

Return to Region 1 home page
Return to Region 1 Lake Tables
Return to Region 1 Portage Table
Return to Canoe Country home page
Last updated on 11 April, 2004