Neesh Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack North & West, 125 rods, down Bezhik Creek, to Bezhik Lake
  • Bushwhack Southwest, up Bezhik Creek, 80 rods to Niswi


  • Fisher F-8, Vermilion, Trout Lake, Vermilion River, Bootleg Lake; F-9, Cummings, Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
  • McKenzie No. 16, Burntside Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690321
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Neesh Lake
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Full image approximately 2 miles square


Neesh is a small and shallow lake on Bezhik Creek in the Moose River drainage, 23½ miles southeast of Crane Lake and 16¼ miles northwest of Ely. Crudely triangular in form, its 39 acres have a maximum depth of only 6'. Neesh has no maintained portage connections and is accessible only by way of Bezhik Creek, which enters on its southwestern shore, down from Niswi, crossing the lake to exit along the northern shore, bound for Bezhik Lake.

Most of the forest around Neesh burned in the great fire of 1910, with older, remnant stands dating back to the fire years of 1863-64 and even 1755. The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 caused no significant damage at Neesh.


Neesh is not on any maintained route and supports no established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Neesh is on a dead end spur route that runs north out of Cummings through Neewin, Niswi, and Neesh, to Bezhik. The last maintained portage north of Cummings is that between Neewin and Niswi.


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

Notes and Comments

Neesh is part of the less well known group of Number Lakes - not Lakes One, Two, Three, and Four but, rather, Bezhik, Neesh, Niswi, and Neewin, the Ojibwe Number Lakes. Neesh, then, is "Lake Two".


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004