Serenade Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack East & North, 2¼ miles, down Bezhik Creek, to the Moose River
  • Bushwhack South & East, 2¼ miles, up Bezhik Creek, to Bezhik


  • 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. 690317
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Serenade Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Serenade is a small, very shallow lake in the Bezhik Creek drainage of the Moose River, 21¼ miles southeast of Crane Lake and 18 miles northwest of Ely. Under ½ mile long and barely ¼ mile wide, the broad oval of Serenade has a maximum depth of but 6'. Set in a low marshy area, it appears to be a wild rice lake, with no apparent surface outlet. Serenade also has no maintained portage access.

The forest around Serenade was largely burned over by the fires of 1894. However, significant remnant stands dating back as far as the fire of 1755 may be found exending south from the lake, as well as in a more limited area to the north. The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did no real damage in this area.


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

Planning Considerations

Serenade is on the way to nowhere, and unlikely to be a destination in its own right, unless you're paddling down Bezhik Creek and looking for a little side trip.


Serenade is a good lake for moose; just one big dinner plate.

Notes and Comments

Serenade is also known as Jonathan. If you do get in to Serenade/Jonathan 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