Silaca Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 45 rods, to Coxey Pond
  • Portage Southwest, 45 rods, down Silaca Creek
  • Portage Southwest, 210 rods, on the "Korb Creek Trail", to the Korb River


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690187
  • Lake Map No. C5022
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Silaca Lake
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Full image approximately 2 miles square


Silaca is a small, shallow lake on Silaca (Korb) Creek in the upper reaches of the Little Indian Sioux drainage, 28½ miles southeast of Crane Lake and 11 miles northwest of Ely. Just over ½ mile long and quite narrow, its 49 acres include a small bay extending to the northeast. Though the surrounding hills rise steeply to heights 100' and more above the lakeshore, the lake itself is relatively shallow, with a maximum depth of but 16', and a measured water clarity of 10'.

Out of the north end of Silaca, a 45 rod portage climbs to the west end of Coxey Pond, some 23' higher to the north. Out of the south end, a 45 rod portage bypasses the upper reaches of Silaca Creek along its north bank, to reach more navigable water downstream. An extension of this trail, all the way to Korb Lake, makes for a 210 rod portage. (This last is a winter use ski trail, shown on later McKenzie maps though not on Fisher).

Damage from the Independence Day windstorms of 1999 was limited to a couple of small patches of blowdown along Silaca's southeastern shore.


Silaca supports a single established campsite, on its eastern shore.

Planning Considerations

Silaca is a link in the Coxey Pond spur route, a deadend route up to Coxey from the Korb River.


Silaca supports populations of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), and White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni).

Notes and Comments


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004