Jack Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 12 rods, to Weird
  • Portage South, 65 rods, to Kelly



Jack Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Jack is another long, narrow, shallow lake on the Temperance River, with small and narrow arms reaching out between the surrounding high hills. Stretching some two miles along the Temperance but often very narrow, Jack is just over 100 acres, with a maximum depth only 10'. Just upriver to the north, a 12 rod portage connects with Weird. A 65 rod portage to the south connects with the north end of Kelly and the mouth of Pipe Creek. A number of small, unnamed streams, connecting small unnamed lakes and ponds, enter Jack from both the east and west.


Jack has two established campsites, situated on points along the eastern shore. We once came upon much of a winter killed moose skeleton at the southernmost of the two sites. It's a fine site, even without dead animals

Planning Considerations

Jack is yet another elongated link on the Temperance River route, running up from the Baker Lake entry through Peterson, Kelly, Jack, and Weird into South and North Temperance. This is a chain of smaller lakes and some more rugged portages, providing the most direct route into Cherokee. Like most of the other lakes on the Temperance, Jack provides what appear to be interesting bushwacking opportunities up the tribuatary streams which feed the river.


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

Notes and Comments

If you've never been there, well... you just don't know Jack........

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004