Kelly Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Northwest, 230 rods, to Burnt
  • Portage North, 65 rods, to Jack
  • Portage South, 3 rods, to Peterson



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


Kelly is a long, narrow, shallow lake on the Temperance River, pinched by high hills on either side, those to the west rising more than 250' above the lake. Stretching over two miles north/south on the Temperance but often very narrow, Kelly covers 152 acres, but has a maximum depth only 13'. The northern portion of the lake is quite shallow and weedy. Just upriver to the north, and accessible by a 65 rod portage, is Jack. A 3 rod portage to the south, not shown on all maps and not always required, connects with Peterson. To the west, a 230 rod portage links up with Burnt and the east/west route of the Fire Lakes. At the extreme northeast corner of Kelly is the mouth of Pipe Creek, twisting westward through a series of small ponds from the Pipe Lakes area to the east.


Kelly supports five established campsites, four clustered around the open bay and point on the eastern shore, opposite the portage into Burnt, and the fifth at the extreme north end of the lake close by the mouth of Pipe Creek.

Planning Considerations

Kelly is an 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. The Fire Lakes chain to the east gives access to the Alton/Sawbill area.


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

Notes and Comments

Kelly is something of a different paddling experience, using one's paddle to pull the boat through the weeds for much of the length of the lake. And if you like the shallow, weedy paddle of Kelly, you just might want to try bushwhacking up Pipe Creek to Tobacco Lake, perhaps with a side trip to Stem. The campsite at the north end of Kelly would make a great base for a day of mucking about in little streams, beaver ponds, and, well... muck. Some of us think it sounds like fun anyway.

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004