Peterson Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 3 rods, to Kelly
  • Portage South, 10 rods, to Baker and Entry Point 39



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


Peterson is a small, shallow, lake on the Temperance River, so called because of all of the many rivers which empty into Lake Superior along the North Shore, it is the only one without a bar at its mouth. Stretching 1¼ miles north/south on the Temperance, Peterson is fairly narrow, but 88 acres in size, its maximum depth only 15'. Just upriver to the north, and accessible by a 3 rod portage, not shown on all maps and not always required, is Kelly. A 10 rod portage to the south connects with Baker. Gossip Creek enters along the eastern shore, down from Gossip Lake to the northeast.


Peterson supports but one established campsite, on the eastern shore south of the mouth of Gossip Creek. Its close proximity to the Baker Lake Entry Point makes it suitable for travelers whose plans require a late arrival or early departure.

Planning Considerations

Peterson is an early stop 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.


Peterson supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Though generally considered a lake on the way to someplace else, parties staying on Peterson with time on their hands might want to try the paddle up Gossip Creek to Gossip Lake. If you've tried it, we'd like to hear about it.

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004