- Portage North, 3 rods, to Kelly
- Portage South, 10 rods, to Baker
and Entry Point 39
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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
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.
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),
vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
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.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004