- Bushwhack Northeast, 40 rods, to Thumb
- Bushwhack South, 48 rods, to Brigand
Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
13, Lac La
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 2A
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Contentment is a small lake in the
upper Pocket Creek drainage of the Lac La Croix
basin, 13 miles ENE of Crane Lake and 31½ miles NNW of Ely.
Shaped in a shallow, banana-like arc, Contentment is fed by seepages and
intermittent streams to the west and by Brigand Creek, dropping in from
Brigand Lake to the south. Brigand is only
3' above Contentment and the creek may be navigable. A portage is
required to reach Thumb to the northeast due to
the topography, with Thumb some 55' below Contentment at a distance of but
40 rods. Though not shown on maps (USGS hints at it) there is probably
an unofficial and unmaintained portage here. Look on the north side
of the stream..
The forests around and about Contentment Lake date back to the major,
stand replacing blaze of 1894. This region of the BWCA escaped damage
in the 4th of July windstorms of 1999, which caused such extensive tree
loss to the south and east.
Contentment supports one established
campsite, on the southern shore near the mouth of Brigand Creek.
Contentment is just 40 rods from Thumb
Lake, which is a link in the Snow Bay/Pocket Creek route, the arc of which
drops south and east out of Snow Bay on Lac La
Croix through a string of lakes (North/South,
Steep, Eugene, Little
Beartrack, Beartrack, and Thumb)
before turning northeast at Finger to Pocket,
returning to Lac La Croix at the mouth of Pocket Creek. It also provides
reasonably good access to the Weeny Lake
Primitive Management Area to the south.
Contentment supports low populations of
Northern Pike (Esox lucius)
and White Sucker (Catostomus
Notes and Comments
Contentment is part of a cluster of small
lakes in the northern reaches of the Weeny
Lake PMA, which appear to be relatively accessible from established
canoe routes and from one another. An area definitely worth exploring.
Let us know if you've done so. We'd like to hear about it.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004