Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
14, Loon, Wilkins Bay
- DNR Lake No. 690488
- Lake Map No. C0846
- Lake Table No. 2B
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
Minnesota DNR Lake Names
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North is a rather small, shallow lake
in the Lac La Croix drainage basin, 11½
miles ENE of Crane Lake and 34½ miles northwest of Ely. There
is some rather significant disagreement among "official" sources as to just
how big North is. To the US Geological Survey (USGS),
North is the northwestern portion of two closely connected lakes, it's twin
being named South Lake. Because the USGS
information underlies all the popular recreational maps, as well as the
US Forest Service data, this is the way the lake is usually known.
However, to the Minnesota DNR, North is a single body of water, encompassing
both the lakes the USGS identifies as North and South. (Looking at
the map, and ignoring the labels, logic seems to be on the side of the DNR).
The DNR then goes on to apply the name of South Lake to the smaller lake
south of North which the USGS has resorted to calling Section
Pond, which has come through in other sources as Section 3 Pond (because
that is the section where it is located).
North is, in many ways, an extension of Lac La Croix, and its surface
is at the same elevation. The lake is also supplied by several intermittent
and unnamed seepages as well as by Section 3 Creek, which drops some 40'
in its quarter mile course down to North/South.
A 72 rod carry to the south of the creek provides portage access to Section
Pond. Out of the south end of the lake (AKA South Lake) a 120 rod
portage climbs steadily upward, gaining some 170' of elevation in the
first 100 rods before dropping back 29' into Steep.
North Lake supports two established campsites,
one on the island and one on its western shore. Oh, and a third in
the south end.
North Lake 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
access, by way of Section Pond, to the Little Loon/North route, the north/south
chain of interior lakes running parallel to, but just east of the much larger
lakes of the Border Route, from Little Loon,
to Slim, to Section Pond,
to South Lake, to North Lake.
North Lake supports populations of Black
Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus),
Northern Pike (Esox lucius),
Pumpkinseed Sunfish (Lepomis
gibbosus), Rock Bass (Ambloplites
rupestris), Walleye (Stizostedion
vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
Notes and Comments
Last updated on
11 April, 2004