Pocket Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Southeast, 20 rods, to Pocket Creek
  • Paddle Southwest, up Finger Creek, to Finger


  • Fisher F-16, Loon, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
  • McKenzie 13, Lac La Croix


  • DNR Lake No. 690345
  • Lake Map No. B0264
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Pocket Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Pocket is a moderate-sized, relatively shallow lake at the headwaters on Pocket Creek, in the Lac La Croix drainage basin, 16½ miles ENE of Crane Lake and 31¾ miles NNW of Ely. Over a mile long and ¾ mile wide, its 226 acres have a maximum depth of 27'. Pocket is fed by three small streams, draining ponds and wetlands to the west, north, and east, as well as by Finger Creek, entering the southwest end of the lake from Finger Lake. Pocket Creek has its beginnings along the southeastern shore, heading south and east to join the waters of Lac La Croix. A 20 rod portage bypasses the head of the creek on the north side.

The forests which ring Pocket Lake grew up after the fires of 1864 scorched much of this area south of Lac La Croix. 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.


Pocket Lake supports four established campsites, one on the island.

Planning Considerations

Pocket 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. Just a half mile down Pocket Creek is the mouth of Gebeonequet Creek, which opens up the string of lakes south from Gebeonequet to Oyster.

Pocket is included in Beymer, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes 5, 11, 14, 15, 16, and 19


Pocket Lake supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Shorthead Redhorse (Moxostoma macrolepidotum), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004