Trygg Lake

Making Connections


  • Fisher F-16, Loon, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
  • McKenzie 13, Lac La Croix; 14, Loon, Wilkins Bay


  • DNR Lake No. 690390
  • Lake Map No. C5049
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Trygg Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Trygg (also known as Twigg, and to McKenzie, Trugg) is a small, relatively deep lake in the Lac La Croix basin, 14 miles ENE of Crane Lake and 34½ miles NNW of Ely. Just over ½ mile long and narrow, its 25 acres have a maximum depth of 35'. Trygg is linked to Takucmich to the east by a short, but steep, 15 rod portage, which holds level for the first 6 rods then drops 50' to the lakeshore in the remaining 9 rods.

The forests which ring the western half of Trygg date back to the fires of 1864 with isolated remnant stands from the 1755 burn. At the east end of Trygg, the area off the eastern portion of the north shore burned more recently, in 1894, as did that off the eastern end of the south shore, which burned in 1882. 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.


Trygg supports one established campsite, midway down the southern shore.

Planning Considerations

Trygg is a spur off the Gun/Takucmich loop, which runs from Lac La Croix through Gun, Tesaker, and Takucmich then back into Lac La Croix, with spur connections to Trillium and Trygg. Through Gun, it also provides links south, through both Eugene and Little Beartrack, to 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.


Trygg supports populations of Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), Golden Shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas), and Rainbow Trout. Brook Trout were stocked annually, from 1993 to 1997.

Notes and Comments

Trygg may be named after early Ely ranger J.W. Trygg.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004