- Portage North, 90 rods, to Gillis
- Portage East, 55 rods, to Owl
- Paddle Southeast to Jerry
- Portage South, 50 rods, to Tarry
F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
- DNR Lake No. 160723
- Lake Map No. C0254
- Lake Table No. 8B
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Crooked is a moderate-size lake situated
8¼ miles SSW of Gunflint Trail's End and 42½ miles ENE of
Ely. Just under 300 acres, it has a crooked shoreline to justify its name,
and a number of islands, some of them quite large. While fairly deep, it
does seem to have an unusually large number of nearly submerged and barely
submerged rocks of some size, at some distance from shore. Due caution is
advised. Crooked sits 90 rods and 14' below larger Gillis
to the north while a 55 rod portage to the east links it to Owl
and beyond to Tuscarora. A southeast arm of
the lake becomes Jerry Lake and a 50 rod portage due south connects with
Tarry and on to Mora.
The forests ringing Crooked appear to have all burned in the great fire
of 1864, with most of the eastern and western shores burning again in
1875. The south shore contains some remnant stands dating from an 1801
fire, mixed in among the 1864 forest. The large islands in the northeastern
corner of the lake have additional 1801 remnant stands in and among the
younger forest of 1875 origins.
Crooked supports six campsites, three
on large islands towards the southern end of the lake, one on the channel
to Jerry, one on the northeastern shore, and one on the northeastern shore
of the large bay in the northwest corner of the lake. The latter has a fine
southern exposure, just right for loafing in the afternoon sun.
Crooked sits at the junction of two major
routes through this region, that from Gillis south
to the Frost River, and the run east from Crooked through Tuscarora
to Cross Bay. Crooked has a bit more
character than its larger neighbors Gillis and Tuscarora and is a good spot
to pitch camp for the night.
Crooked supports White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), Lake Trout (Salvelinus
namaycush), and perhaps Burbot (Lota
Notes and Comments
The islands, islets, and rocks which make
Crooked more of a challenge to navigate also make for a very beautiful lake.
Do pause long enough to take notice.
Last updated on 11 April, 2004