- Portage North, 10 rods, to Skoop
- Portage South, 80 rods, to Ada Creek, downstream to Sawbill
F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
21, Sawbill Lake
- DNR Lake No. 160515
- Lake Map No. C5015
- Lake Table No. 9A
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Ada is a small, roughly cruciform lake
of 22 acres on Ada Creek, located midway between Sawbill
in the south and Cherokee
to the northeast. Out of its northern arm, a 10 rod portage connects with
tiny Skoop Lake, at the north end of which, a 180 rod carry leads to Cherokee
Creek and down it to the south end of Cherokee Lake. Ada Creek flows out
of the west arm of Ada in a long S curve through boggy wetlands to a point
where it becomes wide enough, and deep enough, to be dependably navigable.
An 80 rod portage out of the south arm bypasses this northern stretch of
Ada Creek to provide access to the broader waters of the creek. About a
half mile farther south, the creek narrows again and another 80 rod portage
connects with the north end of Sawbill.
Ada is a small lake and supports no campsites.
There are no campsites on the route between Sawbill and Cherokee.
Ada Lake and Creek provide the most direct
route between the entry point at Sawbill and the large and popular Cherokee.
The alternative route runs roughly parallel some three miles to the east,
through the Fire Lakes of Smoke
and up through Kelly,
and the Temperance
Ada supports populations of Northern Pike
and White Sucker (Catostomus
Notes and Comments
Ada Lake and Creek provide a small waters
route between two large lakes. This route also presents an opportunity to
paddle up Cherokee Creek, away from the big lake, to bushwhack and explore
the many small and intriguing lakes that lie to the west of Cherokee.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004