Smoke Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 100 rods, to Burnt
  • Portage West, 90 rods to Sawbill



  • DNR Lake No. 160495
  • Lake Map No. B0095
  • Lake Table No. 9A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Smoke Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Smoke is a smaller, relatively shallow, 158 acre lake in the Temperance River watershed. Crudely triangular in form and roughly ¾ mile to a side, its maximum depth is only 20' and nearly 90% of the lake is less than 15' deep. At its far northern end, Smoke drains into Smoke Creek, which flows north through low bog land into Sawbill. The canoe route through Smoke parallels the southern shore, from the 100 rod portage to Sawbill at the southwest corner, to the 90 rod portage to Burnt which departs from the southeast.


Smoke supports four designated campsites, two in the north end (the one on an island), and the other two on the southwestern and southeastern shores just off the through route between Sawbill and Burnt. These sites can fill up early during the busier travel times.

Planning Considerations

Smoke is the westernmost of the "Fire Lakes", a short chain linking Sawbill in the west with the Temperance River lakes running up from the Baker Lake entry through Kelly, Jack, and Weird into South and North Temperance. This chain of lakes is a very convenient east/west connection and can be heavily traveled during the busier weeks of the season.


Smoke supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

The mile of narrow, twisting stream that flows north out of Smoke to Sawbill seems to provide an opportunity to experience the lake as something more than a waystation on the way to somewhere else. Smoke Creek appears to offer an escape to boreal solitude in an otherwise well traveled region. Has anyone tried it? We'd love to hear about it.

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004