- 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
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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.
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
White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
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.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004