- Bushwhack West & North, 4½ miles,
down Bezhik Creek, to the Moose River
- Bushwhack South & East, 125 rods, up Bezhik
Creek, to Neesh
Trout Lake, Vermilion River, Bootleg Lake; F-9, Cummings,
Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
No. 16, Burntside
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No.
- Lake Table No. 1
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Bezhik is a small, shallow lake in
the Bezhik Creek watershed of the Moose River drainage, 23 miles southeast
of Crane Lake and 16½ miles northwest of Ely. Less than ½
mile across, Bezhik sits on the East Fork of Bezhik Creek which traverses
the south side of the lake, entering in the southeast and departing to the
Most of the forest around Bezhik burned in the great fire of 1910, with
older, remnant stands dating back to the fire years of 1863-64 and even
1755. Damage from the Independence Day windstorms of 1999 was limited
to a blowdown on the southern shore.
Bezhik is not on any maintained route
and supports no established campsites.
Bezhik is the fourth and final lake in
a chain of small lakes with strange names which extends north from Cummings,
through Neewin, Niswi,
and Neesh, to Bezhik. Though Bezhik Creek
continues north to its confluence with the Moose River just south of the
Echo Trail, the last maintained portage north of Cummings is that from Niswi
to Neesh. Passage in and out of Bezhik is dependent upon the navigability
of the creek and one's taste for bushwhacking.
Notes and Comments
Bezhik is part of the less well known group of Number Lakes - not Lakes
Three, and Four
but, rather, Bezhik, Neesh, Niswi,
and Neewin, the Ojibwe Number Lakes. Bezhik,
then, is "Lake One".
Last updated on
11 April, 2004