Bezhik Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack West & North, 4½ miles, down Bezhik Creek, to the Moose River
  • Bushwhack South & East, 125 rods, up Bezhik Creek, to Neesh


  • Fisher F-8, Vermilion, Trout Lake, Vermilion River, Bootleg Lake; F-9, Cummings, Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
  • McKenzie No. 16, Burntside Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690319
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Bezhik Lake
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Full image approximately 2 miles square


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 southwest.

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.

Planning Considerations

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 One, Two, Three, and Four but, rather, Bezhik, Neesh, Niswi, and Neewin, the Ojibwe Number Lakes. Bezhik, then, is "Lake One".


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004