Coxey Pond

Making Connections

  • Portage South, 45 rods, to Silaca


  • Fisher F-9, Cummings, Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
  • McKenzie No. 16, Burntside Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690186
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Coxey Pond
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Coxey Pond is a moderate size, shallow lake in the Little Indian Sioux drainage, 28 miles southeast of Crane Lake and 11 miles northwest of Ely. Bilobe in form, its 204 acres have a maximum depth of only 14', though with a measured water clarity of over 9'. A 45 rod portage off the southern shore of its western bay descends 16' on an easy grade to the north end of Silaca.

Damage at Coxey Pond from the Independence Day windstorms of 1999 is limited to a strip of shoreline blowdown extending northwest along the shore from the Silaca portage landing..


Coxey Pond supports a single established campsite, on the south side of the channel connecting the two lobes of the lake.

Planning Considerations

Coxey Pond is something of a dead end, sitting at the end of a short spur route coming up from the Korb River to the southwest by way of Silaca. Pressing on in any other direction from Coxey would require a high level of commitment, probably coupled with a low level of common sense.

In winter, however, the Coxey Pond area is known for its cross country ski trails. See GORP for more information on these.


Coxey Pond supports populations of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Hybrid Sunfish (Lepomis sp.), Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Could Coxey Pond be named for Jacob Coxey, an Ohio businessman who led a group of unemployed workers in a march on Washington in the depression year of 1894? Known as "Coxey's Army" the group had no success in Washington, but did receive considerable publicity. It would have been the right time period to influence naming on the Superior.

(OK, so why is Coxey commonly referred to as a "pond" when it is larger than many of the area lakes? Enquiring minds want to know! Oh yeah, and the DNR also calls it Carey. Hmm..... )


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004