- Bushwhack Northeast, 160 rods, to Big
Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
No. 16, Burntside
- DNR Lake No. 690183
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 1
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
Full image approximately 2
Medley is a small, likely quite shallow
lake, in the Portage River drainage, 26½ miles southeast of Crane
Lake and 12¾ miles northwest of Ely. Barely ¼ mile across,
Medley sits on Medley Creek, which originates in the boggy country some
¾ mile to the southwest. Upon leaving the northeast end of
the lake, Medley Creek runs through another ½ mile of soggy ground,
on its way to the southwestern shore of Big Rice.
There is no maintained portage access to Medley Lake.
The forests which ring Medley date from the Civil War era fires of 1863-64,
though the later fire of 1894 encroached relatively close to the lake's
western shore. The area immediately surrounding Medley did not suffer
blowdown in the Independence Day windstorms of 1999.
Medley is on no maintained canoe route
and supports no established campsites.
Medley is on the way to nowhere, and unlikely
to be a destination in its own right, unless you're camped at Big
Rice and looking for a vigorous afternoon bushwhack.
Medley, with all the marshy terrain nearby,
should be good moose habitat.
Notes and Comments
If you do get in to Medley send us a photo.
We'll publish it here. (It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will
get to see this lake.)
Last updated on
11 April, 2004