- Portage West, 25 rods, to Green
Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
13, Lac La
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 2A
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Pekan is a very small, relatively shallow
lake, in the Lac La Croix drainage basin,
17½ miles east of Crane Lake and 28½ miles NNW of Ely.
Less than a half mile long, Pekan's 36 acres have a maximum depth of 23'.
The lake has no apparent inlet beyond the broad marshy seepage which separates
Pekan from Profit to the southeast. Pekan drains toward Lady Boot
Bay of Lac La Croix, through a series of discontinuous streams, small ponds,
and boggy wetlands, another classic example of the undeveloped drainage
system of this young landscape. Off the western shore, an unmaintained
and little used portage trail crosses the narrow neck of land to the shore
of Green, where it is very difficult to pickout
from the shoreline vegetation.
The forests off the southern and western shores of Pekan are nearly 250
years old, dating back to the major stand replacing fires of 1755-1759,
while those to the north and east burned again in 1864. This region
of the BWCA escaped damage in the 4th of July windstorms of 1999, which
caused such extensive tree loss to the south and east.
Pekan Lake supports one established campsite,
along its northwestern shore. Odds are it is rarely used.
Pekan is a short bushwhack portage to
the east of Green Lake which is, in turn, a link
in the Gebeonequet/Oyster route, running south from the mouth of Gebeonequet
Creek on Pocket Creek, through Gebeonequet,
Green, and Rocky lakes,
to Oyster. There it connects with the east/west
Pauness/Boulder Bay route, which heads north and east out of Upper
and Lower Pauness on the Little Indian Sioux
River through Shell, Little
Shell, Lynx, Ruby, Hustler,
Oyster, and Lake Agnes,
to Boulder Bay on Lac La Croix.
Pekan Lake supports populations of Green
Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus),
White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
Notes and Comments
Pekan Lake is probably named for the Pekan,
another name for the large northern weasel, the Fisher (Martes pennanti)
once trapped extensively for its rich, silver-tipped fur and sold as sable.
It's one of the few predators of the porcupine. From the Abnaki (Eastern
Algonkin) word pekene.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004