Takucmich Lake

Making Connections


  • Fisher F-16, Loon, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
  • McKenzie 13, Lac La Croix


  • DNR Lake No. 690369
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Takucmich Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Takucmich (also known as Takuemich) is a moderate-sized, deep water lake, on the south shore of Lac La Croix, 14½ miles ENE of Crane Lake and 33¼ miles NNW of Ely. Some 1¼ miles long on its two east/west arms, connected by a deep central bay, Takucmich covers 327 acres. Though relatively shallow out in the two arms, the central bay plunges steeply to a depth of 150'. A 20 rod portage out of the north end of the lake drops 33' to the southern shore of Lac La Croix. Another 20 rod portage, out of the eastern end of the south arm, extends to Trillium to the southeast, up and over a 42' rise. From the western shore of Takucmich, a short, rigorous 15 rod portage runs west to Trygg, climbing 50' in the first 9 rods. Another portage off the western shore, a 25 rod carry, climbs some 25' into the northeastern end of Tesaker.

The forest between Takucmich and Lac La Croix is relatively young, having grown up after the fires of 1894. That to the south of the lake is generally somewhat older, dating back to 1864, while a small area to the west last burned in 1882. 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.


Takucmich supports three established campsites, one on a point along the northwestern shore between the Trygg and Lac La Croix portages, another on a point of the northern shore just east of the outlet of Takucmich Creek, and the third on the island at the eastern end of the long northern arm.

Planning Considerations

Takucmich is an anchor on the Gun/Takucmich loop, which runs from Lac La Croix through Gun, Tesaker, and Takucmich then back into Lac La Croix, with spur connections to Trillium and Trygg. Through Gun, it also provides links south, through both Eugene and Little Beartrack, to the Snow Bay/Pocket Creek route, the arc of which drops south and east out of Snow Bay on Lac La Croix through a string of lakes (North/South, Steep, Eugene, Little Beartrack, Beartrack, and Thumb) before turning northeast at Finger to Pocket, returning to Lac La Croix at the mouth of Pocket Creek.


Takucmich is a Lake Trout lake, which also supports populations of Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), Tullibee (Cisco) (Coregonus artedi), and White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni).

Notes and Comments

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004