Tesaker Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 25 rods, to Takucmich
  • Portage West, 80 rods, to Gun


  • Fisher F-16, Loon, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
  • McKenzie 13, Lac La Croix; 14, Loon, Wilkins Bay


  • DNR Lake No. 690390
  • Lake Map No. C0888
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Tesaker Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Tesaker (also known as Tesoker, the spelling that is recorded in all DNR legal documentation) isa very small lake in the Lac La Croix drainage basin, 14½ miles ENE of Crane Lake and 34¼ miles NNW of Ely. Less than ½ mile across, Tesaker has a surface area of only 24 acres, with a maximum depth of 37'. From the northeastern end of the lake, a 25 rod portage runs east, dropping some 25' into Takucmich. Out of the northwestern lobe of Tesaker, an 80 rod carry heads west, up and over a relatively gentle 30' rise, to Gun.

The forests to the north and west of Tesaker, as far as Gun and Lac La Croix date from the major stand replacing fires of 1864, with remnant stands dating back to the fires of 1755. The forest to the east, between Tesaker and Takucmich, 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.


Tesaker supports a single established campsite, at the east end near the Takucmich portage.

Planning Considerations

Tesaker is, for most travelers, a pass through lake connecting Gun in the west to Takucmich in the east. This Gun/Takucmich loop runs from Lac La Croix through Gun, Tesaker, and Takucmich then back into Lac La Croix, with spur connections to Trillium and Trygg. 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.


Tesaker supports populations of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004