Ada Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 10 rods, to Skoop
  • Portage South, 80 rods, to Ada Creek, downstream to Sawbill


  • Fisher F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
  • McKenzie 21, Sawbill Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 160515
  • Lake Map No. C5015
  • Lake Table No. 9A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Ada Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square



Ada is a small, roughly cruciform lake of 22 acres on Ada Creek, located midway between Sawbill in the south and Cherokee to the northeast. Out of its northern arm, a 10 rod portage connects with tiny Skoop Lake, at the north end of which, a 180 rod carry leads to Cherokee Creek and down it to the south end of Cherokee Lake. Ada Creek flows out of the west arm of Ada in a long S curve through boggy wetlands to a point where it becomes wide enough, and deep enough, to be dependably navigable. An 80 rod portage out of the south arm bypasses this northern stretch of Ada Creek to provide access to the broader waters of the creek. About a half mile farther south, the creek narrows again and another 80 rod portage connects with the north end of Sawbill.


Ada is a small lake and supports no campsites. There are no campsites on the route between Sawbill and Cherokee.

Planning Considerations

Ada Lake and Creek provide the most direct route between the entry point at Sawbill and the large and popular Cherokee. The alternative route runs roughly parallel some three miles to the east, through the Fire Lakes of Smoke and Burnt, and up through Kelly, Jack, Weird, and the Temperance Lakes.


Ada supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius) and White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni).

Notes and Comments

Ada Lake and Creek provide a small waters route between two large lakes. This route also presents an opportunity to paddle up Cherokee Creek, away from the big lake, to bushwhack and explore the many small and intriguing lakes that lie to the west of Cherokee.

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004