Extortion Creek
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Nearest Entry Point: Cross Bay Lake #50 Fishing: Unknown, but probably northern pike
Maps: Fisher F-12; McKenzie #7 Creek Depth: Unknown
Fire History: Dawkins Creek Fire ???
Creek Length: From its source at Extortion Lake to its mouth at Cross Bay Lake, the creek is about 2 miles long.
Campsites: 0 Wildlife Seen on Visit: None
Last Visited: June 16, 2019 Creek Elevation: Headwaters at Extortion Lake at 1803 feet. Mouth at Cross Bay Lake at 1708 feet. Average of 47 feet per mile of elevation loss.
Water Clarity: N/A

Routes from Extortion Creek:
To Cross Bay Lake: Paddle In
To Extortion Lake: Virtually impassible bushwhack

Extortion Creek

Gunflint Ranger District

This scenic creek begins at Extortion Lake and flows about 2 miles before reaching its mouth at Cross Bay Lake. The creek can be paddled easily up to the first blockage and thereafter is generally impassable.

A fairly recent fire left scars on the south bank of Extortion Creek close to where it flows into Cross Bay Lake. Haven't found any good references as to the cause of this fire. It is not part of the Ham Lake fire that occurred just northwest of here.

Extortion Creek is named for Extortion Lake of course. Someone used to own 40 acres on Extortion Lake as mentioned in the book Cabin Lessons: A Nail-by-Nail Tale by Spike Carlsen in Chapter 1.

Extortion Lake (which is located just outside of the BWCA) is managed by the Minnesota DNR as a trout lake and is stocked with rainbow trout.


Paddling Extortion Creek


Looking east, upstream, along Dawkins Creek. This is not far upstream from the creeks mouth at Cross Bay Lake.



A quick paddle from the end of navigable water on Extortion Creek back to its mouth at Cross Bay Lake.



This rock outcrop is about 1100 feet upstream from the creeks mouth at Cross Bay Lake.



It's about a quarter-mile (80 rods) from Cross Bay Lake to this blockage. Travel upstream from this point would consist mostly of bushwhacking.


Route Connections for Extortion Creek

From Extortion Creek, you can paddle into Cross Bay Lake.

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