Sinneeg Creek
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Nearest Entry Point: Stuart River Fishing: Unknown
Maps: Fisher F-16, F-17; McKenzie #11, #12 Creek Depth: Unknown; map of creek near Sinneeg Lake MN DNR Map
Bushwhack Rating: Creek Length: Roughly 3 miles plus from Sinneeg Lake to Crooked Lake (Saturday Bay)
Campsites: Unknown Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Creek Elevation: 1309 feet at headwaters at Sinneeg Lake; 1246 feet at mouth on Crooked Lake in Saturday Bay
Water Clarity: N/A Fire History: 1894, 1875, 1864 and 1822

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Sinneeg Creek

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Sinneeg Creek could provide quite an adventure for paddlers trying to reach Sinneeg Lake from Saturday Bay on Crooked Lake or vice versa. There are at least two other reasonable (for people who like to bushwhack) ways to reach Sinneeg Lake, but this route along Sinneeg Creek is probably the most interesting. The origin of the name "Sinneeg" is still elusive.

The known fires in this region were the 1894 fires (possibly two of them) that are known as the Oriniack/Sioux River/Lac La Croix/Crooked Lake complex and the Chad/Cummings/Lac La Croix/Crooked Lake complex. In 1875 the Mule Creek/Sterling Lake/Sunday Lake/Crooked Lake complex burned much of the area. Eleven years prior to that, in 1864, the Little Indian Sioux River/Lac La Croix/Crooked Lake complex burned here. The oldest fire known to affect the area occurred in 1822 and is referred to as the Hook Lake/Hegman Lake/Crooked Lake complex.


Paddling Sinneeg Creek

Good sections of Sinneeg Creek are navigable. This will of course depend on water conditions. Springtime would be a good season to try this creek. The northern one-third of Sinneeg Creek is quite wide and is surely navigable even in a heavily loaded canoe. The lower third of the creek, while not as wide, has long stretches of open water visible in satellite images. It is the middle section of this creek, a stretch maybe 180 rods long, in which you will have to find that little extra bit of determination. Coming from Crooked Lake, the creek splits near the end of the wide open water section. You want to take the left fork (east) if coming from Crooked Lake. This little fork is probably hard to see/find. The other fork heads off to the southwest and eventually dead ends leaving you out in the middle of the forest having to backtrack. You don't want to do that. Continuing on the little east fork (the one you want to follow), bushwhack along its course through the forest straight south. It is a good 180 rods until you hit a sizeable pond. At this point, more navigable water resumes and you can continue south towards Sinneeg Lake while actually sitting in your canoe rather than dragging or carrying it.


 
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