Neesh Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Burntside Lake or Big Lake Fishing: Northern Pike, Yellow Perch and White Sucker; DNR Fishing Survey
Maps: Fisher F-8, F-9, McKenzie #15, #16 Lake Depth: 6 feet
Bushwhack Rating: Lake Size: 39 acres
Campsites: Unknown Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1450 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Fire History: 1910, 1894?, 1755

Neesh Lake

Canthook Lake PMA

The northwest area of Neesh Lake shows evidence of damage from the Independence Day Windstorm of 1999. This is lake "Two" in the Ojibwe language. Neesh, often spelled Niish is the word for "two" in Ojibwe. Since the Ojibwe spoke many different dialects of the language, there is no official spelling for words translated to English. So Bezhik, Neesh, Niswi and Neewin (one, two, three and four) are often spelled differently depending on who did the translation to English. For a primer on Ojibwe, check out this article.

This area was most recently burned in 1910 by the Sioux River, Bootleg, Big Moose and Cummings Lake complex. In 1894 it may have been impacted as the Chad, Cummings, Lac La Croix, Crooked Lakes complex raged near this area. Also, around 1755 the area was burned during the Big Moose, Oyster, Lac La Croix complex fires.

Approach to Neesh Lake

Neesh Lake is approached by bushwhacking first from Neewin Lake to Niswi Lake over about 380 rods of blown down forest. The forest was knocked down by the Independence Day windstorm of 1999.

Bushwhack to Neesh Lake

The creek connecting Neesh Lake to Niswi Lake appears to be fairly wide and navigable from satellite images. There are almost certainly a beaver dam or two to liftover, but otherwise this is a fairly easy bushwhack between these two lakes. Mentioned in the Minnesota DNR fish survey for Neesh Lake, is a note about a previously unmaintained portage that connected Neesh Lake and Niswi Lake. The creek seems like the best approach to Neesh Lake now.

Exploring Neesh Lake

There is little information for Neesh Lake that I am aware of. However, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources did a fish survey and a mapping survey of this lake. See the right side of the PMA Lake Directory on this website for links to both of those Minnesota DNR surveys.

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PMA #2: Canthook PMA #5: Spider PMA #8: Mugwump PMA #11: Weasel
PMA #3: Sundial PMA #6: Drag PMA #9: Humpback PMA #12: Fungus
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