Plukesley Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Lake One #30 Fishing: I fished, but got skunked. Fish finder was picking up fish
Maps: Fisher F-4 or F-31; McKenzie #18 Lake Depth: At least 9 feet - measured by depth finder
Bushwhack Rating: Piece of Cake Lake Size: About 10 acres
Campsites: PMA - No designated campsites Wildlife Seen on Visit: Turkey Vulture
Last Visited: August 27, 2011 Lake Elevation: 1475 feet
Water Clarity: Moderately bog stained Fire History: 1894

Plukesley Lake

Weasel Lake PMA

Both Plukesley Lake and Carefree Lake drain to the north into the Kawishiwi River through a short creek that empties from Plukesley Lake's north shore.

Plukesley Lake and Carefree Lake were narrowly missed by the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire that began just a few hundred yards away.

In 1894 a fire affected this area. This fire started somewhere near Gabbro Lake and burned from Gabbro Lake up to Lake One, Lake Two and Lake Three.

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Approach to Plukesley Lake

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The approach used to reach Plukesley Lake is through Carefree Lake. There is a creek flowing out of Plukesley Lake into the Kawishiwi River. This creek was nearly dry. However, this could be a possible approach to Plukesley Lake and Carefree Lake if the water is high enough.

Bushwhack to Plukesley Lake

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You start your portage/bushwhack under two thick pine trees along Carefree Lake, near where a tree stump juts out of the water. You find the path is in pretty decent condition. There are a few big boulders at the end to navigate, right before putting your canoe into Plukesley Lake.

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Another view along the bushwhack.

Exploring Plukesley Lake

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Plukesley Lake greets you as you clear the trees on the portage coming from Carefree Lake.

You soak up a full view of Plukesley Lake while standing at the portage that leads back to Carefree Lake. You can even just make out the peat bog that extends from the back of the northeastern arm of the lake.

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The southwest shore of the northeast bay of Plukesley Lake. A turkey vulture has landed on the rock.

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A closer view of a turkey vulture perched on a large rock outcrop. Some company as you paddle around the northeastern spur of Plukesley Lake.

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Looking south from the northeastern end of Plukesley Lake.

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This is looking into the northeastern bay of Plukesley Lake.

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Another view of the northeast bay of the lake, but this time from a more distant vantage point. This is taken from the middle of the lake just north of the bushwhack trail to Carefree Lake.

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A weird stick/rock object sticking out of the water. Northeast bay of the lake.

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Rock slabs along the northwest shoreline in the northeast bay of the lake.

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The south shore of the western bay of Plukesley Lake. This is directly south of the small creek that flows out of Plukesley Lake into the Kawishiwi River.

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Southeast shoreline of the lake. This is just east of the bushwhack to Carefree Lake and just south of the small creek that flows into the eastern end of Plukesley Lake.

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This jumble of rocks is poised on the prominent point shooting out from the south shore of the lake that divides the western bay from the main part of the lake.

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This pyramidal (kind of) shaped rock is along the north shore of the lake straight across the the Carefree Lake bushwhack trail.

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Mouth of the small creek that connects the lake to the Kawishiwi River. This would be a rough route, but it is shorter than coming to Plukesley Lake through Carefree Lake from Lake Two.

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The portage to Carefree Lake is in that jumble of boulders in front of you.

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View of the western end of Plukesley Lake.

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