Mukooda Lake Voyageurs National Park

December 31, 2013
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 Mukooda is a 773 acre lake within the Voyageurs National Park near Crane Lake and Sand Point Lake. The lake can be accessed via winter portages from Sand Point or Crane Lake. In the summer there are docks on Sand Point Lake where you may dock your boat and walk across.  There are several “cache” boats available for rental on Mukooda. Check with a resort on Crane Lake to make arrangements to rent a boat for Mukooda.

    Fishing Mukooda Lake

    A day trip to Mukooda Lake

    Mukooda Lake Voyageurs National Park -The MN DNR completed a fish survey in 2012 and found the bass, crappie and panfish are at a record high for the lake.  Northern Pike were in abundance and much higher then in previous samples. Northern nearly 36 inches long were captured.  Trout were not captured, however people fished for and caught trout during the previous winter. The DNR has now made a rule to close lake trout fishing for 18 months to protect the trout. 

    A day trip to Mukooda will be enjoyed by the family. Water clarity is extremely good on Mukooda making it one of the most fun lakes in the region to swim. Snorkeling trips to Mukooda are very popular. Children will have fun catching the numerous blue gill. There are many trophy bass in the lake as well.  A day on Mukooda is a nice way to explore a smaller interior lake. The campsites  have picnic tables and fire rings so bring a picnic lunch. You may even find blueberries or raspberries while walking the portage.

    The Voyageurs National Park or area resorts have more information on rentals and the rules for Mukooda. Call a area resort,  visitor center or visit the Park web site.



    Mukooda Lake closed to lake trout harvest

    Mukooda Lake in Voyageurs National Park in northern St. Louis County will be closed to lake trout harvest effective Jan. 15. The rule will be published in the state register prior to the start of the lake trout angling season opener.

    While fishing on or in Mukooda Lake waters, angling for lake trout is limited to catch and release only. Any lake trout caught must be immediately returned to the water. It is unlawful for anyone to have in possession, regardless of where taken, any lake trout while on or fishing in these waters.

    The closure is a temporary measure which will be in effect for 18 months.

    The lake contains a self-sustaining population of lake trout that have a unique genetic make-up. This unique strain has persisted for decades in spite of DNR stocking efforts and competition from cool-water species such as northern pike, walleye, and bass.

    “The decision to close Mukooda Lake to trout harvest is based on creel survey estimates and observations of fishing pressure,” said Kevin Peterson, International Falls area fisheries supervisor. “The lake’s habitat supports slow natural reproduction and efforts to boost the lake trout population through stocking have not been successful. Halting the lake trout harvest will protect the remaining stock and allow us to see how the fishery responds.”

    The DNR continues to work with resource managers at Voyageurs National Park to monitor the fish populations and goals for this and several other lakes located within the park.

    “We support the DNR’s decision and are ready to assist,” said Voyageurs National Park Superintendent Mike Ward. “We understand anglers enjoy the trout in Mukooda Lake and we appreciate their patience while we take steps to ensure this stock thrives in the future.”

    The Mukooda Lake management plan will be updated in 2014, which will provide additional opportunities for information sharing and stakeholder input. DNR fisheries will hold public meetings in 2014 to consider longer-term measures to protect Mukooda lake trout.

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