Korb Lake

Making Connections

  • Paddle Northeast, down the Korb River, to Cummings
  • Portage Northeast, 210 rods, on the "Korb Creek Trail", to Silaca
  • Paddle South, up the Korb River, to Little Crab
  • Portage Northwest, 70 rods, to Cummings


  • Fisher F-9, Cummings, Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
  • McKenzie No. 16, Burntside Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690315
  • Lake Map No. C2561
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Korb Lake
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Full image approximately 2 miles square


Korb is a very small, relatively deep lake on the river of the same name, in the watershed of the Little Indian Sioux, 28 miles southeast of Crane Lake and 11¾ miles WNW of Ely. Just over ¾ mile in length and quite narrow, Korb's 58 acres have a maximum depth of 27', and a measured water clarity of 5'. The Korb River enters at the west end of the lake, from its origin at Little Crab, not quite a mile upstream. The river exits Korb at its eastern end, to enter Cummings a mile downstream. In the northwestern corner of Korb, a 70 rod portage creates something of a "shortcut" into the south bay of Cummings. An easy trail, it remains relatively level before dropping some 16' in the final 15 rods to the Cummings shore. At the east end of Korb, a rolling, 210 rod portage heads up Silaca (Korb) Creek to Silaca Lake. (This last is a winter use ski trail, shown on later McKenzie maps though not on Fisher).

Korb sustained minimal damage from the Independence Day windstorms of 1999.


Korb supports a single established campsite, along its northern shore towards the east end.

Planning Considerations

Korb, the lake, is very much a wide spot in Korb, the river, connecting the cluster of lakes around Crab Lake to the south and west with the Cummings area to the north and the many connections available from that big lake.

Korb is included in Beymer, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, and 27.


Korb supports populations of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Korb is a surname of German origin. Anyone know which member of the family was the origin of this BWCAW lake name?


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004