- Bushwhack North & East, 80 rods, down Bezhik
Creek, to Neesh
- Portage Southeast, 320 rods, to Neewin
Trout Lake, Vermilion River, Bootleg Lake; F-9, Cummings,
Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
No. 16, Burntside
- DNR Lake No. 690322
- Lake Map No. C5074
- Lake Table No. 1
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Niswi is a relatively small, quite
shallow lake on Bezhik Creek in the Moose River drainage, 23½ miles
southeast of Crane Lake and 15¾ miles northwest of Ely. Roughly
½ mile across in any direction, its 119 acres have a maximum depth
of only 8', and a measured water clarity of 3'. Out of the southeast
corner of the lake, a mile long (320 rod) up-and-over portage heads south
and east to Neewin gaining some 65' of elevation
to the crest, roughly at midpoint. An unmaintained, 40 rod portage
once existed north to Neesh.
Most of the forest around Niswi burned in the great fire of 1910, with
small, remnant stand off the northeastern shore dating back to the fire
year of 1755. The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did not produce
significant blowdown at Niswi.
Niswi is not on any maintained route
and supports no established campsites.
Niswi is on a dead end spur route that
runs north out of Cummings through Neewin,
Niswi, and Neesh, to Bezhik.
There are no maintained portages on this spur beyond Niswi.
Niswi supports populations of Northern
Pike (Esox lucius), White
Sucker (Catostomus commersoni),
and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).
Notes and Comments
Niswi is part of the less well known group of Number Lakes - not Lakes
Three, and Four
but, rather, Bezhik, Neesh,
Niswi, and Neewin, the Ojibwe Number Lakes.
Niswi, then, is "Lake Three".
Last updated on
11 April, 2004