Tidbit Lake

Making Connections


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690290
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Tidbit Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Tidbit is a very small, and likely shallow lake in the Little Indian Sioux drainage, 27 miles southeast of Crane Lake and 13¼ miles WNW of Ely. Less than ¼ mile across and largely surrounded by soggy ground, Tidbit lies just to the west of the most southerly bay of Cummings, separated from it by a broad, high hill. It has no apparent suface water inlet or outlet. Nor does Tidbit have maintained portage access.

The area around Tidbit was not significantly affected by the Independence Day windstorms of 1999.


Tidbit is not on any maintained canoe routes and supports no established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Tidbit is on the way to nowhere, and unlikely to be a destination in its own right, unless you're camped at Cummings and looking for a vigorous afternoon hike. An up and over the hill, as-the-crow-flies route from Cummings into Tidbit might be fine if you're hiking. If carrying canoes, it's probably better to hold to a relatively constant elevation and work around the hill rather than over it.


Notes and Comments

If you do get in to Tidbit send us a photo. We'll publish it here. (It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will get to see this lake.)


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004