Davis Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 305 rods to Kiskadinna
  • Portage East, 10 rods, to pond, 10 rods to pond, 10 rods to Pup
  • Portage South, 165 rods, to North Cone


  • Fisher F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes; F-13, No. Gunflint Trail, Gunflint, Bearskin Lakes
  • McKenzie 4, Gunflint Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 160435
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 10D
Davis Lake
Scale 1:42840
Full image approximately 4 miles square


Davis is a moderately large, deep, and little visited lake in the South Brule watershed. It is 353 acres in surface area with only 53 in the littoral zone (under 15'). It reaches a maximum depth of 64'.


Davis supports two established campsites, both at the western end of the lake.

Planning Considerations

The portages into Davis from the north and south are rather long and little used. At the Kiskadinna end of the Davis portage there is some disagreement on the Fisher maps (F-12 & F-13) as to which side of the creek the landing is located on. If you're considering this route, be sure to read carefully Gavin Watt's notes below on finding that particular portage.


Davis supports populations of Burbot (Lota lota), Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens). Lake Trout were stocked in 1993 and 1995; earlier stockings did not fare well.

Notes and Comments

Notes on the Kiskadinna to Davis portage, from Gavin Watt:

Fisher F12 and F13 overlap and cover Kiskadina. On one (I think F13) the portage from Kiskadina to Davis (portage tables . 7054) is shown starting on the left side of the creek. On the other (F12) the portage starts on the right. The UM mapserver correctly shows the start on the right. Curiously, Beymer does not include Kiskadina - Davis in any of his routes. I have not looked at the Mackenzie.

The marking is problematic because the portage starts about 50m up the creek, the entry is not easy to see and the creek is choked with fallen trees. Someone has recently cut the trees so you can make it up the creek but it does not look inviting. We nosed in, said looks bad on the left where the map said to look and then noticed a rough landing on the left with obvious sign that canoes and gear had been dragged up the short, steep bank at the mouth of the creek. We figured maybe people were banging a new path to intercept the portage blocked by the creek downfalls. So we unloaded, started up the hill and were quickly stopped by a big windfall tangle of down trees. Two of us crashed back to the creek looking for a path. Busting thru a thicket I looked down and there on the ground was a Fisher F12 that someone had lost a year or more previous (all the red ink campsite and portage routes on the exposed upside were bleached out). Since we hadn't brought the map we figured we'd double check this one and sure enough it showed the portage on the right! [We will leave as a mystery why the guy with the right map was on the wrong side of the creek]. We backed out, paddled up the creek and found the portage on the right. This is a long one, 305 rod, but no big hills and is little used so it is not beat down to the roots and rocks -- ruggedly charming. Luckily for us the portage crew was a just day ahead of us on this and portages on south to Brule as evidenced by lots of fresh axe cuts thru down trees.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004