- 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
F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes; F-13,
No. Gunflint Trail, Gunflint, Bearskin Lakes
4, Gunflint Lake
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 10D
Full image approximately 4
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.
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.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004