Hope Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Southeast, 8 rods, to South Hope
  • Portage West, 40 rods, to North Hope


  • Fisher F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
  • McKenzie 19, Isabella Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 380319
  • Lake Map No. C1430
  • Lake Table No. 6A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Hope Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Hope is a small and very shallow lake on Hope Creek, in the Insula basin of the Kawishiwi River drainage, 27½ miles east of Ely, and 7 miles NNE of Forest Center. A rough oval in shape, Hope is but two thirds of a mile long, and one third wide. It covers 102 acres with a maximum depth of only 8'. Hope Creek enters along the southeastern shore, down from South Hope, exiting to the northwest towards North Hope and Insula beyond. A largely level, 40 rod portage bypasses Hope Creek at the outlet, to connect Hope directly to smaller North Hope.

The Hope area escaped damage from the 4th of July windstorms of '99.


Hope supports three established campsites, on the southwestern and northeastern shores, as well as on the point near the mouth of Hope Creek. Plan to filter your water here, unless you like it chunky style.

Planning Considerations

Hope is a link in the Maniwaki route, which extends south and east from Insula, up Hope Creek through North Hope, Hope, and South Hope, then up Maniwaki Creek to Maniwaki. At one time, the route continued on up Maniwaki Creek to Andek and from Andek, by way of a mile-long (320 rod) portage, to Baskatong in the upper Kawishiwi drainage.


Hope supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004