- DNR Lake No. 380300
- Lake Map No. C1427
- Lake Table No. 6A
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Maniwaki is a small, shallow lake on
Maniwaki Creek, in the Insula basin of the Kawishiwi
River drainage, 29 miles east of Ely, and 7 miles northeast of Forest Center.
Crudely "T" shaped, the crossing of the T extends for nearly a mile along
the northwestern side of the lake. Maniwaki has an area of just 97
acres and a maximum depth of just 10'. Maniwaki Creek enters in the
southeast corner, down from Andek, almost 2 miles upstream. Hope Creek
functions as the outlet to Maniwaki, exiting from the southwest end.
Hope Creek below Maniwaki is not navigable and is bypassed along its northern
bank by a 140 rod portage trail. Along the northeastern shore of the
lake lies the mouth of Jupiter Creek, down nearly 2 miles from Jupiter Lake.
At one time, a 290 rod portage ran north out of the far north end of
Maniwaki to the east end of Screamer. From the west end of Screamer,
another portage trail continued northward some 360 rods, over fairly rough
terrain, to the south shore of Fishdance. The Independence Day windstorms
of 1999 did not hit this area, so some vestiges of the trails may yet
be visible. (Or, maybe not...)
Maniwaki currently supports no established
campsites, though older maps show a campsite once existed on the big point
just north of the mouth of Jupiter Creek.
Maniwaki 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. Today Maniwaki is a dead end, at the
end of a long spur route up from Insula. It is clear, however, that
in the past this lake had through connections east to the upper Kawishiwi
country, and north to the middle reaches of that river. It is not
known if these old portages can even be found today, much less used.
Maniwaki supports populations of White
Sucker (Catostomus commersoni).
Notes and Comments
Maniwaki is very well situated for exploring
small, remote lakes and searching for lost portages. Just getting
to Maniwaki is enough for most but if you're so inclined consider bushwhacking
up Jupiter Creek to Jupiter or Yoke, up Maniwaki Creek to Andek. Look
for the lost Baskatong Portage out
of Andek. Look for the lost Screamer Portage out of the north end
of Maniwaki and, if successful, try to find its companion trail, north to
Fishdance. And if you do find any of these old portages, we'd really
like to hear about it. Maniwaki is on our list of "must do" trips.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004