South Hope Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Southeast, 140 rods, to Maniwaki
  • Portage West, 8 rods, to Hope


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


  • DNR Lake No. 380301
  • Lake Map No. C1430
  • Lake Table No. 6A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
South Hope
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Full image approximately 2 miles square


South Hope is a small, shallow lake on Hope Creek, in the Insula basin of the Kawishiwi River drainage, 28 miles east of Ely, and 7 miles northeast of Forest Center. Roughly four-cornered, with a creek in each corner, South Hope is only ½ mile long and ¼ mile wide, covering 55 acres to a maximum depth of 9'. Hope Creek enters at the southern corner, down from Maniwaki, ¾ mile upstream, and exits from the eastern corner, bound for Hope, North Hope, and Insula. A short, 8 rod portage on the north bank bypasses the rapids at the creek outlet. In the northern corner of South Hope is the mouth of Lethe Creek, just under a mile downstream of its origins at Lethe Lake. In the remaining, eastern corner is the mouth of Screamer Creek, down from Screamer Lake, nearly 1½ miles upstream.

The South Hope area escaped damage from the 4th of July windstorms of 1999.


South Hope supports one established campsite, just to the northeast of the portage to Hope.

Planning Considerations

South 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.


South 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