Superstition Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 320 rods, on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail, to Mirror
  • Portage East, 710 rods, on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail, to Campfire


  • Fisher F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
  • McKenzie 18, Lake One


  • DNR Lake No. 380593
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 6A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Superstition Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Superstition is a small, somewhat remote lake in the Isabella River drainage of the lower Kawishiwi River watershed. Tucked in among hills 18 miles ESE of Ely, and 7½ miles northwest of Forest Center, Superstition sits astride the Pow Wow Hiking Trail, once more being maintained thanks to the volunteer efforts of the Kekekabic Trail Club. Out of its northeastern end, Superstition Creek flows/seeps southeast for ¾ mile to Myth and through Myth Creek to the Isabella River beyond.

The forest surrounding the lake dates back to a major 1854 fire which burned a large area north of the Isabella River, from Rice Lake west beyond Superstition and as far north as Cargo and Diana. The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the Superstition area.


Superstition supports one established campsite, on its southeastern shore, intended for the use of backpackers on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail.

Planning Considerations

Superstition is on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail but otherwise well away from canoe routes and maintained portages. Getting there with a boat requires making use of the hiking trail as a long portage and one which, even when maintained, is not cleared with the turning radius of a portaged canoe in mind. Do allow extra time.


Notes and Comments

Recent editions of the McKenzie maps provide tremendous detail on the Pow Wow Trail, including landmarks and GPS coordinates. This is the map you want at hand if portaging the Pow Wow.

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004