Howard Lake

Making Connections


  • Fisher F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
  • McKenzie 7, Tuscarora


  • DNR Lake No. 160789
  • Lake Map No. C0276
  • Lake Table No. 8B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Howard Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Howard is a deep, moderate sized bilobe lake, 6¾ miles SSW of Gunflint Trail's End and 41 miles ENE of Ely. It sits 110 rods east of the northern end of Gabimichigami, draining into Gabi. Over a mile long on its east/west axis and up to a half mile across, the center of the lake is over 100' deep. The Kekekabic Hiking Trail passes by the north end of the easterly bay. Along its southern shore and the large northern peninsula, Howard supports some of the oldest forest in the region, having not burned for nearly two centuries (since 1801). The forest off the northwest end dates from 1815, while that to the west was burned in 1876, and the east end in 1894.


Howard has two established campsites, one on the lakeside of a small point on the southern shore, the other at the far north end where it does double duty as a campsite for hikers on the Kek.

Planning Considerations

Howard is not on the way to anywhere, but does provide a smaller scale alternative to camping on the big water of Gabimichigami. The more adventuresome party might want to consider making a through route of Howard by taking advantage of the presence of the Kekekabic Trail to improvise a long portage east to Seahorse on the Chub River. Or consider hiking cross country to the southeast to little Chip Lake, sitting nearly 100' above Howard's southern shore. Because it's there.


The size and depth of Howard suggest quality fish habitat but there are no DNR fisheries surveys available to confirm that.

Notes and Comments

If anyone knows who Howard was, we'd love to hear about it.

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004