Kivaniva Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Northeast, 40 rods, to Anit
  • Portage South, 25 rods to the Kawishiwi River


  • Fisher F-11, Snowbank, Knife, Kekekabic Lakes
  • McKenzie 8, Knife, Kekekabic Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 380108
  • Lake Map No. C1792
  • Lake Table No. 8C
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Kivaniva Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Kivaniva is a small, relatively deep lake on the southeastern stretch of the Boulder/Kawishiwi Loop, 15½ miles SSW of Gunflint Trail's End and 34½ miles ENE of Ely. Almost 1 mile long on its east/west axis and quite narrow, it is almost 50' deep. At its east end portages lead north 40 rods to Anit, and south 25 rods to the broad Kawishiwi River. To the north and west lies the backcountry of the Humpback Lake Primitive Management Area.


Kivaniva is a small lake, with but one designated campsite, along the north shore near the portage to Anit.

Planning Considerations

Kivaniva is a link in a chain of lakes running from Makwa in the north to the Kawishiwi River, which chain is itself a part of the great loop of interior lakes arching up from Makwa over to Boulder, and then back southward through Beaver to return to the slow moving Kawishiwi.


Kivaniva supports a varied population of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004