Powell Lake

Making Connections


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


  • DNR Lake No. 160756
  • Lake Map No. C0327
  • Lake Table No. 8B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Powell Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Powell is a small lake, barely ½ mile long, linking French, 33 rods to the east, with the chain of West Fern, Virgin, leading eventually into Little Saganaga, beginning with the 20 rod portage to West Fern. The forests surrounding Powell date mostly from the fires of 1864 and 1875. However, along the north shore and in isolated pockets to the east are older stands, dating back nearly two centuries to the stand replacing fire of 1801.


There are two campsites on Powell, one on a small point extending from the north shore, in the narrow east end, tucked behind two islands. We've taken lunch here, but have never seen other campers. The other sits on the southeastern shore.

Planning Considerations

The chain of French to Powell to West Fern to Virgin provides an alternative to the long paddle of Peter, especially if wind and weather are against you, or you prefer more varied fare.


Powell is small, but deep, dropping to 75' in the west end and supporting a healthy population of Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush), some large. Forage for the trout is probably provided by invertebrates and the "snack size" White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni) which are also plentiful.

Notes and Comments

A delightful and lightly traveled lake. As you paddle by, see if you can recognize the age difference between the older forest on the north shore and the younger stands to the south.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004