Gowan Lake

Making Connections


  • Fisher F-8, Vermilion, Trout Lake, Vermilion River, Bootleg Lake
  • McKenzie No. 15, Trout Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690454
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Gowan Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Gowan is a relatively small, shallow lake in the Trout Lake basin of the Vermilion drainage, 19½ miles SSE of Crane Lake and 21½ miles WNW of Ely. A rough oval ¾ mile long and but ½ mile across, its 158 acres have a maximum depth of only 13', though with a measured water clarity of 8'.

The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 left a swath of downed timber to the south of Gowan, with the loss in the forest beyond the southern shore estimated at 34% to 66%.


Gowan supports a single established campsite, on its southern shore.

Planning Considerations

Gowan is something of a dead end, northeast up Gowan Creek from Little Trout and Big Trout beyond.


Gowan supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), 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