Neewin Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Northwest, 320 rods, to Niswi
  • Portage South, 100 rods, to Cummings


  • Fisher F-9, Cummings, Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
  • McKenzie No. 16, Burntside Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690323
  • Lake Map No. C5073
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Neewin Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Neewin is a relatively small and shallow lake in the Moose River drainage, 24¾ miles southeast of Crane Lake and 14½ miles northwest of Ely. Over mile long on its north/south axis, its 100 acres have a maximum depth of only 15'. Out of the southeast corner of the lake, a 100 rod up-and-over portage heads south to the northern shore of Cummings, cresting some 20' above Neewin. Off the western shore, a mile long (320 rod) up-and-over portage heads north and west to Niswi, gaining some 65' of elevation to the crest, roughly at midpoint.

Most of the forest around Neewin burned in the great fire of 1910, with older, remnant stands dating back to the fire years of 1863-64 and even 1755. The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 brought significant tree loss only to a limited area along the southeastern shore.


Neewin supports a single established campsite, on the point in the north end.

Planning Considerations

Neewin is on a dead end spur route that runs north out of Cummings through Neewin, Niswi, and Neesh, to Bezhik.


Neewin supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius) and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Neewin is part of the less well known group of Number Lakes - not Lakes One, Two, Three, and Four but, rather, Bezhik, Neesh, Niswi, and Neewin, the Ojibwe Number Lakes. Neewin, then, is "Lake Four".


Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004