Niswi Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack North & East, 80 rods, down Bezhik Creek, to Neesh
  • Portage Southeast, 320 rods, to Neewin


  • Fisher F-8, Vermilion, Trout Lake, Vermilion River, Bootleg Lake; F-9, Cummings, Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
  • McKenzie No. 16, Burntside Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690322
  • Lake Map No. C5074
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Niswi Lake
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Full image approximately 2 miles square


Niswi is a relatively small, quite shallow lake on Bezhik Creek in the Moose River drainage, 23½ miles southeast of Crane Lake and 15¾ miles northwest of Ely. Roughly ½ mile across in any direction, its 119 acres have a maximum depth of only 8', and a measured water clarity of 3'. Out of the southeast corner of the lake, a mile long (320 rod) up-and-over portage heads south and east to Neewin gaining some 65' of elevation to the crest, roughly at midpoint. An unmaintained, 40 rod portage once existed north to Neesh.

Most of the forest around Niswi burned in the great fire of 1910, with small, remnant stand off the northeastern shore dating back to the fire year of 1755. The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did not produce significant blowdown at Niswi.


Niswi is not on any maintained route and supports no established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Niswi is on a dead end spur route that runs north out of Cummings through Neewin, Niswi, and Neesh, to Bezhik. There are no maintained portages on this spur beyond Niswi.


Niswi supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Niswi 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. Niswi, then, is "Lake Three".


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004