Kiskadinna Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Northwest, 185 rods to Muskeg
  • Portage Southeast, 32 rods, to Omega
  • Portage South, 305 rods, to Davis


  • Fisher F-13, No. Gunflint Trail, Gunflint, Bearskin Lakes
  • McKenzie 4, Gunflint Lake


  • DNR Lake No.160428
  • Lake Map No. C0294
  • Lake Table No. 10C
Kiskadinna Lake
Scale 1:42840
Full image approximately 4 miles square


Kiskadinna is one of many long and narrow lakes, with a distinct east/west orientation, which mark this eastern end of the BWCA. Over two miles long it is rarely even an eighth mile wide. To the east a short portage links it to Omega and the chain of lakes running east to Horseshoe. To the south, an arduous 305 rod carry provides access to Davis. The portage off the west end is legendary, dropping some 150' into the Long Island basin from the higher ground to the east. Most of the change in elevation is concentrated in something under 100 rods of the 185 rod portage, making the haul up from Muskeg a serious workout, especially if you're packing aluminum.


Kiskadinna has two campsites, well spaced along its northern shore.

Planning Considerations

There are several east/west routes through this eastern end of the BWCA, following the topography of its long, narrow lakes. Kiskadinna sits on one of these, from Horseshoe in the east to Long Island in the west. Its west end also serves as a short link in one of the few north/south routes through this region, from Brule in the south through the Cones and Davis to Long Island. Neither of these is a preferred route for most travelers, however, which makes the Kiskadinna route especially appealing. The heavy traffic tends to stay farther to the south, the highway running from Horseshoe through Gaskin to Winchell and beyond to Brule. If you're averse to hill climbing with a canoe on your back, you may want to plan your route so that you descend the portage into Muskeg.


The area north of Kiskadinna is prime moose and wolf habitat though the heavily wooded shores tend to limit sighting opportunities.

Notes and Comments

While the route through Kiskadinna generally provides a small scale alternative to a long paddle on Winchell, Kiskadinna itself can be quite the long paddle, especially in the face of a stiff prevailing westerly in this long and narrow corridor.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004