Agawato Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 15 rods, to Lynx


  • Fisher F-16, Loon, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
  • McKenzie 12, Moose River


  • DNR Lake No. 690334
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Agawato Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Agawato is a small, relatively deep lake in the Loon River drainage, 14½ miles ESE of Crane Lake and 26¾ miles northwest of Ely. Tucked in among relatively high, steep hills (rising as much as 150' above the surface of the lake) most of Agawato's 39 acres are more than 15' deep, with a maximum depth of 58'. The nearby hills are a strong clue to the shape and depth of the lake bottom.

A short bit of beautiful, rocky stream through a White Cedar stand connects Agawato to the larger Lynx to the north. A short, rocky, 15 rod portage crosses the stream and leads up to a beaver dam which maintains the northern arm of Agawato as a marshy inundation leading into the larger, open body of the lake.

The forests which ring Agawato mostly date back to the fires of 1894 though small, isolated stands to the north and west date back to the fires of the 1750's. This area escaped damage from the big blowdowns of 1999.


While the current USFS map server shows no established campsites on Agawato Lake, the 1997 vintage Fisher map shows one site and the 1993 McKenzie shows two, all on the eastern shore. Remember though, no fire grate, no latrine, no camp. Check the latest information if you hope to stay here. Looks like a lovely spot.

Planning Considerations

Agawato is easily accessible from Lynx but something of a "dead end" for the canoeist, given the high hills which surround it. However, for the ambitious backcountry hiker, little Thumb is less than a quarter mile to the west while the rarely visited Shohola is just over half a mile to the east, both over relatively dry uplands.


Agawato supports populations of White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni) and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens), neither particularly popular game fish.

Notes and Comments

Agawato Lake is worth a visit if you're in the area and have the time to do so. The name is probably derived from agâwate, "shadow" in the Ojibwe, an appropriate name for a little lake in the shadow of high hills.

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004