Campfire Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 815 rods, on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail, to Diana
  • Portage South and East, 140 rods, on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail, to Quadga
  • Portage West, 610 rods, on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail, to Superstition


  • Fisher F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
  • McKenzie 18, Lake One


  • DNR Lake No. 380597
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 6A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Campfire Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Campfire is a small round lake, on Superstition Creek in the Isabella River drainage of the Lower Kawishiwi River, 19 miles SE of Ely and 6½ miles northwest of Forest Center. It lies just to the northwest of Quadga in a loose cluster of small, remote lakes that includes Exploit, Myth, and Superstition. Just under a mile up Superstition Creek to the Northwest lies Superstition Lake, while to the south, Myth Creek drains Campfire southwestward through Myth and Exploit, to the Isabella.

The forest surrounding the lake dates back to a major 1854 fire which burned a large area north of the Isabella River, from Rice Lake west as far as Superstition and as far north as Cargo and Diana. The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the Campfire area.


Campfire supports one established campsite, on its eastern shore, intended for use by backpackers on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail.

Planning Considerations

Campfire is on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail but otherwise well away from canoe routes and maintained portages. Getting there with a boat requires making use of the hiking trail as a long portage and one which, even when maintained, is not cleared with the turning radius of a portaged canoe in mind. Do allow extra time. Recent editions of the McKenzie maps provide tremendous detail on the Pow Wow Trail, including landmarks and GPS coordinates. This is the map you want at hand if portaging the Pow Wow.


Notes and Comments

If you do get in to Campfire send us a photo. We'll publish it here. (It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will ever get to see this remote little lake.)

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004