Diana Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack and portage East, 480 rods, on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail, to Marathon
  • Bushwhack South, 1½ miles down Diana Creek, to the Isabella River
  • Bushwhack and portage West, 815 rods, on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail, to Campfire


  • Fisher F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
  • McKenzie 19, Isabella Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 380459
  • Lake Map No. C1372
  • Lake Table No. 6A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Diana Lake
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Full image approximately 2 miles square


Diana is a small and relatively remote lake in the Isabella River drainage of the Lower Kawishiwi, 21 miles ESE of Ely, and 4½ miles northwest of Forest Center. Situated 1½ miles up twisting, boggy Diana Creek from the Isabella, it gathers the waters of Cargo Creek, running down from Cargo Lake in the west, with Marathon Creek draining Wagner, Marathon, and Hump in the east. Diana's 44 acres have a maximum depth of but 13'.

The forest to the south and west of 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 forest to the north and east is somewhat older, dating back to a major, stand replacing fire in 1796, with large portions burning again in 1824. The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the Diana area.


Diana has no established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Diana lies just to the north of the Pow Wow Hiking Trail, which crosses Diana Creek on an old logging road. The lake sits well back from canoe routes and maintained portages, the nearest access points being the Pow Wow crossing of the Isabella River just below Isabella Lake, 5½ miles to the east and south, or at Quadga, 2½ miles to the southwest. 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.


Diana supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Pumpkinseed Sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Diana who? Goddess of the hunt or lumberjack's daughter?

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004