Koma Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 24 rods, to Malberg
  • Paddle South, up the Kawishiwi River, towards Polly



  • DNR Lake No. 380098
  • Lake Map No. C1371
  • Lake Table No. 9D
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Koma Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Koma is a moderate-size, shallow lake in the upper Kawishiwi River watershed, 18 miles SSW of Gunflint Trail's End and 33¾ miles east of Ely. Roughly triangular in form, its 260 acres have a maximum depth of but 14'. The Kawishiwi River enters the lake near its southern end and drops out of the northwest corner into Malberg. Neither of these stretches of the Kawishiwi is generally navigable and both are bypassed by well-traveled portages, 127 rods upriver towards Polly and 24 rods into Malberg.


Koma supports five designated campsites, three ranged along the northern shore east of the portage into Malberg, one on the prominent point in the center of the lake, and one along the southern shore. This being a well traveled route, these sites can fill early, especially during peak travel times.

Planning Considerations

Koma sits on the upper Kawishiwi River route, which runs north from the river's headwaters at Kawishiwi Lake through Square, Kawasachong, Townline, Polly, and Koma into Malberg. This is a popular and heavily traveled route into the interior lakes from the Sawbill entry. Expect to see other parties along the Kawishiwi here during the busier summer travel periods.


Koma supports populations of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Tullibee (Cisco) (Coregonus artedi), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens). With the great variety of fishes, it's not surprising that one often sees Bald Eagles in the area. We've seen several on our trips through Koma and its near neighbors.

Notes and Comments

The name is from the Ojibwe Gomâ, "middling".

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004