Owl Lake

Making Connections


  • Fisher F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
  • McKenzie 7, Tuscarora


  • DNR Lake No. 160726
  • Lake Map No. C0317
  • Lake Table No. 8B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Owl Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Owl is a small, relatively deep lake with a teardrop form. It is tucked between larger Tuscarora, 90 rods to the east and 38' above; and Crooked, 55 rods to the west and 28' below. The forests along the eastern shore and extending on to Tuscarora are among the oldest in the area, originating from a stand replacing fire nearly two centuries ago, in 1801. The forests to the west are much younger, the area having burned in the conflagration of 1875.


Owl has no designated campsites though there are sites aplenty at nearby Crooked and Tuscarora.

Planning Considerations

Owl makes it possible to plan trips through Tuscarora which, though a large lake, can otherwise be reached only from the east. Tuscarora has no portage connections to the north or south and Owl is the only link out to the west.


Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) are present but populations are low and reproduction appears to be limited. Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens) and White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), however, are present in great numbers.

Notes and Comments

While it might normally be a reasonable assumption that the lake's name is derived from the birds which are among the region's most enduring residents, the presence of adjacent lakes named Ogle and Hooter gives one pause. Reminds one of that tacky, sexist bar franchise that gives owls a bad name.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004