History

In the early nineteen hundreds the Swallow and Hopkins Logging Company erected many small logging camps in the area from which logs were moved to lumber mills.  An old 'tote road' can be distinguished running along the north ridge of the lake right through Kowakan.  One camp can be found on madden Creek, west of our camp just off the road and another on the north shore of Triangle Lake.

Lake Country provided a public access to our campsite many years ago.  After the land was leased by the United Brethren Church, it was developed under the professional skills of Mr. Glen Wallace, a camp architect, a Superior National Forest landscape architect and a health engineer.

Mr. Wallace's initial plan called for Kowakan to have three independent areas for camping.  Two of these would be used for family groups and the third for youth camps of 30 to 40 persons.

This family area has five sites.  Each one includes a clearing with a gravel base for a tent, a fire-place built of native stone and a table.  Each site is about  75 feet from its nearest neighbors and is screened by brush and trees.

There is a swimming area, a canoe landing and storage area and a parking circle.  The campsite nearest the parking circle is to be used by the lead family.

Water for drinking and cooking comes from pump attached to a pipe going out into the lake. There are two outhouses on the property.

Many work camps have cared for the camp to enable the church to still obtain the annual lease renewal.

 

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