Community members live in urban communities primarily Thunder Bay and Red Lake. Community members travel by float plane and skidoo to their traditional lands throughout the year. McDowell Lake Council and Staff coordinate trips to the community village, so that the people can remain connected to their lands. Summer activities include, fishing, hunting, gathering berries, gardening and renovating village houses. The community uses a sawmill and chainsaws to build and renovate homes. Ice is collected in the winter and kept in the ice shed under sand to last the summer.
Staff coordinate health, mental health, governance, economic development and lands and resources projects. McDowell Lake is working on remediation with Bell Canada to clean up hazardous waste which was left on the reserve lands. Band members are kept up to date through a monthly newsletter and facebook group.