1 . Ash-Ka-Nam Resort

Orr, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 934 - 3758

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Drop a line at Ash-Ka-Nam and feel the suspense gripping your senses as your bait sinks through chilly waters beneath the ice. At the first nibble, suspense turns to hope, and hope turns to yelps of joy as you yank the biggest fish you’ve ever caught. It’s moments like these that make ice fishing at Ash-Ka-Nam Resort so incredible. The lodge has a host of other exciting wintry activities like snowmobiling through 500 miles of wild Minnesotan terrain. However you get your fix of freezing fun, there is always a warm and cozy abode awaiting your return. Stay in a hotel room or beautiful condos. Bring a large group to the aptly named five-bedroom Long House. Nature lovers won’t think twice about snagging one of the glorious log cabins. Defrost your insides with hot cocoa, and let room service take care of the chores so you won’t have to on those especially cold nights. At Ash-Ka-Nam, everyone but the fish welcomes you.

Address

10209 Ash River Trail, Ash River, MN 55771

Extra Stops

Make a pitstop at the Ash River Visitors Center for tips on all the best hiking trails. Stroll through nature's snowy playground, lightly dusted with sage green pine needles from encompassing forests.

Related Onsite Offerings

Have a grand reunion with fish and friends in the 84' x 44' banquet hall for special events of any kind. 200 guests can fit within the beautiful knotty wood walls of this onsite offering.

2 . River Bend Resort

Baudette, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 944 - 9142

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River Bend Resort is a real catch, offering spools of modern conveniences while keeping the traditional beauty of ice fishing alive in its atmosphere! Sunlit snow dusts the ice and ice fishing houses mark havens of warmth and comfort on the surface of Lake of the Woods. Explore the beautiful wilderness and partake in phenomenal ice fishing with a company of expert anglers and, of course, plenty of walleye! Grab hold and tug on an exclusive ice fishing package that covers everything but your long johns! Leave your worries off the ice and pull up fish after fish thanks to the advice of expert anglers. The houses, most with an attached bathroom, are moved frequently for the best fishing experience. Make a reservation now and drop your line with the best of them.

Address

3343 Red Oak Road NW, Baudette, MN 56623

Related activities

Can’t wait for the ice? Fall fishing is an outright blast at River Bend Resort! Fishing the Rainy River for a plethora of gilled dinners is just one reason to visit in the fall!

Getting there

From Baudette: Just west of McDonalds, turn right onto HWY 172 and travel north for 11 miles. At the River Bend sign located on the right side of HWY 172 turn right and you will arrive at our location.

3 . Black Pine Beach Resort

Pequot Lakes, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 229 - 3817

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Rich logging history pervades between tall White Pines and Norway pines in the Whitefish Chain of Lakes area, where rivers and streams explore the mighty landscape. Starting as six small cabins in 1978, Black Pine Beach has evolved into a resort of 13 magnificent lake cottages with a wide array of resort amenities. Fireplaces are a must for winter excursions, decks provide harmonious relaxation to families, and comfortable beds turn starry nights into drool-inducing dreamscapes in a matter of seconds. You came here to do one thing, and you came to the right place. Sit on a bucket, drill your hole, and drop a line. You’re rampant success on the ice will have you jonesing to stay another week. Well, why not? Stay a week longer during the winter months and receive 20 percent off your rental!

Address

10732 County Road 16, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Getting there

Follow Crow Wing County Road 16 eight miles east of Highway 371, or four miles west of Crow Wing County Route 66, on the south side of Lower Whitefish Lake on a bay. The Whitefish Chain of Lakes is renowned for its excellent year around recreation and fishing.

Related Onsite Offerings

The pedestrian grill has grilled up more than scrumptious walleye! Cooking up the day’s catch is a great time to bond with friends and family, and create new memories!

4 . Adrian's Resort

Baudette, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (218) 634 - 1985

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As Minnesota’s notoriously harsh winter months roll around, flowing white snowbanks cover the ground and thousands of lakes crystalize with thick icy covers. Yet they are far from dormant; beneath the Lake of the Woods’ chilly barrier, lively lunker pike, walleye, sauger, and monster sturgeon are ready to be caught! Heated ice fishing houses populate the lake, and the staff is committed to all your ice fishing needs! When the fishing is done, return to a cozy cabin and let the excitement of your big catch subside while you warm up with some hot cocoa. A nostalgic Americana Midwest atmosphere flows through the onsite diner and remains consistent in Adrian’s spacious cabins. The ‘Minnesota nice’ staff is always welcoming and ready to serve! Come and experience the charm of Lake of the Woods, one of the premier ice fisheries of Minnesota.

Address

3362 Red Oak Road, Baudette, MN 56623

Fun facts

Oddly enough, the Rainy River is hot in the spring and fall!

Related Onsite Offerings

Tired of prey with gills? Stalk the dry elements for new targets. Duck, geese, grouse, and deer hunting can be very good in the area.

5 . Cyrus Resort

Baudette, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 258 - 4457

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It’s time to let the cat out of the bag! Cyrus Resort, the best kept secret of Lake of the Woods, shall be secret no more! Come enjoy its top notch ice fishing, charter fishing, and scrumptious restaurant and bar. Ice fishing is made fun and easy with bombardier transportation to and from spacious, heated fish houses. Lake of the Woods is stuffed with gargantuan, trophy-class walleye just itching to get a piece of your bait! When you’re not locked in battle with a northern pike, throw a leg over a sled and ride the versatile and beautiful trails of the area. Miles of groomed trails provide endless snowmobiling fun in Minnesota’s world of frigid beauty. Before you set foot in the wintry wilderness, energize with a hot hearty breakfast at the onsite restaurant, open seven days a week! Lunch and dinner are always served, and always hit the spot after tromping through the great outdoors.

Address

3298 Cyrus Rd NW, Baudette, MN 56623

Season

Stop back in the summer for a completely novel angling experience! Peruse the royal blue water in a rented boat and bob peacefully while you wait. But don’t fall asleep; the action is never far off on Lake of the Woods!

Related Onsite Offerings

The hotel crew will provide a delectable shore lunch of fresh walleye on request!

6 . Ballard's Resort

Wheelers Point, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 482 - 8109

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Are you looking for a mentor to show you the ropes and teach you the secrets of Minnesota ice fishing? Look no further than Ballard’s Resort on Lake of the Woods. Fish for walleye, not luxury, here: spacious living quarters boast full kitchens, housekeeping services, and cable TV. Outdoor grills are a must for preparing your successful catch! The Walleye Connection is where things get serious. Seriously extravagant. Travel by luxury motor coach on an all-inclusive ice fishing package including guided fishing by coast guard-licensed anglers, equipment, fish processing, and meals! The world of trophy-class angling just got more accessible than ever. Take a break from the busy life and experience the joys of a mid-week journey to a fishing paradise. A little snow never stopped a true angler.

Address

3314 Bur Oak Rd NW, Baudette, MN 56623

Fun facts

Lake of the Woods is the sixth largest freshwater lake in the United States (after the five Great Lakes).

Related Onsite Offerings

Check out the new fishing adventure on an island camp in the Canadian wilderness! It's only you, the water, and a sunrise...and the deer, bear, and loons of course.

7 . Voyagaire Lodge and Houseboats

Crane Lake, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 274 - 6180

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Make your home away from home the Voyagair Lodge & Houseboats. Be overcome with organic beauty only Mother Nature could muster as fiery sunsets pass behind icy waterways and brilliant snow dazzles in the daylight. Blaze through snowmobile and snowshoe trails and take in the epic scenery of towering pine trees that surround the area. Go ice fishing on the lake for a little rest and recuperation mixed with fervent excitement of yanking your record breaking catch! Take a break from winter fun and fill your belly with the delicious offerings of the Voyagaire lodge restaurant. Sizzling steaks are fired up on the grill and imbued with mouthwatering flavors that surprise and satisfy. Fresh sea fare is more delectable than ever, and early risers who wake up with the wildlife are privy to a steaming breakfast before embarking on wild adventures.

Address

7576 Gold Coast Road, Crane Lake, Minnesota 55725

Season

Winter isn't the only time of year to reap fish and benefits from beautiful Crane Lake. Take a summertime cruise on a houseboat and float between three billion-year-old rocks while leisurely fishing and merry-making.

Related Onsite Offerings

Want to come during the warmer months but not stay in a houseboat? Rent a luxurious cabin in the sun and a speedboat, and let the fishing tales begin!

8 . Melgeorge's Elephant Lake Lodge & Resort

Orr, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 205 - 9001

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Instantly recognized by expert fishermen as a perfect place to drop a line, the fishing at Melgeorge’s Elephant Lake Lodge & Resort is sure to impress. Walleye, crappy, smallmouth bass, and other tasty swimmers patrol the waters all winter long, hoping for a morsel to eat. Melgeorge’s has shoreline access to Elephant Lake and is just minutes from Blackduck Lake and Pelican Lake. Not to mention it features easy access to Voyageurs National Park and Crane Lake! Twelve authentic log cabins dot the snowy scenery. Cozy indoor decoration feels homey and warm, and the lake is only a short walk away! Beautiful carved wood furniture stands in spacious living rooms and heavenly beds are piled high with copious amounts of blankets. Kick back on the patio and savor the juices of the daily catch. At Melgeorge’s, ice fishing isn’t just a sport, it’s an experience.

Address

6376 County Road 180, Orr, MN 55771

Season

Visit for the dog days of summer for some refreshing aquatic action in the lake! Rent a boat and drop a line, or dive in head first!

Related activities

The lodge is less than an hour from the iconic Voyageurs National Park! Visit to be awe-stricken by nature's forceful beauty and soothed by calming waterways and peaceful critters of all kinds.

9 . Angle Outpost Resort & Conference Center

Angle Inlet, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 708 - 9558

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Small in comparison to the expanse of Lake of the Woods, the shore-side cabins of Angle Outpost Resort offer striking lakefront views to all of its guests. A relaxing getaway from the dramas of the world awaits! If you must take your business on vacation, however, 50-seat conference rooms will get the job done well and get you back to fishing! Angle Outpost Resort is home to the Red Fox Ice Fishing Company, which is good news for anglers of all levels! The company provides practiced services among the reefs and island structures of the Northwest Angle, which allows for outstanding fishing action! To wait another minute would be folly; make a reservation now for a fishing excursion of a lifetime!

Address

8206 Dawson Rd NW, Angle Inlet, MN 56711

Population

The population of Angle Inlet is just 60, offering a true Minnesotan small town experience where everyone you meet is knowledgeable and friendly. Not to mention, there's plenty of fish to go around!

Related Onsite Offerings

Rent Vexilar depth finder equipment to dramatically improve your angling game! The fish won't stand a chance.

10 . Timber Trail Lodge & Resort

Ely, Minnesota

CALL DIRECT: +1 (855) 762 - 9351

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Stay at this four-season resort beautifully situated on the shores of four interconnected lakes with direct access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Crave the explosion of a bass fighting at the other end of your line. Feel the triumph of holding your trophy-sized catch for the camera. Fish all day, only breaking for a delicious lunch of your morning catch. Whether first-time father-son fishing outings or seasoned friends gathering on the ice one more time, the possibilities on the boundary Waters’ encapsulating surface are utterly endless. The accommodations are a Midwestern dream come true. Specially winterized motel units up the ante with complete cookware to fry up your catch, dinner service, a full bath with towels, and a private entrance. Deluxe cabins are the crown jewels of Timber Trail. Bite into a walleye fillet in front of the fireplace or work off a pinched nerve in your casting arm by soaking in the ThermoMasseur Air Tub. Reality ends where Timber Trail begins!

Address

629 Kawishiwi Trail, Ely, MN 55731

Related activities

Put away the poles and tip ups in favor of skis! Downhill skiing and snowboarding, available just 40 minutes away, is a speedy injection of adrenaline into your vacation!

Getting there

Once you have reached Ely, go east on 169, also known as Sheridan St (it's the main road through Ely). Heading east, go one and a half miles past Ely and turn right onto Route 16 (also known as Kawishiwi Trail). Go five and a half miles and Timber Trail will be on the left.

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