When discussing the best fishing locations in the upper midwest, Lake of the Woods is always the top of the list. There are a number of lodging and outfitting providers in this picturesque area, but Ballard's Resort stands out from the rest and has been providing unforgettable fishing adventures for more than 50 years.
Lake of the Woods is famously known for being the “Walleye Capital of the World,” and you’ll figure out why shortly after you cast your line into these friendly waters. Many record-size walleye and musky have been pulled from the waters, with some walleye approaching 20 pounds. The lake itself is a unique and picture perfect location for your next fishing excursion. Thousands of miles of shoreline are spread across over 14,000 islands and the entire region is surrounded by a lush and dense forest landscape. Steve and Joanne Ballard, owners of the resort, had this to say about the Ballard’s experience, ”We have seen many changes over the years in the industry from spear fishing to the progression and popularity of ice fishing. It is our customers, staff and lifelong friends of Ballard's that makes our operation so unique.”
Ballard’s serves as your headquarters during your ultimate fishing getaway. This all-inclusive resort has everything you’ll need for a successful getaway from their full service restaurant to the comfortable cabin beds. The dense forests that surround the resort inspire a feeling of tranquility and really set the tone for any Northern Minnesota outdoor adventure. Their 24 cabins rentals are fully outfitted and feature one to four bedrooms. Amenities in the cabins include kitchens with cooktops and refrigerators for easy meal preparation, comfortable beds to relax in after a long day of fishing, priceless views of the surrounding landscape and the list goes on. Each cabin has plenty of elbow room, so your entire group can rest in comfort.
If you don't feel like cooking your own meal, stop by the recently expanded Main Lodge. They feature a diverse menu prepared by their expert culinary staff. The combination of dining, onsite and off-site adventures, and comfortable accommodations truly embodies the mission of the resort. “Fifty-four years ago my family started Ballard's Resort and our family resort is still here adventurously chasing trophy fish. It's not only a family tradition, but a passion! Our staff goes above and beyond to ensure your trip to Ballard's is a memorable one,” said Jessie Anthony.
Not only is this a great location for lodging, Ballard's offers many packages and deals to enhance your trip to Northern Minnesota. Whether you're looking for a getaway with a couple friends or on a retreat with up to 54 people, Ballard's will deliver with their “Walleye Connection” program. For the large groups, the resort will charter a bus from major midwestern cities directly to the resort. The packages offered are all-inclusive with meals plans, beverages and they will even assist you in getting a fishing license. The guides and equipment at the resort are top notch and will put you in the best position possible to reel in the next state record setting walleye.
No matter the season or the reason, the accommodations and amenities of Ballard’s Resort will have you feeling right at home. Combine this with the natural beauty and easy access to the Lake of the Woods area, and you’ve got an unforgettable fishing trip waiting for you in Northern Minnesota. The resorts’ experienced and friendly staff is ready to help make your dream fishing getaway a reality; contact them today!