Here’s what I have to put up with every day when working at Northwind Lodge. I’m installing new front windows in Cabin 3, and this is what I am forced to look at every, single, day. Be thankful that you too, are NOT here having to endure this. You get to look at crowds, and cars, and buildings. All I get to look at is nothing. No noise, no distractions, no robberies, no murders, no great WIFI….just this lake and those pesky loons calling in the background. It’s tough to take.
If you would like to spend your time being miserable – ya poor lug – give us a call at 218-365-5489
Third & Fourth Generation Guides will outfit you for your fishing trip and we’ll help you and your family get started on the right foot. Fish for walleye’s, bass, and northern pike. Learn how to fish our region and experience wilderness fishing at its finest with a veteran guide.
Wood Lake Guided Trips
1.) $290 per day with Bernie. Bait and tackle included – 2 person limit
2.) $250 per day with Dan. Bait and tackle is included – 2 person limit
Groups of four will need to hire both guides for the same day or go on two different day trips with one guide as the rowing can be difficult for some people to keep up with the guide boat particularly if rough weather develops.
Your guide will maneuver a rowing boat or canoe on Wood lake which is a Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness lake. There are no homes or structures of any kind in the BWCA. This trip will requires a walk in on a portage. Please Pack your own lunch and remember that no metal cans or glass bottles are allowed. Plastic bottles and containers are allowed but, of course, must be packed out as well. Duluth packs are available for people to help carry their day gear in the event that they do not have a day pack. PFD’s also provided as no extra charge.
Fall Lake Only – 4 Hour, half-day trip
$200 for 2 people and $20 for each extra person up to 4 total. Bait and tackle is provided and you may bring your own tackle to try as well.
Pack your own lunch. No cans or bottles as this trip can cross into the BWCA.
Basswood – All Day
You must have a BWCA day-use motor permit. If you do not have a permit, the guide can attempt to find a permit tag (it’s confusing and difficult government mumbo-jumbo) to see if a Basswood trip is possible during the time you are here. Otherwise, for long-term reservations, please secure a day-use motor permit to Basswood in advance at recreation.gov (click link). Sorry, you must make a reservation in your own name. We cannot do that service for you. Day-use motor permits are severely limited and hard to obtain.
$350 for 2 people and extra $25 each extra person up to 4 total. Bait and tackle is provided and you may also bring your own to try.
This trip is in the BWCA. Pack your own lunch and remember that no metal cans or glass bottles are allowed. Plastic bottles are OK, but must be packed out.
What To Bring
For all guided trips you are required to bring your own fishing rods and reels, rain gear and appropriate clothing for the temperatures at that time. Flip flops are never recommended and Crocs are not suitable footwear for portaging. Preferably, closed toe footwear is recommended such as a running shoe or hiking boot. We also recommend full length pants over shorts as sometimes there can be insects. It makes for a more comfortable adventure.
Reserving a Trip
Advance reservations are always welcomed due to planning, scheduling, preparation requirements and weather accommodations. Please reserve your trip as early as possible. Last minute trips are possible but can be hit-or-miss do to guide commitments. We will do our best to get you on the water for a great day out out on the water.
Payment in full at the time of the trip reservation is required – Sorry, there are no refunds for trip cancellations.
Call 218-365-5489 to make your guided trip reservation.
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Relax, unwind and renew with Sudha Carolyn Lundeen at Northwind Lodge in Ely, Mn. Aug 17th through the 24th. Be nurtured and renewed by the beauty of the land and water of the BWCAW, daily yoga & meditation, hiking, paddling, Nature Crafts, Forest bathing, solo and quiet times. For more details contact Sudha at firstname.lastname@example.org
Boy, we’ve been having a GREAT summer this 2017! Big fish, little fish, middle fish – everybody’s livin’ the dream! We’ve been having all this fun despite the weather not really cooperating with us. Lots of rain, but the fish remain undeterred as well as our great guests! These are just June 2017 photo’s by our guests at Northwind Lodge!
Wood Lake is a BWCA lake which means no motors, cans, bottles, and you have to fill out a day-use permit at the head of the portage. The portage is moderately rugged and 210 rods long. A rod is 16.5 feet according to the King’s measuring system of a zillion years ago. Translation: The Wood Lake Portage is about .58 miles long one way. It’s all downhill going in and all downhill uphill coming back. There are rocks and mud and logs and on occasion, bug who help you walk. Once you are on the lake and in a Northwind Lodge rowboat. everything levels out plus the bugs usually stay on shore at the portage namely – to help you get back out. If that sounds horrible, it’s really not. Take your time. Wear some bug dope but don’t slather it on automatically like so many people do. Have it handy and if you need it, apply it while on the portage.
Once on Wood, you will need to follow a river with no current for about 3/4 of a mile to get to the actual lake to fish. Wood can have some rather spectacular fishing. On the lake itself, you will see no man made structures of any kind. We’ve actually had a few people literally freak-out by this, but that is the actual beauty of the lake. And for those Boundary Waters zealots who thank the government for the lack of man-made structure – Wood Lake has NEVER had a permanent, man-made structure on it. We used to be able to use little motors on it but they took that away in 1978 under RARE II, (a last-minute rider to the Boundary Waters law PL 95-495) which was signed by Carter and designed to take Northwind Lodge & Deer Trail Lodge out completely -I am now convinced. Well, guess what? We’re still here….but I digress…
Fishing from a row-boat actually ended up with us traveling much farther into Wood Lake which is 453 acres in size, with no fear and a little bit of planning. Back when we had motors, we used to have to watch our available gasoline and our range ended up being limited. The thought at the time was that if we ran out of gas, we would have to do the “impossible” and row all the way back to the portage. (Impossible and a super-human feat, we thought!) In 1978, we discovered that we could actually row much farther in a day than the motor would take us plus instead of cranking up and moving to the other side of the lake when biting was slow, we worked our current spots harder and branched out from there. By changing our technique, we actually ended up catching more fish with less weight and extra concerns even when it was really rough. We also learned a heck of a lot about boat handling in wind. People who only use motors really don’t know a heck of a lot – no offense – in controlling a boat when the motor conks out. (They are so screwed while bobbing helplessly in the whitecaps!) Relying on that motor all the time, especially in a wilderness situation, can be a false sense of security. Don’t misunderstand me, however. I find nothing wrong with a motor on the back of a boat, but there is a heck of a lot to be said about having your oars and knowing your abilities. With that in mind, go to Wood Lake and plan on spending the day, taking your time and fishing all along the way. Do not plan on “fishing here” and then decide to crank up and go to the other side of the lake to try it there. Because you are rowing and moving slowly but steadily, you fish while you move and you never know what you may discover or catch along the way. Without all the running around people do with outboards, you actually spend more time with your lines in the water which ultimately improves your catch.
So, consider taking a trip into the designated wilderness for a day when staying at Northwind Lodge. It will be a memorable experience and sometimes cold and wet – but your won’t forget it. NOTE: Wood Lake rental boats are only available for registered guests of Northwind Lodge.
Thanks to Rob and Jake Croushore for the great pics of their recent trip to Wood!
The robins are running around asking the same question. Northern Minnesota at its finest. Snow will not stop us from getting the resort ready for opening on May 13th. Spring cleaning is starting next week. Have no worries everything will be done!
On a positive note the lake is open and opening fishing starts the same day. You need to come up and do a little fishing and then relax to the sounds of Jasper Creek and the singing loons.
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