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Sportsman’s Lodges Ice Update – 11/30/20


Sportsman’s Lodge
On Four Mile Bay, the bay we use to access our fishing spots on the lake, we found 3-6 inches of ice Sunday where we checked. On the lake, we have areas with ice and areas of open water too. The wind kicked up over the weekend and chewed up some areas that had thin ice. Last night the winds calmed down and the temperature cooled into the single digits which did help but more progress needs to be made. Ice making process continues….. For now, bring on the cold temps, light winds, and stay tuned for updates!   

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge & Eagle Ridge
Making Progress
We are finding 3-6 inches of ice in the areas of low current and bay.  Still some areas of open water on the lake and less ice where there is more current, but it is moving along. Stay tuned for updates!

Ice Fishing season will be kicking off before we know it. Contact us to plan your trip by calling 800-862-8602 or clicking here! Trips available from December through March.

Sportsman’s Lodges Ice Update – 11/20/20


We are making ice!
At Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River a thin layer of ice in front of the lodge has been coming and going this week. Many small bays have a sheet of ice and the larger bays have ice too along with open water pockets.

At Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge and Eagle Ridge, we have a thin layer in the bay and in many areas where there is no current.

Will it stay and continue to build or will it go? Only time will tell, but we know for sure the weather is changing and it won’t be long before the ice fishing season will begin.  Once the temps start dipping and the wind is calm it doesn’t take long to build ice pretty quick in our neck of the woods. 

Here at Sportsman’s, we start our ice fishing season with our day use houses at our Sportsman’s Rainy River location, typically in the first few weeks of December. Our sleeper fish houses are next, a week or so after, and at our Sportsman’s Oak Island and Eagle Ridge locations, we start just after Christmas. Once we have 8-12 inches of good ice in the areas we fish and travel, it’s game on.

What is open?
Lodging in our cabins and villas are open year-round. We will open our lodge rooms back up in early December when the ice roads and trails open up. In accordance with the Governor’s new COVID guidelines, we will start our season with lodging, fish house rentals, take out food, and off-sale with on-property delivery, and our gift shop will be open.  Our pool, dine in services, and game room will be closed until December 18. We are continuing to follow guidelines to keep everyone safe. For more information on our procedures, please click here.  

Lodging & Ice Fishing Packages Available
3 nights lodging and 2 full days of ice fishing starting at $373 per person.
Click here to start planning your trip.

Ice! Ice! Ice! We are making progress! Lake of the Woods


Ice! Ice! Ice! We are making progress!
Lake of the Woods, MN


Ice Update
We are making progress! Bobbie’s Bay the bay that is in front of our Sportsman’s Oak Island location on Oak Island near the Northwest Angle of Minnesota iced over yesterday and today we have some ice on Four Mile Bay.   Four Mile Bay is the bay near Wheeler’s Point that we use to access the lake in the winter time.  The channel in the bay still has open water but this is progress and we like progress! The wind is supposed to die down tonight and below zero temperatures are in the forecast for the weekend. No safe is yet, but we like what we see!  We are moving in the right direction. Get your reservations in!

Bobbie's Bay in front of Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge  Lake of the Woods www.oakislandlodge.com 12-8-2016

Bobbie’s Bay in front of Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
Lake of the Woods
www.oakislandlodge.com 12-8-2016

Four Mile Bay Lake of the Woods near Wheeler's Point.   Ice Forming 12-8-2016

Four Mile Bay Lake of the Woods near Wheeler’s Point.
Ice Forming 12-8-2016