Frequently Asked Questions about Sportsman's Lodges

What do I bring to wear?

In the summer you'll want to bring a variety of clothes due to the unpredictable weather. In May and June, be sure to plan for sweatshirts and jackets on the fishing trip. In July and August, the water and weather as usually warmed up so shorts, t-shirts, and swimsuits are the norm. However, it's always a good idea to have pants, long-sleeves, sweatshirt and rain gear just in case. In the winter, our transportation service to and from the fish-house is in a heated vehicle and the fish house is heated too. We recommended for winter fishing a warm winter jacket, hat, gloves, and some warm boots. It never hurts to layer up your pants with long underwear and/or bringing along snow pants. 

How big are the fish houses & how many holes are reserved per person?

We have four and six-person fish houses. The four-person houses have eight holes and are 8'X12' in size and the six-person have twelve holes and are 8'X16' in size. Two holes per person are reserved. Your group always has a fish house exclusive to your party.

How many people fit on a 27' charter launch?

In accordance with U.S. Coast Guard Regulations. We can accommodate up to 6 passengers plus the guide on each boat.

Are there things to do in the area?

Of course! The Lake of the Woods Area has many sites to see. In Baudette, there are specialty shops, restaurants, tackle shops, a museum, an ice arena, sledding hill, miles of groomed snowmobile trails, a movie theater, a great city park with a skateboard park and more. An 18-hole golf course is open all summer just a few miles from the lodge. Just 30 minutes away in nearby Warroad, Lake of the Woods Brewery, casino, ice arena, summer theater, and much more. We have lots of areas for canoeing and kayaking, Zippel Bay State Park, the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail and Waters of the Dancing Sky Scenic byway are all great adventures to take in when you visit Lake of the Woods. But no trip is complete without a stop to Willie Walleye Park for a picture by the Legendary Walleye. You can find more information on things to do on our activities page by clicking here. If you are looking for more information on what there is to do in the area, a great resource is the Lake of the Woods tourism office online at or by calling 800-382-3474.

What is included with the meals?

Our dining room and restaurant are second to none. Time and time again our guest comment on the delicious food and fantastic choices. Our restaurant is a hot spot for guests and locals to our area. Most of our meal plan packages start with dinner the night of your arrival, include breakfast, lunch, and dinner each of the days you are here and ends with breakfast the morning of your departure. In the winter beverages for lunch are not provided so be sure to pack some along.

Are there bathrooms on the boat or in the fish houses?

Yes, there are bathrooms on our charters. In the winter some of our fish houses have bathrooms or a Northwoods porta-potty is available upon request.

How do I get to Sportsman's Lodge from the Twin Cities?

There are several ways out of the Cities; Click Here to visit our Maps & Directions page for directions to Sportsman's. Sportsman's Lodge is approximately 5 ½ to 6 ½ hours from the Twin Cities.

Where can I get a fishing license?

Fishing licenses can be purchased online or by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by clicking here or calling 1-888-MN-LICEN (665-4236)

What are the fishing regulations?

Click here to view a full list of limits.

Is Off-Sale available at the Lodge?

Yes. Off-sale is available in the Sandbar Monday - Saturday 8 am to 10 pm and Sundays 11 am-6 pm. 

Can I bring my own fishing gear?

If you reserve a trip on the charter boats Sportsman's provides rods, reels, bait, and tackle. We also clean your fish. In the winter, if you reserve a fish house. We provide the fish house, transportation to and from the fish house, jig sticks, bait, an assortment of jigs and fish cleaning as well. Your welcome to bring your own gear for ice fishing and many of our guests do. For charter fishing, everything is supplied.

Do you allow pets?

We allow pets in our cabins for a non-refundable fee of $15.00 per night.

What is down-rigging?

It is a fishing technique designed to bring the tackle down into the deep water where the fish are most likely to be hiding. Downrigging is used mostly in the mid to late summer when the big Walleye head for the deep Mud Flats.

What time does the charter leave the dock?

All-day Charter Launch trips are from 8 am to 5 pm. Half-day Charter Launch Trips are from 8 am-12 pm or 1 pm to 5 pm.

Do you have Jacuzzi suites?

No, but we do have a hot tub and pool. 

Is there air-conditioning?

Our lodge, lodge rooms, and villas are air-conditioned but the cabins are not. Fans are provided in the cabins.

Do you have an elevator?


Do you have smoking and non-smoking rooms?

The entire lodge, lodge room, cabins, and villas are nonsmoking.

Click Here to contact us online if you have more questions or call us at (800) 862-8602.

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