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Guide To Overnight Ice Fishing In Minnesota

December 17, 2011 6:00 AM

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By Amy C. Rea

If the concept of “ice fishing” makes you shiver and think dreadful thoughts related to wind chill and hypothermia, think again. Many of Minnesota’s all-season resorts have upped the luxury quotient when it comes to ice fishing. Sure, you can stay in a cabin and drive to your favorite fishing spot, but why bother, when you can rent an overnight house right on the lake?

The following are just a few of the resorts, primarily along the northern border and around Lake Mille Lacs, that offer overnight ice fishing houses with amenities like propane heaters, stoves, and porta-potties. Standard sleeper houses house 4 or 6 people. Many have additional options, including TV and video game systems. Not all include the all-important rattle reel, so be sure to ask when making a reservation. Note: most of these require at least a two-night minimum on weekends.

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Hunter Winfield’s Resort

510 W. Lake St.
Isle, MN
320-676-1100

Rates Start at $125 per night

Hunter Winfield’s Resort is on Lake Mille Lacs and offers icehouses with flat screen TVs, some even with Direct TV, stoves and bathrooms. If you prefer your ice fishing to be bare bones, they do have basic huts available, but otherwise you can rent a “castle” large enough to sleep six. You can get a rental rate discount if you reserve the icehouse with a landlubber’s cabin.

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KJ’s Ice Fishing & Island View Rentals

39146 Highway 169
Onamia, MN
320-630-8475

Rates start at $240 per weekend

KJ’s Ice Fishing & Island View Rentals can set you up with a sleeper house complete with gas and electric, lights, carpeted floors and even a couple of 10-person “bar houses,” complete with bar stools.

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Garrison Sports

Lake Mille Lacs
Garrison, MN
320-692-4477; 888-692-4480

Rates start at $175 during weekends
Half off weekdays

Garrison Sports on Lake Mille Lacs in Garrison has basic sleepers that can hold 6 people, carpeted and paneled, with drive-up lake locations. Additional holes outside the sleeper can be drilled with advance notice.

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Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort

45401 Mille Lacs Parkway
Isle, MN
320-676-8834

Rates: $140 – $275

Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort on Lake Mille Lacs in Isle has an elaborate group of sleeper houses, holding anywhere from 4-12 people. Extras available for rent include microwaves, TV/DVD combos, and underwater cameras.

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Rocky Reef Resort

13207 Twilight Road
Onamia, MN
320-532-3431

Rates: $150 – $300

Rocky Reef Resort on Lake Mille Lacs has houses to accommodate 3-6 people, plus one marketed as “couples only.” Well, at least you’ll have each other to keep warm.

Wheeler’s Point Resort

2605 River Lane NW
Baudette, MN
218-634-2629; 800-542-2435

Rates start at $75 per person

Wheeler’s Point Resort on Lake of the Woods offers all the basics — as well as – a Floatvan Transport to and from your icehouse.

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Border View Lodge

3409 MN 172 NW
Baudette, MN
800-776-3474

Rates Vary: See web for details

Border View Lodge in Baudette has sleepers with a two-burner cooktop and indoor facilities.

Zippel Bay Resort

6080 39th St NW
Williams, MN
800-222-2537

Rates Vary: See web for details

Zippel Bay Resort on Lake of the Woods in Williams offers the standard 4- and 6-person sleeper houses, but also has 2-person houses available. Bonus: the Ice Igloo, an on-lake bar for avid fisher people.

Walleye Retreat

4074 County Road 8 NW
Baudette, MN
800-726-9042

Rates Vary: See web for details

The aptly named Walleye Retreat on Lake of the Woods in Baudette offers 4-person houses with tables and chairs, stove, and bathroom.

Amy C. Rea lives with her family in the Twin Cities. She’s the author of Backroads & Byways of Minnesota and Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes: an Explorer’s Guide. She can also be found chatting about Minnesota travel topics at www.flyover-land.com.

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