How to Plan Your Trip to Beautiful Lake of the Woods

Lake of the Woods, the Walleye Capital of the World™, is known for its pristine waters and its natural beauty. It’s time now to plan your trip to Lake of the Woods. Here’s a few things to consider as you make your plans.

How do you get to Lake of the Woods? Lake of the Woods is located at the very top of Minnesota and borders the great country of Canada.Plan your trip to LOW The port of entry is located right in the town of Baudette.  You can travel by air and arrive at airports in either Bemidji or International Falls. Each location has rental cars available there. From Bemidji, travel north on Hwy 71 to Hwy 72 for 100 miles and turn west onto Hwy 11. From there, travel through the town of Baudette to Hwy 172 north.

If you’re traveling by car, you will be 211 miles from Duluth, 232 miles from Fargo, ND, 308 miles from Minneapolis/St.Paul, 476 miles from Sioux Falls, SD, 550 miles from Des Moines, IA, 608 miles from Milwaukee, WI, and 680 miles from Chicago, IL.

From International Falls, travel west on Hwy 11 for 70 miles to Baudette, MN and then take Hwy 172 north (our lake road) to reach your lodging destination. Lake of the Woods has nearly 60 resorts to choose from so do your shopping early. There are four locations to stay at if you choose to stay in the town area. See our website at for a detailed list of the resorts in three strategic areas.

The Rainy River listing gives the names of all the resorts along the Rainy River as it travels to the lake. The south shore listing gives locations of those resorts that are right along the lake shore itself and then, of course, we have the great Northwest Angle resorts. The Northwest Angle is the northernmost point in the contiguous United States and forms the “chimney” on the top of the Minnesota map. All three areas haveA trip to the Northwest Angle many lodging facilities to offer for your vacation adventure.

Also consider what kind of resort you would like to stay at. We have smaller resorts that have beautiful cabins available. We have great motels in town that can serve your needs with restaurants located very near your motel. We have resorts that have full restaurants, bar-lounges, lodge rooms, or beautiful “great” lodges or log cabins that can outfit large family groups or large company gatherings. Some resorts have outside swimming pools and a couple have indoor pools and hot tubs.

Restaurants? Oh yes, we have some of the finest dining around.  From blackened walleye, to all you can eat tacos, to shrimp baskets or steak sandwiches, your dining appetite will be met. Stay at one resort but feel free to visit other resorts and their dining expertise as well. Full scale menus offer you and your date a beautiful evening out. Some resorts also offer live music to conclude your evening.barb 29 inch walleye on ice sportsmans lodge 121820

Are you fishing for Walleye? Northern? Perch? Sturgeon? Lake Trout? You’ll find them all in abundance at this fine fishery at Lake of the Woods.

Another tool for planning your trip is our Lake of the Woods Visitor Guide. This beautiful brochure elaborates on all the aspects of this great northern destination. As on the website, this brochure has the area divided into three regions but also has some great amenity charts to see what is available to meet your needs while here. These charts will tell you if a resort has air conditioning, wi-fi, a restaurant, lounge, ice houses and many other great features.

Further on in the brochure, you’ll find great information on species of fish, hunting in the area, history of the area and beautiful photographs Plan a hunting tripfor you to study and choose your location. If you would like to have a hands-on magazine to look at while planning your trip, feel free to email us at [email protected] and include your postal address. We would be happy to send you one. You could also call our number at 218-634-1174 and place your order.

Please visit our website at for all your lodging needs.

Please come and visit this beautiful land on the next trip you plan.


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