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 and long-sleeves just in case. In the winter, our transportation service to and from the fish-house is a heated vehicle, the fish house is 
pre-heated too. So all that is recommended for winter fishing is a jacket, hat, gloves and some warm boots.

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 the 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 accomodate 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 many specialty shops, restaurants, library and museum, we have a great city park with a skateboard park in town. Our 18-hole golf course is open all summer. Canoeing and Kayaking tours, 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 activites page by clicking here. If you are looking for further information on how to what there is to do in the area, please contact the tourism office online at or call 800-382-3474.

What is included with the meals?

Our dining room and restaurant is 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 starts 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. 

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

Yes, there are bathrooms on our charters. In the winter port-a-potties are 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 8am to 10pm and Sundays 11am-6pm. 

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. If you reserve a fish house. We provide the fish house, transportation to and from, jig stick poles, bait, assortment of jigs and fish cleaning as well. You are welcome to bring your own gear but we do not offer any discounts from the price if you do.

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

Do you have Jacuzzi suites?


Is there air-conditioning?

Our 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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Three dining venues and live entertainment

Legendary Lake of the Woods

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