King Island Lodge

How to get here

King Island Lodge

TRAVELLING FROM THE U.S.A.
Nestor Falls is located 70 miles from the border crossing at either Baudette or International Falls, MN. Drive east from Baudette/Rainy River or west from International Falls/Fort Frances on Hwy 11 to Hwy 7I. Travel north on Hwy 71. Hanson’s King Island Lodge is a scenic 12 mile boat trip from the government dock on Dock Road in downtown Nestor Falls.

CANADA CUSTOMS
You should have no trouble entering or leaving Canada. You are required to carry 2 pieces of identification with you, including a birth certificate or passport. One piece of photo identification is necessary. If travelling with children, please ensure that you have their birth certificates with you. If you are travelling with children other than your own, you should have a letter from the parents giving you permission for their children to be in your care.

Canada does not allow you to bring your handguns into the country. Please leave your radar detector at home as well, as these will be confiscated if detected. The importation of live baitfish is also prohibited.

Important Must-Read Information before Traveling to Canada

  • do I need to be vaccinated (covid) to enter Canada? (read more here…)
  • what are Canada’s travel requirements due to covid? (using ArriveCAN is mandatory. Learn more about ArriveCAN here.
  • what identification will I need?
  • what if someone from our group has a DUI, misdemeanor, felony?
  • what am I not allowed to bring into Canada?
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We recommend that you read these Frequently Asked Questions: Know Before you Go

For U.S. citizens, check the expiry date of your passport.  Helpful information about passports here.

FISHING
Lake of the Woods is a tremendous body of water, covering roughly 951,300 acres. There are over 14,000 islands scattered about the lake and about 52,000 miles of shoreline to cast! King Island is located on Sabaskong Bay, on the east side of Lake of the Woods. Sabaskong Bay offers a safe haven, with many bays and hundreds of islands of all shapes and sizes. You can always find safe water here to fish, no matter how hard the wind blows. The rock shorelines are lined with majestic stands of white, red and jack pine and still look much as they did in the time of the early explorers. Lake of the Woods has a reputation as one of the best inland fisheries to be found anywhere. It also offers great variety, as it boasts walleye, muskie, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, perch and lake sturgeon, as well as numerous non-game species.

WORLD CLASS MUSKIE FISHING

Lake of the Woods has consistently produced excellent numbers of fish in the 40 to 50 inch class. Also it is not unrealistic to catch that trophy sized (over 50 inch) lunker.
Medium heavy to heavy baitcasting rods with 25 to 35 pound line are the ticket, Bucktails and spinner baits in the early season around the weeds and shallows give way to crankbaits and surface baits by mid-summer. Fall usually finds the fish deeper and deep divers and jigging baits can be deadly here. Season opens the third Saturday in June.

FAST PACED BASS FISHING

Possibly the best kept secret about Lake of the Woods is the fact that it not only produces excellent numbers of smallmouth, but also lots of fish in the 17 to 21 inch class. Crankbaits, jigs and spinners all work well on the boulders in the early season. Mid-summer, rubber tailed jigs and deep cranks will pick them up in deeper water. Don’t forget about largemouth bass in deep cover. We have them as well. Season runs all year, with catch & release only during the month of June. Best times are the third week of May to mid-July.

WALLEYE FISHING

Sought after as a delicacy, a walleye shorelunch is truly worth the trip in itself. Lake of the Woods not only offers good numbers of lunch sized fish, but also opportunities to catch a fish of 30 inches or more. Jigs and minnows or leeches work well throughout the season, but bring some deep diving crankbaits if you like to cast or troll. Season opens the third Saturday in May. Best times are consistant throughout the season.

NORTHERN FISHING

These fish are the first to become active. Right after ice out you can find them up in the shallow bays ready to feed. Bucktails and spinner baits work well in the weed beds and bays, teamed with a medium to heavy baitcasting rod and reel. Weedless spoons and twister tails will also produce well but again, have a few larger diving crankbaits for rock shorelines. Best times mid-May to mid-July.

CRAPPIE FISHING

Shy, scrappy, finicky and delicious. We find them generally spring and fall and usually small jigs and minnows work best. Good numbers of fish and size up to 17 inches in our area. Best times – May 21st to June 21st or September 15th to October 30th.

Lake of the Woods Facts

Lake of the Woods is the second largest inland lake in Ontario.
It covers an area of 385,000 ha. (951,300 acres), two thirds of which is in Canada.
The average depth is 7.9 metres (26 feet).
The maximum recorded depth is 65.8 m (216 feet) in Whitefish Bay.
Although Lake of the Woods is irregular in shape, the lake at its widest span is 105 km (65 miles) north-south and 90 km (56 miles) east-west.

WALLEYE FISHING

Sought after as a delicacy, a walleye shorelunch is truly worth the trip in itself. Lake of the Woods not only offers good numbers of lunch sized fish, but also opportunities to catch a fish of 30 inches or more. Jigs and minnows or leeches work well throughout the season, but bring some deep diving crankbaits if you like to cast or troll. Season opens the third Saturday in May. Best times are consistant throughout the season.