Getaways: Island View Lodge

Autumn is the prime season for several species and if you’re interested in capitalizing on cool water fish this Fall, then there are few places that rival Minnesota in that capacity. Home world-renowned lakes, famous for trophy walleye, smallmouth, and muskie, the area also possesses some of the greatest lodges in the country. One such resort, nestled on Rainy Lake in Northern Minnesota, and this month’s Getaway, is the Island View Lodge.

Rainy Lake is home to hundreds of bays, islands, and reefs, all of which combine to create one of the best fishing locations around. The lake is also well-known for producing quality fish year-round, especially walleye. In fact, due to the fact that 20-inch walleye are regularly pulled from the waters, many believe a new world record could be taken from the lake soon. The lake is also home to impressive numbers of smallmouth, northern pike, and muskie, as well as sizeable crappie in the Spring. There are several guides and charters located on the property, as well, for those who wish to take full advantage of their time at the lodge.

Accommodations at Island View Lodge range from rooms at the lodge to private cabins of varying size. The cabins are equipped with linens, utensils, lawn furniture, canoes, and dogs are even allowed for an additional charge. The lodge also offers several packages, customized for different types of stays, which include amenities such as meals and guide services. Free wireless internet is also available.

The lodge has fine dining available as well, in the Island View Lounge, which rests on the water with a majestic view of the lake’s islands. The lounge boasts a menu rich with American cuisine. Of course, anglers taking advantage of the lodge’s guide services are treated to a shore lunch, as well.

The area is also home to several attractions that will appeal to everyone, whether you’re travelling alone or with the family. The lodge is within minutes of Voyageurs National Park, which offers cruises and tours of the surrounding wilderness. There are several museums in the area, along with abandoned gold mines on Rainy Lake itself, where visitors can experience the history of the region’s gold rush.

For a fishing experience in the nation’s Midwestern heartland, where hearty species like walleye, smallmouth, and muskie prowl, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better location than the Island View Lodge. With great rooms, expert guides, and some of the best natural attractions around, the Island View Lodge is the perfect getaway for your next venture after cool-water fish or just to experience some of the Midwest’s most ruggedly beautiful sights.

For more information on the Island View Lodge, contact the lodge directly at 218-286-3511, or visit