Dock and Outpost

Joël : GGO Host

Joël : GGO Host

1. My name is Joël, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Joe.
2. This is my 6th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I get to do something different everyday.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Seinfeld, if only it was on Netflix...
4. My travel bucket-list includes Europe and Australia.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “If you can’t work and talk, don’t talk”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me shooting hoops in the yard.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is double-troph with the boys.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my upper-lip hair.

Jonny: Lost Lake Host

Jonny: Lost Lake Host

1. My name is Jonny, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Gernard or Gernie.
2. This is my 4th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I love my fans.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Trailer Park Boys.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Altona, MB.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Never make eye contact while eating a banana”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me working.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is day one of this season, ripping in blimps with the guys.
8. The one item I cannot live without is the North Star girls.

Justin: Maintenance

Justin: Maintenance

1. My name is Justin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Juice.
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I’m really hoping to be Head Labor one day. 
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is The Office.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Canoe trips through Canada (of course passing through Aikens).
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Don’t be an idiot”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me taking in a scenic view.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is canoeing up river to the second set of falls and casting.
8. The one item I cannot live without is a hair elastic.

Myles: Laborer

Myles: Laborer

1. My name is Myles, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Smiles.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because of the great fishing and the amazing people.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Seinfeld, but I don’t think that one is on Netflix.
4. My travel bucket-list includes South East Asia and the Moon. They both seem pretty cool!
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is to remember where your bread is buttered.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me shooting some hoops or on the water fishing.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is that time I lost a 60” pike! I swear it’s true!
8. The one item I cannot live without is a good pair of work shoes - they sure make my life a lot easier.

Justin D.: Dockhand

Justin D.: Dockhand

1. My name is Justin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Freddie or Elmo.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because it’s a good place to get away from everything.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Lost or The Office.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Ireland.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “You’ve got to be good to be lucky”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me driving a boat or working out.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is TBD.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my phone for music.

Justin L. : Bait & Tackle

Justin L. : Bait & Tackle

1. My name is Justin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Monk.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because of the friendly atmosphere.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is The Office.
4. My travel bucket-list includes China, Morocco, Fiji and Brandon.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Do what makes you happy”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me sleeping or reading books.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is my first time exploring the lake.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my passport.

Sean Szyda : Laborer

Sean Szyda : Laborer

1. My name is Sean, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Sean White.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because I've always wanted to be a guide.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Sex and the City and Grey's Anatomy.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Regina.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Live, Laugh, Love”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me listening to T-Swift on the dock.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is catching a 27.5" walleye off the dock.
8. The one item I cannot live without is the colour orange.

Justin Durupt : Laborer

Justin Durupt : Laborer

1. My name is Justin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as... I don't have a nickname yet.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because I get to fish.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is That 70's Show.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Alaska and Yukon.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “If there is no one from the future to stop you, it's not a bad idea”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find playing basketball.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is my first time exploring the lake.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my hockey stick.

Our guide really listened to what we wanted to do and tailored our day specifically to us. To me, the shorelunch was the highlight of each day. The shorelunch sites are set-up so well in very scenic spots. You can watch the Aikens videos and read the website about the fancy cabins, and the food, and how great the fishing and the service is, but one thing you can't really appreciate until you're here is how beautiful it all is.

—Paul Capecchi,
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

I’m an amateur rank fisherman and I caught a ton of fish, including a Master Angler pike. That’s what makes Aikens Lake so great, you can get guys like me that really don’t know what they’re doing, and you start to believe that you might.

—John MacDonald,
Minneapolis, Minnesota

My husband and my dad had always talked about going to Canada or Alaska, so when I got the idea to give them a fishing trip as a surprise gift I did about six months of research. Once I talked with Pit, I was sold. It was really a surprise to them. They were so excited, and they just had a wonderful time at Aikens. They enjoyed their dream trip, and I don’t think it will be their last time to Aikens.

—Debbie Nutter,
Elizabeth, Colorado

Pit and his team have done a wonderful job of putting together the perfect gem of an outpost camp. We love going to the Lost Lake outpost because it provides you the seclusion and serenity without comprising the nice luxury-type components.

—Scot Woolley,
Minnetonka, Minnesota

The Four Seasons of fishing lodges. What's truly impressive is that ownership is constantly improving the experience. Every year you arrive and notice improvements. I'm just back from our trip to Aikens with my son. In the last 15 months he's been to Copenhagen, Berlin, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Venice, Croatia, Greece and Turkey – but said this was his favorite trip ever. He slept with his Aikens hat on last night!

—Greg Borca,
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Those young staff members make me realize that our future is in good hands. Every one of them are class act young people, such a joy to associate with when you see what is going on across the land. Thanks again for the great hospitality from you and ALL of the staff.

—Jeff Hall,
North Little Rock, Arkansas

Truly an experience you'll want to relive over and over. This father-son-grandpa trip went from being a once in a lifetime experience, to an annual fishing trip! See you next summer!

—Mark L.,
Winnipeg, Canada

Aikens is the perfect place for a family trip. The cabins are the best we’ve ever been in, the lodge is beautiful, and of course Pit and Julie are wonderful hosts.

—Jim Deleeuw,
Wisconsin President Organization, Group Leader

My husband and I never go back to the same place twice, but we loved it so much at Aikens we knew by the end of our first week we’d be back. It’s just how well they take care of you there. They make you feel like you’re part of the family.

—Denise Kozlowski,
Lake Oswego, Oregon

I’ve taken many large groups to Aikens and I always tell people beforehand how incredible the service is at Aikens. Every person has said to me at the end of the trip, “We believed you before, but I just can’t believe how good they treat you here!” One time Pit and Julie didn’t have the type of alcohol on-hand one of our guests was drinking, so they sent a plane out and got it.

—Ron Ball,
Westman Dreams for Kids

I call it a 5-star hotel in the wilderness. It’s the neatest place we’ve ever been, it’s like fantasy island.

—Joe Harrington,
Monticello, Arkansas

Each year we go somewhere as a family. We’ve been to Hawaii, Disney and many other places, but Aikens was one of the best trips we’ve ever had. Our trip was terrific, and my grandson loved every minute of it.

—Sherry Martin,
Cordova, Illinois

You think you’re at a Ritz-Carlton, you seriously get that level of treatment and amenities. Nobody in Manitoba can compete with Aikens for the quality of the fishing, staff, and facilities.

—Steve Andersen,
Lincoln, Nebraska

Trip number five and once again Aikens Lake out did itself. I thought it impossible for this wonderful place to get any better.

—Kris King,
NHL Senior VP of Hockey Operations, 14 year NHL player and captain, and Aikens Lake Honorary Pro Staff Guide

From the accommodations, to the staff and especially shore lunch, the entire experience at Aikens Lake is unmatched.

—Dan Quayle,
Former United States Vice-President

The photos are amazing and like the memories, they will last a lifetime.

—Boomer Esiason,
Former NFL MVP Quarterback, TV Commentator, and Founder of the Boomer Esiason Foundation (against cystic fibrosis)