Management

Pit

Pit

1. My name is Gab-Riel, but at Aikens, I’m known as Pit.
2. This is my 27th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it is my home.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at late-night westling.
4. My food kryptonite is beef jerky, chocolate milk, and cheese curds…in that order.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be how to beat Pat at most Xbox games (except golf, and maybe baseball, and ping pong too).
6. My favorite board game is Cribbage.
7. The best gift I have ever received is hard to pick - Julie is so good at giving thoughtful gifts... let's go with the commercial dehydrator (see question 4 as to why).
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is Bear Island, although you'd think it would be Pit's Point (that's my 2nd favorite).
9. The perfect day off would be spent travelling with my beautiful wife somewhere exotic, and still being able to watch the Jets game at night!
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is finding cigarette butts on the ground... come on smokers, the world isn't your ashtray!

Julie

Julie

1. My name is Julie, but at Aikens, I’m known as Julie…but Grant calls me Jewels.
2. This is my 16th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it's what I was meant to do, and my family is here!
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at making ribs…although I refuse to eat them.
4. My food kryptonite is Seafood.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be Multitasking 101.
6. My favorite board game is Cards against Humanity.
7. The best gift I have ever received is besides my children? That's a difficult one, Pit is really good at gift giving...I would have to say my custom made family ring.
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is now the middle of the lake, pretty much the deepest spot, open water trolling.
9. The perfect day off would be sitting on the beach with my family while drinking something tropical.
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is when people try to convince me there are no mushrooms in a meal and I can see them in there.

Patrick

Patrick

1. My name is Patrick Trudel, but at Aikens, I’m better known as The guy with the grey hair.
2. This is my 16th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because of you.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at being the best.
4. My food kryptonite is sweet pickles.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be a poor choice for the student.
6. My favorite board game is Settlers of Catan.
7. The best gift I have ever received is my family.
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is South Gull.
9. The perfect day off would be pizza, beach, hanging with my wife and kids and an adult beverage to wash it all down.
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is poorly placed and executed knots.

Janelle

Janelle

1. My name is Janelle, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Jans.
2. This is my 10th (what!!??) season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it feels like home.
3. Very few people know this about me, but I’m very good at forging signatures.
4. My food kryptonite is vanilla ice cream.
5. If I taught a college class, the subject would be Housekeeping 101.
6. My favorite board game is Hearts. A card game is a board game... Right?
7. The best gifts I have ever received are my two sons.
8. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is the South Arm.
9. The perfect day off would be a sunny beach day with no bugs.
10. My biggest Pet Peeve is my husband's hearing (or lack there of).

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)