Misc Services

Annika : Head of Child Care Services

Annika : Head of Child Care Services

1. My name is Annika, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Anni.
2. This is my 12th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because of the beach!
3. My favorite thing binge-watch on you tube is tutorials on songs for my guitar and piano.
4. My best travel memory is surfing in Hawaii
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Give a man a fish, he eats for the day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me playing my guitar or swimming.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is the fish that got away...I had a trophy walleye on my line on the dock.
8. The one item I cannot live without is music

Martin : Official Dock Net Man

Martin : Official Dock Net Man

1.    My name is Martin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Marty.
2. This is my 9th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful peninsula because this is where I will catch my first Trophy.
3. My favorite thing to binge-watch on you tube is Preston Playz.
4. My best travel memory is catching Mahi Mahi while Deep Sea Fishing.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Set the Hook!”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me fishing off the dock.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is fishing with Pepère Turenne in the rain at the Honey Hole all afternoon.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my iPad.

Natasha : Professional Laundry Helper

Natasha : Professional Laundry Helper

1.    My name is Natasha, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Shasha, 'squito.
2.  This is my 7th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I get to play with Oscar and Arthur every day.
3. My favorite show to binge-watch is Scooby Doo.
4. My best travel memory is doing the Luau on a stage in Hawaii.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Fix your Crazy Hair!”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me following Grant around and hanging out with Memère in the Laundry room.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is playing with the leeches and crawlers in Papa's boat.
8. The one item I cannot live without are my Shopkins.

Oscar : Trail Inspector

Oscar : Trail Inspector

My name is Oscar, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Ozzie, Oz or Oz-man.
2.  This is my 4th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because of the quads.
3. My favorite show to binge-watch is Pat’ Patrouilles (Paw Patrol)
4. My best travel memory is going to visit the Maritimes with my parents and grandparents.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Put your pants back on before leaving the bathroom”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me taking walks and gathering leaves and sticks in the forest.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is catching my first fish with Papa this summer... it was so big I called it a whale!
8. The one item I cannot live without is my collection of toy cars.

Arthur : Professional Vehicle Co-Pilot

Arthur : Professional Vehicle Co-Pilot

1.    My name is Arthur, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Arty.
2.  This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula to work on my social skills.
3. My favorite book is “Je t’aime tout le temps”.
4. My best travel memory is flying down to Louisiana at just 2 months. But like most people that have been to NOLA, I don’t remember much of it at all.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Sand is not as tasty as it looks”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me napping - I love sleep!
7. My favorite memory at Aikens is walking the entire trail pushing my little truck. What a day - I had a great nap after that!
8. The one item I cannot live without is my brother - I wish he felt the same way!

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)