Misc Services

Annika : Head of Child Care Services

Annika : Head of Child Care Services

1. My name is Annika, but my nickname at Aikens is Anni.
2. This is my 13th season at the lodge and not having caught a trophy yet is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be "Some nights" by Fun.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved are tomatoes.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Girl Meets World.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Justin Bieber.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 27 3/4" walleye.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year are my friends.

Martin : Official Dock Net Man

Martin : Official Dock Net Man

1. My name is Martin, but my nickname at Aikens is Marty..
2. This is my 10th season at the lodge and the fun is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be "Shape of You".
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is Mustard.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Scooby Doo.
6. One song I can’t stand is Narwhal, Narwhal.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 27.5" walleye.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my itunes card.

Natasha : Professional Laundry Helper

Natasha : Professional Laundry Helper

1. My name is Natasha, but my nicknames at Aikens are Shasha, Shasher, 'squito.
2. This is my 8th season at the lodge and I keep coming back because I like it here.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be "Beat it".
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved are onions.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Scooby Doo.
6. One song I can’t stand is Watch me.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 26.5" walleye.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my homework...Oops!

Oscar : Trail Inspector

Oscar : Trail Inspector

1. My name is Oscar, but my nickname at Aikens are Oz-man, Oz and Ozzie.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge and the walking trails are what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Paris” by the Chainsmokers.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is mushrooms.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Toupie et Binou.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is my dad, just when he’s singing!
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is small pike, but to me it was HUGE!
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is Memère.

Arthur : Professional Vehicle Co-Pilot

Arthur : Professional Vehicle Co-Pilot

1. My name is Arthur, but my nicknames at Aikens are Arty and Art.
2. This is my third season at the lodge and my obsession with motorized vehicles is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be Minion’s “Banana Song”.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is plain yogurt.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Max et Ruby.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is my brother (only when he sings!).
7. I am a hockey fan, and I think all the teams are the Jets!
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 21” walleye off the dock!
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my quad.

One of the coolest things about Aikens is you could have terrible fishing and have an awesome time there. Well-fed and well-served, plenty of beer to keep you warm. Tremendous service. Of course, the fishing’s great, too, but you have fun either way.

—Nate Siegal,
Salt Lake City, Utah

Incredible staff and amazing fishing. The accommodations are top notch and the food is first class. You won't find a better lodge in North America for pike and walleye fishing. The owners really know how to run this place. The memories made here are like no other.

—Jesse Bleeman,
Toronto, Ontario

What I love about Aikens? The ever present welcoming attitude that starts when you exit the plane and ends, well, never actually ends from what I can tell. The entire staff which is well selected and well trained, guides who make fishing fun and easy, the size of the lake (not too small for serious fishing and not too big for novices), the breakfasts, the shore lunches, the dinners, the awards handed out at dinner, the evening fishing with dock staff making sure your boat is ready, and the bar that gives you a chance to meet fun and interesting people to share a fishing story, a joke, or life story.

—Dennis Munson,
Solon, Iowa

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)