Testimonials

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“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

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.

The main lodge, Lost Lake Luxury Outpost and Great Grey Owl Mini-Lodge are all spectacular. They are far superior to any other fly-in facility.


“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

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.

Also, Pit and Julie are such real and genuine people. They’ve got a tremendous sense of hospitality. They make everybody feel welcome and a part of it. That’s where all the repeat guests come in. Their whole staff are so easy to be with, and hanging in the bar at night you meet other people and enjoy talking with them.

The shorelunches are spectacular, and I always enjoy the flight in and out because it’s such great scenery getting there. My first time at Aikens I had a wonderful time and I could hardly wait to go back, even though the weather was just terrible. This year, the weather was damn near perfect.

We have such a great time, it was an easy choice to go with Pit and Julie.


“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

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. I liked the all-inclusive package, too, so they had everything provided for them.

It was really a surprise to them. When they opened the brochures they said, ‘OK, what exactly is this?’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.


“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

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

There are so many things you’d never expect at an outpost, such as a gourmet kitchen, beautiful docks, an ice machine, Sirius radio I’ve been on a lot of fly-in trips and generally speaking when someone says outpost camp, it fits the definition of an outpost. There’s an outdoor latrine, running water or electricity might be hit or miss, and you’re roughing it to a degree. Not at Lost Lake. Pit and the team have raised the bar.

This year they added a fish cleaning facility on Lost Lake so you could clean fish in an area protected from bugs or weather. Is it necessary? No, but they want to continue to raise the bar and that’s the neat thing. They solicit feedback from everyone who stays there and they listen because they really care about their guests.


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