Getting To Bluewater Aviation / Aikens Lake

For those that fly commercially into Winnipeg (YWG) or privately into Lac Du Bonnet (CYAX), we have you covered!  You will be at Aikens on the afternoon you travel. 

Flying Commercially into Winnipeg:  We will have our driver waiting for you right at the luggage claim at the airport.  They will be displaying a clipboard with the Aikens Lake signature maple leaf logo on it.  In case you don't connect with the driver right away, try calling the driver's cell phone @ 204-229-2425, Michelle's cell phone 204-997-3170, or try the OTours Receptive Services office at 204-254-3170.  

Flying Privately on wheels: For those that fly into Lac Du Bonnet (CYAX) on private plane, our float planes will literally be a few hundred yards from your landing strip.

Flying Privately on floats: You can fly directly to Aikens if you have your own float plane!  Our GPS coordinates are: N51.203980, W95.310352.  The lodge is located on the large peninsula on the NE side of the lake. 

Driving yourself to Bluewater Aviation in Silver Falls: If you are driving yourself to our float base in Silver Falls, here is how you get to Bluewater Aviation:

BlueWater Aviation
101145 Highway 11
Silver Falls Airport
Silver Falls, MB R0E 1M0
204-367-2762

Bluewater Aviation is approximately 90 minutes Northeast of Winnipeg on Highway 11.

Distances in miles to Silver Falls, Manitoba

  • Chicago 880
  • Madison 745
  • Denver 1,265
  • Milwaukee 810
  • Des Moines 703
  • Minneapolis 545
  • Detroit 1215
  • Omaha 733
  • Fargo 300
  • Sioux City 637
  • Indianapolis 1060
  • Sioux Falls 551
  • Kansas City 910
  • Winnipeg 80
     

Directions from Winnipeg to Silver Falls, MB

  • Enter Winnipeg on the 75, quickly turn right (East) on the perimeter highway 101
  • Turn left on Hwy. 59 (North) and leave Winnipeg
  • After about 45-60 minutes on 59, take a right turn (East) on Hwy. 304
  • About another 20 minutes to Hwy. 11, where you turn right again (south)
  • (If you go over the big dam, you went too far!)
  • Drive six miles to Silver Falls. Blue Water Aviation is located one half-mile south of Silver Falls on the Winnipeg River.
  • The trip once you leave Winnipeg is about 80 miles (approximately an hour and a half drive)

Hotel Accommodations NEAR Bluewater Aviation:

Download our PDF of recommended hotels and rates.

Silver Falls:  If you plan to arrive to Silver Falls later than 4:00 p.m., then an overnight stay will be required. The closest hotel to Silver Falls is in Pine Falls (5 minutes North of the float base). The Papertown Motor Inn offers clean rooms at affordable rates. They are situated on the corner of highways 304 and 11. If you would like us to book the rooms for you, we would me more than happy to. If you would rather do it yourself, the phone number at the Papertown is 204-367-2261.

On the Way:

South Beach Casino (about halfway between Winnipeg and Bluewater Aviation - north of Winnipeg on Highway 59)  204-766-2100

Winnipeg

There are a few major hotels in Winnipeg you can choose:

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)