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“Not only did we get to experience the thrill of catching fish, you provided an extraordinary, life changing experience for our girls, one that none of us will ever forget.”

— Kim Kowpak,Winnipeg, MB

We travelled as a group of 12 to Aikens Lake, July of 2020. There was a mixed bag of ages and interests in our family's group, in fact, my 16 year old daughter was not shy to declare to us..."Fine. I will go. But under no circumstances will I fish or even EAT fish." Within half a day at Aikens, with the urging of the staff and the guides, she got in the boat and allowed a rod to be put in her hands. She very quickly discovered the joys of fishing: the shared fellowship of your fishing mates, the joy of having a top notch guide, the fresh air and pristine water, the thrill of the catch, and of course, the beautifully prepared shore lunch after a morning of fishing. This turnaround for my daughter was profound and a life lesson I hope she never forgets: be open to new people and experiences. You never know who or what will take hold.

I have heard many people speak highly of Aikens Lake lodge but this was my first chance to experience it. This place is run so smoothly: with the million details taken care of for each guests' visit, this is no small feat. Of course, as you would expect from a lodge of this calibre, all the big things are well taken care of: the lodging, the food, the social atmosphere, the incredibly endearing staff and guides, all of the small details are also taken care of which makes you feel like your safety, comfort and satisfaction are of the utmost priority. This is a special place.

Janelle, Pat, Julie and Pit (and master guitarist Annika:): thank you again for the wonderful 4 days. Not only did we get to experience the thrill of catching fish, you provided an extraordinary, life changing experience for our girls, one that none of us will ever forget.

Merci encore,
Kim, Chuck, Carmen and Ella xo


“The place is absolutely Top Drawer in every aspect of the experience. Having dreamed about taking my 2 teenage grandsons on a fly in fishing trip for years I could not have written a better script. The accommodations, Food, equipment level of excellence was only surpassed by the people.”

— Chip Michel,St. Paul, Minnesota

The place is absolutely Top Drawer in every aspect of the experience. Having dreamed about taking my 2 teenage grandsons on a fly in fishing trip for years I could not have written a better script. Right from the get go. The pilot's interaction with the boys and the flight not only made the flight exciting but involved them.

The reception at the Dock needs to be experienced, I have no words for that. We arrived about 1:30pm, were on the lake at 2:30 PM with a great guide who not only knew how to catch fish but again interacted with the boys as a buddy. The boys quit counting 20+ inch Walleye's at 30 by 4:40. Every day was a repeat. Reminded me of a video I saw of a tuna boat.

Grampa quit taking pictures of the boys with fish after the 1st day. The accommodations, Food, equipment level of excellence was only surpassed by the people. I probably shouldn't be writing this. It's just like a good restaurant. You tell people about how good it is and then you can't get a reservation.

Brush up on your French too. Pit's wife can be heard throwing it around. Kinda lends some civility & culture to the place. Don't worry about the value of having a good time. My humble opinion is that it is a given.
 


“You have paid attention to every detail and it shows. The cabin and food is the best I have seen. Lots of neat spots to explore, wish we had more time!”

— Jason Mitchell,Jason Mitchell Outdoors

You have paid attention to every detail and it shows. The cabin and food is the best I have seen.

Everything is going great. On Aikens Lake there were some eaters but a lot of fish over 22 inches. On Lost Last, we seemed to catch fish all over but the islands were the best. 

Lots of neat spots to explore, wish we had more time!


“It exceeded any expectation I had to the point that I’ve told my kids that if I get a bonus that’s exactly where we’re going. When you compare it against other luxury vacations, where you typically pay extra for a guide or various excursions, what you get at Aikens is a really good value. I’ve fished all over the world, from Alaska to Colorado to Costa Rica. I’d put Aikens over those in terms of the size fish you can catch and the quantity. ”

— Maria Bailey,Florida

I was a little skeptical going alone as a woman, but the family atmosphere was so inclusive that I never even thought twice about it once I stepped off the plane.

It exceeded any expectation I had to the point that I’ve told my kids that if I get a bonus that’s exactly where we’re going. When you compare it against other luxury vacations, where you typically pay extra for a guide or various excursions, what you get at Aikens is a really good value.

I’ve fished all over the world, from Alaska to Colorado to Costa Rica. I’d put Aikens over those in terms of the size fish you can catch and the quantity. I caught 118 fish in one day. We thought it would be funny to start counting, and by the time we got to 100 we were like, this is ridiculous. My arms were so sore they were like rubber.

The quality of all the meals surprised me. I’m a very picky eater. I don’t eat red meat, I don’t eat processed food. They were very accommodating to my diet. Everything they cooked me was so fresh. I didn’t have to give up my diet, which is typically what you have to do if you’re at an all-inclusive place or a cruise.


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