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.  Rachelle Soriano runs our ground transportation service and she can be reached at 204-771-9488 if you can't connect with the driver.  Or you can try us up at the lodge at 204-237-5253.  

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.  There is a 3,604 ft ashpalt landing strip at CYAX.  

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
Pine Falls, MB R0E 1M0


Second location in Bissett, MB:

BlueWater Aviation Bissett
1 Read Ave
Bissett, MB R0E 0J0

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

Bluewater Aviation Bissett is approximately 180 minutes Northeast of Winnipeg on Highway 304

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


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

For more ideas on where to stay before or after your trip to Aikens, download our PDF of recommended hotels.

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

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

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,

This week at Aikens for our anniversary has been absolutely the greatest gift! The only thing that would have made it better was if my dad and mom could have been with us.

—Amanda Paschal,
Parker, Colorado

They say “you get what you pay for” ... at Aikens you get more. They know what they’re doing, and it shows. Its called “The Aikens Experience.” The lodging is top notch. The food is outrageous! Aikens Lake is a dream to fish. The staff - how they find and keep so many polite, friendly, courteous, intelligent, and attentive people year after year I have no idea. They learn your likes and dislikes; they make you feel welcome and relaxed.

—Steven J Kuzmich,
Loveland, Colorado

People sometimes want to try new locations or lakes in Canada but I really do not know why our group would ever look elsewhere or even think about it. The fishing is world class and the accommodations and hospitality are five-star.

—Gene Reibel,
Omaha, Nebraska

We wanted to get a true fly-in Canadian fishing/wilderness experience, but be able to do that without having to spend two days traveling to get there. Overall, the experience was exactly what we wanted. Great fishing, great setting, great service and accommodations that allow you to really relax and enjoy quality time with your family.

—Tony Abena,
Edina, Minnesota

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)