Ice Access Map Lake Winnibigoshish Cass Itasca County MN
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Lake Winnibiogoshish Ice Access Locations Updated January 13, 2022 — Comments from resorts, outfitters and guests.

image of lake winnie ice access mapHere are some updates about Lake Winnie Ice Accesses and travel conditions along with fishing updates as of January 13, 2022.

The accompanying map with numbered descriptions identifies the access points around the lake and provides the most up do date information available at the time. Please note the dates for each of the individual access point and use the phone contacts to get up to the minute reports when needed.

image say access open#1 Dixon Lake Resort access at Third River is open.

The most recent internet update came from Karen on December 24, 2021, in it, she advised, "Great days on the ice this Tuesday. Had the whole family out in the family house. Toys and blankets every where and fishing fun!"

Access from this landing is typically limited to waters within the Third River Flowage and following the north shore toward the “clay banks” near Farley Creek. Ice ridges frequently crop up from near Stony Point and run across the lake westward toward Mallard Point. The ridges, when they occur, will block travel onto the main lake.

This access is open to the public, but there is a drop box provided for folks who are willing to make a free will donation. I'd suggest $12.00 which is at the low end of rates offered at most other resorts on the lake. >> Dixon Lake Resort 218-659-4612

Image denoting restricted access to Lake Winnie #2 The Poacher's Landing at Bowen's Flats (Click Here For Image) is a user developed site which allows access to the lake's north side and is most commonly used by ice fishermen who want to fish along Bowen's Flats. This landing is usually suitable for snowmobiles and ATV's. At times, the access is good enough for pickup trucks too, but is rarely suitable for vehicles towing large shelters. As of Monday December 20, 2021, anglers were using ATVs at the access, some were walking, but there was no evidence that anyone had attempted to drive. As the image reveals, driving a pickup off of that access would be tricky at best.

image say access open #3A The Pines Resort and Campground. This access is opened to pickup trucks of all sizes and fishing shelters with single axles that can move freely up and down the steep landing.

When available, anglers towing larger ice fishing shelters may get on the lake by using the landing at nearby Tamarack Lodge. The road fee is $20.00 per day.

The Pines Road provides access mainly to the northeastern section of the lake, through Tamarack Bay. Typically, this area is best known for good Perch and Pike fishing. But there are occasional spurts of good Walleye action too, especially along the steep Mississippi River Channel breakline. >> Pines Resort & Campground 218-246-8546

image say access open #3B Tamarack Lodge offers also offers access and as of 1-1-2022. Their road, in cooperation with the Pines Resort is open to pickup trucks and ice fishing shelters of all sizes and dimensions. Reports from anglers on the lake indicated that the ice thickness was approaching 20 innches. Snow cover was about a foot deep, snow was light and fluffy and the network of plowed roads was in excellent condition.

Anglers reported that fishing was relatively slow, but that most anglers were catching some perch and walleyes. Walleye anglers caught respectable numbers of fish in the protected slot, along with some fishin the over slot size keeper ranger too.

Tamarack Lodge works in unison with The Pines Resort to maintain the plowed roads in Tamarack Bay. Whether you enter the lake though Tamarack Lodge or through The Pines Resort, you are essentially accessing the same road system.

Tamarack does however have their own, semi-private landing and the incline of their landing is less steep than the landing at The Pines. For anglers with wheel houses, this may provide a more desirable location for driving on. The road fee is $20.00 per day.

Tamarack Lodge is open during winter and provides lodging for ice anglers. Contact >> Tamarack Lodge 218-246-8515

image say access open #4 Highbanks Resort will be officially open for their winter season as of 3:00 PM today January 6, 2022. They anticipate allowing pickup trucks and ice fishing shelters of all sizes at that time. Ice conditions update indicted that the snow, 15 inches deep, was light and fluffy. They do not anticipate that this will hinder ice development or prevent plowing their network of roads on the ice.

Highbanks provides one of the lake's most convenient drive on locations. For Lodging and shelter rental >> Highbanks Resort 218-246-2560

Image denoting restricted access to Lake Winnie #5 The Birches Public Landing, just south of High Banks also has a large crack on shore and as shown in the image, an off-shore ice ridge, along with plenty of nasty looking rough ice. I did see some tracks produced by an adventerous angler who wiggled along the shoreline, headed north and then presumably out onto the lake? It looked like a lot of work to me, and in my mind, the cracks and ice ridges will be prohibiting access at this ramp for some time, maybe for the entire season.

The public landing is popular because it allows access to the lake's east and north sides along with access to most of the lakes mid-section. It is most commonly used by ice fishermen who want to fish "the humps" and mid lake bars, but don't want to pay a private road fee. So, it's possible that somebody will attempt to make improvements and if they do, I'll post an update later.

image say access open #6 Denny's Resort access is open and this update was provided by Pat Rooney yesterday. "We're now letting all weights out, we're keeping the bigger trucks and houses up front where we have more ice but we're able to accommodate all setups. The fish are biting a little deeper, in around 22 to 24 feet of water, the fish are biting on gold and glow lure's after dark."

Denny's typically has a very good network of plowed roads that provide coverage all over the south end, most of lakes mid-section, and along the southeast side of the lake.

Their road is open to the public for an access fee. Pickup trucks are $12.00 per day, wheel houses are $15.00 per day or $30.00 for a weekend pass. Denny’s Resort also provides shelter rentals including both day houses and sleeper rentals. >> Denny’s Resort, 218-665-2222

image say access open #7 Nodak Lodge is open and as of January 7, 2022 wrote; "We currently have 14 to 18 inches of ice and there (are) lots of chunks of ice standing up 2 to 4 feet high from the wind. So be very careful traveling across the lake! We have (probably) 8 to 12 inches of snow on the lake now. Right now we have a road going out 2 miles to big island, Flats in front , South horseshoe, Big Muskie Bar and Little muskie bar. We have spots plowed for wheelhouses!
Fishing been good perch are being found on the flats . Walleye doing best on the tops of humps or island edges and on the bars 17 to 21 feet deep. There are lots of little ones throw them back and let them grow!! We have showers available in the lodge 7am to 7pm. We do not have a fish cleaning house.

We are allowing the following out on road: 1/2 ton and 3/4 tons with single axle houses. Access Fee's: Daily $12, Truck and wheelhouse Daily $20, Wheelhouse Weekend Pass $40.00."

Occasionally, based on local conditions, Nodak Lodge limits access to the public, allowing road use by guests and rental customers only. For clarification about the current situation, I texted Tyler and he replied; "We are always open to the public unless blizards, heavy snow or high winds force a shutdown." So, if the weather conditions are questionable, be sure to call first.

Nodak Lodge provides a system of plowed roads that provide access mainly to the south and southwest sides of the lake, along with access to some of the mid-lake bars and humps. When open, their daily road access fees are $12.00 for a single pickup truck, $15.00 for wheel houses and $25.00 for a full weekend pass. Nodak Lodge 218-665-2226

Image denoting restricted access to Lake Winnie #8 Richard's Townsite Public Landing is easily accessible for ATVs and snowmobiles as of 12-20-2021. As the image shows, there are no current issues with cracking or ice ridges close to the shoreline. I did not see any evidence of pickup travel at the landing, but there were numerous ATV and Snowmobile tracks leading out onto the lake. The access road, Richard's Drive Northeast #2074 was well travelled and presented no challenges.

The Richards Townsite public landing is most commonly used by ice fishermen who want to fish along the southwest shoreline and the lake's southwestern mid-section. This landing is usually only suitable for snowmobiles and ATVs, but this winter, should be good enough for pickup trucks as well, at least based on conditions at the time of this writing.

image say access open #9 Trapper's Landing. Two Resorts, Becker’s and McArdle’s cooperate to maintain a system of plowed roads that provide access from the public landing located on the west side of the lake. Accessed via Trappers Drive, NW #2235 just south of McArdle’s Resort, this is typiclly an excellent landing.

As of December 20, 2021, the road was open and presented no travel issues. At the access, there were several pickup trucks parked in the parking area. The landing was in reasonably good shape, but there were some ruts formed when the weather warmed up last week. There were quite a few ice fishing shelters, mainly spear houses, I think and some of them were obviously occupied. I did not see any pickup trucks on the ice, nor did I see any sign that rental operators have attempted to stake a trail yet.

This access is open to the public, but there will be a drop box provided for folks who are willing to make a free will donation. I'd suggest $12.00 which is the low end rate at most other resorts on the lake. >> Becker's Resort 218-665-2268 or McArdle's Resort 218-665-2212

Did miss something? I'm sure that I can count on you to let me know so I can make corrections. And as always, up-to-date field reports from anglers on the ice are always welcome. Let us know what you've seen on the lake and help your fellow anglers have a safe, fun ice fishing trip! image of fish smiley >> Contact Jeff Sundin


image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort New Years Eve 2021

image of pickup truck plowing snow on Lake Winnie We are bracing for a BUSY weekend at The Pines! Elsewhere around the lake, access via plowed roads is still a big question mark. But thanks to good ice conditions in Tamarack Bay, fluffy snow and good plow trucks, our roads are in great condition.

The ice is good, with 18 inches being the most common measurement. We are currently allowing all pickup trucks towing manageable size ice fishing shelters out of our ramp. For folks with larger wheelhouses, like big tandem axle models, the landing at Tamarack Lodge is also available and open. Anglers have been showing up steadily all day long, so expect to find robust traffic on the lake. But if history is any indication, fish should remain cooperative throughout the weekend.

Walleye anglers are doing their best work using ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Update 12-31-2021


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