Sunday, July 3, 2011

Northwind Lodge Family Vacation 2011

Morning view of Lake Jasper less than 100' from our cabin
We just got back from our trip to Northwind Lodge outside of Ely, Minnesota. The whole family stayed in Cabin #4 overlooking Lake Jasper and the swim beach.

Joe and Annette do a fantastic job with the cabins! Our cabin was super clean with a great shower, kitchen and sitting area. My family of four was very comfortable. The ability to wash off the bug dope before bed with a nice shower was a God's send.

This is a REAL family owned resort owned by the Baltich family since the 1930's. I first visited Northwind Lodge in 1989 and it feels pretty much the same today as it did back then - except for the Red Rock Store which is a very welcome addition to the lodge. Joe and Annette have a real Cabela's of the north at Northwind! Check out their website for great products, from lures and rods to space age epoxy resin canoes.

Our cabin was originally built in 1948 and was added on in 2008. The old section of the cabin has great character.
18" smallmouth on the cabin wall. Not a huge fish, but fitting for the Smallmouth Fly Box cabin!
The cabin interior was clean and comfortable!
The view of Lake Jasper was outstanding
As you can see, the boys loved swimming in the lake! The water was too cold for the adults, but the kids were able to swim and slept well that night.

The sly swimmers of Lake Jasper
Initially the fishing was slow, but the weather has been crazy here in Minnesota - tons of rain and unseasonably cool weather never helps the fishing. By the end of the week the temperatures rose and we had some time to figure out the lake.

The pike and perch started slamming by the end of the week! Believe it or not the Smallmouth Fly Box did not manage to catch a smallie? I busted my butt with my fly rod, but had to resort to spin fishing . Later on in the trip we discovered the bass were all in deeper water feeding on lake shiners. Information discovered just before it was time to pack the car to go home....figures.

Glenn with his Wood Lake Pike

Mom with her Lake Jasper Pike
Elliot with his Wood Lake Pike
The Boys at the Wolf Center in Ely
Goodbye from Northwind....see you next year!

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