Last weekend I, along with a few friends, made the trip up to Morris Point Lake View Lodge on Lake of the Woods. We got up to the lake early on Thursday afternoon, and stayed until Sunday morning. We rented a cabin through their “Complete Leisure Package,” which included three nights in a cabin and two days in their permanent ice houses. The package included a road pass and bait for the days we fished.
As far as accommodations go, you cannot ask for anything more. Our cabin was completely equipped with everything we needed as far as utensils to cook, a full size refrigerator, full size bathroom and linens for the beds. Another bonus with Morris Point is the on-site fish-cleaning house, along with a restaurant and bar only feet from the cabin door. It truly is a place where all you need to bring is your ice rod and jigs.
As far as fishing goes, we were welcomed with a cold snap that brought overnight temperatures down to below -20 degrees. Their guides, Ricky and Ronnie, welcomed us as we arrived at the shacks. They are some real north woods characters that will leave you with some one-liners I’ll bet you’ve never heard before. They checked up on us several times each day to see how we were doing and gave us tips on how other houses were catching fish. The shacks we were in ranged from 4-man to 6-man houses. They have a variety of layouts from benches on the outside walls with holes in the middle to folding chairs in the center with holes on the outer walls. The shacks are well insulated and have a heater built into the wall as well as propane lights. There are no generators at any of the shacks so there is no power unless you bring your own source.
All things considered our group did relatively well compared to other groups who reported only catching a few fish. In total we caught around 70 fish between our 5 guys. The fish were in a negative mood and for the most part just wanted a plain hook tipped with a minnow under a float. We did also catch a few fish while jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head or small plastics. Most of the fish were on the small size, they averaged about 12” throughout the trip with one fish being in the slot. The water we fished was anywhere from 29-32’ which seemed to be a little bit on the deeper side, but that’s where the fish were I guess.
We brought up food to cook on our own for one of the nights we were there, and caught some fish for a fish fry the second night. The final night we decided to eat at the restaurant after a long day on the lake. While the food was good, the service from staff left quite a bit to be desired. The bar and restaurant was significantly understaffed for the number of people staying at the resort. We ordered a round of drinks while we looked at menus, after they were brought to our table, it was another 30 minutes before the waitress returned to take our order. Our group of 5 then waited for our food and watched as other larger groups, who had arrived after us, already had their food.
Overall, the price is definitely right at Morris Point if you are looking to make a trip to Lake of the Woods. While the service isn’t anything to write home about, you cannot get the same accommodations anywhere else in the area unless you are willing to spend quite a bit more. Our group left the resort with no complaints aside from the service in the restaurant, and I think every one of us would recommend staying at Morris Point Lake View Lodge to any of our friends.
If you are interested in booking a trip at Morris Point Lake View Lodge here is their info:
Morris Point Lake View Lodge
Al & Michelle Holte
Here is a short list of some gear we used on our trip:
Frozen Puppy Custom Ice Rods
St. Croix Rods
Blake’s Custom Baits
Brantner Jigs LLC