Slippery Winds Lodge: Short on Drive – Long on Adventure

Combining drive-in style convenience with outpost-like fishing.

For many anglers heading to Canada, their goal is to find “the end of the road” where civilization ends and true wilderness begins. But, what if “true wilderness” can be found at “the beginning of the road”? In Northwest Ontario the beginning of the road starts at Fort Francis, just across the border from International Falls, MN.

Only 4.5 hours from Minneapolis, just 9 hours from Chicago and a mere 11.5 hours from St Louis lies the airbase for Slippery Winds. This fly-in, classic Canadian log lodge offers anglers American-plan accommodations in combination with world class fishing.

Slippery Winds Wilderness Lodge
What can Slippery Winds Lodge offer – in addition to a shorter drive – that other famous end of the road cities like Red Lake, Pickle Lake, and Armstrong can’t?  How about trophy fishing for Muskie, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, to go along with excellent walleye fishing? Those species don’t make it up to most of the “end of the road” fisheries!

Slippery Winds is the only lodge on Yoke Lake which shares a peninsula with Straw lake.  Each body of water defines the primary water systems found in the Canadian Shield.  Yoke Lake is a clear, cold with deep holes, shallow bays and mid-lake reefs. This structure provides excellent habitat for Large & Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, Northern Pike, large Walleye and trophy Muskie. Straw Lake is shallow, fertile and stained with many weed beds that provide excellent numbers of walleye, smallmouth, largemouth and northern pike!

A Healthy Slippery Winds Lake Trout!

Including portage lakes, Slippery Winds offers access to six lakes providing opportunities to catch every fish species in NW Ontario! Did I mention this is all within a day’s drive from most Midwestern U.S. cities? 

My wife Janet and I are headed to Slippery Winds in mid-June, so I’ll give you a fishing report from this fascinating destination, a microcosm of everything Northwest Ontario has to offer.  If you are looking to take a big adventure and cut down on the drive, check out Slippery Winds Lodge for your next adventure!


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