Hawk Lake Lodge

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Dates of Operation
Our open dates and availability continuously change as guests adjust their schedules. If you do not see dates or availability that match your schedule or group size please call (617) 820-4056 during the winter or (807) 548-2930 all summer long and speak with us directly.

We are now accepting 2015 & 2016 Reservations.

Our 2015 season begins on Friday, May 15th (walleye opener is the next day) and runs through Sunday September 13th. This page was revised March 23rd, 2015 to reflect current availability for the 2015 season. We are looking at a regualr ice out so May fishing will be incredible.

May - from open to May 30th still availability for all group sizes

June - sold out

July - 1st half sold out

July 18th onward general availability

August - half full, still plenty of room

September - plenty of availability

September 9-12th sold out

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for all sorts of great information.

Fishing Packages


Compare Value
When you compare packages from other lodges compute their rates for the length of your stay, then ask about the costs of "add-ons" such as dinner and lodging the night of arrival, breakfast the morning of departure, extra gasoline, bait, non-alcoholoc beverages or the hours you can fish or that your boat is available for your use. These necessities can add many dollars to your true total cost. There are no unexpected or hidden costs at Hawk Lake Lodge. Be sure to compare the true costs before you buy. The only items not inluded are fishing licenses, gratuities, sales taxes (HST) and any guiding services.

Check in/Out

To ensure that your cabin is ready when you arrive, and that it is also ready when the guest following you arrives, we must adhere to a 2 P.M. arrival and 10:00 A.M. departure time. Early arrivals and late departures may be charged at the rate of $45.00 per hour per person.


Transportation from Kenora Ontario, International Falls Minnesota and Winnipeg Manitoba airports is available via rental car.Hawk Lake Lodge

Among the better places to research airfares, we recommend www.nwa.com along with travel websites such as www.orbitz.com, www.expedia.com, www.cheapoair.com, and www.kayak.com. For personalized service our preferred travel agency is Prelude Travel which is located right here in Kenora. They can take care of all your travel needs and often times can find better discounts on airfare than is available to the public. Please call them directly at (800) 561-8907 and ask for Larissa.

2015 Rates

$400/night per person

$225 per day for guiding services (8am - 5 pm)

$250 per day for pontoon boat rental - seats 10 comfortably with leather couches, bimini top, stereo, rod holders and swim ladder. It can also be rented for $125 for 1/2 a day or $100 per evening (after finner until dusk)

Fishing Licenses
Fishing licenses are not included in the package (we sell them at the lodge). This also includes the new Ontario Outdoors Card (which we also sell right here). If you would like to purchase your license ahead of time (including Outdoor cards) MNR now offers on-line license purchasing! Follow the following link: https://www1.on.wildlifelicense.com/index_hf.php

Special Rates
A special rate will apply to all groups of two or more fishermen staying a week (seven nights) or more. This special rate will be $385/night. Single anglers will not receive a discount.

Family reservation discounts for family groups will apply as follows: children under 10 years can come on a no charge basis; children 10 to 15 are charged one half the full rate; those 16 and above are charged the regular applicable adult rate. Family discounts apply only to children who are accompanied by two adults per family.

Please call for details. All prices are quoted in USD.

Deposit Policy
A deposit is required by October 16th of 2014 for all reservations made before that date. We will send out early season deposit requests at the end of September so this is not an exact date, but close. For new reservations made after this date deposits are due within 2 weeks of booking. Cabins will not be held for late deposits. A deposit of one half of the package price is required to hold all reservations made before January 1st, 2015. After January 1st through May 1st the deposit required is 75%. Thereafter the deposit is 100% of the price through close. Deposits are refundable if cancellation is received prior to January 1st, 2015. No refunds will be made for late cancellations (i.e. any cancellations made after January 1st of 2015). We strongly recommend purchasing trip insurance when you book your fishing trip. This will allow you to recoup your costs should something unforeseen happen. Guests are responsible for all damage to the boats and motors.

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Hawk Lake Lodge is located 45 miles East of Kenora, right off the Trans Canada highway. Simple to get to, hard to leave.

Directions from International Falls
Follow the signs in International Falls (downtown area) to the International Bridge. Cross the bridge to Fort Frances Ontario. You will clear Canada Customs after you have crossed the bridge. As you exit customs turn left at the first intersection.  Go to the second light.  You will see a sign for Rt. 11 west.  Turn left and proceed about 25-30 miles to the intersection of Rt. 71.  Turn right (only goes right). Continue north on 71 through Nester Falls and Sioux Narrows. Approximately 35 miles north of Sioux Narrows highway 71 intersects with the Trans-Canada Highway 17. Turn right (East) on 17. Travel east approximately 15 miles. Hawk Lake Road exits to the right at the top of the hill as you pass over the CP Rail viaduct. Follow the road signs South 4 kilometers/2.2 miles to the lodge.

Follow the gravel road south. Cross over the rail lines.  Follow the road without making any turns for another 1.5 miles to the welcome sign.  Bear right and the road ends at the Lodge.

Estimated travel time: International Falls Minnesota to the lodge, 2 hours after you clear Canada Customs

Directions from Winnipeg
We are about 3 1/2 hours driving time from the Winnipeg airport. From the airport travel East to St. James, then right (South) to Portage. Turn left (East) on Portage. Stay in the right lane and watch for Highway 1 (the Trans-Canada Highway in Manitoba) bearing to the right. Stay on Highway 1 heading East toward Ontario and Kenora (approx. 150 miles/240 kilometers). The speed limit of 100 kph is enforced. When you pass into Ontario the Trans-Canada Highway number changes from #1 to #17.

As you approach Kenora do not exit the Trans-Canada. Stay on the by-pass (17A) (so bear left at the split) and continue East approximately 70 kilometers/45 miles to Hawk Lake Road. You will pass the intersection of Highway 71 entering from the South. We are 20 kilometers/15.5 miles East of this intersection. Hawk Lake Road exits to the right at the top of the hill as you pass over the CP Rail viaduct. Follow the road signs South 4 kilometers/2.2 miles to the lodge.

Follow the gravel road south. Cross over the rail lines.  Follow the road without making any turns for another 1.5 miles to the welcome sign.  Bear right and the road ends at the Lodge.

Passport Requirements
All persons entering Canada will need to have in their possession a current passport. This requirement now applies to all air, land and water forms of transportation.

Travelling with Children
For those parents travelling with children without your spouse in order to make your border crossing less painful it is highly beneficial to bring a notarized letter from your spouse identifying you as their parent that is allowed to take your children into and out of Canada during the specified dates. Having this document will make your border crossing that much easier.

Contact Us
For a brochure, information package or reservations call your hosts, Ted and Virginia Putnam - we look forward to meeting you!

Hawk Lake LodgeYou can reach us by phone at 1-617-820-4056 (winter) or (807-548-2930 all summer) and via email at ted@hawk-lake.com

Our mailing address is:
194 Woodland Rd, Milton, Massachusetts 02186 (USA)

Notable quotes from some of our guests who would be happy to share their experiences with you! Feel free to talk with them about Hawk Lake Lodge—ask them about their Hawk Lake experiences!

‘Without question the best smallmouth bass fishery on the planet'
Steve Yearout

"Time moves faster as you get older and I have learned to spend as much time as I can with family and friends. My sons and I started an annual three day trip to Hawk Lake in the late 90's. Every year we keep coming back and now stay for a full week. Yes..the fishing is fantastic and seems to get better every year...yes the accommodations are first class...yes the food is outstanding...but we can do that in a number of places...We come back because we feel at home and my boys feel like part of your family(so do I)...In a world of impersonalization it is so refreshing to be with my sons at Hawk Lake where everything is done with a very personal touch."
Tom Lakin

"While we could go on almost indefinitely talking about the sensational fishing and all the great memories that your Lodge has provided us with, we want to thank your family from the bottom of our hearts for the fishing, the friendship and the fantastic memories.  All I can say to a new guest is make REALLY SURE that a snag is a snag.  You never know when it will shake its head and you will have a fish of a lifetime or even a World Record on your hands!"
David & Bridget Mohler

We have been coming to the Hawk Lake Lodge for 20 years because of their philosophy of catch and release. Because of this philosophy, Hawk Lake Lodge has seen trophy catches for all species. We are still coming to Hawk Lake Lodge because of the fishing, the exceptional food and facilities, as well all of the recreational opportunities offered.
Larry and Pat Johnson

Last year at this time many of you were reading the story of our retreat into the wilderness of Ontario, Canada. We were stoked about the tremendous smallmouth and walleye fishing we had enjoyed while we were guests at an outdoor paradise. We had endured four days of daylight to dark fishing, all in small, 1960’s aluminum fishing boats equipped with a small outboard. We had no electricity or phone service while there and had to cook up our own vittles most every meal.

On our way out of International Falls airport last year, as we were bemoaning our aches and pains from the trip, Jerry noticed a billboard advertising ‘FIRST CLASS’ accommodations at another fishing lodge. We decided then and there that the promise of bass boats with trolling motors, electronics and pedestal seats was too much to ignore. They even offered electricity, modern plumbing, hot showers, hot tub, full meal service and WIRELESS! Besides, it only cost a little bit more, Jerry chided. We were hooked. We begin planning our trip to go to Hawk Lake Lodge this year.

We just returned last week from Hawk Lake Lodge. The ad was correct – we fished from new, well equipped bass boats and had a cabin with electricity, hot water and nice, soft beds. But, did I mention maid service and all the snacks and soft drinks we wanted? Our breakfast was prepared and brought to our rooms, as well as gourmet lunches for the next day on the water. Our dinner was served in a lodge fit for a king. The dinner was comparable to any first class restaurant in any big city. The chef (yes, chef) was of foreign descent and trained in Europe. The staff waited on us hand and foot during the entire stay. It was an unbelievable trip, to say the least.

Oh, yeah, the fishing was worldclass, too. We caught smallmouth and walleye from 7 different lakes on jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. Some big, feisty northern attacked our baits all too often as well. As dedicated fishermen, we stayed after them from daylight until dark… on the first day. Once we had experienced the wonderful food and hospitality in the main lodge, we found ourselves able to stop fishing and get ourselves to dinner on time every day. What a wonderful and relaxing way to finish a day of fishing with your three best friends. Our dinners each day rivaled anything available in a five star restaurant.  When we opened a book in our cabin, we discovered that Hawk Lake Lodge was featured in the top 20 destinations in North American fishing, all with 5- star ratings.

Yes, we discovered a new love while in Canada. We already loved world-class fishing for sure. But, world-class accommodations with world-class fishing are now on our list. We never knew the two were possible on the same trip to the wilderness. Now we know better. We enjoyed our trip a little more to go first-class and loved every relaxing minute of it.

Mike Kelly, 2011 - re-printed with permission from the Valley Star, September 2, 2011

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