Hawk Lake Lodge, ON

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Kenora, Ontario.

Hawk Lake Lodge, ON

Overview

Welcome to Hawk Lake Lodge, a 2013 and 2015 Orvis Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year finalist with some of the best freshwater fishing in North America. World record catch and release walleye and smallmouth bass as well as pike and lake trout on 19 private lakes in world class accommodations.

Ontario's rugged Canadian Shield is legendary for its clear, cold waters, stunning rock formations and wide variety of high quality fishing opportunities. Part of this legend is Hawk Lake Lodge, one of Ontario's premier fishing lodges. Carefully designed as a private retreat for twenty-four guests, Hawk Lake Lodge offers not only the wilderness and solitude you hope for, but a quality angling experience topped by what many other destinations overlook... the finest in accommodations, personal service, and dining as well as access to some of the best, unspoiled, light tackle sport fishing lakes in Canada. The lodge lakes have produced four catch-and-release world records (with one more pending certification), including the largest walleye at 37 inches, and largest smallmouth bass at nearly 9 pounds!

Imagine you are the only person on a remote wilderness lake. Hear the smooth sound of your cast. Feel the quick snap of the strike and the strength of a trophy fish at the end of your line. That angling experience is at its best at Hawk Lake Lodge in Northwestern Ontario. We have spared nothing to ensure that each visit exceeds your expectations.

Date Range

Mid May to early September.

What is Provided to Customer

The Lodge has all the equipment necessary to have a wonderful experience. Orvis fly and spinning rods are available to use free of charge. We have a full fly-shop with all tackle needed to land the trophy fish that swim our waters.

Our boats are well maintained 16 and 18 foot Lunds and Crestliners. On the main lake all boats have trolling motors, and for the fly-fishermen our larger boats have casting decks, full electronics, leather seats and plenty of comfort.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Large, private lakes fished in comfortable boats that are located throughout the 40 square miles and 19 private lakes the lodge has access to.

Typical Weather by Season

Early season has cooler evenings (in the 50s) and warm days (60s). June sees warmer weather in the 70s and 80s. Rainfall increases, but systems are quick to move through.

We have long daylight hours from 4 AM - 10 PM in June and July.

July & August turns warmer in the 80s and low 90s.

Late August and September has fall creeping in as the leaves begin to turn. Crisp nights (50s) return.

Itinerary

Sample of Typical Itinerary

Guests typically arrive mid-afternoon and after settling into their cabin, greet other guests at happy hour and then enjoy a gourmet dinner. After dinner guests may go out and begin their fishing adventure until dark.

There is no set number of days to come but the typical trip is from 5-7 nights. Completely up to the angler.

Guests can fish 24 hours a day. Many fish early morning before breakfast come in for a hot meal and then fish the day bringing their pre-packed lunch with them on the water. After a day on the water, dinner is served in the lodge after which you may fish all evening before retiring to your cabin after relaxing in the hot-tub or sauna. June and July sees daylight of nearly 18 hours so there is no shortage of fishing opportunity.

Activities

On-site Activities


  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Outdoor screened-in hot tub and sauna - Our 8 person hot-tub is a great place to unwind after a day on the water. There is nothing like relaxing in the tub listening to a rain storm blow through.
  • Fitness center includes Cybex and Lifestyler bikes, Precor treadmill and Pulse Fitness four station weight equipment.
  • Billiards
  • Poker table
  • Darts
  • Wireless Internet to check on your favorite team or email

Off-site Activities

Just 30 minutes from the lodge is the town of Kenora on Lake of the Woods which offers local shopping, boat cruises, float-plane rides as well as excellent golfing opportunities.

Lodging

Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

You will have private accommodations in lakeside cabins from 1-4 bedrooms. Each cabin has at least one full private bath and is fully carpeted and electrically heated. Amenities include many windows overlooking the lake, large, well-furnished living rooms, ceiling fans, small refrigerators, microwaves (for late night popcorn or other goodies) coffee makers and private, lakeside decks. The living rooms are furnished with comfortable chairs, sofas, and reading lamps.

We have cabins of all sizes and can accommodate groups from just the single fisherman looking to sneak away, to large parties of friends. Cabins range from one to four bedrooms with one and two private bathrooms and there is plenty of room for everyone. At night relax on the couch with a good book or grab a movie from our extensive library. Down comforters adorn your bed with fresh linens to ensure a restful sleep and prepare you for another day on the water. There is also a workout center, 3 hot-tubs, sauna, game room with pool table, darts and poker table.

Meals
As expected in a lodge of this quality, the choices are numerous and the meals are superb. Great care is taken in preparation and serving. The atmosphere is warm, casual, and intimate. The food, prepared to order by our expert chef, is plentiful and inviting.

Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.

The breakfast bar features fresh fruit, hot and cold cereals, biscuits, sausage gravy, fruit juices, yogurt and sweet rolls. Our chef's daily specials include your choice of eggs any way you like them, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast or English muffins.

For the very avid anglers, we offer a “to go” breakfast (delivered to your cabin the night before) consisting of juice, egg ham and cheese muffin, cold cereal, milk and sweet roll to allow you an early morning start on the water.

Lunch
You can return to the lodge for soup, sandwich, and fresh salad, or if you prefer to stay on the water (it can be tough to get away from a great day of fishing) you have several choices. We can either prepare for you a packed to order picnic lunch with choice of sandwich, salad, fresh fruit, cookies and cold drinks. Or, for the complete Canadian fishing experience you can have a shore lunch. No trip is complete without at least one hot lunch cooked over an open fire! We will provide all of the utensils and goodies for a delicious meal. We start with fresh walleye fillets and then add all the accoutrements including onions, potatoes, beans, corn, oil, fresh lemon, fruit, cookies and a variety of spices as well as all of the necessary utensils. There are many lunch spots on our lakes. You stop whenever you're hungry, build a small fire (we provide the wood) and cook a delicious, hot meal to your liking.

Dinner
Start with homemade soup and breads with a fresh salad each evening. Entrees include prime rib, BBQ chicken, roast Cornish game hen, grilled shrimp and vegetable kabob, honey-fried walleye, capellini primavera, BBQ baby pork ribs, sautéed chicken breasts, grilled T-bone steaks, bacon wrapped fillets, baked stuffed pork chops and specialty pastas. Dinner entrees are served with fresh seasonal vegetables, potatoes, wild rice or pasta. Finish your meal with a selection of homemade desserts offered each evening.

A varied menu with many options is offered for your enjoyment. If you have special requests or dietary requirements, with a bit of advance notice we can meet your needs.

If you prefer to fish later in the evening as the bite is just too hard to resist no problem. We will gladly deliver your meal to you in your cabin and you can eat at your leisure.

Children's Menu
For those with children that may not be in the mood for more adult orientated fare we have a wide selection of kid-friendly meals that will keep them coming back for seconds and the entire clan fully satisfied. From homemade pizza, burgers and fries, to macaroni with cheese, fresh cut chicken tenders, quesadillas.

Species

Species You Fish for by Season


Smallmouth bass: These are among the most sporting of fish found anywhere and are the predominant species available on our lakes. They are best caught with 5- to 7-weight fly-fishing rods using poppers and other top-water presentations as well as streamers, Clousers and sub-surface flies (e.g. crayfish/leech patterns), Dahlberg Divers, Wooly Worms, Wooly Buggers, Marabou Muddlers, Deer hair bugs, Sculpins, Clouser Minnows, Gerbubble Bugs and small poppers, hook sizes, 2 to 6.

Trophy walleye: 8- to 10-weight rods with sinking line, fishing in 6-12 feet of water using leech patterns. These walleye reach record size (30 inches and larger) and are numerous on the lake system. Fish under 25 inches are uncommon.

Northern pike: These aggressive, fun to catch fish are found on many of our lakes. There are almost no conditions that prevent these fish from cooperating. Northerns vary greatly in size. Therefore, no single recommendation with respect to tackle can be made. On smaller pike up to 30 inches in length, 6- to 7-weight rods work well. However, if large to trophy sized northerns are on the menu, an upgrade in tackle is in order. In these situations 7- to 9-weight rods are required with top-water poppers as well as large pike streamers fished sub-surface. Dahlberg Divers, Muddler Minnows, Sculpins and colorful streamers in 1/0 to 4 with a short wire leader. Any of these or a combination of these flies are good choices for fishing northern pike.

Lake Trout: 7- to 10-weight rods with streamers. Early and late season (May and September) are the best times to target lake trout on the fly.

Gear

What Should Customers Bring?

Rain gear, sunscreen, camera, appropriate footwear for the short portage hikes to the out-lakes.

Warm clothing for early and late season fishing.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How much is a typical gratuity?
A. Gratuities are not included and are optional. A gratuity of 10% of your trip is well received.

Q. Where is the closest airport?
A. Closest airports are Winnipeg, Manitoba and International Falls, MN. From either airport it is a 3 hour drive right to the lodge. Guests can rent a car, use a shuttle service or charter a float-plane and land right at our docks. For those guests with private aircraft they may fly into Kenora (25 minutes from the lodge) and then be picked up by shuttle.

Reviews

Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 90 reviews

5-star:
87
4-star:
2
3-star:
1
2-star:
0
1-star:
0

88 of 90 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Heaven on Earth - 7/6/2015
    By: from St. Louis, MO, USA

    Hawk Lake Lodge is one of the best places in North America to vacation. We have been coming for 5 years and my in-laws have been coming for 18 years. Every year I can't to be at Hawk Lake. The fishing is world class... you stop taking photos of 18inch smallmouth because you have caught so many kind of world class fishing. The food is amazing, especially the soups and happy hour appetizers. Ted and Virginia make you feel like you are at home the moment you arrive.

  • 5/5

    Just Keeps Getting Better - 7/6/2015
    By: from Santa Fe, NM, USA

    We've made the trip up to Hawk Lake since 1999, and are astounded every year by just how great the experience continues to be. Ted and Virginia have taken the lodge to a new level, and our group of 6 looks forward to this trip more than any other each year.

  • 5/5

    Great Experience - 7/2/2015
    By: from IN

    Dad, Godfather and 3 boys 10, 6, 5 had a great experience. Really set a standard for future hater son experiences. Highly recommended for father son experiences.

  • 5/5

    Lakin Annual Trip Hawk Lake Lodge - 6/29/2015
    By: from Maineville,Ohio

    Since 1999 we have made this trip father and two sons.Ted and Virginia Putnam have taken Hawk Lake Lodge to new levels and each year it gets better.New boats and motors,safe and reliable,quality accommodations,excellent guides,consistent high quality food and lets not forget unbelievable fishing. Even when weather conditions make for slow results you always can count on some of the largest Smallmouth Bass,Walleye and Northern Pike you will ever catch on fly rod or spin casting.In our case it has become a family tradition where father and sons can spend time together doing what we truly love to do.We are not customers at Hawk Lake Lodge we are part of the family.It sure is nice that there are still people in business that treat customers like friends and employees like assets not expenses. Already looking forward to 2016. Tom Lakin Sr

  • 3/5

    cordial staff - 6/26/2015
    By: from wisconsin

    Food and staff service were above average . Facilities were ok, but generally not as nice as advertised , although boats were very nice. Difficult fishing. Primarily wanted smallmouth . Arrived with good conditions with water temp's at 60 degrees in late May. Poor success along with most of the guests. ( Did catch one large trophy walleye .)

  • 5/5

    Awesome Awesome fishery - 6/15/2015
    By:

    My father and I spent 5 days at HLL for the walleye opener. Despite very cold water and several nasty storms we had a fantastic time. The lodge is very nice. The cabins are very functional and best of all the fishing for trophy sized walleye is everything we hoped for. We netted 3 walleyes 29+ despite the weather issues. We also had several 18+ inch Small Mouths and several more 26 to 27 inch walleyes. We wanted a shot at a trophy and we both got one!

  • 5/5

    Super Experience!! - 6/15/2015
    By: from Woodbury, CT

    If I could rate our experience above a "5"; I would. Excellant staff (I would rate them a 10 on a scale of 5; superb meals; great venu and the monster fish are as advertised. I think a family tradition has been born. RDS

  • 5/5

    Smallmouth Bass Fishing - 6/15/2015
    By: from Ava,Mo

    Best trip ever. People at the lodge were very helpful. Cannot wait until next year!

  • 5/5

    A Great Canadian Resort - 6/14/2015
    By: from Missouri

    This is the finest fishing resort in Ontario. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our short time at Hawk Lake lodge. Everyone was very helpful and very considerate. The food was excellent. The fishing was better than that. The whole trip was top shelf.

  • 5/5

    Best Trophy Fish Destination - 6/14/2015
    By: from Wisconsin

    After 10 years of trips to HLL, the bass and walleye populations continue to show increases in size due to the unique catch and release policy that owner Ted Putman promotes on all his lakes. I know of no other lodge that has the diversity of fishing opportunities for numbers of trophy fish that exist at HLL. Smallmouth Bass in the 18 -20 inch range are common and walleye over 30 inches are taken every year by many guests.

Hawk Lake Lodge
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Ted Putnam
Kenora, Ontario Canada
617-820-4056

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