Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada

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Incredible Lake of the Woods

Breathtaking is the best way to describe Lake of the Woods. Covering an area of over 1,700 square miles and with over 14,500 islands, you have to experience this lake in person to really understand how magnificent it is. Known for its spectacular muskie fishing, Lake of the Woods also harbours walleye, pike, bass, lake trout, perch, crappie and whitefish. The choice of lodges is also excellent with American Plan and housekeeping plans available. There are also several campgrounds and you can even rent a houseboat. Visit one of the many communities that ring the lake - Kenora, Sioux Narrows, Nestor Falls and Morson

Facts About Lake of the Woods

  • Fish Species Walleye, Muskie, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass, Perch, Whitefish, Crappie
  • GPS Coordinates 49.091429 N, -94.832391 W
  • Lake Characteristics Max. Depth: 216' Avg. Depth: 26' Surface Area: 1,727 Square Miles
  • Did You Know... Lake of the Woods has 14,522 islands and when you include the islands, 65,000 miles of shoreline. That's more shoreline than Lake Superior!

Lake of the Woods Fishing

Ontario's vast Lake of the Woods is one of the finest multi-species fishing resources in North America. Strong words but accurate! Walleye resources are in excellent numbers and size due largely to progressive management that protects larger fish and encourages anglers to harvest fish less than 18 inches. The muskie resource is unparalleled and thought by many to be the finest on the continent - both for numbers and 30-pound class trophies. The recent imposition of a "world record class" size limit of 54 inches will continue to enhance this fishery. The northern pike resource has dramatically improved under a slot size limit that mandates release of pike bigger than 29.5". Smallmouth bass are widespread throughout all of the lake basins and thriving under a catch-and-release season that protects vulnerable spawning adults. And we haven't even mentioned the superb sauger, crappie and yellow perch fisheries. Clearly, Lake of the Woods has it all!

Lake of the Woods Resorts

There are many lodges and resorts on Lake of the Woods. On the south end of the lake, you'll find resorts north of Rainy River and near Morson. Next, you'll find accommodations in the Nestor Falls area including Whitefish Bay. Sioux Narrows has many resorts and on the north shore of Lake of the Woods sits Kenora where you'll also find more resorts. Since Lake of the Woods has over 14,500 islands you can also choose an island resort on Lake of the Woods. 

Many resorts can be found on the Aulneau Peninsula, and in Big Narrows, Clearwater Bay, Labyrinth Bay, Long Bay, Miles Bay, Regina Bay, Sabaskong Bay, Snake Bay, South Narrow, Stevens Bay, Whitefish Bays well as Witch Bay.

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Lake of the Woods: A History by Water by Sean Kavanagh