Happy Holidays Friends & Family! We just finished our 5th season as resort owners, so, what better way to show our appreciation and take a walk down memory lane, then to do a Newsletter for all of our faithful followers and for those yet to-be guests at Arrowhead.

2018 was another banner year for bookings and we appreciate that beyond words. We again were blessed to see a really good mixture of new and returning guests staying with us. It’s always great to see guests from previous years and wonderful to hear their comments about the changes/upgrades we’ve been making to the cabins/motel. As corny as it sounds, each week is like looking forward to a new & fun-filled family reunion for us & we love it!

A fire ban in the area welcomed us back the 1st of May. We finally got some rain the latter part of May and were able to enjoy time around the fire pit roasting marshmallows before another fire ban was announced later in the summer. This one banned even controlled fire pits, gas grills & charcoal grills. Fires can be devastating, so we are thankful that our guests respect the grounds and this beautiful place along with us. What is that old adage? “Not having it all the time will make us appreciate it that much more.” Sure does. The weather was certainly a tad backwards it seemed, but we believe it’s a 1st when we tell you that the dry spell caused the Nestor Falls to have “No Falls” for a few weeks. Yep! No water flowing from our lake over to the Lake of the Woods! Seems unbelievable, but true, however, it started gushing after a two week straight rain fall mid-September. We were happy to see the water flowing again, but dropping from 85 degrees to 40 and constant cold rains did a good job of putting a halt on the further projects/ improvements we had planned. Some of the 2018 improvements that we were able to squeeze in were: new water system for the resort, including pump, pressure tanks & filter system; new wi-fi system that was able to reach out to all points at the resort (we heard a lot of positive feedback on that one!); purchased another deluxe boat and a lighter weight 13’ boat for those guests wanting to portage up to Wig Wam. We currently don’t have a motor for the 13’ boat, but have heard from a few guests that they may bring their own small motor just to rent this boat and try going into this portage (Bet it’s fun back there…. as long as the water level is higher than it was this year that is.); new steel roof on cabin laundry/public restroom building; and we put new A/C units in 3 more cabins (3 more are planned for 2019 season).

FISHERMEN’S FINDS:                      

Although the crappie fishing was slower in the Springtime this year, it was really good for August-mid September (until the temps plunged down to 40 deg.).  

Walleye fishing was really good all summer on our lake. Fishermen started off in the Spring with the minnows & artificial lures, then moved onto the nightcrawlers, then onto the leaches, and then back to the minnows & nightcrawlers again. This year there were more walleyes caught in the 19-22" range, which is great to see; even better since our guests released most of those same walleyes.


It’s no surprise Northerns were biting, but guests found they were smaller ones ranging from 18-22”; and quite a few in the mid 30” range; and a couple above 40”.  Largest we heard tell was 42”.

Musky in our lake is still a nicely kept secret to many, so when Kevin M. reeled in this nice 40” Musky within the first 30 minutes on the water (and his very first time fishing our lake), he was thrilled & couldn’t believe it. Beginners luck? Guess he’ll have to come back & find out, huh?

For those guests fishing for the small mouth bass, they did pretty well catching them up to 4 lb down in Big Pine, but for those a little more adventurous who made their way over to Clarkson, they caught fish up to 22” (approx. 6lb).

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january 31st-february 2nd
- Cedar Rapids Sportshow
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350 1st ave. ne, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

February 22nd & 23rd- Fisherman's Swap Meet & Boat Show
Iowa State Fairgrounds
4-H Buildings
Des Moines, Iowa

March 13th-15th - Eastern Iowa Sports Show
UNI-DOME @ University of Northern Iowa
2401 Hudson Road
Cedar Falls, Iowa

chippewa valley expo center @ 5150 old mill plaza