On July 19, 2021, the Canadian Government announced that as of August 9th, those American citizens/permanent residents that have had their full series of covid-19 vaccination at least 14 days prior to entering Canada, can cross the border into Canada for leisure. The requirements can befound at but I've tried to summarize for you (see below). Let me know if questions about the process. From our experience, the ArriveCan portal was pretty straight forward and easy to navigate. Please don't let this overwhelm you. We are here to help, so call us if any questions. Also, I contacted the U.S. border services and there is NO requirement for you to enter back into the U.S. after your vacation except your Passport.

Below are the requirements:

  • have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation ready to show the government official [Note: children 12 yrs old and under do NOT need to be vaccinated and will not be required to quarantine, but must accompany fully vaccinated parent(s) and comply with social distancing/face mask rules.] Unvaccinated children will remain subject to the Day 1 and Day 8 testing requirements;
  • 3 days prior to your planned arrival, go online and register on Canadian’s app/web portal called “ARRIVECAN”, build a profile for each individual crossing the border (use information from your Passport/Pass Card) and answer COVID-19 related information electronically, including dates of your vaccination (attach a copy if asked);
  • provide a “negative” covid-19 test [Note: any traveler age 5 yrs and older must provide a negative test.] (recommend calling ahead & scheduling your appointment 1-2 weeks in advance, but remember that the actual test cannot be over 72 hours old from the time it was taken until the time you arrive at the Canadian border); then, attach the results (ask that the results be emailed to you) from the Negative Covid-19 test where indicated on the ARRIVECAN portal AND print out the “Receipt” that ARRIVECAN will email to you (keep with you) prior to arriving at the Canadian border; and
  • be asymptomatic upon arrival (have a quarantine plan in mind if requirements are not able to be met by traveler at the border). NOTE: Rainy Lake Medical Clinic in International Falls is providing the PCR (molecular) required covid test to cross the border limited times during the weekdays, however, they are guaranteeing your results in 2 hours. You MUST call now to make your appointment as dates are booking up quickly. Their # is 218-283-4481 (prompt 4 is for covid testing).

Health measures must also be followed (ie wearing of face masks over nose and mouth in public, inside buildings, and outside when social distancing of 2 metres (6’) cannot be followed (note: this also applies if fishing out of the same boat, but not living in the same household). Travelers should keep a copy of their vaccination documentation and test results, as well as a list of close contacts and locations visited for 14 days after entry to Canada.



Our guests and employees are our #1 priority during this ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.  We have always taken great pride in the fact that we provide our guests with clean, comfortable accommodations, but realize that's not enough during these uncertain times. Please be assured that we have enhanced our already high standards to include extra health/safety measures for purposes of not only complying with CDC/Ontario Ministry of Health, but also to give assurance and peace of mind to our guests. Attached below is our Covid-19 Health/Safety Plan we have implemented for those wanting to know what measures specifically we're putting in place as a response.    

COVID-19 Health/Safety Plan

Business name: Arrowhead Resort & Motel

Date completed: June 29, 2020

Revision date:

Measures we’re taking:

How we’re ensuring staff know how to keep themselves safe from exposure to COVID-19

  • ·       Ensure procedures are up to date with Ministry of Health guidance. We have done personal training sessions on cleaning/disinfecting & health/safety for staff. Guidelines and posters provided to staff members to assist (ex: hygiene and preventative measures from NOTO, Covid-19 Best Practices for Employees).
  • ·       Easy access to sanitizer, gloves and face masks, and social distancing.

How we’re screening for COVID-19

  • ·       Employees will be checked for Covid-19 prior to beginning work each day and if any symptoms, instructed to stay home and self-isolate. Further symptoms/treatment guide provided to employees in current training session, including their access to self-assessment and guide on website.

How we’re controlling the risk of transmission in our workplace

Physical distancing and separation

  • ·       Owners will endeavor to leave all cabins/motel rooms empty for 24 hours prior to having employees enter to clean to minimize exposure to Covid-19. Upon departure, cabin windows will be left open to allow adequate ventilation to minimize the spread of Covid-19.
  • ·       When 2 metre (6') physical distancing from others is not possible, employees to wear face masks.
  • ·       There will be checklists in each cabin/motel room providing guest assurance of thorough cleaning & disinfecting of their accommodations, which also guarantees accountability from our employees.
  • ·       2020 Process: Provide customer/guests necessary check-in forms electronically in advance of arrival so they can complete/sign/return prior to arrival; greeting guests curb-side; practicing no-contact payment. 2021 Process: Each guest to answer covid questions and provide contact information upon arrival and owner to retain these records for covid tracking.


  • ·       Employees to wear face coverings & gloves when cleaning and working with any high touch surfaces, including doing laundry.
  • ·       Enhanced guidelines/process for sanitization against covid-19 in force.
  • ·       Regular use by employees of hand sanitizer and disinfecting spray of work area and equipment used.

What we will do if there is a potential case, or suspected exposure to COVID-19 at our workplace

  •   We have designated a safe isolation area in the workplace and created a checklist with the procedures of what to do if someone gets sick at work, including key contact numbers.                                                                    

                                                                                       COVID-19 - 2020

Due to the Canada/U.S. border closure to non-essential travel. This current closure is in effect until at least July 21, 2020. Our resort will be open for business effective July 1st to domestic travel within Canada. U.S. guests with current bookings into June are encouraged to consider an alternative date farther into the season, if possible. Expect an update through media sometime around the 10th of the month as to any extended border closure. REMEMBER: Wash your hands frequently, wear your face covering, and maintain a 6 foot/2 metre distance between yourself and others!

(as of MAY 4, 2020)
Many lakes are ice-free and open, as are several bays throughout Lake of the Woods. Lake of the Woods is expected to be fully open this week. In the Minaki area, Gun Lake and the back bays of Little Sand Lake and Big Sand Lake are expected to be open this week as well.
2020 WATER LEVELS (as of 5/6/20)
(Source: Lake of the Woods Control Board website)
The current level of Lake of the Woods is 322.63 metres (1058.5 ft),
a 50th percentile level for this time of year. The average lake level increased by 3 cm (1 in) over the past week, and is expected to increase by 1.5 - 4 cm (0.5 - 1.5 in) over the next week. Lake of the Woods authorized outflow was decreased from 475 to 455 m³/s on Friday, May 1.
Lake of the Woods Control Board website -
Water Levels on the Winnipeg River and connecting lakes are also down substantially.


                                              ***ARROWHEAD RESORT & MOTEL’S 2nd ANNUAL NEWSLETTER*** (Dec 2019)

Happy Holidays Friends & Family! How is it possible that we ended our 6th season already? Thanks to all our wonderful guests, we are happy to report it was a busy and productive season, and not just for us! Not once did I hear "Where are the fish?" I know we have some really good fishermen (and ladies), but it seemed all of the stars were aligned this summer as there were only a couple of weeks that the fishing wasn't ideal and folks were bringing in their supper or freezing fish to take home for that winter fish fry. That wasn't the case on some of the other lakes by the way, so we were thrilled to see and hear this from you (photos shared below). There was a 3 week span with no water going over the Falls this year. It was disheartening to see the Falls dry as it's definitely a focal point not only for tourists, but for everyone in the area to enjoy.

Just in time! With the temps being a tad warm this year at times, it was none too early getting the A/C units into cabins 5, 6 & 8 this Spring (making it so all of our cabins (except 9/10 due to the rebuild plans) had air). We're glad to have this option for our guests on those days that opening cabin windows just doesn't do the job. You may have noticed this season that new siding was put on cabins 1 & 7, some new pine ceilings in your cabin bedroom or bathroom, new flooring in cabin 6 kitchen & bathroom, as well as into 2 motel rooms, a new deluxe boat/motor, or possibly you saw Monte and Jason up re-roofing cabin 5. We're thankful to be able to get these done, but lots more to check off the "honey-do list". As most of you know, the biggest project is the demolition and rebuild of cabins 9 & 10. Due to some untimely bad weather, things got delayed a bit after breaking ground, but as of the date of this letter, we're happy to report that the adjoining cabins are now enclosed (windows & doors in and metal roof on) and the contractor's awaiting the electrician before beginning work inside for the winter. I know everyone (including us) are very excited to see the final product. Jason's also working this winter in the motel putting in new flooring so that will be a nice change as well. As we receive updated photos ourselves, they'll be shared on Facebook.

We find the best part of Arrowhead Resort to be the time families are spending together and the memories they're making. We love watching the families with young children get situated into their boats early in the mornings and pull away from the docks, certain with anticipated excitement as to who will get the biggest fish for the day. On another day, we find ourselves as part of the extended family of a very special couple celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary; all while secretly conspiring with their family to make the renewal of their vows, the best darn lake wedding and celebration ever. Cherished family memories....

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! Stay healthy and count down those days til we have the pleasure of seeing you all again in the upcoming 2020 season!

                                                    Monte & Tammy McCleerey

For all bookings til May 1st, please call us at 515-360-8940 or you can contact us via email:

Construction of Cabin 9 and 10      

Pic of Cabins 9/10 Rebuild                        An unbelievable Walleye catch Terri!



     A great day Crappie fishing!                                      This Muskie has met it's match!                                      

                                      ***ARROWHEAD RESORT & MOTEL’S FIRST ANNUAL NEWSLETTER (Dec 2018)***

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).