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Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada

Welcome to Hawk Lake Lodge, a 2013 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.
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44 of 44(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
Review 1 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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excellent traditon contiues,
October 7, 2013
By: smalliefun
from South Carolina, USA
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"Hawk Lake lodge continues to amaze me. I went two times this year and the fishing is as good now as it was my first trip in 1995. The Putnam's are excellent hosts and the entire staff very attentive and helpful. Excellent fishing, wonderful accommodations and great food. A very special place indeed."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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My 4 Favorite Days,
October 1, 2013
By: Jlea
from Greenville, SC
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"Returned from Hawk Lake as it was closing at end of first week in September ; me from my 2nd visit my traveling companion from his 23rd. I have enjoyed other Orvis endorsed properties in the US and Europe and would put Hawk Lake up against any of them. The fishing and the quality of the experience are top notch. Ted, the new owner and operator is omnipresent and is amending the lodge to suit a broader base of clientele. While it still suits the hard core fisherman it is increasingly welcoming to more novice anglers, fly only fisherman and one day might even be appropriate for wives. The addition of a pontoon boat, new lake boats on both the main lake and the out lakes and other amenities were possibly not necessary, they are though very welcome. I assume that the trend will continue ; we have already booked for next year and if Ted were taking reservations for 2015 , we would have made them already. I sometimes wish there were more time and opportunities to socialize but one can do that at home when the fish aren't biting. It is truly 4 of my favorite days of the year no matter the weather , etc."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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The Best Again,
September 9, 2013
By: BigTube
from Dale Hollow Lake, TN
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"I have been going to Hawk Lake Lodge for the past 18 years. Ted and Virginia are making Hawk Lake Lodge the place to go for great fishing, accomodations, food, equipment, and friends. The lakes are easy to fish (I do not use a guide) and the portages are easy to traverse. The fishing is so good on the main lake my wife asks me why we go to the portage lakes. Hey! Its Canada fishing! (But she's right)"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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Hawk Lake Lodge,
September 9, 2013
By: mikeintennessee
from Nashville Tn.
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"I have been going to Hawk Lake for probably 15 years and it is a phenominal fishery. Ted and Virginia have it back to it's finest in both food and accomidations. great place to go. Mike"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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24th year,
September 7, 2013
By: dssiii
from Nashville, TN, USA
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"We've returned to HLL for our vacation of choice each year since 1990. We love topwater smallmouth fishing in this wonderful place where all is taken care of for us. Never had a guide and continue to learn more about the lakes and patterns each year.Attracts a wonderful assortment of guests many of whom have become good friends."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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OUR TRIP,
August 28, 2013
By: Deltatg
from Mississippi
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"OUR TRIP ... 5 STAR ALL THE WAY! Susan and I were overwhelmed with the accommodations, the hospitality, the service, the cuisine and the fishing. As I told you, I've been smallmouth fishing all over Ontario for 28 years and Hawk Lake Lodge is by far the best for a total fishing experience.
Tommy Gregory, Jr., 2013"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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Fish, Eat, Sleep,
August 27, 2013
By: Shtexas
from Texas
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Additional Thoughts:food was great!
"This is our 2nd visit to Hawk Lake Lodge. We travel from Texas to fish here and we go on no other fishing trips during the year. We fished 3 days on 3 different lakes. We caught Smallmouth primarily in the 14-17 inch range on all lakes. We caught walleye and northern on 2 of the 3 also. The fishing is outstanding. 3 full meals are included each day which are prepared by an excellent chef. There may be other things to do at or near the lodge but in our 2 trips, we have only fished (and it is hard to leave the lake for dinner when the fish are still biting). We did not fish with guides although they are available. Cabins are nice and right on the lake. We look forward to our return."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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Best Ever,
August 24, 2013
By: MSDeltadawn
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"Everything about Hawk Lake was perfect! Great place to fish, but even better because of the beautiful views, great food, and very warm hospitality of Ted, Virginia, and ALL the staff! Can't wait to go back!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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The Experience,
August 23, 2013
By: stuck
from Greenwood, MS
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"Ted and Virginia and Staff at HLL were exceptional in every aspect of our stay at HLL. We could not have been more pleased. An unforgettable experience that definitely warrants a return trip - what a beautiful place!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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More than 5 stars,
August 23, 2013
By: TheJennings
from Mississippi
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"We COULD NOT have had a better time and been treated with so much care and attention. Life is good at Hawk Lake Lodge and so in the staff and the fishing! We Will Be Back!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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Fabulous Fishing Friends,
August 22, 2013
By: Justben
from Morton, MS 39117, USA
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"If it were only for the fishing -- which is world class -- then I would have had a wonderful time. But Ted and Virginia made the trip so special. It was like a welcomed family reunion -- you know, one without the awkward cousins and arrogant aunts. But I would return solely for the unmatched beauty of the area, or to stand again on the lodge deck watching that full moon rise through the mist above the cliffs, or to again see another Bald Eagle harvesting its breakfast. Speaking of eating, I would also gladly return solely for the wonderful meals. If you want to know about fishing in Canada, Hawk Lake Lodge is all you need to know."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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Excellence is becoming routine,
July 22, 2013
By: Zspook66
from Muncie, IN.
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"Having been to Hawk Lake Lodge nearly every yerar since 2006, I should be getting used to the tremendous fishing and excellent service, but happily,I'm not. This year our group boated over 15 8 lb. or above Walleye & many 17" + Smallies. The staff was great;the food was better & we got to meet a living legend in Al Lindner while we were there. Looks like we'll have to get used to it all again next year - we've already made our reservations. What are you waiting for?"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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Best Fishing Lodge,
July 15, 2013
By: Kuby
from St. Louis, MO, USA
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"Hawk Lake Lodge is one of those places that you can only ever truly believe the stories that come from here until you experience it. My in-laws have been coming here for over 15 years and this year marks my 3rd trip. I am already looking forward to next year. Ted and Virginia are the perfect host, the fishing is amazing, and the food is outstanding. This past year I have a 35 fish day which was a light day normally. On top of that I boated 2 18inch and 1 19inch smallmouth bass. The walleye and pike fishing is just as good. Do yourself a favor and book that fishing trip to Hawk Lake so you can truly understand what the talk is all about."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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Perfection.,
July 11, 2013
By: BTNash
from Nashville, TN, USA
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"Hawk Lake Lodge is one of those special places you stumble upon and then do everything in your power to come back as many times as possible. This visit marked our 15th trip to Hawk Lake, and it never fails to amaze. While the fishing is truly some of the best on the planet (it's a rare day when you don't reel in a trophy), it's the service that continues to bring us back. Ted and Virginia are incredible hosts, and go way beyond out of their way to make sure guests get the best experience possible. I can't say enough good things about this place- you just have to experience it for yourself!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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Better Every Year,
July 7, 2013
By: SY911
from Hilton Head Island, SC, USA
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"Ted and his team are the Gold Standard for customer service. They are magnificent stewards of this incredible fishery."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
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Latest Visit to HLL,
July 7, 2013
By: HLLsince1998
from IL
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"Friends of mine and I have visited Hawk Lake Lodge regularly since the late 1990's. Our latest visit was consistent with past experiences---great fishing, great people, great service and overall a great experience. The equipment and services are continually being upgraded and it gets better every year. Ted and Virginia and the staff members they employ sweat the small stuff and it shows very positively."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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Fishing heaven!,
July 2, 2013
By: trytheflyfishing
from Hoffman Estates IL USA
"I was lucky enough to be included on a fishing trip this year to Hawk Lake Lodge. Its my first in more than 20 years and I had the time of my life. Ted and Virginia are wonderful hosts and everyone at Hawk Lake made us feel at home. The weather was wonderful every day and the fish kept us busy. Smallies, Pike, Walleye and Lakers all made appearances. The service
and surroundings can't be beat. I cant wait to go back next year. The cabins are wonderful with great views from the deck. I cant say enough about the guides helping to get me back in the swing of fishing. They are knowledgable and really know the lakes. Everything about this trip was "Top Shelf"! Thank you again to Ted and Virginia!
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
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One of the best yet!,
July 2, 2013
By: pobert21
from Cincinnati, OH
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Additional Thoughts:Well Trained
"My dad, brother and I have been coming to Hawk Lake Lodge since 1999. Ted and Virginia have made a special place GREAT! The fishing was superb where we caught three personal best fish and had one of the best days fishing ever. The staff, food and atmosphere can't be beat."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
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Hawk Lake 6/2013,
July 1, 2013
By: thermosjr
from New York, NY, USA
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Additional Thoughts:All excellent guides.
"My Dad, brother and I have been coming to Hawk Lake Lodge since 1999. We set two family records: 19" and 18" small mouth bass double for Tom Jr and Mike (pictured) and a 31" Walleye for Tom Jr (pictured). We also had two personal records: 29" Walleye for Dad and 41" Northern Pike for Mike. Dad also caught fifty+ bass in a 3 hour period on a fly rod in the 15" to 16" range. Virginia and Ted Putnam have taken a great lodge and have made it even better. The accommodations, food, service and fishing are all world class."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Hawk Lake Lodge, Canada
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!,
June 30, 2013
By: TJLSR
from Maineville,Ohio
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Additional Thoughts:All outstanding
"My two sons and I have just finished our 15th trip to Hawk Lake Lodge.Virginia and Ted Putnam have taken the Lodge to a new level of quality. The accommodations,food service and fishing are world class.Fifty bass on a fly rod in the 15" to 16"range,31"Walleye and several 29",41"Northen.WOW!!TJL"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes