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Hawk Lake Lodge, ON

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.
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100 of 102(98%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
Review 1 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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It couldn't get better, but it does,
August 15, 2015
By: LeslieandMikeEnloe
from El Dorado, KS 67042, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Exceptional fellow!
"I thought nothing could top our time at Hawk Lake Lodge last year - boy was I wrong! Our week there this year was so great I had to take 3 days after it was over to recover. Accommodations, food and staff were, as always, exemplary. Trips to some new remote lakes - phenomenal! Ted and his crew continue not just keeping the bar high, but even succeeded in raising it yet again. You cannot have a better experience for any price!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Best place ever,
August 13, 2015
By: DvOofVA
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"Wonderful fishing, food and lodging. Staff was wonderful with some dietary requests. We have gone 7 different times. Such a beautiful, peaceful, unspoiled part of the world, with unmatched fishing experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Top Notch,
August 13, 2015
By: LilLeroy
from Sugar Land, TX, USA
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"This was my third year to fish Hawk, and the many surrounding lakes. The hike and solitude on the outer lakes are a huge plus for me. Ted & Virginia have put together a great support team with Sam (Dock Boss) and Janet (Chef), they have been there all 3 years. While the dockhands and guides have changed, Ted keeps a quality staff and seems to have a Midas touch on hiring. It is also obvious he is putting money back into the business with upgrades in boats, motors and facilities. Would be hard to upgrade the food. I will keep coming back."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Ultimate fishing experience,
August 13, 2015
By: SSHomes4u
from Lafayette, IN, USA
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"This was my second trip to Hawk Lake Lodge and I cant wait for the next one. Ted and his staff are truly amazing hosts with the highest standard of service with a focus on providing the utmost level of customer satisfaction! And, if you are in the mood for trophy walleye, Hawk Lake is the place for you. They have the best fleet of boats I've ever fished in. The dock hands are always there to start your day off and assist you with any needs you may have. The food is top notch as well as the lodging. The staffs experience and understanding of the business allows them to exceed customers expectations.
I recommend Hawk Lake Lodge without hesitation for one reason. It is the best!
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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5 / 5
Keep Going Back!,
August 10, 2015
By: TKinTexas
from Texas
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"This was my third year in a row to visit Hawk Lake Lodge and each year it just keeps getting better. Ted and Virginia continue to do all of the little things that make your experience at their lodge better each year. Like; yearly assembling an excellent staff (anchored by Sam and Janet!), continually upgrading the facilities and equipment, plus making every guest feel welcome and at home. This doesn't even touch the world class fishing. I will just keep going back!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Always the best,
August 10, 2015
By: BobandCharlie
from Boston, MA
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"A magical few days with fathers and kids. Caught a LOT of fish but most of all enjoyed the spectacular scenery, wonderful accommodations and warm environment. This place is a 10. Been there several times and we will be back!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Easy to find yet very hard to leave. !,
August 8, 2015
By: Ricky1912
from Ga
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"Trip of a lifetime. Fishing,Food, and accommodation the best. Ted and his staff made us fill as if we were home. Great equipment and guide service. We loved the outpost lakes. Our shore lunch was a very impressive experience. You will have to make this trip to believe and experience how good the fishing is. This inclusive experience is one that will be an experience that you will never forget. Thanks Ga Fla boys."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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July 2015,
August 7, 2015
By: jimnmj
from alabama
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"this is an extraordinary experience. great lodge, personal welcome by the owners even though we were hours late arriving.Excellent staff, all are friendly and competent.
The dining is outstanding. Just as the web says everything is provided. they really go out of their way to make the trip enjoyable.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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First of many trips,
August 7, 2015
By: Jeffersson
from Dallas, TX
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"My first trip to Hawk Lake Lodge will be one of many to come. The fishing was amazing, the staff was attention, friendly and fun and the time on the water was just what I needed. It is tough to describe a trip to Hawk Lake Lodge to those who haven't been but once you are there you'll know you found the perfect spot."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Smallmouth Heaven,
August 7, 2015
By: smallielove
from Franklin Tn
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"Twenty trips to Hawk Lake and never disappointed. The food, service, and accomodations are superb.However, the fishing is the most important and the best. Nothing like taking 5 pound smallmouth on light tackle, catching more in one morning than I could catch in a week on my home lakes."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Experience Extraorinaire,
August 6, 2015
By: Rgreen1254
from Woodbury, MN
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"Our first time to Hawk Lake Lodge this year, with a group of 10 guys. From the moment of arrival, one appreciates the service - Ted and Virginia, the children, the wait staff, the kitchen staff, the housekeeping staff, the dock staff, the guides. Everyone was extremely well oriented toward exceptional customer service. The facilities are great. The food was plentiful, creative and delicious. The surroundings are beautiful. The boats are some of the best we've ever had. The variety of fishing settings is incredible with all the lakes for portaging.
The fishing was a little slow for our trip. Mayflies, early ice out, weather...who knows which factors contributed. Despite that, we had a few days where lots of fish were being caught, especially smallmouth bass. A good quantity of bass in the 15 - 20 inch range."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Big thumbs up!,
August 6, 2015
By: DougfromTexas
from San Antonio, TX, USA
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"Hawk Lake Lodge is first class all the way. The fishing, the lodging, the food, the staff, and most importantly the attitudes of everyone there is exceptional. Ted and his family have done an outstanding job with Hawk Lake Lodge. I will continue to make this an annual trip as long as I am able."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Heaven on Earth,
July 6, 2015
By: Kuby
from St. Louis, MO, USA
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"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."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Just Keeps Getting Better,
July 6, 2015
By: BTNash
from Santa Fe, NM, USA
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"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."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Great Experience,
July 2, 2015
By: EDryden
from IN
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"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."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Lakin Annual Trip Hawk Lake Lodge,
June 29, 2015
By: TJLSR
from Maineville,Ohio
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"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"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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cordial staff,
June 26, 2015
By: fishtrip
from wisconsin
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"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 .)"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? No
Review 18 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Awesome Awesome fishery,
June 15, 2015
By: bthomas3333
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"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!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Super Experience!!,
June 15, 2015
By: CTFISHING15
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"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Hawk Lake Lodge, ON
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Smallmouth Bass Fishing,
June 15, 2015
By: lazyike
from Ava,Mo
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"Best trip ever. People at the lodge were very helpful. Cannot wait until next year!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes