Looking for a Canadian fly-in fishing trip? Then look no further than Sunset Country’s hidden jewel: Slippery Winds Wilderness Lodge. Slippery Winds offers exceptional catch-and release multi-species angling for trophy walleye, largemouth & smallmouth bass, muskie, northern pike and lake trout.
With the coming of the 2021 season, I will be celebrating 35 years in the lodge business. My start in the business was in 1986, being employed as the on-site lodge manager for the Receiver/Manager of God’s Country Lodge, located on Elk Island in God’s Lake, Manitoba.
From 1986 through 1994, I was on-site manager for several remote, fly-in fishing and hunting lodges in Manitoba. In 1994, my partners and I purchased Kaskattama Safari Adventures, a remote, fly-in, American-Plan waterfowl hunting lodge located on the coast of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba.
In 1996, we purchased Minor Bay Camps on famous Wollaston Lake and in 1999, wanting to offer our guests a variety of angling adventures, purchased Slippery Winds Wilderness Lodge on Yoke Lake, Northwestern Ontario.
We were attracted to Slippery Winds’ because of its remote, wilderness setting combined with its proximity to Fort Frances, Ontario, which made for a short float plane trip to the lodge. We were also favourably impressed with the quality of the multi-species fishing opportunities and the access to six separate lakes directly from the main lodge or via short portages.
Over the years we have made numerous upgrades to the facilities and equipment to ensure our guests can enjoy comfortable, fully-modern accommodations and facilities and reliable, well-maintained equipment.
In 2019, Daryl Gilbert, who had spent several summers guiding at Slippery Winds accepted the lodge manager position. Daryl is an avid and knowledgeable outdoorsman and operates his own waterfowl hunting operation in Saskatchewan during the fall.
Daryl is focused on providing quality customer service to our guests and this commitment to a quality fishing adventure is instilled in the lodge staff.
We invite you to experience a Slippery Winds angling adventure for yourself. You will be glad you did!
Randy & Bev Duvell
Slippery Winds Wilderness Lodge is located on Yoke Lake, just 38 air miles north of Fort Frances, Ontario. It is a short, 20-minute float plane ride from Rusty Myers Flying Service, on Rainy Lake right to the dock at Slippery Winds Wilderness Lodge.
Slippery Winds is located in a sheltered bay at the east end of Yoke Lake. From the lodge, guests have direct access to Yoke Lake. A short walk to our back dock provides access to Straw Lake and Sucan Lake can be reached from Straw Lake via Straw Creek and Sucan Creek. Three portage lakes – Bluffpoint, Crossroute and Sullivan, add to the variety offered by Slippery Winds Wilderness Lodge.
While almost all Slippery Winds’ guests fly to the lodge from Fort Frances, the option of driving via the Cedar Narrows logging road to a boat landing at the east end of Straw Lake is available. The drive from Fort Frances to the boat landing is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Just phone the lodge as you are leaving Fort Frances and we’ll meet you at the landing and ferry you and your gear across Straw Lake to the Lodge. Make sure you make that phone call before you leave Fort Frances, as there is poor to non-existent cell phone coverage in our part of Northwestern Ontario.
Slippery Winds has gained a reputation as a fabulous multi-species fishery. With six species of sport fish, including walleye, largemouth & smallmouth bass, muskie, northern pike and lake trout – and six different lakes available to our guests variety is the spice of life at Slippery Winds!
It’s an Adventure!
Visiting Slippery Winds Wilderness Lodge isn’t just about catching trophy fish. Guests enjoy a true wilderness adventure, experiencing amazing fishing, breathtaking vistas, and magnificent wildlife viewing opportunities. Combined with the ultimate in friendly, personalized service from our professional management, staff and guides makes the Slippery Winds experience one you will cherish for years to come.
We intentionally restrict our maximum guest capacity to only eighteen guests per trip. This ensures personalized, friendly guest service in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, while enjoying the tranquility and beauty of a pristine wilderness environment.
"This was our second trip to Slippery Winds. Very friendly staff and from the moment of arrival to the moment of departure the service was fantastic. Comfortable lodging and wholesome food. Our trip was in mid-June and the weather was ideal, little rain, partly cloudy skies and light breezes. They allow you to fish until 10:00 pm at this time of year. Superb fishing for walleye, muskellunge, largemouth bass, pike, smallmouth bass and lake trout. The adventure of being able to fish six different lakes for six different species of fish adds to the experience."
"Our trip was the first week in June and we had a terrific trip. This year we caught a lot of walleye and landed several good-sized pike and largemouth bass. The food and hospitality is top-notch with terrific staff. The location is ideal for us as it’s only an 8 hour drive from Iowa, and then a quick 20-minute float plane ride. Highly recommend!"
"If you are into fishing then this is the spot! They have a variety of species on multiple lakes with minimal pressure. The pricing is reasonable and the fishing is phenomenal. The food is home cooked and what you would expect at grandma’s for dinner. Don’t expect the Hilton as it is a fish camp, but the cabins are nice and everything is clean. This was our 8th year in a row and we aren’t planning to venture elsewhere in Canada. Top notch!"
"My son and I along with multiple friends have been coming to Slippery Winds since 2004. Having fished at many camps over the years, this camp is first rate. Terrific fishing both in quality and variety. Camp is comfortable, food good and fishing was excellent. Location is big plus as you can leave after work in the afternoon from the Twin Cities and be in Fort Frances 5 to 5.5 hours later. This year Walleyes gave us the most picture worthy fish, other years it has been Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass or a huge muskie trying to bite walleye on our line."
– Fred K.