Elk Island Lodge
God's Lake and God's River
Elk Island Lodge is a remote, fly-in-only, family-run fishing lodge on God's Lake in Northern Manitoba. God’s Lake's cold, deep waters offer world-class fishing for northern pike, lake trout, walleye, and brook trout. Add a fly-out to God's River for legendary brook trout fishing.
Fishing God's Lake
God’s Lake has over 400 square miles of surface area and a known depth of up to 400 feet. Large areas of water are 150 feet deep. The lake maintains a surface temperature that usually does not exceed 60ºF. This environment is perfect for lake trout and contains a large population of them. The cold water allows catching this species near the surface during the entire season. God's Lake provides incredible species diversity for both fly and conventional anglers.
Their fishing season is the end of May through mid-August.
God’s Lake holds the following local records:
Lake Trout - 53 lbs and 4ozs.
Walleye – 14 lbs. 3ozs.
Northern Pike - 36 lbs. 2ozs.
Brook Trout - 9 lbs. 8ozs.
Near the outlet of God's Lake is the legendary God's River which has the best brook trout fishing on the North American continent. Let them know in advance if you are interested in catching brookies, as this involves a 60-mile fly-out downriver from the main lodge and an additional cost per person of $400.00. Year after year, God's River produces trophies for anglers.
Fly-Outs: 30+ Fly-outs are available and cost between $300.00 to $475.00 per person, depending on the distance. For fly-outs, boats are on over 25 different lakes. Some of these lakes may only see six anglers a year. There are two camps in the Barrenlands near the Manitoba and Nunavut border. With so many lakes available via portage or fly-outs, you may want to customize your package. Your guide will accompany you on your fly-out trips.
Elk Island Fishing Facts:
Peak Fishing Months: June, July, and September are peak fishing months for Lake Trout, averaging 6- to 8-pounds, although 9- to 12-pounders are common. Northern pike fishing is good every month. Walleye fishing is about a 20-minute boat ride from the Lodge. June through August are peak fishing for brook trout.
Boats: The Lodge has a fleet of 18-foot boats equipped with 40 HP Yamaha outboards, casting deck, swivel seats with backrests, rod holders, and locators. Two anglers per boat and guide. The Lodge's dock system makes it easy to get in and out of the boat.
Guides: Expert guides, many of whom have spent their entire lives exploring the islands, bays, and fishing the hot spots of God’s Lake. They work hard and assist in landing, measuring, and photographing your catch.
Shore Lunch: All fishing is catch-and-release other than selected sizes of walleye, northern pike, and lake trout that are guide-prepared for shore lunch.
Golf Carts will transport anyone with medical or physical difficulties to and from your dock to the Lodge.
Fishing Equipment: Equipment is not provided. Rental of a rod, reel, and a full tackle box are available for $95.75 per trip. You are also welcome to bring your own. A detailed list of what to bring is included in our confirmation packet.
Extra fishing: After dinner, if you want to get in two extra hours of fishing, your guide can take you back out for $50.00 ($25.00 for the guide and $25.00 for the Lodge).
Mike Sadar's Trip Recap
Mike Sadar with northern pike.
"In preparation for this trip, I was not sure what to expect, especially when northern pike were not near the top of my list. However, now that I have fished for this species, I was really impressed and surprised at how exciting fishing for pike can be. On several occasions, I saw a 36-40 inch pike take the fly near the boat. The brook trout fishing was equally impressive, and it was common to see these fish take the flies as well.
The Lodge was excellent and well-run. It is certainly near the top of the list for Canadian lodges.
I would recommend this to anyone who wishes to catch big pike, plus target a variety of other species. Although pike is the key species of interest at this lodge, the other species are also commonly available. The brook trout do require a fly-out as we traveled about 50 miles downstream from the outlet of God's Lake. Lake trout are close to the Lodge and make an excellent after-dinner opportunity. Most guests take the 4-day fishing option, and this is an economical trip for excellent fishing. The trip went by fast, which is a sure sign that it was good!"
- Mike Sadar (2013)
Typical Fishing Day:
At 8:00 a.m., you’ll meet your guide at the dock to fish the clear waters of God’s Lake. You’ll stop for a mid-day lunch and enjoy either a boxed lunch or a grilled shore lunch prepared by the guides. The boats return to the dock by 5:00 p.m. so everyone can take a hot shower and relax a bit before dinner. If you’d like to get in a little more fishing after dinner for $50.00, your guide can take you back out for an additional two hours of fishing. Other evening activities include: Walk the old trails, take in the island view from the deck, enjoy a cocktail in the lounge, or relax in the Lodge’s hot tub.
Getting to the Lodge:
You'll fly to Winnipeg and stay overnight. A hotel near the airport offers special rates for Elk Island guests.
The following morning, you'll take a 90-minute scenic flight to the Lodge's private airstrip. Their 4,200 foot well-maintained, newly crowned, all-weather gravel airstrip runway is considered one of the finest in the North. You'll be greeted by the Lodge staff, and you can either walk or use a golf cart to get to the cabins. The package includes the roundtrip charter flight from Winnipeg to the Lodge. The hotel night and meals in Winnipeg are not included in the package.
Baggage Limit: For the charter flight, there is a 50-pound weight limit for a 4-day stay, and a 75-pound weight limit for an 8-day stay. You’ll be charged $5.00 per pound for each pound over these limits.
Elk Island Lodge:
Elk Island Lodge is a historic log building. The dining room overlooks the lake. The fireside lounge has a bar, a pool table, and a tackle shop.
The Cabins: Ten modern cabins host up to 40 guests. Each cabin has a private bathroom with a shower for every two guests, electricity, an oil stove, and a great view of the lake.
Meals: Hearty breakfasts, guide-prepared shore lunches, and gourmet dinners with homemade soups, bread, steaks, and top-notch desserts.
Communications: Free Wi-Fi and cell service is now available at the Lodge. Check with your carrier for coverage and fees.
Appetizers are served daily at 5:30 p.m.
Packages do not include 8.5% sales tax.
2022 USD Rates:
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing $3,375.00 per person
8-nights and 8-days guided fishing $4,375.00 per person
Fly-out to God’s River for brook trout $400.00 per person
Booking as a single angler?
You can have your own cabin and guide at no extra charge. Subject to availability.
Roundtrip airfare from Winnipeg to the Lodge’s private airstrip on Elk Island, lodging, meals, guided fishing, use of golf carts, and daily maid service.