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Located in the heart of northern Minnesota, there’s a special place where memories are born. The Ojibwe and early settlers called it Winnibigoshish. Today, locals call it Lake Winnie.


Lake Winnie is located in the Chippewa National Forest and surrounded by hundreds of square miles of diverse woodlands, gently rolling hills and lush marshlands, Lake Winnie is comprised of 67,000 acres of clear, cool water. It’s the fourth largest lake in Minnesota. Nearly all of its more than 140 shoreline miles are undeveloped, making it a perfect location for a pristine fishing getaway or family vacation. There are many family and fishing resorts, campgrounds, hotels, restaurants and other year round activities and attractions to enjoy.

Located only a few hours from the Twin Cities, Duluth and Grand Forks, Lake Winnie offers an affordable and memorable vacation experience. Enjoy fishing a premier lake destination.


Not only does the area have the renowned Lake Winnie, but it is also surrounded by other pristine lakes such as Cut Foot Sioux, Little Cut Foot and Little Winnie. These lakes add diversity and beauty to this spectacular area. They also offer outstanding fishing for walleye, northern, perch, crappie and more. Time and time again, Lake Winnie and area lakes produce limits of walleye and trophy fish. Lake Winnibigoshish (Lake Winnie), Cut Foot Sioux and Little Winnie have hosted numerous fishing tournaments and have been featured in numerous fishing industry publications and shows. Guests and locals both agree that the Lake Winnie area is one of a kind!

Vacation Destination

Lake Winnie is not only a fantastic fishing destination, but is the perfect “Up North” vacation destination. The Lake Winnie area includes the Chippewa National Forest and scenic hiking and biking opportunities. Lake Winnie resorts feature a variety of weekend, vacation and seasonal opportunities. Plus, Lake Winnie resorts have a variety of activities, amenities and sandy beaches, perfect for swimming and play. There are numerous golf courses and plenty of entertainment and exploring opportunities in nearby Grand Rapids and Bemidji.

Plan your next Minnesota fishing vacation to Lake Winnibigoshish (Lake Winnie), one of Minnesota’s premier fishing lakes. The Lake Winnie Area Resort Association’s website contains frequently updated Lake Winnie fishing reports, testimonials, and seasonal fishing tips straight from the fishing guides! On Lake Winnie, also known as “Big Winnie”, you can expect a great fishing, weekend getaway and vacation experience year round.