Ice Fishing Wheel House

8×20 Ice Castle: 4 Bunks, 8 Holes

Ice Fishing – also known as Winter Camping!

Fox News Duluth paid us a visit toward the end of the 2013 ice season – check out their spot for some footage of ice fishing on Mille Lacs in our deluxe ice castles!

We like to compare it to camping on the ice…if you have ever been camping in a tent, in the summer, then it won’t come as a surprise to you that in winter, in Minnesota, we have Winter Camping.

In its primitive form, it used to be called Ice Fishing. But that is different now.

A new breed of RVs have emerged with holes in the floor, giving campers the opportunity to hook a fish of some sort. Whatever. It is fun no matter what!

Campers are heated, they have port-a-pottys and DirectTV – at least most do. We still have the more rustic ice houses (aka skids – see below).

If you have your own house, we can store it for you or, if you are just looking for seasonal winter ice camping, we have seasonal access as well as a la carte winter services.

This year we are also offering darkhouse rentals for spearfishing!

Ice Fishing House Rentals – Deluxe (aka ice camping deluxe rentals)!

Ice Fishing on Mille Lacs has never been better. Hunter Winfield’s Wheelhouse Rentals are like no other on this lake – or on most lakes for that matter. All our Ice Fishing / Camping Wheel House Rentals have DirecTV, stove top, ovens, flat screen TV and PlayStations. Many have all cedar interior with an up north cabin feel. Rates on wheelhouses start at $150 a night.

We set our camp up from Isle Bay early ice – when we can get on usually by mid-December. As the lake freezes, we move out farther toward Hennepin Island. This year, with the acquisition of Liberty Beach on the East Side, we will re-locate our houses if possible – so far, this season, it has been tough…. Our guests though will get 10% off all meals at our new restaurant with a menu that will have you coming back for more! We have Sunday NFL Ticket and 4 HD TVs to watch from! To read more about the restaurant, visit The Good Life Website.

Ice Fishing House Rentals – Standard Camping

For the more rugged angler / camper, we have Skid Ice Fishing Houses without all the wheelhouse amenities – they include heat and gas lights. Rates on the Skids start at $149 / night.

We have ice fishing houses positioned, drilled and ready to go when you arrive. Rattle Reels are included as well as basic tackle. Add on a private guide for more fishing fun!

Ice Fishing Skid House

Skid House

A moment to remember…

For those of you who have never been on Mille Lacs in the winter, you are in for an experience of a lifetime! There are approximately 5000 fish houses that decorate the landscape each season.

Early Ice we are still in Isle Bay about 1/4 – 1/3 mile from shore. Later Ice, our roads are plowed out 5+ miles where we move houses frequently to take advantage of the fish movement and patterns. When you check in, you will be escorted to your house by our ice fishing knowledgeable staff. You’ll get checked in on the house and will be given the tour of the house and how to use the equipment.


To view interior photos or photos for a certain ice fishing houses, go to the book online now feature and when you find a house, click it to view interior photos. On the calendar you can switch to Full Availability Search to view a list of all houses.

Isle’s Weather

Snow Shower
7:45am5:05pm CST
Feels like: 3°F
Wind: 2mph N
Humidity: 69%
Pressure: 30.18"Hg
UV index: 0