Fishing and Boating
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Fishing and boating have been a Minnesota pastime for years and are still the top activities bringing guests to Lake Villard!
Lake Villard is 544 acres, with a maximum depth of 16 feet. Lake Villard is the second in a series of three lakes. Lake Leven is to the north with 282 acres, 2.63 miles of shoreline and a depth of 33 feet. Lake Amelia is to the south with 934 acres, 7.38 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 69 feet.
If fishing is your calling, then Lake Villard is the lake for you! We are the only resort on this 544 acre lake. There are many fishing hot spots and some of the best fishing can be done right on our docks! Anglers often hook walleye, northern pike, bluegills, black crappie, yellow perch and largemouth bass. You will have plenty of excitement with your children as you teach them new skills. A Fish Cleaning House is located by our pond.
You are welcome to bring your own boat or jet ski. There is a boat access on our resort and a public landing ½ mile to the east of Canary Beach Resort. We offer various boat rentals for our guests, as well as complimentary kayaks, canoe, paddleboat and paddleboards. There is plenty of trailer parking in our overflow lot on the west side of the resort While in Lake Villard, boats and jet ski's can be pulled up on our sandy shoreline or there are docks available on a first come, first serve basis.
Fishing & Boating FAQs
Yes, you are welcome to bring your own boat, pontoon or jet ski. We have a boat landing on site for easy access to the lake. There is also a public landing available 1/2 of a mile east of our resort.
There is plenty of trailer parking in our overflow lot on the west side of the resort. While in Lake Villard, boats can be pulled up onto our level, sandy shoreline or there are docks available on a first come, first serve basis.
These water amenities are free for the enjoyment of our resort guests!
During the summer, we typically offer night crawlers and leeches for sale in the Lodge.
- Fetterers Live bait on County Road 28. On your own/Honor system
- Koep’s Bobbers & Bait in Glenwood http://koepsbait.com/main/
- Minnewaska Bait & Tackle in Glenwood http://www.minnewaskabait.com/
Fishing licenses are available through the DNR website at www.dnr.state.mn.us
There is great fishing in Lake Villard, where you can catch bass, crappies, northerns, sunfish, perch and walleyes.
Usually walk-on ice fishing begins around December 15th to Christmas time. The ice is typically thick enough to drive onto by January and ends around March 1st, with walk-on ending a few weeks later.
For more details, visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website:
Our Fish Cleaning House has two cleaning bays with sprayers. We keep it very clean and ensure the fish waste is composted.
In the winter, we relocate our Fish Cleaning House to the Lodge so that our guests have a warm, properly-lit, and well-sanitized facility to take care of their winter cleaning.