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Our fly in fishing trips to Viking Island are normally for a week. Flights leave early Saturday morning, so a hotel reservation in Red Lake is needed for the night before. At Viking Island we provide many staple grocery items in your cabin, but you do need to bring your own fresh groceries. You can bring your own or send me an order. If you would like to fish with live bait you need to bring that in as well.
Please Call or Email if you have any questions or special requests.
Flying into Red Lake
It is easy to fly into Red Lake by commercial airline. Our very reliable local airline, Bearskin Airlines, flies regularly from Winnipeg or Thunder Bay to Red Lake. It is a good idea to book with Red Lake Travel ( 1-807-727-2742 or 1-800-465-3305) because they know the latest local schedules and will be able to rebook your trip if weather keeps you in the bush.
If traveling by private aircraft to Red Lake, you will be happy to find that the Red Lake Airport has a 5000 foot paved runway with landing lights. For more information call 1-807-662-2581.
If you are flying on floats, call us and you may be able to fly directly to Viking Island.
The Municipality of Red Lake
Red Lake is well equipped to outfit the fly in fisherman. There are several great motels and restaurants for an overnight stay. You may even like a round at our 18 hole Golf Course. Red Lake has grocery stores, a beer store, a liquor store and several great gift shops. Howey Bay is the center of the town and the shoreline is dotted with float planes.The main industry here is gold mining and these days things are booming. It is a very good idea to book your hotel room well ahead.
These are the hotels in Red Lake:
The Norseman Inn (807) 727-2858
The Howey Bay Motel (807) 727-3419
The Super 8 (807) 727-8888
In Balmertown (about 6 miles from Red Lake)
The Balmer Motor Hotel (807) 735-2076
The Nature's Inn (807) 735-2626
West End Groceries (807) 727-2806 is the store that boxes and delivers all our groceries. Todd is an excellent butcher. If you send us or Todd an order, it will be waiting to fly out with you or will be waiting at camp for you when you arrive.
Available in Red Lake or Balmertown.
If you do not already have an outdoors card they are available to purchase at Viking Island and online. We provide the conservation fishing license.
Highway distances to
Red Lake in Miles
International Falls 290
Des Moines 845
Kansas City 1062
Canada Customs Information
Alcohol: Each adult may bring 40 oz. (1.14 L) of alcohol or 1 cases (24) of beer or 1.5 L of wine.
Tobacco: Each adult may bring: 1 carton (200) cigarettes and a tin of tobacco and 50 cigars.
Leeches: are not allowed across the border but you can order leeches through us.
All US citizens now require passports to re-enter the US.
If you have a criminal record, including a DUI, you should call Canada Customs and Immigration at 807-274-3655 ext 239 to find out if you will have trouble entering Canada. It is a good idea to do this well ahead of time.
If you need clarification or any other information pertaining to what you are allowed to bring over the border, please call the Fort Francis Canadian Customs Office at 807-274-3655 or International Falls US Customs at 218-283-2541.