Time is running out for a colorful fall fishing adventure on serene Big Sandy Lake, a historical body of water that covers 6,526 acres. An autumn escape to the Northwoods isn’t complete without a week-long stay at one of the premier Minnesota fishing lodges: Big Sandy Lodge & Resort. We offer affordable, immaculate, and peaceful accommodations north of the quaint village of McGregor. Big Sandy Lake is teeming with delicious walleye, monster northern pike, and black crappie. Big Sandy Lodge & Resort has an onsite fish-cleaning house, boat rentals, and exclusive access to an unfrequented lake. As the calendar flips into October, our tranquil northern Minnesota wilderness is painted a stunning mixture of marigold, amber, kelly green, and crimson by Mother Nature’s skillful brush strokes. There is no better season to reel in a delicious walleye than refreshingly brisk autumn!

Historic Big Sandy Lake

There aren’t many Minnesota fishing lodges that can claim they rest on the shores of a historic lake. Big Sandy Lake was first inhabited by the Dakota Sioux who were eventually forced out by the Ojibwa. It was initially named Mitaawangaagamaa because of its flat, sandy beaches. Before the U.S. Army built a dam to allow travel on the nearby Mississippi River, Big Sandy was unrecognizably minuscule. As noted in his journal, explorer Henry Schoolcraft discovered Big Sandy Lake in 1820, 12 years before his famous 1832 expedition to the Mississippi headwaters. Schoolcraft wrote that Big Sandy was a “romantic little lake” that “suddenly rose like a burnished sheet of living gold.”

Reel It In!

Once the nearby river dam was built in 1859 by the U.S. Army, Big Sandy Lake gradually grew in width and height, thus creating 25 islands and 6,526 acres of prime fishing. Walleye are the fish of choice in our beautiful lake – they’re often caught in the windswept main basin. Walleye live near the lake’s impressively sandy bottom, but they’re hard to see with the naked eye because Big Sandy has a natural brownish-red water thanks to the area’s tannic acid. Don’t be fooled by the word “acid” – this chemical is often used as an additive in food and beverages.

The elusive walleye remain in deeper, darker water, but they usually move into the shallows in the morning and evening during the fall. Explore the lake and its three tributary rivers in search of a monster northern pike, beautiful black crappie, yellow perch, or northern cisco. Bullheads also occasionally bite in surrounding river beds.

Minnesota Fishing Lodges

Gut your daily catch inside the onsite fish-cleaning house before pan-frying your delicious walleye in a fully-equipped cabin here at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort. We’re one of the only Minnesota fishing lodges within 50 miles, so you’re guaranteed a peaceful week of walleye fishing, fall foliage, and family bonding. Dial 1-218-426-5040 or visit our website to book an overdue fishing escape to McGregor!