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Welcome to our

Lake of the Woods Fishing Resort

River Bend Resort

Located in the Heart of Lake of the Woods

Gorgeous views, pristine waters, abundant wildlife and world-class fishing, brands us as a year-round adventure vacation destination. Exploring the beauty of our vast outdoor paradise, there is so much more we can offer providing for an experience of a lifetime for you or the entire family.  

We treat you like family because we are family!

Since 2012 Paul and Brandi Johnson have provided guests with a family-owned experience that builds upon old family traditions. Escape the corporate world… Your next vacation destination awaits you. Read our complete story!

Ranked #1 Destination by Resorts and Lodges

Northern Minnesota

More Walleye + More Variety

Known as “The Walleye Capital of The World”, Lake of the Woods boasts one million acres of water with over 15,000 islands that stretch out over American and Canadian waters.

Fishing on Lake of the Woods in Minnesota is a distinctive experience, set apart by the lake’s immense size, international waters spanning the U.S. and Canada, and a diverse array of fish species.

It’s abundant with Walleye, Sauger, Northern Pike, Sturgeon, Perch, Crappie, Tulibie, Whitefish, Bourbon or Eelpout, and even Muskie.

It’s almost like an inland sea, where anglers can explore a variety of habitats, including islands and rocky structures, making it a year-round destination and haven for those seeking variety and adventure on the water.

Book a Charter Fishing Trip with an experienced captain and guide to experience all that L.O.W. has to offer!

Here's Whats Happening

The season is always turning up here… Here’s a handy guide for you to know what’s going on and coming up: 

Open Water Season:
Fishin' & Festivities

Fish Fry Season at Miles Lab:
Join us Saturdays from 6-8pm. Season ends the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 7th)

Latest Fishing Reports:

Visit our Fishing Reports Page for updated information. 

Important Dates & Area Fishing Tournaments

Great Fishing All-Year Round

"If the Minnesota walleye state record is ever broken, I whole-heartedly believe it will happen on one of these bodies of water."

11th Annual

"Girls Gone Fishing"


We'll Help Make Life Long Memories

Uniquely situated close to the community of Baudette, distinctive shopping and dining opportunities are within easy reach if you should desire a trip to town. Timbermill Park boasts a walking track, playground, sand volleyball, and other recreational activities including a movie theater for those rainy days when catching a show and a bucket of popcorn is an option.

Fishing, hunting, hiking, 4-wheeling, boating, kayaking, snowmobiling, or exploring the vast beauty of the North West Angle are just a few beginnings of the outdoor adventures we can help you plan (either guided or on your own).

For the birding and sight-seeing enthusiast, maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of the endangered Piping Plover that makes its home on Pine Island or witness the Aurora Borealis as their beautiful lights dance through the sky.

Learn more about our Local Attractions and things to do in the Baudette area.

Stay Your Way...

We offer two ways for you to select your resort experience…

...Fish All Day

Whether you’re renting a lakeside cabin, our hotel in Baudette, or an ice house in the winter, we offer the same fishing adventures to all our guests. 

The Famous Lakeside Resort & Bar

River Bend Resort

River Bend Resort is located on the Rainy River, 11 miles north of Baudette, MN. Only a short boat ride from one of the best fisheries in the country. Our location is ideal for fishing either Lake of the Woods or the Rainy River.

Miles Lab Bar & Grill
Our restaurant that is part of River Bend Resort.

Our Budget-Friendly Baudette Hotel

The Walleye Inn

River Bend Walleye Inn has comfortable amenities at a great rate. We also offer fishing packages with our River Bend Resort property for all Walleye Inn guests.

Frequently Asked Questions

River Bend Resort is situated on the “Walleye Capital” along the banks of the Rainy River and Lake of the Woods. We a premier family-owned fishing resort located on the Rainy River and Lake of the Woods in Minnesota, offering cabins, ice houses, an RV park, full bar and restaurant, docks and marina, and a unique fishing experience.

Yes, we have experienced USCG OUPV licensed captains that operate our charters in the summer during open water season, and experienced and knowledgeable fishing guides to enhance your ice fishing experience on Lake of the Woods.

Absolutely! River Bend Resort offers top-quality fishing equipment rentals for our guests. During the winter ice fishing season, we have rod and reel combos, tackle box, and flasher rentals available. If you are staying in one of our sleeper houses on the ice, we have generators available to rent as well.

Lake of the Woods is abundant with Walleye, Sauger, Northern Pike, Sturgeon, Perch, Crappie, Tulibie, Whitefish, Bourbon or Eelpout, and even Muskie.

Yes, we have ice fishing packages available for an unmatched ice fishing experience during the winter season. Lodging in our cabins, fishing in our day houses, ice camping out in one of our sleeper houses. Ice fishing packages or DIY lodging is also available from our Walleye Inn location.

Definitely! We offer activities and accommodations suitable for family members of all ages. Also Lake of the Woods County is full of seasonal outdoor activities. Golfing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, foraging or hunting in 1000+ acres state parks and forests are great opportunities that involve the whole family. There is also the fishing!


Also, we love pets! River Bend Resort is pet-friendly. We have named our on-site bar and restaurant (Miles Lab Bar & Grill) after our recently departed chocolate lab Miles. We do have some guidelines in place to ensure the comfort of all guests. We also charge a daily pet fee for additional cleaning needed between reservations. Please contact us for specifics.

Of course! Lake of the Woods is boat-friendly, and we have docking facilities available. Ask about boat slip rental to bring your own boat. Each slip has shore power available, with 4 point tie offs to secure your boat when not out on the water. Ropes not included.

Yes, we provide complimentary Wi-Fi for our guests.

Every season offers a unique fishing experience and abundance of opportunity to catch fish. Spring and fall runs up the Rainy River are generated by the spawning schedules. With Summer and winter seasons focusing on fishing chasing bait schools in the Big Traverse and Little Traverse Bay on Lake of the Woods.

Yes, we cater to group and corporate retreats. Contact our team to customize your package. Our sales agents are eager to assist you in planning you corporate or large group event. Discounts do apply to groups of a certain size or bigger.

Our resort is at the mouth of the Rainy River which feeds into Lake of the Woods and is a hotspot for Sturgeon and springtime Walleye fishing.

Yes, our rental cabins are equipped with basic kitchen facilities, ensuring a comfortable stay for our guests. Basic utensils, cookware, and flatware are provided.

Certainly! The region boasts hiking trails, bird-watching spots, and local cultural attractions.

Yes, River Bend Resort features Miles Lab Bar & Grill, our restaurant offering delicious local and international cuisines.

Yes, we do have bait available during each season. There are also two bait shops in close proximity to our resort. They offer larger selections of bait and tackle specific to fishing on the Rainy River and Lake of the Woods.

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Women are welcome anytime, and our annual Girls Gone Fishing event brings female fishing fanatics together for a day of fun and fishing competition. Looking to just get away with the girls? Book one of our all-inclusive packages that provides: Lodging, fishing, meals, and equipment.