Dennis Todd Memorial – June 7th

A memorial service has been planned for Dennis Todd June 7th 10am at the Gunflint Conference Center at 143 S. Gunflint Lake Rd, Grand Marais MN. Dennis was a fishing guide on the Gunflint Trail for 20+ years.

Dennis Ray Todd of Appleton City MO. & The Gunflint Trail MN. died as a result of a boating accident on Nothern Light Lake in Canada on September 12, 2013. Dennis and a friend were enjoying a day of fishing when the accident happened. It is not completely clear of what happened but they were both ejected from the boat. The passenger was wearing a life jacket and was able to make it to shore. Unfortunately Dennis was not and in an apparent attempt to retrieve the boat he succumb to the cold waters and drowned in Traflagar Bay.

Dennis was a graduate of Appleton City High School. After serving his country in the United States Army he worked various jobs in Kansas City before finding his true calling. Dennis has been employed with Gunflint Lodge for the past 25 years as a fishing guide. It was apparent to many repeat customers that Dennis had a true passion, he loved to fish. “Bobber down” was soon echoed throughout the Midwest from those who were fortunate enough to go north fishing with the “Walleye Jedi”.

Friends and family alike enjoyed fish fries at Dennis’ and he was always able to provide someone with fresh fish. Dennis was quick with a joke or story and always had a helping hand for anyone that was in need of one.

Dennis was born to Raymond and Betty (Harris) Todd on February 12, 1954 in Appleton City, Mo. He was proceeded in death by his father Raymond and an infant sister Janet.

Dennis is survived by his son Cameron and step-daughter Laura (Scott) Campbell, his mother Betty Todd of Appleton City, sister Judy (Steve) Adams Bloomfield IA, brother Dave (Lisa) Todd Butler, nephews Matt Brownsberger, Brian and Kyle Todd, and four grandchildren. Many cousins and friends as well.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Cameron Todd Educational Trust Fund at the Community First Banks in Butler and Appleton City Mo.

Ice is off, fishing is on!

Let the games begin!  Spring is finally underway working toward summer.  The daytime temps have been in the 50/60s with the forecast predicting we’ll hit the 70’s this weekend. As of Saturday the west end of Gunflint was wide open but the ice was still firmly set on the main portion and east end of Gunflint, but the sunny weather did it’s usual trick and as of late yesterday evening, the Lake pretty was much open.  Of course you’ll still have to watch for floating ice patches for the next couple days.

Gunflint Walleye

Nice Night bite.

Bob and Wyatt went out for the evening to check for any Walleye activity. The caught a couple nice eaters and lost a big one. Looks like we’ll have fresh shore lunch dinner this evening.

Sunset Fishing

Trolling the sunset on the Gunflint Lake.

There’s nothing like a nice evening and great sunset on a calm lake . . . except fishing on a nice evening with great sunset on a calm lake!

Guests have been fishing the trout hard this spring. This group had an adventerous but sucessful day on Sag fishing for Trout on Saturday. They had to break ice in a few spots, but I would guess that much like Gunflint Lake the sun has taken control of that situation.

Lake Trout

Nice Trout take!

Come fishing this weekend. We still have openings for camping or cabins over Memorial! Give us a call 218-388-4454

Opening fishing and opening up.

This past weekend was wonderful!  The days were warm, the snow finally melted, there were a lot of firsts for the 2014 season.  The first Fish of the season, the first campfire, first Ice cream cones, first Giant Jenga game and the first swimmers!  Yes you read it right – we had people swimming on Sunday.  Crazy considering there’s still ice on the lake, but some just can’t resist.  Granted they just dunked in and didn’t swim long, but I’m willing to give them the credit – because I most certianly do not want it!


A great evening around the campfire with great people!

A great evening around the campfire with great people!
First campfire of the 2014 summer season.  Notice the ice still on the lake.

First campfire of the 2014 summer season. Notice the ice still on the lake.



Everyone is asking about the ice and fishing. On average Gunflint Lake ice goes out on May 6th or so.  Of course this is anything but an average year.  The snow is finally gone, but as of a week ago, we thought the ice might never go.  The recent rains, and switching wind directions have done wonders and I believe I can safely say that it should be gone this weekend or at least the majority of it will be gone.

Trout were caught this past weekend with guests taking 3, 6 & 8 lbs but I believe this weekend is when the real action will begin.

We’re working hard to make up for the lost time in April.  April is when we usually get out around camp to open the campground, bathhouse, and waterlines.  We’re picking up winter trash, trimming and hauling brush and downing some dead trees.  Now the raking will begin,  soon the planting will follow.  Docks and boats will be put in, painting and staining.

Happy mothers day!

Happy mothers day!

We’ve gotten a new crop of gifts and clothing, are trying some new food/snack items.  Shadow and Sota are busy chasing the grouse and bunnies in the campground, and finding remnants of winter kill to roll in.  The early morning bird activity is amazing to listen to.  The Loons have returned, and so have some of our favorite guests!    Can’t wait to see you all.  Come join us in the Northwoods.

First game of Giant Jenga this season!

First game of Giant Jenga this season!