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Post Posted: 09:23pm - Apr 15,13 
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I need to find that perfect fishing weekend get a way weekend destination. Here's what I'm looking for:
1. Less than 6 hours away from Chicago land.
2. Probably MN, WI, or MI.
3. Relatively small lake so I can actually find the fish by canoe in a weekend.
4. Looking for Walleye.
5. Low cost, 75 dollars per night.
6. Quiet, remote, no tourists.
7. Some kind of small town nearby to grab dinner with the Mrs.
8. I would like to be able to dock my canoe so I don't have to launch the thing every time I hit the water. Would be nice to rent a boat for cheap though.
9. I don't want to share the lake with jet skis or pontoon boats that double as floating taverns.
10. Willing to sacrifice quality of accommodations to find 1-9.

Please help.

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Post Posted: 04:53pm - Apr 16,13 
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Tall order. Well, you can't get to Minnesota in less than 6 hours, so that's out. No tourists? Aren't you a tourist? Resorts only rent to tourists, locals live nearby and don't rent cabins. A lakeside cabin for $75 could be tough to find. One of the cheapest that I stay at starts at $80 per night. You'll find motels in that price range, but I don't know of any lakeside resorts that cheap. If you have a canoe, I'd suggest the Sylvania Wilderness Area near Watersmeet MI in the UP. It's about a 6 hour drive. Motors are not allowed (neither is live bait). No motors means quiet. No jet skis or pontoons. You can camp there but if you are not looking to camp, there are motels in Watersmeet along with a casino that has a nice restaurant. There are several lakes to choose from, none very large. There may be places that fit your needs better, but someone else will have to let you know what they are. Google Sylvania Wilderness for more info.

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Post Posted: 12:03pm - Apr 17,13 
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Thanks will do! I've gone to lake Geneva and Delavan and sometimes being on those waters is like being back on the tri-state, which is what a I want to get away from. This place sounds intriguing.

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Post Posted: 01:48pm - Apr 17,13 
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Crystal Falls Michigan the Paint river and the Peavey pond reservoire beautifull and Good fishing

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Post Posted: 02:27pm - Apr 17,13 
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After doing some research it is becoming pretty clear that $75 a night is probably unreasonable unless you want to sleep in an out house.

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Post Posted: 04:38pm - Apr 17,13 
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Reel Lake, TN

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Post Posted: 11:12am - Apr 18,13 
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If you mean reelfoot lake tn. Then thats 440 miles from sothern tip of chicago so thats probably not doable in six hours plus I believe the Op is looking for walleyes.

I would recomend the back waters of the mississipi in wabasha mn. I believe it meets all your criteria, check out my review in rivers section ( pool 4). Only thing that I would be concerned about is that while there are plenty of bass and northern in the backwaters, most of the walleye will be in the main river section by lake peppin and I don't know if rental boat could cut it . It is a nice,remote fun place to fish with good restaurants and a nice small town feel.

A place close to fish that meets all of your criteria could be found at castle rock/ petenwell flowage. I have no personnal exp. there but I have been looking at going there and it looks like that might be a spot for you too.

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Post Posted: 11:36am - Apr 18,13 
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I like to go to The Landing in Guttenberg, IA - Its right on the Mississippi you can fish backwaters or go out on the barge and fish the dam.
Nice small town with bars and restaurants. Cheap hotel - keep your boat in the water - always something bitting

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Post Posted: 12:31pm - Apr 18,13 
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I would go to McCormick Lake Resort in Hazelhurst WI. The lake is small and easy to fish from a canoe. It has everything you are looking for other than I think they ask 80 or 85 a night. Bruce the owner is a super friendly guy and will do whatever he can to make your vacation enjoyable. The lake is stocked and you will catch northern, bass, and walleye easily. It has good lily pads and if you float around with a crawler under a bober about 3 feet, you will catch every species inthe lake. It maxes out at about 10 feet deep but never goes through fish kills or low water due to creek inlets. Also there are a number of supper clubs and other places to eat close by. And if you want to go to bigger water, the willow flowage is about 5 miles away and is just like being on a canadian shield lake. I think for what you are looking for, this is the best you are going to find. Bruce even throws in a rowboat with the rental for free with a trolling motor if you dont want to bring the canoe.

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Post Posted: 09:01am - May 10,13 
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Wondering if that is still available at McCormick. Tried Googling it to check it out as a possible nice vacation idea for later this summer and found a listing that it was for sale: First time on the market, a great Mom and Pop resort with endless possibilities. The property features over 37 acres and 592 ft of frontage on McCormick Lake. There is a rustic 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath home that features 2 fireplaces a great 4 season sun room with a bar and rec room downstairs. A one car attached garage with workshop and a 2 car detached garage gives you ample storage.

not sure if that is the same place though.

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Post Posted: 08:57am - May 11,13 
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ltrain wrote:
If you mean reelfoot lake tn. Then thats 440 miles from sothern tip of chicago so thats probably not doable in six hours plus I believe the Op is looking for walleyes.

I would recomend the back waters of the mississipi in wabasha mn. I believe it meets all your criteria, check out my review in rivers section ( pool 4). Only thing that I would be concerned about is that while there are plenty of bass and northern in the backwaters, most of the walleye will be in the main river section by lake peppin and I don't know if rental boat could cut it . It is a nice,remote fun place to fish with good restaurants and a nice small town feel.

A place close to fish that meets all of your criteria could be found at castle rock/ petenwell flowage. I have no personnal exp. there but I have been looking at going there and it looks like that might be a spot for you too.

Don't know when you plan to go but I'm on my way back from the Wabash area now. As ltrain mentioned back waters hold a lot of fish. Northern Pike and bass fishing is going very well now. We picked up a few eyes and perch also.Look up Cedar Ridge Resort in Nelson WI for rustic cabin rentals.

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Post Posted: 07:36am - May 13,13 
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Wow, these are all great ideas, we're planning on going this weekend, so I'll have to decide soon. I've never fished the mississippi, I might need to give that the ol college try. Thanks again for all the posts, these recommendations are golden.

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