Looking for a good fishing lake with rental cabins nearby. Will need to rent boat and possibly a guide or unofficial helpful person that would be paid would be nice. My brother and wife are coming up from Kentucky (a good ol' boy) and I want to show how wonderful Minnesota can be.
Not that I have anything against any of our local lakes in this area,,,,,but I take a few trips per year to Ely. If you can afford the extra few days and 2 1/2 hour drive,,,,there are several top-notch opportunities there, especially if you are trying to avoid crowds.
Otherwise, Mille lacs has lodges, guides, and rentals. Good lake to fish in, in addition to many, many, MANY lakes within 1-2 hours.