Northwest Ontario
Fishing, Hunting & Travel Map


At Silver Water Wheel Lodge, we combine incredible fishing with first class service, equipment and accommodations to provide our guests with “The Complete Fishing Vacation.” Lac Seul is the finest trophy walleye fishery in Northwest Ontario and is arguably one of the best in all of Canada. In addition to the terrific walleye fishing, there is also fantastic northern pike action and an exploding smallmouth bass fishery. Isolated and centrally located on the south shore of Lac Seul, Silver Water Wheel Lodge is truly a trophy angler’s paradise.

Silver Water Wheel is the only lodge with direct access north of Dryden to Lac Seul’s southern main lake basins. At Silver Water Wheel, we combine incredible fishing with first-class service, accommodations, and equipment to provide our guests with a complete fishing vacation.

World famous for its trophy walleyes, Lac Seul also supports excellent populations of northern pike and smallmouth bass. With nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline and a surface area over 500 sq. miles, Lac Seul is the second largest body of water in Ontario. This immense size is one of the critical factors necessary for a Canadian Shield lake to consistently produce numbers of trophy quality fish. Specifically, Lac Seul provides the diversity of habitat and abundance of nutritious forage that are essential for top predators to reach their maximum size. Combine this potential with careful conservation policies and you have the opportunity to not only catch lots of fish, but you also have a real chance to catch the trophy of a lifetime.

Direct Access to Lac Seul

Located on the south central shore, Silver Water Wheel is the only lodge with direct access to Lac Seul by way of logging roads straight north of Dryden. The dining room door is 100 ft. from your boat and from your dock slip you can see a dozen different fishing spots where you will likely begin your fishing day. Over 90% of our trophy fish are caught and released within 12 miles of the main lodge. You are welcome to explore the lake if you choose, but there are no mandatory hour long boat rides to get to the “good spots” at Silver Water Wheel. The guide crew knows that time spent trailering boats or driving around the lake is valuable time lost from a quality fishing day. The abundance of great fishing right around the lodge also gives guests the option to take their boats out fishing on their own after supper. Another advantage to our location is access to the South channel. If you happen to get caught by a storm or big wind while fishing the main lake, your guides have an alternative safe and comfortable way home without fighting the big water.

Our Fishing Guide

Our guide crew is what separates Silver Water Wheel Lodge from the competition. My mission statement as Guide Staff Manager is to seek out, hire, train, retain, and manage the best guide staff in Northwest Ontario. With well over 100 years of cumulative guiding experience, we work together as a team to ensure that all our boats are on fish and our guests are having fun.

Silver Water Wheel guides are professionals. They are not only experienced anglers and dedicated conservationists, but they are also committed to providing excellent customer service. Whether your group is a family with young anglers looking for action and laughs or you are in search of that trophy of a lifetime, the guides will plan the day in accordance with your wishes and expectations.

As the owner and operator of Silver Water Wheel I believe that an effective guide staff manager has to be out there with his crew to lead by example and to set the bar high. My educational background is in Fisheries Biology and I have been guiding for more than 2 decades. My guiding philosophies and strategies are grounded in science, data collection, and experimentation, but have equally been shaped by a commitment to quality customer service and a love for the big lakes of northwest Ontario.

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Contact Info

Mike Willems



Box 723

Dryden, ON P8N 2Z4

Phone: (807) 529-3373


13376 Deer Ln.

Burlington IA 52601

Phone: (319) 752-0770



Silver Water Wheel Lodge is located 42 miles north of Dryden on the south central shore of Lac Seul. Access is simple and convenient whether you choose to fly or drive. For specific travel instructions please call.


Most of our guests cross the border at International Falls, MN into Ft. Frances. Take Hwy 11 east to Hwy 502 north to Dryden. Travel through Dryden past the paper mill over the railroad tracks to the Hwy 17 intersection. Take a left at this set of lights heading west on Hwy 17. At the very next set of lights take a right on hwy 601 heading North. Silver Water Wheel finger board signs will direct you the remaining 42 miles to the lodge.

Follow Highway 601 for 6.5 miles until it curves hard to the right. At this point you will follow the gravel road straight ahead.
Follow gravel road approximately 1 mile
Turn right onto North Road
Follow North Road 10.1 miles to railroad tracks
3 miles from the tracks take the left fork at the “Y” (Road to Hudson/Marker 13)
5.8 miles from first “Y” take the right fork of the second “Y” (marker 19)
6.7 miles from second “Y” take the right fork onto smaller road
This final stretch is 4.7 miles into the lodge.

Expect the trip from Ft. Frances to take you roughly 2 hours to Dryden. The trip from Dryden to the lodge can range from 1 hour to 1.5 hours depending on the road and the vehicle you are driving.

We advise guests driving a car or low setting vehicle to use extra caution as the road is a bit rough.


Most of our guests traveling commercial airlines choose one of Northwest Airline’s connections from Minneapolis to International Falls, MN. Rental cars are available at the airport and the remaining drive is a scenic 3 hours. Those wishing to charter a flight to Dryden can call for details.

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