Updated February 6, 2021
- We had much of the wiring upgraded in all 4
units. Electricians were out during the past week and replaced
any old wiring with modern cables. We've also replaced nearly
all of the switches and outlets, and many of the breakers. We
will soon replace the ceiling light fixtures in the kitchens. (Feb
- We are having a cold spell now! It was
12 below this morning and will not get above zero for the weekend.
The next 10 days looks to be cold. Up until now, our winter
has been mild. (Feb 6, 2021)
- We remain open for business in 2021! We
will continue to operate with reduced occupancy to provide additional protection to our
guests and ourselves. We are allowing our rental units to be
vacant for at least 48 hours
between guests. We are washing and sanitizing all dishes and
cooking ware between guests. We also are sanitizing high-touch
surfaces, such as door knobs and light switches, between guests.
This year we are not providing pillows. We also expect that
guests will dispose of their own trash and recycling. We
continue to provide trash bags and dispose of fish heads, however.
While talking with guests, we will maintain at least 6 feet of
spacing and stay outdoors. (Jan 15, 2021)
- Spring of 2021 will be our 23rd summer of owning and managing Rainbow Bay Resort. Thank you to our loyal
guests! This past year was challenging with the Covid-19
Pandemic. We are anxious to get vaccinated and for a return to
normalcy. (Jan 15, 2021)
- We have ice on area lakes and anglers have
been enjoying a mild winter. On most lakes, anglers are only
walking or using 4-wheelers. (Jan 15, 2021)
Jake and I caught and released this 26.75-inch walleye from a nearby
lake. It took a minnow on a tip up. Dec 2020.
I've had some good bluegill action. These eaters came from a
nearby lake. I made the fishing rod; it is green with yellow
wrappings. I call it my "A Rod" to celebrate Aaron Rodgers of
- I observed NO zebra mussels on the sampling
device I had suspended under one of our docks for the summer of 2020.
This is welcome news. Thank you to those who have been careful
about cleaning their boat before launching it into Benoit Lake. (January
- We had some fine bass fishing in summer and
fall of 2020. (Jan 15, 2021)
Cousin Mark caught and released this nice bass on
a nearby lake, October, 2020.
I caught and released this bass on Benoit;
Jake and I caught and released this nice double
on Benoit. I made the rods we were using. July 2020.
You don't often see fish on meat poles these
days. I decided to revive the classic photo. I filleted
these fish and gave the fillets to friends. August 2020.
- Jake caught his first musky on Benoit Lake in
September 2020! The 43-inch fish took a spinner bait that he
had made. It made several strong runs before I was able to net
the fish. We took a few photos, then had a successful release.
Jake has been trying to catch his first musky for years. Later
that afternoon, he caught his second musky. This was a smaller
fish at about 20 inches, which he of course released.
- Bass fishing has been very good this spring
and summer. Guests have had success using a variety of baits
and techniques. Lately, many bass have been caught
near the deep weed line and along steeper drop-offs. During
the bluegill spawn we had a windy stretch of weather, and the catch
was a bit off. Crappie and pike fishing have been
fair. (July 21, 2020)
Carolyn B. is a great angler and a loyal Bears fan. Go Bears!
- The temperature and oxygen profile of Benoit
Lake was typical during June. It contained plenty of oxygen to
support fish to depths of about 25 feet.
- Zebra mussels were discovered in Big McKenzie
Lake in October, 2016 and then in Middle McKenzie in 2017.
Both of these lakes are only a few miles from
Benoit Lake but are not directly connected to Benoit Lake.
Zebra mussels are an invasive species that can harm lake ecosystems.
We are concerned that these invaders are so close to our lake.
We encourage all boaters and anglers to be cautious when trailering
boats between waters. These boaters should always completely
drain live wells, bait buckets, and lower units when departing a
lake to help prevent the spread of zebra mussels and other aquatic
invasive species. It is typically impossible to rid a lake of
an invasive species once it becomes established. The DNR will
continue to monitor Big McKenzie and Middle McKenzie lakes for zebra
mussels in 2018.
I have hung a sampling device from our main dock
in the summers of 2018, 2019, and 2020. The device is a series of flat plates layered
horizontally. Larval zebra mussels are free floating and will
attach to a hard surface. When I pull the dock ashore in fall,
I inspect the device for evidence of zebra mussels.
I'm told that they would feel gritty on the undersurface of the
plates. Fortunately, I've observed no evidence of zebra
mussels in Benoit Lake so far.
If you take your boat to
other lakes, especially Middle McKenzie and Big McKenzie, please be especially careful before launching your boat into
Benoit Lake. Thank you in advance for being extra careful!
- State law prohibits smoking in motel
and tourism rooms statewide. The law went into effect on July
5, 2010. Smoking is still permitted outside. We ask that
our guests please respect this new law and also properly dispose of