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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 6, 2021)
  • 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 on a Burnett County Lake, December 2020.
    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.
                  These bluegills were caught on a Burnett County Lake, January, 2021.
    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 the Packers.
  • 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 15, 2021)
  • We had some fine bass fishing in summer and fall of 2020.   (Jan 15, 2021)
                                                  
    Cousin Mark C. with a beautiful bass from a nearby lake in early-October, 2020.
    Cousin Mark caught and released this nice bass on a nearby lake, October, 2020.
                                                       
     I caught and released this bass on Benoit; July 2020.

                                  Jake and I with a double on Benoit bass.  I made the rods we were using.  July, 2020.
    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.  Congratulations Jake!

  • 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. with a dandy bass she caught and release at Benoit Lake, June, 2020.  Good job Carolyn!
    Carolyn B. with another nice Benoit Lake bass.  June, 2020.
    Carolyn B. is a great angler and a loyal Bears fan.  Go Bears!

    Mark C. with a great bass from a Burnett County Lake.  C&R  George C. caught this nice bass off one of the docks at Rainbow Bay Resort.  June 2020, C&R.

    George C. with another nice Burnett County bass, June, 2020.  C&R.Mark C. with another bass from the dock of Rainbow Bay Resort, May 2020. C&R. 

    Terry W. with a beautiful bass from Benoit Lake, June 2020.  C&R

    I caught and released this bass on Benoit lake, June 2020.  It was along the bullrushes.  I caught this bass on a wacky rigged worm in a weedy bay on Benoit Lake, June, 2020.  C&R

    Jake C. caught and released this 29-inch pike on Benoit Lake, June, 2020.
  • 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 their butts.

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