Driving isn't yet an option, but a fine adventure still awaits Northwest Angle visitors

And for those who take advantage of those options, the adventure is good as ever.

Forum News Service

A key lifeline to the Northwest Angle is Lake of the Woods Passenger Service and Bait Sales, which operates out of Sportsman’s Lodge on the Rainy River at the south end of Lake of the Woods.

Gregg Hennum, owner of Sportsman’s Lodge and Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge, operates the passenger service venture. On Friday, June 4, the passenger service moved 73 people across the lake and logged more than 800 miles crossing from the south shore to various destinations on the Northwest Angle.

Business has been brisk. Gregg’s dad, Jerry Hennum, said his Friday started at 4:20 a.m. and didn’t end until 7:30 p.m. after his fifth round-trip trek across the lake. That’s 40-plus miles each way.

“People are fed up with staying home after last year, and this year they said, ‘We’re going no matter what,’ ” he said. “They’ve had enough of being closed in.”

These days, retirement means “just being tired,” Hennum, 67, joked. It’s noticeably busier than

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