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Does anyone know what is going on with Wilderness Beach Resort?

We received a letter in the mail stating they are closing their doors to ice fishing and we need to move our house by May 15.

I am not sure if they are closing up shop completely or just exiting the ice fishing business. It seems to be me that it would be extremely difficult to make money with out selling ice fishing.


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Where is Wilderness Beach Resort?

I know a guy buying a resort up there, but I don't know the name of it.

The one he is buying is over on the SE side of the lake.

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Wilderness Beach is a couple miles south of Malmo. The resort is a dump, but was sufficient for ice fishing.

The current owners have owned the place roughly two years. They recently fixed up the exterior of the bar. They also built several new rental fish houses last year. I haven't a clue as to why they are exiting the ice fishing business unless they are closing up the entire resort.


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I have a friend who moved his shack to Wilderness from lakeside this past fall when Henry decided to get out of the business.
A week or two before the ice season was over my friend was notified that the current owner was no longer interested in providing ice fishing services or shanty storage.
My friend had his shanty and trailer moved to another resort before the season finished up.
The current owner of Wilderness is not a hands on operator. He has added some needed cosmetic improvements. We walked into the resort a couple times this year to get a burger and there was no one there.
Decisions made by some make the simpilest of minds like me wonder. Who knows what they are thinking or what is going on in there lives to make them do what they do.
I do know that there is no shortage of customers on Mille Lacs on the weekends.
My wife, bless her heart started working at a couple differant resorts a few years back while I would labor at fishing.
The money she made was pretty impressive.
This was mostly tip money from waitressing.
I started running some simple figures through my simple mind and to my amazment I came up with numbers that for a 6-8 week winter ice fishing period were astounding.
I realize there are expenses and overhead but if the weather cooperates somewhat, this 2 month venture can be very lucrative.
As a matter of fact, if I was to take half of my conservative estimate and put it towards expenses and overhead, I would still make more in those 2 months than I do at my current job for all year.
AH! If it was only that simple.
Sorry about the rambling. Good luck moving your shanty.

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