Anchor Inn Resort

Anchor Inn is one of the Best Duck Hunting Resorts in Minnesota

Anchor Inn Resort caters to the sportsman. Located just upriver from Rice Lake – Anchor Inn provides guests with easy access to some of the best duck hunting habitat found in Minnesota. Rice Lake is a shallow body of water thickly covered by wild rice. It is a natural refuge for waterfowl and makes Anchor Inn an outstanding lodging choice for duck hunters! Call today at 1-888-798-2718 for duck hunting trip reservations or information.

Minnesota’s duck population can be divided into two groups:

Puddle ducks live in shallow marshes (puddles) and rivers and feed by dabbling. You can often see their bottoms tipped up as they feed in the shallows. These ducks also feed often in grain fields. Puddle ducks are able to lift off from water or land immediately. Minnesota puddle ducks are the mallard, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, pintail, gadwall, wigeon, shoveler, wood duck, and black duck.  

Diving ducks spend their time in large, deep lakes and rivers. They feed on fish, shellfish, mollusks, and aquatic plants by diving, often to deep depths. They can swim long distances underwater by kicking their large paddle feet. Diving ducks can’t launch from water straight into the air like puddle ducks can. Instead, they patter along the water surface for several yards before becoming airborne. Minnesota diving ducks are the canvasback, redhead, ringneck (also called ringbill), scaup (also called bluebill), goldeneye, bufflehead, and ruddy duck.

Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Info

  • Youth Waterfowl Hunt – Sept. 11-12, 2021

  • Duck Hunting Season – Sept. 25 – Nov. 11, 2021

  • Canada Goose Hunting Season – Sept. 4 – Dec. 24, 2021

Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations
Minnesota Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey
Blast From The Past - A group of duck hunters show the results of their successful hunt.

Duck and Canada Goose Hunting Tips

The area around Anchor Inn Resort is well-known for excellent waterfowl hunting. Read on for some of our duck hunting tips…

Rice Lake to the north of Anchor Inn is a designated resting area for waterfowl beginning with the opening of duck season. Although boat motors are not allowed, it is not restricted from duck hunters using non-motorized boats. This shallow lake has lots of cover for the ducks and has been a duck hunting favorite for many years. Just a short ride from Anchor Inn down the river (which flows to the north) will bring you to Rice Lake. Canada geese and many varieties of duck including mallards, blue bills, wood ducks, and teal can be found there. Anchor Inn’s history as a hunting lodge is directly tied to our proximity to this great waterfowl hunting area.

NOTE: Completion of a Hunter Education/Firearms Safety course is now required to purchase a hunting license for anyone born on or after Dec. 31, 1979. Click here for the full story: