Lake of the Woods resorts continue battle against tough flooding season

Strong winds have brought more water to resorts that have been forced to battle it for months.

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Lake of the Woods resorts battle a new wave of floods.
Courtesy Bugsy's on Bostic
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BAUDETTE, Minn. — The wet spring was not kind to resorts on Lake of the Woods.

The owner of Bugsy's on Bostic said they've had to take on rising water for almost 50 days, and she and her staff finally started getting it under control.

"It's been a struggle. We've diked up as good as we could, and then we had a great big northwest wind that brought the water in through the whole resort," said Gayle Ecklund, owner of Bugsy's on Bostic.

Ecklund says they've lost shoreline and docks from the flood.

"It's a mess. I'm not even sure I want to see what it's going to look like when the water goes down," Ecklund said.


With the rising water blocking off roads and damaging property, they've also lost revenue.

They're not the only ones. At Morris Point there are huge waves that have crashed over dikes as water creeps right up to cabins.

International Falls.
Nearby flooding latest setback for International Falls
Nearby flooding is the latest in a series of challenges for the state's northernmost town, where residents and leaders don't always agree, but they're fighting back.

"There's other resorts that are going through the same issues or even worse. And pray for no northwest winds, and no more rain," Ecklund said.

Ecklund says anyone willing to help with sandbagging, or who has a spare pump, there are many resorts in the Lake of the Woods region that could use the support.

While there is rising water, surrounding resorts are open with available cabins.

Ben Morris joined WDAY in June of 2021 as a news reporter. He grew up in southern New Hampshire, before he moved to Fargo. He majored in media communications and minored in marketing at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
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