This was an excellent trip. The resort is on beautiful grounds,lodge is nice, the owners are the nicest people and go out of their way to accommodate you. Their entire family is beautiful. Fishing good. Lots of Big smallmouth bass. Dock girls were a plus. Use caution on lake, as it is very shallow. Rocks are well marked with buoys though. Great family atmosphere and nice people!! Weather was great.
Our family just returned from an amazing weekend at Island View Resort. The cabin was big and clean and the resort sits in a prime location with wonderful views of the lake. The Matthews family are the owners and made us feel especially welcome. We caught lots of fish which were skillfully cleaned by Bobby and Brendan who take care of the dock area, and help launch and dock the boats. For a wonderful fishing or family vacation you can’t go wrong staying here.
My wife, children and I just returned from two weeks in one of the most beautiful locations. Island View Resort is situated on a point in Pelican Lake in Orr, MN. With 13 cabins from 2 BR to 4 BR, there is room for your family or a group, if you book ahead. With a wonderful beach and water activities as well as fishing that will thrill even the biggest enthusiast, Island View has something for everyone. The views from throughout the resort will have you daydreaming long after your vacation is over. If you are as lucky as we were, you might experience the Northern Lights so bring your good camera. The resort is owned and operated by Lisa and John Matthews and their 3 daughters. We have traveled extensively and the Matthews are the definition of perfect hosts. A young man, Brendan, will help you with anything from aiding you with launching your boat or getting you set up with a kayak or paddle board. If you enjoy catching fish but hate the idea of cleaning them to eat, Brendan has perfected the art regardless of species. I can tell you, you will not be disappointed with time spent here. We just returned from our 13th year visiting Island View Resort. Maybe we'll see you there next year.…
For 25 years my wife and I never did the same resort twice. Too many different lakes and opportunities we thought... until we discovered Island View Resort. Once we discovered IVR it became the perfect summer home we never purchased because we always needed to … “move around” For the last three years we have spent a week in July and a week in August at IVR. We are headed up again this August. My son and I do a fall smallmouth weekend in September as well. John and Lisa "get it." They make you feel at home. They enjoy sharing their resort with you. Their family is committed to making your stay memorable. Lisa has worked with us on more than one occasion to be flexible around challenging work schedules and sadly, the passing of a family member. It really is about making the guests feel welcome and happy. Clean cabins, clean kitchens, well-manicured grounds, great fishing and fantastic northern Minnesota sunsets should get you there the first time. A few days with the Matthews will have you coming back. We fish long and hard, every day, sun up to after sunset. We are there to fish. But the greatest offering of IVR is the opportunity to, as Lisa says, "unplug." No TV because you are there to refresh and recharge. Away from the other resorts in a quiet protected bay, IVR, is our sanctuary. Extremely noteworthy are the fiery sunsets viewed from the historic lodge on its large viewing deck. We joke about our family all being genetically predisposed to and attracted to sunsets. IVR is perfectly position on the lake and never fails to deliver on sunsets. I don't write a lot of reviews, and I tend to be the guy that complains. My family and I have found a summer home at IVR, new friends in the Matthews, a bass fishing gem in Pelican Lake, and a refreshing, peaceful place to unwind in the northern Minnesota wilderness. We are huge fans of John, Lisa and IVR.…
Highly recommend! The Matthews family is so gracious and accommodating, the resort is rustic and real (back to nature - the best!), and the lake is beautiful. The Matthews family has activities at the lodge or beach each night - it is such a family friendly place!
I used this place as home base for a group outing. The place was quiet and clean. The resort is right on the water. The place gets a lot of repeat visitors, too. The owners are very friendly. This is a place to relax. My cabin was a one room cabin with a bed, shower/bathroom and kitchen, which had a stove, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and refrigerator. it isn't modern but functional. There is a space heater, and an AC unit but I didn't use either. I used the ceiling fan. Do not expect Wifi. This place is to unwind.
Island View is a great, clean, well-maintained resort. Lisa and John are fabulous hosts. if you are looking for a northern Minnesota get-away you won't be disappointed. There are many different sizes of cabins all with great views of the lake. Every night has a breath-taking sunset.
Our family had an amazing week at Island View Resort. It's a perfect spot to unwind and relax. Great fishing, awesome hospitality, and nice amenities. The kids enjoyed the numerous activities available - beach, playground, paddle boards, basketball, volleyball, ping pong, foosball. I would highly recommend.
There simply aren't enough words to express how much we enjoyed our week at Island View Resort with the Matthews. Besides the fact that the amenities were clean and very well taken care of, there were activities that appealed to all of us throughout the week. There were 13 in our group from the age of 6 to 90 so that was quite a feat. The beach was fantastic, the fishing was great and the scheduled activities were perfect for our young people. More than anything, though, the Matthews made us feel like a part of their family. We enjoyed getting to know them and are so grateful that we chose to be at Island View as we celebrated my Grandpa's 90th birthday. There is no doubt. We'll be back.
This place is awesome! If your wanting to get away for a week or two, look no further. The owners and staff are truly amazing. The Hilcrest cabin was a perfect fit for the 7 of us. Nice and spacious. The fishing was a blast. We caught everything from large and small mouth bass, to perch, crappie, northern pike, and walleye. Not to mention all the pan fish we caught. To be honest, one of my favorite parts of the trip, besides the fishing, was the quiet solitude of the place. No TV, no Internet. Just you and the family fishing by day and, if you are like us, playing card games by night. Truly one of the best vacations I've been on. We made memories that I won't soon forget. I will be coming back!