Incredible Veteran’s Pay It Forward Fishing Extravaganza

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 Aug 5th, 2022 by Keith Worrall 

Modified Aug 5th, 2022 at 11:18 AM

Pay It Forward is a Fishing Extravaganza for Veteran’s, happening on Lake of the Woods on August 29th-September 1st, 2022. This event is put on as a Walleye Master Charity Event each year.In 2021, over 70 veterans were able to enjoy the great waters of Lake of the Woods as well as exceptional meals and hospitality offered by various resorts in the area.

Lake of the Woods is known as the Walleye Capital of the World™ and it earns its name as being one of the finest fisheries around. As an outdoor hunting and fishing community, we have a lot to be thankful for. We live in an area of bountiful outdoor experiences, which includes world class Walleye fishing, excellent big game, waterfowl and grouse hunting.

We are fortunate to live in a four season outdoor paradise. This event is simply one way for our community to say thank you to the service members and their families who have served and fought on our behalf to protect the freedom that allows each and every one of us to pursue our dreams. Their sacrifices should be paid forward as a debt of gratitude and we welcome them to be guests in our community without any financial strain.

This is the 8th Annual Veteran’s Pay It Forward (with one year off due to COVID) and is a 3 Night/2 Day Fishing Extravaganza bringing injured and disabled Veterans to Lake of the Woods to honor, recognize and celebrate the men and women who have served our country in all branches of the service. It is our desire in creating this event to lead veterans to healing and happiness. Many sponsors organize this great opportunity for veterans each year. These participants are treated to guided charter fishing trips, outdoor fish frys, banquets, speakers, music and accommodations.

Lake of the Woods Tourism represents tourism and the lodging community throughout Lake of the Woods County. They are a partner organization behind the Pay It Forward Event and believe our veterans and our freedoms as a result of their efforts and sacrifices deserve to be recognized.


Many area resorts and businesses plus fishing companies sponsor the Veteran’s Pay It Forward event by providing funds, lodging and delicious food.

It takes many volunteers to make this event happen. Here are some kind words spoken by past attendees. “The Event is a don’t miss summer fishing outing for your bucket list. Great walleye fishing combined with a great cause. What’s not to like?” “This trip was amazing! I cannot thank everyone involved enough! We had an absolute blast fishing. Can’t wait to be back up there!”

Pay It Forward 2022 starts out with a Meet and Greet session, dinner and a program at an area resort. The next day Charter Fishing starts out bright and early. That evening dinner and a program will be at another area resort. The second full day will also be charter fishing, ending with our famous fish fry, one of two in the area during the summer months. Veterans of all ages, young and old, male or female are encouraged to attend. Visit www.lakeofthewoodsMN.com/Pay-It-Forward or go to www.payitforwardlow.org. to see great pictures and gather insight on the event. For even more information contact Lake of the Woods Tourism Director, Joe Henry at [email protected] to make your application or call 320-260-7727.

Veteran’s sacrifices should be Paid Forward as a debt of gratitude and we welcome them to be guests in our community at Baudette, MN and Lake of the Woods.


For more information or lodging contact: www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com/lodging.

See the Pay It Forward website at: www.payitforwardlow.org

Application to the 2022 Pay it Forward Veteran’s Event on Lake of the Woods.



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