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Newton lake opened in 1979 and has remained one of the best bass fisheries in America since that time.

Back in the early days, there was no guide service or lodging available near this remote lake. That all changed in 2004 when we built The Outdoor Sportsman’s Lodge. Here is how it happened.

We met professional fishing legend Denny Brauer and invited him to come to experience some incredible bass fishing with us. He was intrigued, so sight unseen, he flew in a film crew, and we filmed the Bass Pro Shops video “Jig Secrets To Huge Catches”. At that time, we booked Denny in a hotel room in Effingham-about 45 minutes from the lake. Denny was incredibly impressed with Newton Lake, not only by the great bass fishing but also by the richness of wildlife seen in the area.

He called the place an “Outdoor Sportsman’s Paradise” and said after a couple of days of commuting, he could not believe there was not a Lodge near this jewel, especially considering the lake’s year-round fishing season.

From that, an idea was born, and out of this “Outdoor Sportsman’s Paradise” rose The Outdoor Sportsman’s Lodge.

We designed six private guest log cabins that are the best accommodations in America!!!

Our facility can host up to 24 guests at one time.

We have been featured in over 55 television shows and countless magazine articles.

Our 12-acre complex is big enough to host large events.

We have grown into one of the best-known bass fishing lodges anywhere.

We live onsite, so communication is easy.


Location & Directions


  1. From I-70, take exit 105(Montrose) south for 19 miles.
  2. You will see the Newton Lake sign, and The Outdoor Sportsman’s Lodge sign just below it.
  3. Turn left (east) for 3.5 miles, to the first stop sign.
  4. Turn right (south).
  5. We are 1/4 mile on the right.
  6. Check in at the office, in the first log cabin.

LODGE ADDRESS: 2635 N. 250th Street Newton, Illinois 62448