Bill and Gail Heig

YOUR HOSTS BILL AND GAIL HEIG

"The Heig family (pronounced HIGH) has been welcoming guests to Bowen Lodge since 1982, when it was viewed by “Grandpa Bob” as a cure for retirement. Although Bob is no longer with us, he laid the foundation for a legacy of outstanding customer service, quality accommodations and a friendly resort village atmosphere.

Bill Heig has incorporated his love of everything outdoors into a focused plan for the resort. Armed with a wildlife degree from the University of Idaho, he continues to make Bowen Lodge a resort where our guests can experience the great north woods of the past while enjoying the full amenities of the present."

Gail Heig brings her knowledge of design and horticulture to good use at Bowens, transforming empty spaces into eye appealing areas. With years of experience, her success with plants is a favorite subject with the gardening customers. Always there to make you feel like part of the family, she is one of the key persons to go to for questions. Her resort nickname is “Ask Gail”.

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Jens Heig writes; "What a journey my life has been! I moved to Boulder, Colorado three years ago to join the staff of Snowboard Magazine, and have worked my way up to become the Editor. Having a career in the fields of journalism and media is incredible, and I’ve had the great fortune of working with some of the most inspiring people in the industry. Getting to snowboard for work isn't too bad either!

Even when I'm not on the job, I still have plenty of opportunity to be in the mountains; whether it's riding with my lady, Ashley, fly fishing in Boulder Creek, camping in Rocky Mountain National Park, or hiking 14ers. I make it a priority to be with my family and to come home to Bowen Lodge. The mountains are great, but nothing compares to a beautiful day on Lake Winnie. Look me up if you're in Colorado, and hopefully I'll see you at Bowens soon!"

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Dane Heig says; "Hey Everyone! Dane here, the baby of the Heig Family. After living in Austin, Texas since March of 2014, I made the move back to Minneapolis in August 2016. I still work for ESPN as an Event Operations Manager for the X Games, and this year I am ecstatic to bring the X Games to Minneapolis for 2017 and 2018 – amazing how life can come full circle!
I dearly miss my beautiful home on Lake Winnie, and try to get back to see Mom, Dad and all of our amazing guests as often as possible. I’m a Minnesota boy at heart! I am beyond grateful to have grown up in such a wonderful, meaningful place that brings joy to so many people.
I hope to get a chance to see all of you at some point during your stay, but if that is not possible I want to wish you a memorable visit to Bowen Lodge, our little piece of Paradise!"

Staff – Throughout our many years of ownership, Bowen Lodge has been fortunate to grow with some of the best staff in the hospitality industry. Each year we employ several dock attendants, maintenance, cleaning, reception, and activity coordinators. Our staff is simply the best ever and we (guests too) are lucky to have them.

image of Jim and Amy McIntyreJim and Amy McIntyre "Lake Winnibigoshish has always been our second home, so when our daughter graduated college and began her career we decided it was time to leave the city life and move Up North permanently.
We divide our time between the Bowentown RV park (seasonal residents here since 2012) and our newly built home in Deer River. The arrangement works out great for us, since we are able to both work and play here.
Our favorite pastimes are fishing, hanging out with all of the friends that we have met at Bowen Lodge, playing with our Golden Retriever “Cedar” and watching a Green Bay Packers game!

We hope you agree, that Bowen Lodge is a special place to be! See you on vacation! - Jim and Amy McIntyre


Bowen Lodge is dedicated to always putting the visitor first. Returning guests will appreciate the familiar faces every year. For those of you that are new to Bowen Lodge, it will not take long to feel comfortable in your Home Away From Home. We hope you have a great stay with us!
"Our family and entire staff are here to help make your stay with us a memorable one. We sincerely believe that our beautiful resort village will remain in your thoughts long after your visit has ended." ENJOY! BILL, GAIL, DANE, AND JENS
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Bob Heig – (1918 – 2008) Upon his “retirement” in 1983 until his death at age 90, Bob loved nothing more than being at Bowen Lodge. He never regarded his many responsibilities as work, but rather as a “life style”--- simply making Bowen Lodge a better place for his guests. He is missed by so many people! The current walleye census shows a remarkable increase, though---undoubtedly because Bob is no longer in hot pursuit (he chased them relentlessly!)

(click image to enlarge) "It's Worth Your Time"

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