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 beautiful spaces that accenuate the wildness of the surrounding forest. 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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image of Jens Heig Jens Heig writes: What a journey my life has been!

After living in Minneapolis, Chicago and most recently in Boulder, CO, life has brought me and my fiancé, Ashley, back to Bowen Lodge for the season. The four years we spent in Boulder were remarkable, where I was the editor of Snowboard Magazine and Ashley was a content manager at the prestigious advertising agency, Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Despite what we had built in Colorado, we both knew that we were ready to make a change so we went all in and chose to transition, abruptly, back to Minnesota. We could not be more thrilled with the decision.

While we do miss the mountains, we think it's impossible to beat the view of Big Winnie shimmering on a summer day and are thrilled about our new office. When we're not working on the grounds or spending time with all of you, we're out on the water where Ashley usually outfishes me. Can't complain about that.

We cannot wait to see all of you at Bowens this summer. The fishing has been fantastic, and the smiling faces are far better. Here's to a great season!


image of Dane Heig 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 lifestyle—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, undoubtedly because Bob is no longer in hot pursuit (he chased them relentlessly!)

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

image of Bob Heig