At 3,760 acres Pelican Lake is a large body of water located in west central Minnesota. It is a shallow lake with a max depth of only 21 feet but boasts great fishing and water recreation opportunities. The water quality indicates that is a fertile lake with 18 varieties of aquatic plants. The prized walleye is abundant in this lake as the DNR manages the population. There has been an increase in gill net catches the past few years and the size structure of the walleyes are very good. Approximately 83% of the fish sampled in 2009 exceeded 15.0 inches in length. Pelican Lake also offers a great Largemouth Bass population. They grow them big in this lake with a mean length was 15.1 inches. The largest bass sampled was approaching 20.0 inches.
Pelican Lake is also well suited for recreational activities such as boating, sailing and water sports. It is used by the residents of Ashby but also attracts tourist attention as it is close to Fargo, ND and the Alexandria/Fergus Falls area. The nearest town to Pelican Lake is Ashby, located just north of the lake. This tiny town of less than 500 is a small, friendly community located in a setting of beautiful lakes, farms and scenic woodlands. It offers a few lodging and dining options as well.
Lodging Near Pelican Lake
Ashby Resort – The resort offers a motel, campground, RV Park and cabins. This facility is right on the lake with great views of Pelican. 10415 Co. Rd. 82 Ashby, MN 56309 – 218-747-2959
Indian Mounds Resort – This is a family-orientated resort surrounded by beautiful mature shade trees and located in a large bay perfect for sailing, skiing, tubing and fishing. There is an excellent sand swimming beach for the kids. The resort has 6 cabins that are carpeted, heated and fully equipped for housekeeping. All units have sofa sleepers for additional sleeping area. There is also a campground where you can camp right on the beach. It has electrical and water hook ups with places for an RV.10811 Big Island Road, Ashby, MN 56309 – 320-533-0941
Prairie Cove Campground – The campground has a total of 24 sites, 6 tent and 18 RV/Camper. It offers grassy, level sites with a panoramic view. There are hook ups, toilets and hot showers in the campground. 29188 State Highway 78, Ashby, MN 56309 – 218-747-2931
Places to Grab A Bite
Ruby’s City Restaurant – This is a local historic restaurant in Ashby, MN. It is known for having good food and a friendly atmosphere. They specialize in home cooked meals made from scratch. They have amazing nightly specials! They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 108 Main Street, Ashby, MN 56309 – 218-747-2208
Pederson-Tripp American Legion Post 357 – The Ashby American Legion hosts some amazing fish fries. It is a town gathering place and offers some great food and drink options. PO Box 366, Ashby, MN 56309 218-747-2858
Bait Shops near Pelican Lake
Most gas stations and resorts near Ashby will carry bait and some tackle. There are no designated bait shops in Ashby. The nearest is in Evansville.
Melby Fly Way – Located in Evansville which is not far from Ashby. 23972 County Road 24 NW, Evansville, MN 56326 – 218-948-2378