We Want to Make it Easy for You!
First and foremost, if you have any questions or want help, do not hesitate to contact us. Our team loves to help! Getting here can be confusing for first timers but it's pretty easy once you know how it works.
Perhaps the most convenient and scenic way to reach Flag Island is by float plane or ski plane. Lake Country Air operates year round charter service directly to our dock from both the St. Paul and Warroad airports. You do not need to enter Canada or clear customs to reach us by air.
You can reach us by water using your own boat, or hire a charter via the LOW Passenger service. They even provide winter transportation via tracked Bombardiers on an ice road. How cool is that?! You do not need to enter Canada or clear customs to reach us by water/ice.
You can drive all the way to Young's Bay, which is about 4 miles from Flag Island. From there we'll gladly provide ferry service free of charge. Driving here does require a border crossing and short trip through Canada - read on to learn more on that process.
Driving Through Canada
To reach us by vehicle, you must first cross through Canada for about 50 miles before entering back into US territory in the Northwest Angle. Most of our guests use the Sprague or South Junction border stations, but you can cross at any station you like.
To enter Canada, you must use ArriveCAN (mobile app or website) to preschedule your border crossing and provide all the required documentation, including your Covid-19 vaccination status. At this time, all travelers age 18+ entering Canada are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. Guests age 17 or younger don't need to be vaccinated if they 1. are accompanied by a legal guardian and 2. provide a negative Covid-19 test done with 72 hours of crossing. Non-vaccinated guests are welcome at the resort but can't travel through Canada to get here - fly or boat in only.
To get here by vehicle, follow this four step process:
Determine Your Route & Schedule
Decide which border station you'll use along with the date and approximate time you will cross. For planning purposes, it takes about an hour to reach Young's Bay by vehicle once you cross the border.
Preschedule your border crossing using ArriveCAN (mandatory) up to 72 hours before you cross. You will need to provide your crossing location and schedule, among other info, to complete this.
Cross the Canadian Border
Bring along the federal ID and proof of vaccination you used to complete ArriveCAN. Crossing the border is usually quick and easy. Most border agents are friendly and very familiar with our resort.
Report US re-entry to US Authorities
Drive to the reporting station at Jim's Corner in the NW Angle to report your re-entry into the USA. You can also complete this step at the resort. Call us from Jim's Corner and we'll pick you up at Young's Bay.
That's it, You're Here!
Directions From the Border
Cross into Canada and proceed to Sprague, Manitoba.
Turn north onto MB-308 at the Esso gas station (Sprague is just up the road) and continue for 27 miles. The road turns to gravel about 5 miles before your next turn.
Turn right onto Provincial Road 525 and continue for 14 miles. You'll cross the border and continue to Jim's Corner.
At Jim's Corner (little glass booth) turn right onto Dawson Road. Proceed 4 miles and park at Young's Bay.
Complete ArriveCAN up to 72 hours before crossing the border into Canada.
Stop at Jim's Corner to report your US re-entry to US authorities. Or you can do this at our resort. There are instructions and a phone/iPad both places.
On your return trip home, do ArriveCAN again (72 hours) and call Canadian authorities at (888) CAN-PASS from Jim's Corner before entering Canada; you'll be given a Customs Clearance Number which is your permission to enter Canada.