References from our past visitors

This was the 2nd New Years Eve that we spent with you. Although the weather was good old Minnesota cold, windy, and snowy we really enjoyed ourselves and the fishing was great. I have recommended you to everybody that will listen to me. We’ll see you next year.



I enjoyed the fishing trip with my dad and brothers-in-law immensely! Fishing was very slow, but we had enough cocktails to get us through the trip! I believe the temperature was around 15-20 degrees below zero and our holes started freezing over faster, so I drove down to where one of your guys were staying and he didn’t hesitate on coming down to our house to re-drill for us! I thought all in all, the trip was fun and the house was very livable and the price was very affordable! I won’t think twice about looking you guys up next year!

Thank you,


I have no problem endorsing PortAvilla as a great opportunity for fishing on Red Lake. I have used your services for two years and have been extremely pleased with how we were treated on both visits. We really have appreciated your being present out on the ice with us during the stay. When we have had some complications Portavilla was very helpful and took care of us immediately. You have been very accommodating and the facilities have been very good.
Thanks for a great experience.

Rich Chippewa Falls, WI

I was very pleased with the cleanliness of your fish house, and very pleased with the fact that I had a friend that had moved away last fall show up (unplanned) to surprise/visit us and he had pulled his wheel house up and you were very accommodating to get him a spot to place his house so we could visit with him.
Thank you and Good luck!


We had an excellent trip! PortAvilla stopped by several times and checked on us throughout our weekend and even stopped by to stop and have a cold one with us one night. We shared some information on what tactics we were using to catch the fish we were getting and they were really appreciative of that. We highly recommend if your going to URL, give PortAvilla a call.

Dustin Miller

Our experience with the services provided with your Company PortAvilla, was wonderful. The wife and I enjoyed very much. Yours houses are so well laid out, comfortable and warm; the providing a generator was outstanding also, is something I did not expect.
Checking in with people to seeing how they are doing and if anything is needed is a great business builder also, Granted fishing was slow and the slush was deep at times, but you and your Company looked after us well.


Rod Jackson

My father-in-law and I had a great time. This was my first time ice fishing in a fish house and it was memorable.
The service was friendly and I could tell you all were working very hard to keep everything squared away…overall I give you high marks. The Portavilla fish houses are very nice.

Steven Frankeberger

Hello Chris,
Our wait at Rogers Resort was very short and the roads were well maintained. The house was clean and warm and we were able to start fishing immediately, the nice cook top and refrigerator were a nice touch. We also really appreciated the generator hook-up that was provided.
After talking to the three friends who went with me, we decided to rate our stay in one of your sleepers an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10.

Take care,


Although the fishing was slow, your operation worked well. We especially liked the quality of your houses and amenities such as the spring and
mattress beds, refrigerator, cook top and counter space.

Jim Broman

I thought your service was excellent. This was my first time fishing on red lake and you made it very enjoyable and I know I will be back. Every thing in the shack worked great, we had no problems what so ever the whole trip. We got checked on a couple times a day, which is really nice, and we caught fish the whole trip. The only thing I would say should be added was some rattle reels, but after reading your fishing forum you installed those right after my trip, good job. The HEATED bathrooms on the lake are awesome, and it was really nice for you to give my girlfriend her own private key for being the only girl in the shacks while we were there. Keep up the good work, and KEEP SUPPORTING THE TROOPS Chris, I enjoyed the talk we had about your son and my dad, and I appreciate your generosity. See you guys next year.

Dustin Gabrielson

Thanks again for wonderful weekend, fishing could have been better but customer service was great with Chris and his daughter.


Ross Erickson Air Mechanical Inc

Thanks – yes we did enjoy our adventure. One big pike (36″) made the trip memorable. I’ll send photo when we down load them. Enjoyed talking with Chris and had a very nice visit from Taylor. It was Gina’s first ever night sleeping on the ice and she had a good time. The heated bathroom was a big part of it that made it nice.

Thanks again,

Tom Brunstad

Thanks again to you guys. Dallas was a great help the whole trip I will definitely see you next year.


I would like you to know that we had a fantastic time, lots of fish, the house was great (a little small), and Dallas was very nice.


Thank you for checking how our stay was with you! The fish house was as good as we were hoping. Although the fishing was at its worse, we still enjoyed ourselves…. we had just enough beer to do so! We will definitely look you guys up on our next trip north.



I’ve been going threw your outfitters for a few years now and always satisfied with your houses, helpers, and house placements. Thanks for your services.


We appreciated Bill stopping by and talking with us on a daily basis. After we settled in he provided us with everything we needed.
We plan on returning and recommend Portavilla to friends.


Bill Hankins

Thanks for having us! We did indeed have fun, and 2 out of the 10 had too much fun! My dad and the other one with the C-Pap machine were just amazed that a service like that could be provided at no extra fee! It really opens up doors to those with that disorder. You have made a customer for life with us!


Chris and Dallas,
Thank you for the great time. As mentioned in the ice shack, we really appreciated the type of care and attention we received from Dallas. We even think we had the northern from hell on for a brief bit. We would most certainly look to use portavilla again next year for our trip.

Rich Boardman

Greetings and a great thanks to you and your brother for being such great hosts for us! I think I may have talked the fiance into coming up with me for a return trip this year!


Ryan Sullivan

My buddy and me stayed at portavilla 28th-30th. We had a great time, Sunday we caught 25, and biggest was 21 incher. Monday was kind of slow we caught 8 and missed a few. Tuesday we caught 10 and missed just as many at the hole. The service from portavilla was great if all works out will be bringing my kids next year.


My wife and I just got back from our Dec30th – Jan1st stay with Portavilla. We had a great time and the fishing was good. My wife loved the heated outhouse with the flush toilet.
We saw Chris multiple times per day and I think that is impressive with the number of homes he has out. Not just the standard “There’s your house. See you in a couple days.” We were able to move around and stayed on Center Bar the first night and moved in deeper for the 2nd night. I also never pulled my portable out of my truck.


The trip was a blast, the service was terrific and I couldn’t have asked for a better time with slow fishing. Thanks portavilla. I WILL be back.


Portavilla is great! I just stayed with them from the 4-7th and they treated us like kings. The fishing was sort of slow, but everyone in our group of 10 took home a limit. They treat women like royalty; give them keys to a private heated outhouse and everything. Easily worth the money.


This was my first time fishing red lake. Compared to other outfits I have used across the state of Minnesota this was by far the best. The accommodations were great (generators, bathroom, ect.). I was extremely pleased with the service we received from our guide and he was constantly on the go (day and night) to insure everything was in working order. It seemed as if he never got sleep! You guys do a great job. I would and already have referred your outfit to others.


Dave Cook

PortAvilla made my Red Lake ice fishing trip an absolute success!!!! Chris, Billy, and Dallas worked extremely hard- around the clock to make sure that we had a great time and thats exactly what we got. They stayed right on the ice with us to help with anything at moments notice. The guys worked hard to put us on fish, make sure the fish houses had full propane and generators full of fuel. The houses had all the comforts of home with heat, 12v/ 110 power outlets, comfy bunks and we even had a refridgerator inside the house! Let me tell you the accomadations were awesome! I was highly impressed all around. I can’t wait for our trip next year. Thanks
again guys.

Nick Schuett Coon Rapids, MN

The service that you provided us for our weekend was outstanding! The ice houses were some of the best I have ever stayed in. It was nice to have everything work and be in excellent shape. The weekend was a lot less stressful knowing that you guys would check on us to see if we needed more supplies such as gas or propane. Overall, it was an incredible weekend and we will for sure be back again next year.

Ryan Dillner

My son and I stayed with Portavilla in mid Feb. You can never blame an outfitter for uncooperative fish but, you sure can compliment them on their operation. The houses are first class all the way. I love that the heater has a fan to circulate the air. This is the first house I have been in where the top bunk is not too hot and the lower bunk not too cold. I also enjoyed the electric lights. You never hear the generator but sure do appreciate the consistent lighting in the house. We will definitely fish with Portavilla again and recommend them highly to all.

Scott and Ben Kruger, Bloomington, MN

I went Ice fishing at the end of December 2008 and had a blast. The house was perfect and everything was set up right when we got there. Overall, I had a great time and am looking forward to renting one next year.

Marco Fedo

My son and I have used Portavilla a couple of times and all I can say is Thank You!
I was very impressed with the service and what great shape the houses were in. Very clean, plenty of room and the generators that are supplied are priceless. While the fishing was a bit slow this year (only 30 fish in two days instead of 60 like last year. I guess the locals call that slow!), it was -35F outside and 70F inside.
How can you complain when you can watch a Vikings game on the TV, while
sitting in your sweat pants and catching fish! Unbelievable!

Thanks again and see you next year!
Eric Steinhaus 
Prior Lake, MN