7229 Rice Lake Road
Duluth, MN 55803
Phone 218-721-4843


We are Minnesota's largest and most active conservation club located a short 25 minute drive from downtown Duluth.


April 15, 2021

 Dear UNS Member,

Enclosed find a copy of the recently revised UNS Official Club Rules. They were reworked over the winter and approved by the club’s board of directors on April 7, 2021. They go into effect as of that date and will be strictly enforced. All members are expected to read the rules and to be aware of the changes.

 We now have as large a membership as we have ever had. Because of this the facilities are more heavily used especially during the summer. Increased usage leads to additional stress on grounds and staff. This has prompted your board of directors to update the club rules which have not had major changes in some time.

 Club rules are now organized with clear headings and categories that make them easier to find. Much of the document deals with usage of our facilities including shooting ranges, waterfront and boat launch, and campground. Other areas of the document have to do with general topics including membership, joining the club, fees, guest policies, and a section on pets. Also note the changes to the campsite layout down by the lakeside.

 Careful thought has been put into the new rules and how we will operate. With our property containing both shooting ranges and waterfront, the safety of our members and guests is paramount. We also need to keep in mind the club’s legal liability. Finally the board wants the property to continue to stay well maintained.

 Please bear in mind we are a private club with one of our goals being furthering the conservation of our natural resources. We appreciate you being a member and hope our facilities meets your expectations as an attractive place to enjoy the outdoors.


Thomas Wasbotten

President UNS Conservation Club



UNS Rules Page: (click here)



Our Website        (also: index to web site pages if the above index does not display on your phone or device.)

We invite you to take your time and browse our website to see what we have to offer. Below is a brief description of the layout of our website.

About Us - Information about our organization

Membership - How to become a member.                What the benefits for Volunteering are.     For a listing of Members' Volunteer Hours: Click Here

Events - A list of the club's upcoming events.

Interesting UNS Pictures and Events: A page where we post interesting UNS photos (+CoCID19 onfo)

Facilities - Descriptions of the club's facilities.

Newsletter - Our newsletters will posted on the website in the near future so that you can download them at your convenience.

Contact Information - A list of the club's officers and how to contact them. Also a form to send general comments.

Range Use Calendar - Ranges and club house reservations for the month.

Site Map - A quick way to navigate this website.

Conservation Pledge

I give my pledge as an American to save and faithfully to defend from waste the natural resources of my country- it's air, soil, and minerals, its forests, waters, and wildlife.

Our enclosure over the small bore range was thanks to a donation from Dr. James D Coughlan's estate. Dr. Coughlan (a long time member) believed in getting our youth involved in outdoor activities.




Update On UNS Ice Fishing Contest
There are sections out on the lake that we use for our ice fishing contest that have hidden areas of slush beneath packed snow.   There are other areas with deeper drifted snow.  In addition the weight of the snow on the ice is causing additional flooding when we drill test holes.  Heavy vehicles only add to his flooding. Due to this situation, we are restricting the type of vehicles that will be allowed out on the ice during the contest.  No trucks or passenger cars will be allowed on the ice during the contest.  We have ample parking arranged in our plowed lots.  Contestants may bring snowmobiles and 4 wheelers.  As always please be careful as travel out on lake ice is at your own risk.  

Even your snowmobiles & Wheelers will probably get stuck if you find a patch of slush!


To All UNS Members:
This is a reminder that the 68th Annual United Northern Sportsmen Ice Fishing Contest will be held this Sunday, January 30th, 2022 at our retreat on Island Lake.  Tickets may be purchased upon arrival for $5.00.  Please refer to the January newsletter, our website, or our Facebook page for details. 
We will have a Gate Prize drawing for $1000, cash prizes for the five largest fish caught by by an adult and the largest fish caught by a youth.  Other drawings for prizes including an insulated ice fishing shelter, ice augers, an electronic fish finder, plus other prizes yet to be named.  These drawings will be held immediately following the end of the contest.  Many other prizes will be awarded throughout the event.  The event starts promptly at 12:30 and ends at 3:30 pm.
The weather should be warming up over the weekend so come out for a Sunday afternoon of ice fishing on Island Lake and invite your friends and neighbors to join you.  It's a great way to spend the day outdoors and to help support one of our fundraiser events with monies going to further conservation, youth, and charitable activities.
Hope to see you this Sunday.


:: UNS Banquet@Shriners :: 2022 Fishing Contest :: Youth Firearm Education
2022 Annual Awards Banquet
has been cancelled due to the COVID.

We ways look forward to our banquet. We'll try again in 2023.

Go to the Events page for more information.


 2022: Sunday Jan 30 12:30 to 3:30.

$1000 Gate Prize,

$1000 largest fish prize + $500, $250, $125, $75 prizes for fish + $50 biggest fish caught by child.

10 minute prize drawings.


See the Events page for more information & check our Facebook page.

We are dedicated to the education of youth in the proper handling and use of firearms. They are the future of our club and the stewards of the lands where we love to hunt and fish.

Click here for Youth Hunter Firearms Safety Training information or Online Youth Hunter Education Course and the Online Adult Hunter Course

If you would like to learn more, click on this link and it will take you to our page on Youth Firearm Education.