In April 1992, Northwoods Dock and Service was started by Dean Garoutte and Rick Hughes. When the doors first opened, we provided a number of services such as lawn mowing, tree cutting, painting and storage.

In 1995, we gave all of that up so we could concentrate on boat storage and the sales and service of docks and boat lifts. At that time we only had two employees. Now we have eight, full-time employees.

Our focus has always been on customer service and quality products. We carry ShoreStation and Porta Dock boat lifts and docks. Both are trusted names and have been in the waterfront equipment business for over 40 years.

In 1999, with the help of Byron Godbersen, the founder of ShoreStation, we developed the “Barge” which is a pontoon that has been modified with a lift system on it for the installation and removal of boat lifts and docks; this revolutionized the whole dock and lift industry.

The “Barge” has since been copied by other companies, but the attempts have fallen short of the the original. Our innovative technology is the reason we are Minnesota’s #1 dock and boat lift company.

Even with our 20th anniversary coming in 2012, we still give 100% everyday to offer top notch customer service and an improved product line throughout all of the brands that we carry.

We understand that your time on the lake can be limited. That’s why we invite you to let us do the work for you so you can spend more quality time on the lake with friends and family.

To all of our current customers, we would like to thank you for allowing us to serve you for the last 19 years.

To our future customers, we hope you give us the opportunity to show you exactly why Northwoods Dock and Service is Minnesota’s #1 dock and boat lift operation.

Thanks again from the whole Northwoods Dock crew.

Northwoods Dock and Service has been servicing Northern Minnesota for nearly 20 years. Looking for someone to provide a reference or testimonial? You don’t have to look far. We have happy customers on all of these lakes:

Northern Minnesota Lake

Hackensack, Minnesota

  • Baby Lake
  • Barnum Lake
  • Big Deep Lake
  • Birch Lake
  • Black Water Lake
  • Five Point Lake
  • IXL Lake
  • Mann Lake
  • Mule Lake
  • Oxyoke Lake
  • Pleasant Lake
  • Poquet Lake
  • Portage Lake
  • Stony Lake
  • Ten Mile Lake
  • Trillium Lake
  • Webb Lake
  • Widow Lake
  • Woman Lake

Backus, Minnesota

  • Ada Lake
  • Big Portage Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Pine Mountain Lake
  • Ponto Lake
  • Sanburn Lake

Longville, Minnesota

  • Big Boy Lake
  • Girl Lake
  • Long Lake

Walker, Minnesota

  • Leech Lake
  • Long Lake
  • May Lake
  • Pine Lake
  • Steamboat Lake

Cass Lake, Minnesota

  • Cass Lake
  • Pike Bay Lake
  • Portage Lake
  • Wolf Lake

Akeley, Minnesota

  • Crow Wing Lakes

Nevis, Minnesota

  • Bell Taine Lake
  • Shallow Lake
  • West Crooked Lake

Dorset, Minnesota

  • Big Sand Lake
  • Mantrap Lake

Park Rapids, Minnesota

  • Long Lake