A friend from work (no really it's a friend, not me) is trying to put together a trip next year to Canada. The following are some details: 1) The guys going would be primarily from southern WI area 2) Looking for something driveable, preferably no longer than a long day (13-16 hours) 3) Looking for a cabin/lake/fishing combination. a) Wabakimi and Woodland Caribou are not an option, too wildernessy for them. 4) Length of trip would be no longer than 7 days a) If the driving takes a full day on either end, 5 days in the middle to fish, that sort of thing.
They have not settled on a time of year, although spring or fall for fishing is probably better than summer. Not set on the fish species either, although none of them are fly fisherman that I know of, so I'd think lakes more so than rivers.
I'm looking for suggestions on places you've used and thought were great and would go back and again anytime. Or places you've been and would avoid and why. Or places you've heard about that are on your list of "must visit there somebody".
Check this place out, I have been here 3x and really enjoyed it. We brought our own food and did our own cooking. Really great fishing. Walleye and Northern the mainstay, but also HUGE Muskies. Hope that helps, SunCatcher (email me if you have questions)
Hard to go wrong with Lake of the Woods. A friend has a cabin in Sioux Narrows, Ontario. We always stay there so I don't have too much info on the resorts/cabins in that area. I think Totem Lodge is the main one up there. Probably the most expensive one too. I know there are others but the names are slipping my mind right now. If you did a google search for Sioux Narrows, Ontario you would find them. Kenora is another neat little area up there on the lake, but I have never fished there. The walleye fishing on that part of the lake is world class. Never had any trouble catching enough fish for supper. I caught my first Musky up there too.
Another, and probably cheaper option is to check out VRBO. Looks like there are quite a few options for renting private cabins in Ontario.
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My family went to Sioux Narrows, Ontario annually while I was a kid, and the family had been going there for decades before I got on the scene. The place we stayed most often was on the other side of the highway from the Lake of the Woods: Jim's Caviar Camp on Dogpaw lake.
You park on an Indian reservation, and then boat to the camp. If you won't be bringing your own boat(s), the lodge will send a boat to pick you up.
They have both American plan (morning and evening meals in the lodge) and housekeeping plan (cook your own food) cabins available. There's great fishing on the entire chain where they are located, and they have boats on other lakes so you can portage to those if desired. Stevens was a great lake for walleye. I caught a trophy northern pike (over 40") on Ghost Lake back in '83. If you have young kids, they'll enjoy fishing for panfish right off the docks (they hide beneath, especially where the log and stone piers are sunk).
They have around 10 cabins along their patch of shoreline, some smaller and some larger (3 BR). Unless things have changed recently, you have generator power each night until 10 PM. Ice is harvested from the lakes annually and kept in an old fashioned in-the-ground ice house. Outhouses and a shower house--a bit of old and new.
To me, it has always been a great place, with great fishing, and great people. I could go on for hours and hours about the place.
Oh, and just a reminder in closing--remember that everyone now must have a valid passport or passcard to return to the Unites States from Canada. My dad was born in Russia, so he always brought his naturalization papers with him. With a passport, I don't think that will be an issue any longer.
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
? J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Marr's Perch Lake Lodge. About 80 miles east of International Falls / Ft. Frances, 20 miles west of Atikokan, 2 miles off the main highway.
On the Seine River, 30 miles of fishing. Very nice owners, helpful. Several brand new cabins, several older ones. Restaurant/bar at lodge. I have been here for 10 years for grouse hunting, and we keep hearing about the great fishing. They have a postcard up that talks about 7 guys catching 1000 fish in 6 days last summer.