May2019

Ice Out, May 18th Opening is Good

The thick ice (40+ inches) we got this year at the lake is going out finally, and glad to announce that our May 18th opening day is not affected.  We’ve been up here for a few weeks getting the cedar boats sanded and varnished, and preparing things at Camp Lochalsh.  And with the ice now going out, we’ll get up the lake and have both Loch Island and the outpost cabins ready for all of you coming up for our opening week.  Looking forward to seeing you all soon for the start of our 2019 season!

– More photos soon of our activities and prep, but wanted to let you know the good news for now…

The lake and fish await!
-Andy, Amy and the Staff

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Apr2019

Spring has Sprung!

Well, it’s sprung in Sault Ste Marie–– barely. It’s been almost three weeks since we snowmobiled in to check on the lodge. It was dead of winter at the lake. Just about everything weathered all right, with only some minor damage from snowload at Camp Lochalsh, so we were lucky. The winter was a hard one, lots of snow and ice all over. At the lake, it was even more brutal than in Sault Ste Marie.

Four of us ventured in, traveling via snowmobile all the way from Dubreuilville. It was no problem getting around the lake, with a good 40″ of ice; there were no thin ice concerns. The first stop was Camp Lochalsh. All looked good there with the exception of a partially collapsed roof on the Crow’s Nest. It’s salvageable, though, without too much work. From Lochalsh, we trekked up the lake to Sandy Bay, then Otter Island. Both locations had no damage. After that we went all the way to Isle of Jordan, then back to Loch Island. It was with much relief when we determined that all was well at those locations, too.

It won’t be long now until we venture in with the staff to start varnishing boats, getting cabins open, and stocking up on supplies. Opening day is May 18th and we have lots to do! For those of you who have not made a reservation yet, we still have some open dates in June, July, August and September! Check with us to see what’s left and we’ll get you in. There is so much in store for this summer!

Loch Island 4/5/19

Here we are looking at the lodge on Loch Island. Not much snow stays on the roofs there due to wind whipping down the lake from the North!

We’ll see you all soon enough up at the lake this season!
– Andy

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Feb2019

Outdoorama in Detroit / Novi!

It’s that time! Our third show of the season, again in Detroit (Novi actually). The Outdoorama is one of Michigan’s oldest sport shows. Outdoorama is more than just a fishing and hunting show. Also combined in the same venue is the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show. There is something for everyone! The show runs today (Thursday) through Sunday, so stop by and visit us at booth 5506!

Outdoorama (Detroit/Novi) – Novi, MI

Thur, February 28th – 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Fri, March 1st – 11:00am – 9:00pm
Sat, March 2nd – 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sun, March 3rd – 10:00am – 5:00pm

See us in Booth: 5506

Admission:
Adults: $12 | Children 6-14: $5


At the same venue this weekend is the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show…
More info at: https://showspan.com/CLD/


— Our last show of the season in Grand Rapids, MI, starts March 14th…

Feb2019

Playing in the Snow! …And Trains, Brookies and Sport Shows!

It’s the dead of winter and most of us are sick and tired of it! Sometimes though, you just have to go with the flow and have a little fun. April probably does not seem like winter to most of you, but up here, April is one of the best times to work around the lake while the ice is still good to travel and the temperatures are mild. Up here the ice typically breaks up the first week of May and you can travel on it up to the last week or so before that. It’s that last month, when we get a lot done around the lake. Two years ago, we tried something a little different during our early April trek to the lake.

Fat Tire Bikes. They are everywhere now. A few years ago we picked up a pair to keep at Camp Lochalsh. Not many guests chose to use them at the time, but the staff really enjoyed riding them around Camp Lochalsh and the adjacent “two tracks.” While we were up working in April of 2017, it was someone’s harebrained idea to get the bikes out and ride them on the lightly crusted ice of Wabatongushi Lake. What we thought may be quite dangerous turned out to be a hoot!

The crust on the ice gave us just enough traction. You could ride anywhere on the lake and it was perfectly flat, just like a paved street. We rode those bikes all the way from Camp Lochalsh to the narrows and back! We even stopped at Loch Island on the way back! That’s 22 miles round trip for those of you not yet familiar with the lake. The narrows is the half way portion and during the winter, part of it does not freeze due to fast current.

This April, we have to go in again and do some work to prepare for the season. There will be no doubt that the fat tire bikes will come out again for another boot around the lake!

– Check out the video and photos below…


Trains and Brook Trout!

Also wanted to mention that Mark Melnyk just let us know about a newly available article online, talking about his trip catching brook trout last June in some of our outpost lakes, getting to us by train from White River. Not the only way to reach us, but certainly worth the trip for the views and experience. Our Location Page has info on the train and other travel options.  Our guide Ryan made the article cover too!


Fat Tire Photos and Video:

Loch Island, not ready for guests (Ice!) in April 2017
Loch Island, not quite ready for guests in April 2017
Otter Island by Fat Tire Bike, April 2017
Otter Island by Fat Tire Bike, April 2017


We’ll be at the following shows soon:



Outdoorama (Detroit/Novi)
– Novi, MI

Thur, February 28th — Sun, March 3rd
See us in Booth: 5506


Ultimate Sport Show Grand Rapids
– Grand Rapids, MI

Thur, March 14th — Sun, March 17th
See us in Booth: 1255


If you make it to the shows, come by the booths…  we’d love to see you!
– Andy

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Feb2019

Water Bomber Filling Up – May 2018

While running down the lake in late May last year, I noticed a hazy smoke off to the west of Camp Lochalsh. While rounding Bear Point, off to the north I noticed a large yellow airplane banking my way. It was an MNR water bomber! After stopping the boat to make sure I was not in his path, I got some pretty close footage of the crew working their magic scooping water out of the lake to drop on the small fire down the CPR tracks west of Lochalsh. These pilots are the first line of defense for extinguishing remote fires in the bush. Without them and the incredible flying they do, much of the north would succumb to wildfires that would devastate everything in their path.

The Canadair CL-415, also known as a “super scooper”, grabs 1621 gallons of water in this short pass….  they were working for about an hour…



We’ll all be up on the lake fishing again soon enough! And come by the booth at the two sport shows still coming up in a few weeks (Novi, MI starting Feb 28th and Grand Rapids, MI starting Mar 14th)…  We’d love to see you!
– Andy

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