Big Upgrades at Otter Island!

This fall, we’ve been working hard at the three bedroom cabin (Big Otter) on Otter Island!  Returning guests will notice many improvements made for the 2019 season, and new guests will enjoy Big Otter’s wilderness comforts.


July Update – Fish, Video, Boats and More

We have been having a great couple months now and the fish are biting.  Wanted to share a few guest fish pictures and let you know some of the news around here.  In early June we were honored to host the guys from The New Fly Fisher TV program.  Expect the full episode soon, but down below we have a short preview of their adventure.  Also the Outdoor Life article is now available to read online [Click Here or Image Below].

Outdoor Life Magazine April / May Issue - Anglers On A Train
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News around the island includes a new Georgian Bay cedar boat from Giesler and Sons, that we are using for guest pickups.

Video of some Brook Trout Fishing…

First up, Mark Melnyk from The New Fly Fisher (with our guide Ryan) catching some Brook Trout and more, on our outpost lakes and Wabatongushi.  You can check out the show’s website here and we will also let you know when the full episode is being broadcast and available online.  Towards the end is a highlight of Taylor cooking up fresh fish at our unique shore lunch offering. You can reach us by train, float plane or drive “as far as you can” for your wilderness vacation.

Some Good Fish This Year So Far…

There have been bigger ones caught (and released) so far this year, but here are some photos that you all have shared with us this season…  ( you can email us photos at: )  This first one of Maryann Schutte is blurry as it’s a photo of the back display on a camera…

Maryann Schutte with a nice 40 inch Pike - June 22, 2018 (photo of camera screen)
Maryann Schutte with a nice 40 inch Pike – June 22, 2018 (photo of camera screen)
Shane Evans with Pike on Patterson Bay June 7, 2018
Shane Evans with Pike on Patterson Bay June 7, 2018
Dennis Bouwkamp 31" Walleye June 27, 2018
Dennis Bouwkamp 31″ Walleye June 27, 2018
Ron Johanknecht Walleye 29" July 11, 2018
Ron Johanknecht Walleye 29″ July 11, 2018
Adam Greiner 29" Walleye June 29, 2018
Adam Greiner 29″ Walleye June 29, 2018

Ling Cod!

Bob Ramsdell with a nice Ling Cod June 20, 2018
Bob Ramsdell with a nice Ling Cod June 20, 2018

If you have photos you’d like to share from your trips (past or future), just send them onto us at:

New boats…

New boats enroute
New boats added to the fleet

and the Georgian Bay in service…

Georgian Bay added to the fleet for guest pickups

Some fun on the water….

Paddle board at Loch Island Lodge

We look forward to seeing those of you who will be visiting us yet this summer. Still have some openings available, and we are already booking for next year as well, so contact us if you have any questions!

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For Sale Now: Two Classic Cedar Strip Boats (1954 & Very Rare 1962)

Two classic cedar strip boats for sale! These boats are directly from a private cabin on the lake that we purchased back in 2004, and were never used in our rental fleet. The first is a 75th anniversary edition 1954 Peterborough Lakeside, 16 foot runabout. It’s in original condition with factory stickers and has been stored inside for it’s entire life.

The second boat, and certainly the rarer of the two, is a 1962 Reg Harran 15 foot runabout. This boat was made by Reg Harran who worked for Peterborough Boat Company until they went belly up in 1961. Reg started his own boat company after Peterborough went out of business and made a few of these wonderfully made runabouts. Mr Jack Moore who used to own the Patterson Bay cabin on our lake purchased both of theses boats new. They were stored in his boat house which is still on site at the Patterson Bay cabin. The Harran is one of only two known to exist at this time.

Both boats are now in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, stored inside and are for sale to interested buyers.  For more details contact us at:

1954 Peterborough Lakeside 75th Anniversary (More Details and Photos Here)1954 Peterborough Lakeside 75th Anniversary 1954 Peterborough Lakeside 75th Anniversary 1954 Peterborough Lakeside 75th Anniversary

Rare 1962 Reg. Harran 15′ Runabout (More Details and Photos Here)

1962 Reg Harran Runabout 1962 Reg Harran Runabout 1962 Reg Harran Runabout

Both boats are now in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, stored inside and are for sale to interested buyers. For more details contact us at:

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We’re Featured in Outdoor Life Magazine Spring 2018 Issue

[Update: Article available online now here]

Wabatongushi by train! It was great to host the Outdoor Life Magazine guys last June at Loch Island Lodge on their fishing adventures via rail. Author Dave Karczynski and friends only had four days to hit the water, but had no problem in getting plenty of fish and some nice ones at that. With them was Brian Bergeson from Rip Lips Musky Fly company. Brian’s flies are well known and worked their magic on Wabatongushi without a doubt. Besides getting a monster 41” Pike and lots of nice Speckled Trout, they also hit the morel mushroom season right on target. You can check out their article in Spring 2018 Outdoor Life which is on news stands now (or via print / digital subscription…info below). Dave has a truly masterful way of describing their adventures on and off the lakes.

Here is a snippet of Dave Karczynski’s take on fishing for Northern Pike on Wabatongushi Lake:

There’s a moment unique to pike and muskie fishing—the sudden heave of water when a fish of mammoth proportions pushes through the shallows. You know something is coming, and you know that this something is big. What’s unclear, at least to a certain vestigial reptilian part of the brain, is whether the beast is coming after your fly or you. In this case, it happens on my second cast to a grassy peninsula where the shallow water quickly drops to deep. “Big!” I yell as I set the hook again and again, holding on and not giving an inch as the fish digs and rolls. It tapes out at 41 inches, my biggest pike ever. Returning to the lodge, I’m met with all the fanfare of a dragon slayer, beginning with beer and culminating in a trip to the bait house, where with a nub of chalk I add my name and the date to the Loch Island Lodge pike fishing hall of fame.

And here is a little about their experience fishing for Speckled Trout on one our many outpost lakes:

Then we start to get our eyes. Past the oars, just beyond the visible, the shadows of brook trout dart about in the sunlit depths, crushing minnows. We go to sinking lines and weighted Muddlers, and start catching them in rapid succession. They’re all beautiful fish, and all more or less the same size and shape— plump bordering on corpulent. One of them coughs up a heap of scuds, which explains their fatness and promises a particularly succulent lunch: Few fish are as sweet as those finished on crustaceans. We fish for a few hours, and after catching dozens of fish, we retire to a shady island to build our lunch fire.

Be sure to read Dave’s complete “Anglers On A Train” article by finding the Outdoor Life Spring 2018 magazine at your local bookstore / news stand now. For other great online articles, and to subscribe to print or iPad/iPhone editions, visit Outdoor Life website at:  Also available digitally on Amazon Kindle apps and devices.

[Update: Article now available online here]

Outdoor Life Spring 2018 Issue
Outdoor Life Spring 2018 Issue

[Update: Article available online now here]

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Shows This Weekend: Grand Rapids & Traverse City, and Cedar Boats Available

March 13, 2018 – Come see us this coming weekend in Grand Rapids, MI and Traverse City, MI.  These are our final shows of the Winter, which means ice out is coming soon enough (early May) up North — so get ready for your wilderness fishing vacation.  We are already looking forward to seeing both familiar and new faces this summer at Shore Lunch and around the lake.
See the sport show details below… we’d love to see you this weekend.

Also wanted to get the word out that there 3 New Lake Nipissing 18 foot cedar-strip boats ready for immediate purchase, already varnished and imported into the US. Price is $4400 (USD), with delivery options available. Our guests have used these fine handling boats for years and we can’t say enough about them.  With the number of boats we have, it is more maintenance for us versus aluminum boats, but the way they cut through the water makes it worth it to provide our guests with the best experience.  A variety of other cedar boat and canoe models are available as well at Whitefish Bay Boat Works.

Ultimate Sport Show Grand Rapids – Grand Rapids, MI

Thur, March 15th — Sun, March 18th, 2018
See us in Booth: 1255

Show Dates & Hours:
Thu, Mar 15: 1pm-9pm
Fri, Mar 16: 11am-9pm
Sat, Mar 17: 10am-8pm
Sun, Mar 18: 10am-5pm

Adults: $10 | Children 6-14: $4

DeVos Place (Google Maps Link)
303 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

DeVos Place is a state-of-the-art convention center located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids on the beautiful Grand River. The multilevel DeVos Place provides flexible and functional space with 1-million-square feet of new and renovated space on a 13-acre riverfront site. It is ideally equipped for meetings, conventions and trade shows as well as performing arts and touring events, and has the capability of hosting a variety of events simultaneously.

Traverse City Hunting and Fishing Expo – Traverse City, MI

Fri, March 16th — Sun, March 18th, 2018
See us in Booth: 218

Show Dates & Hours:
Fri, Mar 16: 4pm-9pm
Sat, Mar 17: 9am-7pm
Sun, Mar 18: 10am-4pm

Adults $7 per person / day
Teens (13-19 yrs.) and Seniors (65+) $5 per person / day
Children 12 and under are free with paid adult.

Free Parking

The Traverse City Civic Center / Howe Arena (Google Maps Link)
1213 W. Civic Center Dr.
Traverse City, MI 49684
Corner of US 31 (Front St) and Garfield Ave.

We hope to see you all this Winter.  We are now on other social media platforms and we’ll be adding to our YouTube channel this year, so if you’d like to hear from us more often follow us here:

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