As we had such positive reception to the post about the Cline Mine, we’ve got another piece of Lochalsh area mining history for you, this time at Goudreau.
Near Loch Island Lodge, a bay of Wabatongushi Lake narrows into a dam, and the water spills over into the rapids of Glasgow Lake, our top portage destination. Another portage leads to Loch Lomond. Many guests have asked us when the dam was built and how its construction changed Wabatongushi’s depths and shorelines. In this post we’ll look at the history we’ve uncovered so far, and reveal a relevant photograph which we believe is the oldest to exist of the region!
Driving down the gravel roads snaking to Camp Lochalsh, you’ll see a number of overgrown turn-offs into the trees. These now-lesser-travelled trails lead to the early mines which put the Lochalsh-Goudreau region on the map during its gold rush in the first decades of the 1900s. The mine featured in this post will be the Cline Mine.
Twin Rocks is an excellent summer walleye spot on Wabatongushi Lake within sight of Loch Island Lodge. In the 1960s and early 1970s, it was also the site of some fascinating archaeological discoveries potentially dating back to before 1000 B.C.
This past month was cool, with frequent scattered showers, but proved successful for fishing. The walleye season started on May 20th with the Isle of Jordan and five cabins on Loch Island open and smiles all around as our guests landed themselves on our trophy walleye and pike boards.