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Aug2018

Fall Fishing & Hunting

Guests are often surprised to learn that Loch Island Lodge is open until mid-September (closing on September 11, 2018 this season) and we then move full dock, housekeeping, and kitchen services down to Camp Lochalsh, where you can fish on Wabatongushi Lake until the end of October.

Aug2018

Patterson Bay Adventures

This July, we explored the shoreline along Patterson Bay on the southern end of Wabatongushi Lake.

Aug2018

July & August Renovations at Loch Island Lodge

It’s been a while since we posted on the blog, so it’s time to finally show everyone what we’ve been working on! (Unfortunately, it was not a hunt for the best fishing spots).

This July was filled with renovation projects around the lake. On Loch Island, we completely removed the old floor and countertops in the Fish Shack. We poured footings and put down new treated wood flooring with a non-slip finish, then moved the ice machine back in and built new countertops that will last for many more years of filleting. The sink now runs hot and cold water, treated for drinking as always. The result is a roomier Fish Shack. For convenience, we purchased a second ice machine that operates in the lodge, leaving you with a shorter walk back to Cabins #4, #5, and #6 or your gathering on the lodge deck.

Loch Island Fish Shack
The “new” Loch Island Lodge Fish Shack with renovated floor and counters

 

This summer, we’re completing the walkways on Loch Island so that all cabins will be joined to the docks and the lodge by wooden boardwalks. We know that this will make getting around the island much easier, especially when hauling coolers and luggage back and forth! The walkway leading from Cabins #2 and #3 is now joined up to the lodge deck, and another walkway branches off to the Duplex (Cabin #4 and #5), removing the stairs that were previously there. It is now possible to access the lodge and all of the cabins without using stairs.

 

Loch Island Cabin #3 deck
A new deck for Cabin #3 on Loch Island

 

We completed Cabin #3’s deck last week. Cabin #2 will be getting the same size of deck put on this week, and we do plan to expand the small walkway/deck currently on Cabin #1. In the future, we will build a deck on the back of Cabin #6 and have access through French doors in its kitchen. We plan to put BBQs and patio tables on each deck in 2019 so that Housekeeping Plan and Modified American Plan groups have more options for cooking their food when the weather is pleasant. The trees will be trimmed back for a better view of Wabatongushi Lake so that you can sit outside and enjoy every sunset with a hot steak and a cold beverage!

 

Loch Island Duplex Walkway
The new walkway joining the Duplex (Cabin #4/#5) to Loch Island Lodge’s deck

 

Cabin #6 Walkway
Construction in progress on the walkway to Cabin #6 and the Duplex on Loch Island (railings to be added soon!)

 

Upcoming projects include replacing docks, replacing the Loch Island dining room and bathroom floors, putting new sturdy tin roofs on the Otter Island cabins, building new decks and walkways at Camp Lochalsh, and renovating the Sandy Bay kitchen (which now has a new propane fridge and stove). There is never-ending work around a fishing lodge, but every summer we are dedicated to making improvements for our guests.

Jul2018

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
Click to Read Outdoor Life Article

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:  info@lochisland.com )  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:  info@lochisland.com

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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May2018

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: info@lochisland.com


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: info@lochisland.com

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