Happy Thanksgiving all! Winter has descended upon Wabatongushi Lake. The wailing cry of loons has been replaced by lonely north winds, bringing in chilly temperatures and transforming our summer paradise into a frozen winter wonderland. Now is time to take a much needed break and enjoy some down time with family and friends.
Soon we’ll be heading to the sport shows and then, shortly thereafter, we’ll be returning to the lake! So many new projects are planned for next summer! Stay tuned to find out just what we have up our sleeves. If you haven’t already made plans for your trip in 2018, get those dates together. We are filling up fast!
Have a great Thanksgiving and upcoming holiday season!
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The Budd Car ride from White River or Sudbury to the Lochalsh flag stop is vibrantly scenic and will last a lifetime in your memory as a unique experience on top of fishing Wabatongushi Lake. The rail line cuts through rock faces, swamps, and lush boreal forest, displaying the best of northern Ontario’s landscape.
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.
We’re already up north getting ready for opening day. It’s not winter anymore, but it’s still cold, with the nights dropping just below freezing. There are patches of snow along the CPR tracks and in shaded stands of trees, and plenty of mud puddles down the Lochalsh Road. Warmer weather is on its way, though!
Andy and Eric ventured into Camp Lochalsh on May 1 to flip the electricity back on and lay out the water pumps and lines. Amy, Marlene, and Elorah made it into camp late on May 4 after stopping in Sault Ste. Marie for kitchen and housekeeping supplies. The rest of the staff will arrive between May 10–14 depending on whether they are taking the Budd Car in, need to be picked up at the Wawa bus station, or are finding their way in down the Lochalsh Road. We’ll have a mix of old and new employees this year, and plan to introduce them all in our next blog post. Here is a picture of our youngest “employee” wandering around camp:
Today it was finally warm enough to start varnishing the boats that Eric and Andy have been sanding over the past week. Everyone chipped in for the afternoon and covered themselves in varnish along with the boats. Cedar strip boats must be sanded, varnished, and later launched into the lake (and sunk!) to take on water that will swell the wood and close up gaps. After the boats are watertight, the motors are prepared and put on the boats. Swivel seats, batteries, life jackets, and other safety equipment go in, and the boats are ready to rent!
In the next two weeks, the cabins will be cleaned from floor to ceiling. Opening each cabin for the first time of the season can take up to several hours, as it’s when the new housekeeping staff are trained. The beds are made, appliances plugged in, floors swept and mopped or vacuumed, and windows washed. Heading to the outposts— especially the Isle of Jordan–– is always an adventure, as those days are the time to teach new boaters how to handle general outboard operations, dock the boat by themselves, and memorize their routes around Wabatongushi Lake! It’s also cold out there on the lake in mid-May…
We look forward to opening day just as much as our guests do. The snow will be gone, the sun will be shining down on Wabatongushi Lake, the boats and cabins will be ready, and the fishing will be spectacular! We’ll see you all soon!
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