Sep2019

Video of Eagle Catching a Fish

Below, our guide Ryan caught this slo-mo video of two eagles the other day with guests… sights and sounds of the wilderness up here!  Make sure your sound is on for the catch…


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Jul2019

Travel Update for Highway 17 Stops — and some Moose, Bear, Loon Calls and a Fly-In Landing!

See videos, photos and audio below, but first…

New Travel Info for returning and new guests:

Coming up Highway 17 in Ontario from the border, the Agawa Indian Crafts store and gas station is closed indefinitely. This had been a useful stop for restrooms and gas, as it was a mid-point.

For fuel coming North if you don’t stop in Sault Ste Marie, about 42 miles North (just before Agawa Indian Crafts) is The Voyageurs’ Lodge & Cookhouse, with a general store and gas station open until 8:00 pm.  The next gas stations are not for 100 miles until you reach Wawa (141 miles from Sault Ste Marie), with one Esso station along Highway 17 and a few more if you take the turn-off and head into Wawa. The Wawa stations all close at 9:00 pm.

For a midway rest stop with clean bathroom, Keurig coffee for purchase, and a very scenic short walk along the shore of Lake Superior — stop at Agawa Bay Visitor Center & Campground (at the 1105 kilometer marker).  Located pretty soon after you see the blue sign when entering Lake Superior Provincial Park, it’s 85 miles North of Sault Ste Marie.  When driving South, it’s 56 miles South of Wawa, just beyond the first bridge with the metal overhead structure.  Visitor Center is now open 9am – 8pm. Before Canada Day (July 1st, unless it falls on a Sunday) on weekdays the Visitor Center is only open until 5pm.)

Agawa Bay Visitor Center Sign
Agawa Bay Visitor Center Beach
Agawa Bay Visitor Center Beach
Agawa Bay Visitor Center Beach
Agawa Bay Visitor Center Beach
Agawa Bay Visitor Center Deck
Agawa Bay Visitor Center Deck
Agawa Bay Visitor Center Exhibits
Agawa Bay Visitor Center Exhibits
Agawa Bay Visitor Center Lobby
Agawa Bay Visitor Center Lobby

 


— Some of our June Activity up on the Lake…


A swimming Moose, with our guide Ryan out with guests, just recently:

… and Taylor spotted another one just a few days later:


Otter float plane (up to 8 people) arriving for a pick-up into a little headwind:


Midnight Audio (Early June): Spring Peeper frogs “chirping” away, joined by the occasional late-night “group conversations” of seemingly all the Loons around the lake. In person, the calls surround you!


Bear eating grass on the side of the highway to Dubreuilville:


Summer nights are long up here!  Boat coming in about 10:20pm… (though sky is a little darker than photo shows):


Future Blog Posts:

  • Our Shore Lunch, daily serving up fresh Walleye and more.
  • More Details on tips for the drive up through Michigan and Ontario.

We’ve been having a wonderful season so far this year.  Good to see so many familiar and new faces.  Looking forward to those still coming up for a trip this year!
– Andy and Amy

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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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Jan2019

New Loch Island Lodge Tour Video

Jan 2019 – See below for a new tour video of our main Loch Island Lodge location (filmed June 2018). It’s a quick highlight of the docks, our cedar strip boats, the inside of Cabin #1, walking to the lodge with the big decks outside, and then the inside views and the dining room. Not to mention the bald eagle calls, and early morning light and still water. Signs of a great day ahead, for sure…

This past summer and fall, we’ve added or improved decks for all cabins on the island, and completed the boardwalks and added railings. More pictures of all 6 cabins are on the Loch Island page. The island’s now full network of boardwalks, with railings in several places, make it more accessible and you can use the ramp down to the docks instead of the stairs. There is also a 2nd set of stairs that goes directly up to the lodge.

We have other accommodations at Camp Lochalsh and our Outpost Cabins up and down the lake. Something for everyone, and groups of all sizes!  And several travel options for you as well.

A big thank you to Mark Melnyk for putting this video together during his stay with crew last June, filming The New Fly Fisher TV episode that we highlighted last week.

Great to see many of you at the fishing show last week. Today through Saturday we will be at the Northeastern Ohio Sportsman Show. Then our next shows are starting the last day of February (Outdoorama, Detroit / Novi, MI) and in mid-March (Ultimate Sport Show, Grand Rapids, MI). Get more details here.  Stop in and see us at the booth!

— Enjoy Mark’s tour video below, and we hope to see you all again this year on the lake!  The eagles, loons, pike and walleye await…
Andy and Amy

PS – On our old site, you were welcomed with a loon call, that you hear ALL over the lake… you can still listen to a call here! (opens in new window)

– Feel free to leave any comments below or Contact Us with any questions…