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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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)

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