Echo Lake Lodge Newsletter
8927 North Shore Dr.
October 4th, 2012 Echo Lake Lodge and the surrounding area was hit by
a fall storm with approximately two feet of heavy wet snow and 30-35 mph
northwest winds. The storm damaged
many trees. Several treetops
snapped off and even more were bent over. (See
pictures on the website.) Any tree
with a top large enough to hold snow was broken off by the combination of wind
and weight. It took us 2˝ hours to
drive from Red Lake to the parking lot. Then
the fun began—for 6 hours! Although
a friend had worked 3-4 days on Cook Road and had ‘bucked up’ the trees on
the 4-wheeler trail, it still took 6 hours to clean up and make the portage
trail passable for our 4-wheeler and trailer.
As a result of the storm, most of our extra time this summer was spent
clearing portages to lakes. We
never got to No Name or Moose Camp. Other
projects included rebuilding the screened-in porch on Moose, making firewood,
leveling houses and attaching porch to Black Bear, making firewood, repairing
the lodge wall, and making firewood.
swim of the year was on June 5th by Peter Ostrowski.
Memorable quotes from this season: Fishing
was so good, “we threw back more fish than we caught.” (Gary Pribyl)
Which makes us wonder: Are
all fishermen liars? Or are all liars fishermen?
“Do we walk or take a boat to Guts Island?” (Henry Blaskowski)
“Make sure you take a knife in case it wants to nip you.” Cliff
Shulist and Tim Ostrowski referring to tracking a wounded bear.
“How did that get there?” Helen Ostrowski referring to the TP
in the refrigerator.
and Mary Somers
saw a caribou with a tracking collar swimming across Underbrush.
The caribou stuck around and was seen by other guests during the next
Kuchenbecker, a biologist, assisted us with identifying many plants and
insects in camp including a sphinx moth.
(See picture on website.)
Were Matt Repinski’s hands blue from picking blueberries or from
drinking Labatt Blue? Although
it is somewhat common to see eagles soaring over camp, it is not too often we
see 3 Eagle Scouts fishing in 1 boat:
Jason Ehr, Tim Ostrowski and Matt Repinski.
Berries! Berries! There were enough
for the bears and us this season. Guests
were able to pick as many as they wanted along the trails. We picked 6 gallons in one day.
to these anglers and hunters:
25” Sheri Jones (High) and Gary Dusil (Black Beaver), 24˝“
Jim Jones (Onnie) and Gary Dusil (Detour)
41” Jim Jones (Detour), 40” Chuck Warzynski (Detour), Justin
McGill (Detour), and Jim Jones (No Fish)
Trout: 28” Jasper Block,
26” Charley Whitmarsh, 24˝“ Mark Ipsan
Jason Ehr caught 3 book Northern (35”, 37”, 37”) on 3 different lakes (High, Underbrush and Rocky) within 4 days. Charley Whitmarsh caught 15 Lake Trout during his week. (13 of them were 22” or better with the largest being 26”) Henry Blaskowski ‘netted’ a 36” Northern that was attacking his fish stringer. His wife, Yolanda, had to actually catch hers.
this season saw signs posted above every water faucet in camp. This was in response to the Small Drinking Water System Plan
that we received from the Kenora office. The
water to buildings in camp comes from the lake. Please plan accordingly and bring bottled water for
drinking, if you choose.
to bring your Passport and Outdoors Card. Canada now requires all
boat operators to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card or a completed Rental Boat
Safety Checklist (available from us). Non-residents
can also use written proof of competency such as a boating safety course.
With the rising cost of beer and alcohol in Canada, some guests
have been taking advantage of the lower cost at Duty Free before crossing
the border. Get more information and hours of operation at:
encourage any guests with questions about admissibility into Canada to call
Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters Association (NOTO) at 1-800-665-5787.
NOTO offers one-on-one support for potential non-resident guests who have
are now taking reservations for the 2014 season.
As always, our mailing list
guests have first priority to make reservations, so we encourage you to reserve
your trip to Echo Lake Lodge as soon as your group has finalized plans. Our rates include boat, motor, and unlimited gas.
We request that you put 50% down within 2
weeks of making your reservation and send the balance by May 1, 2014.
From the Wisconsin
Tom & Mitzi