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Return to Lake Nipigon
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posted 04-22-2009 04:49 PM ET (US)
Plans are underway for a return trip to Lake Nipigon in the summer of 2010. Trip dates are not established, however, it is likely to occur in July or early August to take advantage of warmest weather and the world-class pike and trout fishery activity.
Reference http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000904.html for my original trip planning and reports from the expedition Matt and I took to this lake.
Lake Nipigon is the largest inland lake entirely in the province of Ontario, and is located “on top of” Lake Superior North and East of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
The lake is very remote and fuel is limited; but there is an excellent on-the-water ramp/shower/fuel facility at Beardmore, Ontario (High Hill Harbour) – and local stores for basic provisions and supplies.
The best electronic cartography available is in the form of topographical maps available from Garmin for users of Garmin GPS units.
For paper cartography, which I believe is a must have on this trip, there is a locally-produced chart available form Chaltrek in Thunder Bay (1-807-577-8848, OR 1-807-473-4499). Ask to speak with Josh who can hook you up with a Nipigon Basin map for $14.99 CDN that shows the entire lake and marks shoals, etc. This chart does not provide true navigational information such as depths, etc; but it is useful for planning purposes. There is also another locally produced chart available from The Hook Shop in Beardmore (1-807-875-2527). Armed with these charts and a paper topographical map set to provide bearings (available from Wabakimi 1-807-767-2022), a reasonably safe expedition into the waters of this vast lake can be undertaken with some confidence in not becoming lost and, unless navigating true backwaters, most shoals and obstacles can be avoided with prudent navigation.
The Hook Shop is able to provide information on fishing as well as other important local knowledge about the lake, but it’s best to plan for a half hour in-shop on-site in order to get the real scoop and to have their best attention.
If you have an RV or a truck camper, you may wish to stay at the campground at High Hill Harbour or just north of the harbor. If you want to camp in a tent or aboard the boat, there are plenty of coves, islands, rivers and bays where there are campsites established (in varying states of repair). The best word to describe all campsites is “Rustic”. No facilities. The campground offers showers and full facilities. If you stay at the campground, you will not need a crown land camping permit.
If you sleep aboard or on shore, you will need this permit. If you plan to be flexible, you should buy the permit for the whole week to cover your bases as there is really no convenient way to obtain a permit once on the lake. The Hook Shop may sell these, but it is about a 10 kilometer drive in to Beardmore.
Flexibility is the operative word.
This is an extremely early posting for a trip that is not set to occur for about 14-16 months, but I wanted people to be aware of it, think about it, and perhaps begin to prepare for it.
I’ll post more as I get additional information, or if there is some cause for comment.
In the meantime, those of you who might be interested, please begin to do a search to prepare yourself for this trip, and consider seeking out resources that might be useful which we did not find for the previous trip, or which have recently been developed. (i.e. if someone can find a really, really good map with depth information, that would be a coup).
Thanks, happy Whalering and best regards,
posted 04-23-2009 10:20 PM ET (US)
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