1998 Echo Lake Lodge Newsletter

Echo Lake Lodge

Red Lake, Ontario



9699 County Road SS

Amherst Jct., WI  54407




December, 1998


Dear Friends of Echo Lake,


Due to unseasonably warm weather this summer, the 1998 season will be remembered as one of the best.  Fish populations seem to be rebounding probably due to the catch and release program encouraged the past few years.  Congratulations to William Herman, 15 years old, for the largest walleye (11#), to Jordan Gross, 12 years old, for the largest northern (12#, 37 1/2") and to Dave Rasmussen for his 6# lake trout.  Also, congratulations to Chuck Konopacky, Jonathan Dobbs, Jon Vollmer, and Larry Dobbe on their successful black bear hunts.  While bow hunting for a trophy black bear, Bill Brown videotaped 2 different bears visiting the bait pit close to his stand.  Those two bears will be bigger next season!


As the elements took their toll on camp and the log buildings, much of our energy was used trying to keep camp operational.  This included replacing water towers, docks, septic systems and all the maintenance on boats, motors and portages.  It is our goal to insure our guests have an enjoyable vacation with all buildings and equipment in good working order.  We will do everything possible to save the Main Lodge and Loon's Nest for future guests to enjoy the nostalgic log cabin era.


As we work to preserve the past, changes are inevitable.  Recycling was initiated in 1998 with great success thanks to your help.  Because of the efforts of our guests very little recyclable garbage was added to our landfill.  A mandatory change that will begin with the 1999 season is catch and release of fish on all lakes smaller than 250 acres.  This includes High Lake, No Fish, No Name, Little Beaver, Tobonje, and Rocky.  One northern pike less than 27.5 inches may be harvested per angler per day.  This regulation took effect January 1, 1998.  Now the Ministry is requiring us to comply and enforce this practice or lose the privilege of boat caches (storage) on these lakes.  Also proposed but not yet enacted as of this letter is a new fish bag limit.  It is proposed that the walleye limit be dropped to 4 with one over 18.  The northern limit would be dropped to 4 with no fish between 27.5" and 35.5" and one can be greater than 35.5".  Fish  35.5" or over would have to be transported in the round (not gutted, the whole fish).  The lake trout limit would remain at 2 with one over 22".  The rationale is to release the spawning fish.  Be prepared for these changes.  One good change--About the middle of June, we realized that we no longer hear Sandy Beach's phone ring (constantly) in camp.  J 


We would like to acknowledge the Grandfather/Grandson fishing team of Ralph Banke and Jordan Gross making their second trip to Echo Lake in 3 years.  Also Marty Runge and Michael Anderson Grandfather/Grandson making their 1st trip to Echo.  It's great to see grandfather/grandson duos enjoying the week fishing together.  What wonderful memories for both of them!  We also saw an increase in the number of couples and families in camp. 

Thanks to all the guests who helped us out with camp chores this summer.  Jon Dobbs for helping with plumbing on Caribou, Larry Dobbe for his help on the Loon's Nest water tower, Smirky "Toast Boy" for splitting wood, Liz Zenk and Jim Trebatoski for taking recycling out, Jim Patterson for sweeping out the outhouse at the Outpost, and everyone else who helped.


Clean Cabin Awards go to: Ralph Banke, Randy and Bea Jaye Herman, Bill Ehr and Gary and Linda Pribyl.  Thanks!  Sure makes our job easier and the camp more pleasant for future guests.  Thanks also to groups who respect camp and out-lying lakes by "packing it in and packing it out."  It is nice to go to other lakes and not find a trail of litter. 


We had the pleasure of having the founder of Echo Lake Lodge, Henry J. Faess, in camp this summer.  We enjoyed all the stories and history he shared with us as well as a wonderful shore lunch complete with his secret bannock recipe.  Speaking of recipes, Bob LaBlaine, Corpus Christi, Texas, had a great idea to compile camp recipes into a Camp Cookbook.  Anyone who has a favorite recipe from your camp experience that you'd like to contribute, send or

E-mail it to us and I'll compile them. 


What a coincidence to meet up with Tom & Matt Frank and Mike Baumgarten!  Dave, Dan and Tom were on the same Boy Scout trek from Samoset Council to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico two years ago.  After six trips across No Fish portage, Randy Herman deserved a nice fish, a 6# walleye, proving that there are fish in No Fish.  Thanks for the Sheepshead lessons and the "Smiley Faces," Randy Brown and Al Walkowski.  And no, Randy, those black flies were not just your imagination!  Did you know that bartenders don't serve big, bad, brown or black bears beer or brandy in Baraboo bars?  Kenny Heinzen found his glasses but lost his Virgin Bait.  Both Greg Koss and Gary Pribyl were able to spend 2 weeks at Echo this summer.  It doesn't get much better…..well, maybe 3 weeks next summer!!        


This year four groups took wilderness canoe excursions into Woodland Caribou Provincial Park.  Stories of their experiences were interesting to listen to.  We anticipate more groups taking advantage of this unique experience in the future.  We have four lightweight canoes available at camp for anyone interested in exploring the park or ranging out to a new lake.  This experience is available during your week of fishing with only a small additional charge per day paid to the Ministry of Natural Resources for park maintenance.  We can help you plan a trip and issue the Ministry Park Permits right in camp.     


We are now taking reservations for the 1999 season on a first come, first served basis.  We require 50% down payment within 2 weeks in order to guarantee your week.  The balance is due by May 1, 1999.  For anyone interested in black bear hunting, you must remit a $100 refundable deposit to be placed on our waiting list.  We are pleased to announce that all of our rates will remain the same for 1999.  Enclosed are two brochures.  Keep one and pass one on to a friend or co-worker who you feel would enjoy Echo Lake Lodge.  


We will be attending the 12 Apostles Musky Club Sports Show on Sunday, January 10th, at the Stevens Point Holiday Inn.  Stop by our booth and see us.  We look forward to talking with you and answering any other questions you may have about a trip to Echo.  For your information, the Stevens Point Fishing Expo will not be holding their fishing show this year.


From the Wisconsin Loon's Nest,  


Tom, Mitzi, Dave, Dan, Karen and Bandit  J