2000 Echo Lake Lodge Newsletter
Echo Lake Lodge
P.O. Box 1137
9699 Cty. Rd. SS
Red Lake, Ontario
Amherst Jct., WI 54407
Friends of Echo Lake,
hard to believe our millennium 2000 summer is over.
It went so fast. Our season
brought many highlights including the renovation and relocation of Log Cabin #3.
It was the original homestead cabin at Echo Lake.
In its new location next to the plane dock, it will stand as a fond
reminder of log cabin living in the past. The
cabin replaces the old gas shack and will be used for equipment storage in the
winter. We also continued
restoration of the main lodge by building a 24 foot stone wall foundation under
the east wall. You can see pictures
of these projects on our website. We
have continued to improve the 4-wheeler portage trail to the parking lot as well
as brushing out behind the houses and around camp.
The water heater sheds have new roofs.
summer we were without the assistance of our sons, Dave and Dan.
They both joined the National Guard and completed basic training this
summer. Therefore, all of our
projects would not have been possible (or as enjoyable) without the help of our
friends. Special thanks to Dave
Moeller, who spent 2 1/2 months of his first year of retirement helping with
camp projects. Thanks also to John, Bill, Howard, Larry, Mark, Jay,
Fatty, Nici and Roxanne for their help during the week at camp.
Thanks to Tom and Deb Sabotta for helping with the tree that went
down in a storm and the warm sourdough bread we found on our table when we go up
one morning! (Yum!)
Gary Pribyl and Everett Krug really helped make the brush cleanup
go fast. Thanks to everyone else
who helped with the many trees that went down on the portages and in camp.
Thanks to Gary Pribyl and group for shuffling boats between Rocky
and Tabonje. Thanks to Tom and
Rosie Frank for the newspapers and for giving Karen a ride home.
Thanks to all of our friends, old and new, who helped make our 2000
season the best yet.
was with great sadness that we said good-by to some very dear friends of Echo
Lake. This season saw the passing
of Hank and Marcy Faess, founders of Echo Lake Lodge.
Upon completion, the Main Lodge will be dedicated to them as a lasting
memory of their hard work, dedication and love of Echo Lake Lodge.
We also lost a dear friend and 'many time' guest, Jack (Rocky) Miller.
One of Rocky's favorite lakes was 'Rocky.'
We will remember him by dedicating it 'Rocky (Miller) Lake.'
We extend our deepest sympathy to family members and friends.
Memories of them will always live on at Echo Lake Lodge.
Ives, Ron and Al Lucas
witnessed the highest water level of Underbrush Lake in recent history.
The water was over the top of the boat dock so they had to dock at the
plane dock all week. Mike Kennan's group was lucky they left early because
the weather got worse the next day. No
one experienced as poor weather conditions as Eric Melum's group.
The weather was extremely poor (rain, wind, cold).
On Wednesday, they asked if the weather could get any worse and, sure
enough, on Friday, June 16th, it snowed with accumulations on the
ground! They braved the weather and
went fishing anyway! Howard
Groshek proved that the 'Canadian Experience' can make 'any beer' taste
great. "This is really
a good beer."
caribou sightings were down, several moose, bear and timber wolf were sighted.
Nici Trinkner's blueberry pie was yummy, and Christa Krug
makes the best 'Prest'in' pie!
This year's awards: Endurance
Award goes to Eric Melum's group for putting up with Mother Nature's
tricks. Polar Bear Award
goes to Gene Dubbin for his midnight dip on Sept. 21 with a beautiful
display of Northern Lights overhead. Clean
Cabin Awards go to Mike Kennan and Tom & Deb Sabotta.
Awards for largest fish go to: Gary
Pribyl - Walleye: 8# 8 oz., 28in.; Kim Gackstatter - Northern:
16 1/2 #, 41 1/2 in.; and
Jamie Gerken - Lake Trout: 13
1/2 #, 32 in. Patience Award
goes to Debbie Lindeman for patiently waiting to see the 'wolverine'
which turned out to be a raccoon. Guests
who traveled the farthest were Richard Ryan (Indiana), Kim Gackstatter and
Lester Sterling (California). Artist
Award goes to Elaine Hilliard for her accurate, detailed picture of
the exotic species of fish she caught on Detour Lake.
weather in May and June contributed to lower numbers of fish caught, but overall
fishing continues to improve thanks to conservation minded fishermen who
continue to practice catch and release. Speaking
of catch and release, we have finally come to an agreement with the Ministry of
Natural Resources as it pertains to our lakes less that 250 acres.
Anglers will be allowed one walleye and one northern per visit to a
maximum of 40 of each species per year. If
a walleye is kept, a northern must also be taken.
a lovely sight (on July 31st) to see a group of 9 loons swimming in
the channel in front of the Loons Nest. Both
the loons and the gulls left camp before Tom did this fall, but he did have the
company of a misplaced raccoon the last couple of weeks in camp.
It was the first confirmed raccoon near Red Lake known to the Ministry of
Natural Resources. September 20th was the first frost with ice in the
have already received many inquiries for Summer 2001, so you are encouraged to
reserve your week at Echo Lake Lodge as soon as you make plans. Rates will remain the same for the 2001 season.
We require that you put 1/2 down to hold your reservation with the
remainder due by May 1, 2001.
the Wisconsin Loon’s Nest,
Echo Lake History