2001 Echo Lake Lodge Newsletter                                     

Echo Lake Lodge


P.O. Box 1137                                    9699 County Road SS

   Red Lake, Ontario                   Amherst Junction, WI    

        P0V 2M0                                          54407

    807-727-2543                       715-824-5876 

     (summer)                                                    (winter)


www.echolakelodge.com       tehr@echolakelodge.com



Another great summer season is over!  Thanks to all of our friends, old and new, who made our summer at Echo Lake so enjoyable.  Mother Nature provided early warm weather.  The waters warmed quickly and made for some of the best fishing ever.  June guests were treated to summer-like weather unlike last year when it snowed in the middle of June!  Rain was scarce but when it did rain, it was warm rain and usually at night.   


Since we had such unusually nice, warm weather (with no snow and very little rain) we unfortunately had much damage to boats and motors.  Water levels were at the lowest we have ever seen.  The first creek to Black Beaver was just a trickle and by the second week in August you needed to pull your boat through.  Several trees blew down on portages and around camp due to storms with high winds. 


Renovation continues on the main lodge.  We completed 12 feet of the front section.  Other improvements included repairing the porch and putting a new roof on Moose.  We completely rewired camp and moved the phone out of the lodge and into a ‘phone booth’ closer to the tower.  The phone is now powered by solar energy.  All small storage sheds have new roofs and floors.  A Canadian flag now flies over camp!  We cleaned up the old workshop that collapsed over the winter, and started cleaning up Cabin #4 that went down in a storm in July. 


Largest fish caught this season were:  Walleye:  7# 14 oz. – Gary Pribyl,  Northern:  41” -Gary Groshek, Lake Trout: 10# - David Moeller.  Both bear hunters harvested black bear this fall.  The largest was 300# - Don Kropidlowski. 


Clean Cabin Awards go to:  Brad & Marlo Jenson, Robert Hodgins, Rich Lindeman, John Lopato, John Peskie, Richard Toftum, Harry & Kathy Ehr, and Gary Pribyl.


Tom’s Father’s Day present this year was 6 days in Woodland Caribou Park with the whole family and our niece.  This was definitely one of the highlights of our summer.  The weather and fishing were absolutely perfect and we were treated to seeing a bull and cow caribou browsing near a creek early one morning. 


We have had more groups take overnight and day trips into Woodland Caribou Park.  Irvin Zook had an exciting (but windy) adventure on Onnie Lake.  Maureen Calder and her group paddled many miles (an “aggressive trip”) during their week in the park doing 35 portages in 40 degrees Celsius.


We have always had many father/son groups, but now father/daughter groups (Lindeman, Lopata, Jenson, Fish, Peskie, Trinkner) are becoming more popular.  We are also proud of the number of 3 generation groups we had in camp this summer:  Jenson, Woodward, Fish, Uselding, Toftum and Peskie. 


This was the summer of big pike:  Robert Hodgins released 2 nice northern on High Lake (36”,  37½”) on the same day.  Adeline Toftum (age 76) pulled in her 1st ever northern (38”) out of Black Beaver.  Killian Woodward (age 8) caught a 26½”  northern on Echo Lake.  Jeff Kraemer’s birthday present was a 36” northern that he released on Call Lake.  Gary Groshek caught a 41” and Larry Rassler caught a 37” northern on High Lake.  Ken Kiene landed a 37” northern on Rocky.  Mitzi released 39” and 41” northern in Woodland Caribou Park.  


Rich Lindeman, next time you can take your unsalted catsup home with you!  Norm Lutz was about to set a new Echo Lake Lodge record –a 33 7/8“ salmon- but he woke up!  John Rassler, was the secret ingredient in your tartar sauce “capers”?  John Peskie’s group set 2 new records:  latest arrival at camp – 10:30 p.m. and youngest camper:  10 month-old grandson, Wyatt.  Gil McDaniel came back with his son, 22 years after spending his honeymoon at Echo.  Next time, he’ll have to bring his wife along!  A ‘wet’ Mike Kennan now knows there is a new portage to Rocky.


We have already received reservations for Summer 2002, so we encourage you to reserve your week at Echo Lake Lodge as soon as possible.  Rates have increased for the 2002 season, so please check the new rate sheet.  We require that you put ½ down to hold your reservation with the remainder due by May 1, 2002.  In consideration to all of our guests, we will no longer allow pets in camp.


We are already looking forward to a great season next summer.  Thanks again for your business.  Wishing all of you a joyous and safe holiday season.   


From the Wisconsin Loon’s Nest,

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