2013 Echo Lake Lodge Newsletter


                P.O. Box 1137                                8927 North Shore Dr.

    Red Lake, Ontario P0V 2M0          Amherst Jct., WI 54407

    807-727-2543                        715-824-5876

       www.echolakelodge.com                ehr@wi-net.com


On 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.   


First 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. 


Darryl 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 week.  Gary 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! 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. 


Congrats to these anglers and hunters:

Walleye:  25” Sheri Jones (High) and Gary Dusil (Black Beaver), 24˝“ Jim Jones (Onnie) and Gary Dusil (Detour)

Northern:  41” Jim Jones (Detour), 40” Chuck Warzynski (Detour), Justin McGill (Detour), and Jim Jones (No Fish)

Lake Trout:  28” Jasper Block, 26” Charley Whitmarsh, 24˝“ Mark Ipsan

Black Bear:  Cliff Shulist 300# boar with black powder rifle; Tim Ostrowski 150# boar with a bow; Jared Dombrowski 225# boar with black powder rifle.


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.      


Guests 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.     


Remember 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:  www.dutyfreeamericas.com  


We 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 border-crossing questions.


We 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 Loon’s Nest,

Tom & Mitzi