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You Will Want To Know When
Planning Your Trip To Williams Lake Lodge
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What To Bring
- Appropriate clothing. Be ready for
anything. Layers of clothing are best. Temperatures will range from 32 to
75 in spring and fall, and from 60 to 95 in summer.
- Rain gear and rubber boots. Knee boots are helpful.
- Life vest.
- First aid kit.
- Food for 6 days.
- Drinking water.
- Beverages and snacks. No glass bottles
- Dish soap, paper towels.
- Bath and hand towels. Dish towels are
provided. We have an optional towel service.
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, cap.
- Flashlight, lantern.
- Insect repellent.
- Fishing gear.
- A boat anchor if you want to use one, as
we do not provide them.
- Passport or Passport Card.
- Book, deck of cards, etc.
- Your computer, tablet, or smart phone if you wish to use our
wireless internet in the lodge. We have a limited amount of data available, so please use the Wi-Fi for texts and emails only, no voice or video calls or streaming.
- A spare set of keys for the vehicle is
always a good idea.
- Before you leave home: Have a copy of
the 'vehicle registration' and 'insurance card' in the
vehicle. Check to see that your health insurance and vehicle insurance
covers you in Canada.
- If traveling with a child, a notarized
letter from non-traveling parent(s) is often asked for at the border.
What To Bring If You Are Bear Hunting
all of the above plus the following:
or current gun hunting license (not bow, even if you are only bow hunting) from your home state or a valid Hunting Ontario
Outdoors Card. We must see one of these before we can issue you
your Ontario hunting license.
- Firearm of your choice: gun, bow, or crossbow in a case.
- One or two portable stands.
- Blaze orange vest or jacket and hat to
be worn to and from stands.
blaze orange is not accepted.
- Bug jacket and hat. Bring a Thermacell
if you have one.
- Cooler large enough to take quartered
meat and hide home.
- Click here for Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources Hunting Regulations
Things That We Provide That You Don't Need To Bring
- Sheets, blankets, pillows.
- Dish towels.
- Garbage bags.
- Gas grill and fish cooker at
- Fans at each cabin.
- Toilet paper.
- Shore lunch pans and shore lunch fish cookers..
- Boat rags.
- Coolers for keeping fish in
- Plastic bags for freezing fish.
- Minnow buckets.
- Landing net.
- Our boats have pedestal seats.
- Our boats have depthfinders.
- Please don't bring
any electric appliances, because our power system will not handle them. Battery chargers and C PAPS are OK.
Crossing The Border
- Take off sunglasses.
- Do not laugh or joke with customs
- Answer all questions promptly, clearly
may be refused entry into Canada if you have been convicted of a felony. DUI is
a felony in Canada and you may be refused entry. Click Overcoming
Criminal Inadmissibility for information about
crossing into Canada if you have a past criminal conviction. It is not
impossible. For more information go to N.O.T.O., our tourism operators
organization: http://noto.ca/bordercrossing If you still have questions, contact Laurie Marcil, N.O.T.O. Member
Services Manager/Executive Director, Ph.
705-472-5552, Email: email@example.com She will
be happy to help you.
check out The Canadian Border Crossing Resource Guide and Information
for Visitors to Canada.
- If you are bringing a child not
accompanied by both parents, a notarized permission slip should be brought
- Remember to only answer questions you
are asked. Don't volunteer extra information not asked for.
or passport card is required for travel to Canada. The passport card is only
good for land or sea travel to Canada, not air travel.
allowed to bring across the border duty and tax free:
- 40 oz. of liquor or 24 twelve oz. cans
of beer (must be 19 years old)
- 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars
You are allowed to bring nightcrawlers across
for bait. Make sure they are packed in artificial bedding with not even a speck
of dirt on them. Minnows and leeches are not allowed across.
Potatoes are allowed across the border, 10 lbs. per person, US Grade #1, in their unopened original package.
These are only a few basic rules for border crossing. More information can be found here:
for Visitors to Canada
Procedure Once You Are In Canada
best plan is to follow your road map to Dryden, ON and stay overnight there on
Friday night. Remember that HWY 502 is a long, lonely road, so fill up with gas
before you cross the border. There are many places to stay in Dryden. Here is a
list of some of them. The rates vary and so does the comfort level. Ask them if
they will give you a discounted rate because you are going to Williams Lake
Lodge and we are members of Patricia Regional Tourist Council, Northern
Ontario Tourist Outfitters, Kenora District Camp Owners Association, and Ontario's
Best Western Motor Inn, Highway 17, (807) 223-3201
Chalet Inn Motel, 184 Government St., (807)
Comfort Inn, 522 Government St., (807) 223-3893
Dryden Motel & Suites, 130 Grand Trunk Ave., (807) 223-6283
Hide-Away Motel, 700 Government St., (807)
Holiday Inn Express, 585 Government Rd., (807) 223
Kowality Motor Inn, 31 Earl Ave., (807) 223-2133
Riverview Lodge LTD, 148 Earl Ave., (807) 223-4320
Timberland Motel, 406 Government St., (807) 223-5395
Town & Country Motel, 500 Government St., (807)
fine dining, we like Riverview Lodge. A little more casual is the
Patricia Inn. These and other Dryden
restaurants are listed here:
B&B Roadhouse , 349 A Government St (in Best Western), (807) 223-2000
Chalet Inn and Restaurant, 184 Government St., (807) 223-2335
Mystic Grill at Eagle's Landing Golf & Convention Centre, Sandy Beach Road, (807) 223-8885
Ho Ho Chinese, 64 Van Horne Ave, (807) 223-2888
Hong Kong House, 34 Whyte Ave., (807) 223-7411l
Husky House Restaurant, 379 Government St., (807) 223-5664
Riverview Lodge LTD, 148 Earl Ave., (807) 223-4320
Masala- East Indian and Greek, 205 Duke St. , (807) 223-8622
Patricia Inn Restaurant, 537 Government St., (807) 223-2210
Pizza Hut, 397 Government St., (807) 223-6621
Western Winds Restaurant, 43 Duke St. 807 223-8708
you can't make it all the way to Dryden on Friday, stay wherever you need to
and finish your trip on Saturday morning.
are now able to drive all the way in to Williams Lake Lodge. No more
boating in from the river landing. For those staying at the Outpost
Cabin, you will drive into the main camp and then we will boat you to
the Outpost Cabin. The trip from Dryden to camp will take you about 1
1/2 hours. You
may arrive at camp anytime after 8:00 am on your Saturday arrival date.
Please leave your vehicle parked up on the hill adjacent to the solar
panels until you check in with us.
forget your final shopping. You will be a long way from the stores for the next
following map shows the routes to Williams Lake Lodge and the river
landing. We have signs along
way to point you in the right direction. You will use the red
to Williams Lake Lodge. When you get to Williams Creek Road, make sure
you bear to the left. Do not turn right onto Williams Creek Road. The
green route is the way to our river landing which we are not presently
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from Dryden to Williams Lake Lodge (red route).
- From Hwy 17 in Dryden take Hwy 601 north (at the stop light by the GM car dealer). Drive 6.7 miles.
- Hwy 601 turns sharply to the right. Do not turn right. Go straight on the gravel road. Drive 1.1 miles.
- Turn right. Drive 10.2 miles.
- Carefully cross railroad tracks. Drive 3.0 miles.
- Keep left. Drive 5.8 miles.
- Keep left. Drive 4.0 miles.
- Keep left. Do not turn right onto
Williams Creek Road. Drive 2.3 miles.
- Turn left. Drive 1.2 miles.
- Stay right. Drive 4.3 miles.
- Stay right. Drive 0.6 miles.
- Turn right onto Williams Lake Lodge driveway. Drive 3.6 miles to camp.
Operation Of Boats
- We will show you how to run
the motor on your fishing boat.
- UNLOCK MOTORS (40HP only) WHILE
- When docking boats, approach
docks slowly from a slight angle, and tie boats securely.
- Life vests are required in
the boat; wearing them is a plus. We do not supply life vests, so please bring your own.
- Wear the kill switch cord when
- Do not sit in the front seat on the casting deck when traveling from spot to spot.
- Safety kits are in the boat.
- Always check the level of
fuel in the gas tanks before going out fishing.
- HAVING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN
THE BOAT IS AGAINST ONTARIO LAW.
- Don't spit sunflower seed
hulls or the like in the boat as they clog up the bilge pump and are hard
to clean up.
worm bedding out of the boat. We have small coolers available for you
to use with our “clean worm” system. Ask us how this works.
- Don't put any fish, alive or dead, in the livewell. By law, no live fish can be kept.
- Due to high repair and
replacement costs, we must charge you for lost and damaged equipment.
- LOWER UNIT INSURANCE
IS AVAILABLE FOR $50 PER BOAT FOR ONE WEEK.
lower unit insurance does not cover the propeller or the skeg. Carbon
fiber props cost $30 per broken blade. A broken
skeg costs $250.
- Landing nets are provided
and cost $50 if lost or damaged. Don't use nets to carry fish.
- Fish measuring troughs are provided and cost $30 if lost or damaged.
- Minnow buckets are provided and cost $15 if lost or damaged.
Guides Are Available
strongly recommend hiring one of our guides for at least a day or two.
This is especially important for those fishing with us for the first
time. Our guides have fished these waters for many years and will put
you on fish. A professional guide costs $170 US per 8 hour day based on
of 2 fisherman. Extra people cost an additional $35 US each. This
extra people in the guided boat and any tag-along boats. Gratuity not
Our guides book up fast, so if you want to book a guide, do it as much in advance as possible.
Minnows are normally available at camp. Check with us a few days before your arrival for nightcrawler and leech availability.
non-resident license fees and descriptions. The fees listed are in
Canadian dollars and we will give the current exchange rate when you pay
in U.S. dollars:
Outdoors Card: $9.68 Not included in the package price. It is required to
purchase a license
Eight Day Conservation Fishing License: $35.05 This license is included in the
package price for each adult. A license is not included for 1/2 price children,
so it will cost $35.05 if requested for them. Children less than 18 years old
do not need a license if fishing with a licensed adult. However you may
purchase a license for them if they wish to keep fish.
Eight Day Sport Fishing License: $60.32 This
license is not included in the package price. You must pay the full amount, if
this license is requested; not the difference between the Conservation License
and the Sport License.
Full Year Conservation Fishing License: $58.43 If
you request this license, we will charge you the difference between the Eight
Day conservation License and the Full Year Conservation License. That amount is
$23.38 Canadian and will be adjusted to U.S. dollars at the current exchange rate.
Full Year Sport Fishing License: $92.31 This license is not included in the package
price. You must pay the full amount, if this license is requested.
Williams Lake Lodge seasons, bag limits, and size limits:
- Walleye and Sauger or any
combination: Season opens 3rd. Saturday in May. None over 18" may be
kept. With a Sport license, 4 under 18" may be kept. With a
Conservation license, 2 under 18" may be kept.
- Largemouth and Smallmouth
Bass or any combination: Season open all year. From January 1 thru June
30, with a Sport license, 2 may be kept (must be under 13.5"). With a
Conservation license, 1 may be kept (must be under 13.5"). From July
1 through November 30, with a Sport license, 4 may be kept with no size
limit. With a Conservation license, 2 may be kept with no size limit.
- Northern Pike: Season open
all year. None over 27.5" may be kept. With a Sport license, 4 under
27.5" may be kept. With a Conservation license, 2 under 27.5"
may be kept.
- Muskellunge: Season opens
3rd. Saturday in June. None may be kept with either license.
- Yellow Perch: Season open
all year. With a Sport license, 50 may be kept. With a Conservation
license, 25 may be kept.
- Lake Whitefish: Season open
all year. With a Sport license, 12 may be kept. With a Conservation
license, 6 may be kept.
You must pinch the tail closed when measuring fish. No live fish
are allowed in the boat; therefore, do not use
stringers or the boat’s livewell. Fish that are to be kept must be killed immediately.
Put them on ice in the provided cooler. You are not allowed to have filleted
fish in the boat. Your daily limit includes fish in the freezer at camp, fish
in your possession, plus the fish eaten at shore lunch. Please read Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources Fishing Regulations for more
regulations. Williams Lake and Lac Seul are both in Zone 4.
How To Get Your Fishing License
An 8 day Conservation license is included in the package price. Others can be
purchased at camp or you can purchase them online here:
Fishing License Online
If you already have a Conservation license (full year or eight day)
get to Williams Lake Lodge, we will credit $34.49
Canadian (adjusted to U.S. dollars at the current exchange rate)
to your account . We do not
give any credit if you already have a Sport license.
If you are going to get your license from us, please fill out and submit the
following form for each person wanting a license. Submit the form at least a
week before your arrival date and we will have your license ready for you when
you get here. Study the above license
fees and descriptions, and the seasons, bag limits, and size limits carefully
before choosing the type of license that you want. We cannot change the type of
license once it is made out. You will find a fill in
form to complete and submit to Williams Lake Lodge here:
sportsmen and conservationists, we are interested in preserving our wildlife
and fishing for our children and our children's children. We ask that you enjoy
your stay with us for what it really is - a peaceful retreat from the busy
routine. Catch tons of fish, but release all but what you really need to eat.
Williams Lake Lodge camp policy: We fully support the
MNR's size regulatons and are taking them a step further. All walleyes
over 18" and all northerns over 27.5" must be released. C.P.R
(Catch, Photo, and Release) is the key to maintaining our fabulous fishery.
Keep some small ones to eat (they are the best tasting) and let the rest
continue to grow. If you want one for the wall, a replica will last longer
and you have the satisfaction of knowing that your trophy still swims. We include an 8 day conservation
fishing license with the adult package price. Other licenses are available at cost.
To further encourage the
release of trophy fish, Williams Lake Lodge will award a free housekeeping
trip (boat gas in excess of 10 gallons not included), for the next year, to the anglers who release the
largest walleye and the largest northern pike of the season. We need good pictures
showing both ends of the fish in the measuring trough. Do not weigh the fish.
Tips for successful Catch and Release:
- Pinch the barbs down on hooks. This is suggested, but not required.
- Always wet your hands before touching a
fish you want to release. This reduces the amount of protective slime you
will rub off the fish.
- Do not grab a fish by the eyes.
- Avoid touching the gills.
- When using a net (neoprene mesh is best)
remove the fish as soon as possible so as not to rub off the protective
- Time is essential. Quickly play and
release the fish. A fish played for too long will be too exhausted to
- Keep the fish in the water as much as
possible. Remove the hook as quickly as possible. Single barbless hooks
can often be removed while the fish is still in the water.
- Cut the line and leave the hook in on
deeply hooked fish.
- To revive an unconscious fish hold it horizontally in the water. This may take a few minutes. Do not move the fish
backwards through the water. When it begins to struggle, release it.
All fish are to be cleaned in the fish house, never in the cabins.
Do not clean fish directly on the countertop. Use the boards provided. Leave the guts in the
provided buckets and we will dispose of them. Clean
the counters, boards, sink, and floor in the fish house after cleaning fish. For fish
you are taking home, package fish one per bag, laying flat, with a one inch
patch of skin left on the fillet. Put them in the fish freezer in the freezer house.
Our lodge is open for your use until 9pm each day. We have
television, wireless internet,
board games, books and movies to borrow, and a comfortable place to lie about
the fish you caught. You may use our phone for $1.00 per minute.
power for the camp
is supplied by our solar system with generator backup. This state of
the art system supplies quiet power 24 hours a day. We now have power
through the night for lights, fans, and CPAP machines. Please help us
conserve our power by always turning off lights and fans when not
What To Do and Not To Do While At Camp
- Please let us know right away if
you have a problem with anything. Communication is the key. Don't wait
until the end of the week to tell us that something wasn't right. We can't
correct any problems if we don't know what they are. Let us help
you have your best vacation ever.
- Ice is included in your
package price. Please do not waste it.
- Bring your own drinking water or boil
the tap water for 10 minutes.
- Shore lunch pans are
available at the lodge. Don't take frying pans from the cabins. Please return shore lunch pans to the Lodge.
- Don't put grease down the
toilet or sink (ask us for a container), or flush paper towels down the
- Wipe off the stove after
frying with a paper towel, so grease doesn't build up.
you use the wood stove, ask us to instruct you on its proper use. Never
leave the cabin unattended when a fire is burning in the wood stove.
Make sure you know where the fire extinguishers are located. We have
them both inside and outside the cabin.
- Leave the cabin in the
condition you found it.
- Put filled garbage bags out by the ATV path in the morning and we will pick them up.
- No campfires.
- At The Outpost:
Dump fish guts on shore, across the bay, well away from the cabin. No
campfires. Bring garbage to the main
- Above all, relax and
have a great time.