Here are a few ideas to help in planning your trip, please give us a call - toll free 1 888 933-5946 or send us an e-mail at fish@northof51.com if you have any other questions.

Driving Directions

If your are driving up from International Falls, take #502 to Dryden. Travel East on the Trans-Canada Highway, turn North on 372, near Dinorwic, to reach Sioux Lookout. Take #516 out of Sioux Lookout (be sure you are going past the airport). Travel for approximately 65 miles, then turn North on #599. To reach our base camp continue North on #599 past Pickle Lake for approximately 6 miles. The pavement ends about 2 miles North of Pickle Lake and we are about 4 miles further along the gravel road. You will see our sign on the left.

If you are traveling from Thunder Bay on the Trans-Canada, turn at Ignace - follow #599 North.

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Other Transportation

Northwest Airlines and Air Canada both fly into Thunder Bay (our closest international airport).

www.aircanada.com
www.nwa.com

Wasaya Airlines have a limited scheduled flight service into Pickle Lake

www.wasaya.com

Or you could rent a vehicle at the Thunder Bay Airport
www.avis.com
www.budget.com
www.enterprise.com
www.nationalcar.com
If any of these options fit your vacation planning, we can always help with the bulky items. We have loaner sleeping bags, life jackets, coolers etc. just let us know ahead of time what you need.

All Camps are equipped with..

- 14’ Lund boats, 9.9hp Mercury and Yamaha motors, unlimited gas
- hot and cold running water, showers
- wood stoves and firewood
- propane or solar lighting
- propane stoves, refrigerators, barbeques and fish cookers
- kitchens are fully equipped with cooking and eating utensils
- two way radios – for communication with base camp

Things to Bring

- sleeping bag and pillow
- clothing - include at least one suit of warm clothing and a rain suit. It is best to be prepared for all types of weather!
- personal items and toiletries - including soap and a towel, toilet paper, sunglasses, sunscreen, as well as any prescription medication
- camera, film and spare batteries
- insect repellent and mosquito coils
- flashlight, matches
- a small first aid kit
- dish soap, dish towels, garbage bags
- food and refreshments - plan each meal, this helps to lower the amount of unnecessary items coming out on your return trip (why pack it twice!) Keep in mind there are weight and space restrictions. Pickle Lake has several stores where you can purchase groceries etc, selection is fairly limited so if it's a "must have" bring it with you. There is also a store where you can purchase beer, wine and spirits; however, it is closed by 6:00 pm as well as on Sundays and Mondays. If you need us to do any pre-shopping for you just let us know.
- fishing gear - pilots appreciate it when there are no hooks dangling on rods. 1/8 oz. lead heads with twister tails (yellow, orange, white, black) and power baits work well for walleyes. Spoons and plugs work well for Northerns. Bring your favorites to try out! Also it's a good idea to have spare rods, incase one breaks.
- life jackets (mandatory)
- identification for border crossing, see link for requirements
www.canadawelcomesyou.net

Miscellaneous

- You are allowed 100 lbs of weight per person (excess will be charged accordingly)

- Please pack your baggage in appropriate containers - duffel bags, plastic bins, sturdy boxes with covers, etc. NO groceries in paper sacks! Unless you want to go for a swim, make sure everything is secure. Many a favorite pair of sunglasses or new camera has been lost between the float of an airplane and the dock.

- Our camps can only be reached by air. Your cooperation is a must. Bush pilots do not fly in all weather. We will do everything we can to get you in and out on schedule, but that does not include risking your life by flying in unsafe conditions. We cannot be held responsible for delays due to weather or other causes beyond our control

- Check flights – we will be out to deliver extra ice and any other items you may need, at least once during your stay.
If you find that you have left something behind that you just can’t live without we can arrange an extra flight for you, there will be a minimum charge of $300.00 so it’s best to wait for the check flight.

Heading Home

-Please double bag all garbage and haul it out with you. It is important that you leave the camp and the cabin as you would like to find it. Remember the next people coming in are recipients of what you leave behind.
- We hope that your stay was a memorable one, Thank You for letting us be apart of your vacation. Dwight and Karen

Useful Links

The Canadian Border Crossing Resource Guide



Useful Links for planning your trip to Canada

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