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What to Expect at Camp...

Wilderness:
We are located in the Ontario wilderness with most of the conveniences of home.

May Moose
Wildlife is plentiful. Almost any day you can see beaver, muskrat, ducks, cranes, bald and golden eagles, osprey, grouse, moose, loons, owls, and onBlack Bear occasion, a bear, fox or wolf.










Peace, Quiet and Relaxation is Guaranteed:

Spring Break





You will have no problem finding a little time to take a break and enjoy camp.






Getting to Camp...

Most of our customers prefer to take the Algoma Central Railway (ACR) from Hawk Junction to Oba. Hawk Junction is just a few miles east of Wawa Ontario.

Please Note: The ACR Passenger Train quit running in 2015. There is hope that it will be back up and running. If the train is not running, you will need to drive to Hearst and then down to Oba. Driving details are below. The ACR needs your support. There is a great effort to save this historical service. You can follow the progress of the efforts to save the train and add your support at the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains.

Wawa
If you plan to spend Friday night in Wawa, visit the Wawa Tourism Page for information. There you'll find links to restaurants, bait shops, things to do, groceries and accommodations.

The ACR and Hawk Junction
See our Location Page to learn more about the ACR at Hawk Junction.
The cost of the train, round trip from Hawk Junction, is approximately $116 Canadian per adult.
Be sure to ask about Senior and Children rates if you are over 60 or under 19.
The train makes several stops where it drops off other fishing parties, supplies and mail.
You will arrive in Oba about three hours after you leave Hawk Junction.
The train leaves Hawk Junction at about 3:20 p.m. on Saturdays.
You can view the Algoma Central Railway Schedule by clicking here  (Schedule is currently unavailable)
You can view the Algoma Central Railway rates schedule by clicking here  (Rates are currently unavailable)
Or you can call the Railway at 1-800-242-9287
Generally your gear and food is transported free of charge with your passenger ticket.

Driving to Hearst and Oba
It is possible to drive to Oba.
This trip will take you north to Hearst and then back down south to Oba.
Part of your trip will be approximately 70 miles of gravel and rough road.
However, if you're up for the adventure, call Deb at 231-879-4178 or email at deb@cameronlakefishinglodges.com and we'll send you directions via email.
Should you choose this option, we can pick you up in Oba for your river trip to camp at 10:00 a.m. on Friday (your cabin will be prepared for you while you're fishing) or Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Everyone leaves camp at 7:00 a.m. on Friday.
NOTE: arrival and departure at other times must be coordinate well in advance and may be subject to a surcharge. Call Deb for details: 231-879-4178.
The last place to spend the evening before you arrive at Oba is Hearst. More information about accommodations, restaurants and other businesses can be found at on Hearst's Visitor Page.

Getting to Camp
 
 
 
 

We will meet you at the train stop in Oba on Saturday and transport you and your gear by truck to our boat launch on the Oba River. 
 
 

You will then be guided on a 14-mile, one-hour boat ride down the Oba River before arriving at our cabins on Cameron Lake. 
 
 
 
 

Heading to Camp





On Friday morning we will guide you back up the river to Oba and help you with your gear, making sure you arrive at the train stop in plenty of time. The train leaves Oba at about 9:45 a.m. and arrives in Hawk Junction about noon.



Weather and Fishing Conditions...
 

In May and June the weather is unpredictable.
It can be very cold, overcast snowy and rainy or warm and sunny.
Irrespective of the weather, the fishing is generally excellent!
Walleye can be found in abundance and Pike fishing is productive in weed beds with flashy lures.
There is also good walleye and pike fishing in the river during this time of year.
Spoons, Rapalas, minnows or crawlers on a walleye rig, and jigs are very effective.

July and August host the best weather conditions as it is generally warm and sunny.
However, on occasion there will be overcast days or thunderstorms.
There are fewer mosquitoes and black flies during these months.
The fishing is very good and you have longer days to fish mornings and evenings with a nice afternoon break on our grassy yard.

In Late August and Early September the weather begins to change and can be cooler with foggy mornings and shorter days.
The weed beds are up and fishing areas are limited.
However, the fishing is very good and the bugs greatly reduced!

For those of you who are interested in fishing other lakes and the river, we can direct you. On some adventures you will have a 15 to 20 minutes portage. Other adventures are nothing more than taking your boat up a stream and over a beaver dam. We are happy to get you started and provide directions and guiding.

What to Bring...

  • Your passport, birth certificate and driver's license if you are crossing the international border.
  • A letter from a stay-at-home parent or parents giving you authority to bring their child across international borders.
  • Your life vest is required in Ontario!
  • Your Canadian Fishing License.
  • Overshoes or boots are a must! If you have waders, consider bringing them. You will be stepping out of the boat into water.
  • Bath towels and washcloths.
  • Bath and dish soap.
  • Bed linen or a sleeping bag.
  • Food and beverages. 
  • Paper towels if you use them. We provide tea towels.
  • Freezer bags. Ontario regulations require no more than 2 fish per bag.
  • Fishing tackle, rods, reels, stringer, 8-12 lb line and fillet knives.
  • Jaw spreaders are helpful.
  • Rod cases are good for the train. If you don't have one, we've seen PVC pipe work nicely.
  • Crawlers, minnows or leeches if you fish with live bait (not necessary). Or, arrange with us to have these waiting for you at camp. We charge you the same prices we pay in Hearst.
  • Foul weather clothing and gear.
  • A heavy jacket, a warm hat and gloves.
  • Additional clothing for cold weather including, polypropylene, wool, fleece, flannel and Gore-Tex.
  • Swim suit, shorts and other warm-weather clothing.
  • Comfortable camp shoes.
  • Extra socks.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • A camera.
  • A GPS is not necessary but nice if you have one.
  • Mosquito and black fly repellent for you and mosquito coils for your cabin.
  • A flashlight with extra batteries and a lighter or matches.
  • Please DO NOT bring electric appliances as they strain our generator. Thanks!
We are a dog-friendly camp.
If you are willing to be responsible for picking up after your dog and for any damage he or she may cause to cabins or the grounds, we are happy to have your four-legged family member join us at no extra charge. Please keep in mind your dog's tolerance for other dogs. There may be more than one dog at camp during your stay. No barkers please.

You can bring with you a fairly substantial supply of food. Some carry food from home. Others purchase food on their way north.

If there is something you would like waiting for you at camp when you arrive (bait, alcohol or food, for instance), just let us know well in advance of your trip.

You DO NOT need to bring Pots, Pans, Dishes and Cooking Utensils, unless you have a favorite pan or utensil for cooking fish. Each cabin is fully equipped. If you do not see what you need in your cabin, please ask. We can generally get it for you. We also have deep fryers and barbecue grills.

IMPORTANT!
We do not sell licenses at our camp.
You can purchase your fishing license at most bait shops and visitor centers as well as online. 
2017 Non-Resident Fishing Licenses:
Sport Fishing License (valid for the calendar year): $83.27 Canadian
Conservation Fishing License (valid for the calendar year): $51.65 Canadian
Eight-Day Sport Fishing License: $53.54 Canadian
Eight-Day Conservation Fishing License: $30.53 Canadian
You will also purchase an Outdoor Card ($9.68), good for three years. If you have an Outdoor Card that is still valid, bring it with you. It must be in your possession.
You can get more details and/or purchase your Ontario Fishing Licenses and Non-Resident Outdoor Cards at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Emergency Phone Number... 

If you wish to leave an emergency phone number with your friends and family at home, you may give them Angela and Michel's number in Hearst. We will do our best to get emergency messages to you within 24 hours. 705-362-4741

Our Cabins... 

Laurie and John CabinsEach cabin is equipped with electric lights, refrigerator, stove, running cold water and heater.
We have an emergency satellite phone.
There is no cell phone service. 
  Three of our cabins at the main camp and the island cabin have indoor toilets. One cabin at the main camp has an outhouse.
Each cabin has a fully-equipped kitchen and combined dining and living area. 
We have a separate shower house with two hot water showers for your use at any time. 

All cabins are completely screened and sleep 4 to 8 persons. 

Boats, motors, fish finder, swivel seats, bait bucket, landing net, and all your gas for the week is provided for every two adults and included with your cabin rental rates. We also provide at no charge to you a mid-week lunch for the entire camp. The occasional good fishing stories are free too.

Fishing, Lures and Baits...

Ray's WalleyeA good way to locate fish is to troll or drift until you get a number of strikes or fish. Then go back over the area until it becomes unproductive. Spend about one-third of your time trolling and trying new areas. If you don't catch a fish in ten minutes, move to a new area. Fish near the bottom for walleye and the weed beds for pike.

The lures and bait that have been most successful at Cameron Lake include the following:
Live minnows (not necessary); night crawlers; Lucky Strike Warden's Worry Spoons (medium size) in gold, silver, pearl, pink, copper and orange; Rapalas; Erie Dearie walleye rigs with crawlers; jigs (green, yellow, white and black) with leeches; and rattle traps. In general, the simpler the lure (a spoon with one treble hook or a jig with one hook) the more fish you'll land and release. Multiple hooks can slow your fishing and be hard on the fish.

If you would like to fish with live bait, just let us know at least a week in advance and we can have your bait waiting for you when you arrive.

Come visit us!

 

Pleasure Boat Operator's License
On September 15, 2009, all boat operators in Canada need their pleasure boat operator's license. "Non-residents only need to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card if they are operating a powered boat in Canadian waters for more than 45 consecutive days or if the boat they are operating is registered or licensed in Canada." This includes rented boats and, therefore, affects us at Cameron Lake Fishing Lodges, Inc.

Boater Education Cards or equivalent certifications from other governments are recognized in Canada. Proper identification should be kept on board at all times to provide proof of residency. So if you have a license or card from your state, bring it with you.

If you do not have a Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator's Card or equivalent certification from your state, we are required to take you through an educational checklist, which you must sign, prior to operating our boats on the Oba River or Cameron Lake. This will satisfy the new law requirements during your stay with us and we are happy to do this for you at no charge.

As always, we require you to be 18 years of age or older to operate our boats and motors.

If you boat a lot in Canada, you might want to consider taking the online exam and getting your Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator's Card. Details at http://www.boaterexam.com/canada/

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