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paulie8pointer

House Boat on the Canadian side??

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Hi Guys - Thanks for all the info on this site...it is very helpful! I am coming up the middle of July with my family for a house boat trip....What is the process to be able to go into Canadian waters?? Is it different if we don't sleep there and just cruise or fish? Looking at the lake maps there seems to be so much more structure. Is it really worth the trouble? Thanks for any help.

Paulie

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Was up in the North Arm in Sept of 2004 and 2005. We went with Rainy Lake Houseboats and were very satisfied. We entered Canada under the railroad lift bridge that parallels the Noden Causeway. In almost twenty years of visits, I've never seen this bridge in the down position, but I don't know who, or how, I'd call for access if it was. Anyway, all members of your party, will need a remote area border crossing permit (aka, RABC), and a valid Canadian fishing licence, ANY time you're in Canadian waters. As for live bait...ckeck current regs., but I believe only nightcrawlers are allowed. When we were up there, it was our understanding that we could have alcohol on the houseboat, but not in our fishing boats. Please note that while in Canadian waters you can never have alcohol in your fishing boat.

There are a number of fabulous tie-up spots up in that area, and some great fishing. On the other hand, the U.S. side is equally beautiful, and rules and regs are less restricyive.

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