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resorts on Canada side

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Is anyone familiar with Coppens Resort or Camp Narrows??I ran across these resorts online and was hoping for some feedback..Are there any others that I should know about?? Just looking for a nice, clean place that also rents decent boats. Thanks..

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Camp Narrows is a catch and release place. I have never been there, but going by the place looks ok. Not sure about the Coppens as far as boats etc. Coppens is about as far from Camp Narrows as you can be and still be on Rainy. Camp Ontario is in the middle of the lake and about a 30 min ride by boat (i guess it could be longer or shorter depending on how fast a boat you have) don't know if they have boats at any of these. Look back a few days and there is some more info on Camp Ontario by OKfisherman.

We stayed at AMIK Lodge which is about a 10 min ride west into NW Bay. Vince has 3 new cabins that each sleep 4 to 6 people and has some 16 ft boats with Yamaha and trolling motors and graphs. his rates are very good. Another place is Labelle's which is about a 5 min ride further west at the end of NW bay. Both AMIK/Labelles are drive to places which can be a bit easier and especially if you don't have your own boat.

There is also Little Canoe and Devils Cascades although I think they could use some fixing up. LC is a take care of your self place from my understanding... no one is usually there. you can drive to it but need away across the river to get to them and I don't believe they have any boats. DC I believe has boats to rent, but they are the farthest away and you would need to arrange a trip up.

Hope this helps...

Where are you in IN? I grew up in Terre Haute.

Bitz

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Camp Ontario has pretty decent boats, adequate cabins, a nice new showerhouse, great location for fishing anywhere on the north arm. Robert and Janet Weaver are the nicest people even if they are from Texas. (go sooners, beat texas). Our bunch will be going up the last week of August. If you need a number or pics of the place let me know.

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We've stayed at LaBelle's for over 20 years. We enjoy it a lot. Accomodating, good cabins, docks are protected by a rock dike (except the one by the launch), and he has boats for rent. I think they are 18' Princecraft boats with 40hp Merc 4-strokes that come with electric trolling motor and graph. Not completely certain though as we take our own rigs up there. Do a search for LaBelle's Birch Point Camp and you should find the link to their website.

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So you must have liked the place if you have been going for 20 years!! I cant think of a better endorsement!! Thanks..I'll check it out.

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Fishmarket, can you drop me an email to pineglow@hotmail.com. I have some info for you about NW bay in case you head that direction.

Bitz

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Fishmarket: I got back from Coppen's Resort last Sunday. We spent 5 days there. Fishing was good for walleyes, but we didn't fish for smallies. I would recommend Coppen's based on my experience. It is a small, quiet, well-run resort and Ed&Kelly seemed like very nice people. Rates were reasonable. I have not been to Camp Narrows so I can't offer an opinion on that resort. Good luck wherever you decide to go.

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Fishmarket,

I highly recommend Amik Lodge!!

The cabins are very nice, 2-3 years old and Vince Allan (owner) will work hard to ensure you have a enjoyable and comfortable time.

Fell free to send me a "Private Message" with any questions, etc.

JDP

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our group is heading up the 24th to Camp Ontario. Been going about 20 yrs. We've never ventured to try other places 'cause we've always been happy there. For 6 days fishing with boats, motors, gas and all the stuff you need we can do it for about 350 to 400 a head. Then we have to figure gas to and from oklahoma. Camp Ontario is a great buy. I'm sure there isn't a bad resort on Rainy. Just being there would be great if you were sleeping on rocks!

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thanks everyone for your input!!! I sure hope I can make it up there next summer. Planning the trip is part of the fun..

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Hey, OK, does Camp Ontario have a website? Googled them & came up with zilch. Was it you who said something about photos of the place? Looking for a spot with some sand beach so my wife and 5yr.old son have SOMETHING to do when they get bored with fishing after the first hour.

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I don't think they have a website. They do have e-mail at home in Texas, not sure what the address is. I have pictures of our trips. Let me see if I can find them on this thing. Send me something at jcfree1024@sbcglobal.net and I'll try and send you some. They do have a small sand beach area, and the view from the top of the rock is great if they don't mind a small climb.

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When you stay at a resort on the Canadian side are the fish limits any better?? I was wondering about taking my family.My wife and my two small children. One walleye wouldn't go very far for dinner. I guess I could buy a lisence for everyone but it is my understanding they would need to be in the boat if I had more than one fish in the boat. Thanks

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No the regulations haven't changed. On Rainy it is still one walleye per day, per license. And yes everyone would have to be in the boat with you if you have any intentions on keeping more than one walleye.

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A 3lb pike caught, cleaned and eaten all in the same day will be just as good as a walleye IMO. So even though you can only take one 'eye in a day per license, you can switch gears and go multi-species with the pike. Come home with an 'eye and a couple pike and you've got the makings of a very fine meal of fish. wink.gif

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With a sport fishing license you can only keep 1 walleye per day but have 4 in possession, so you could have a fish fry after a few days. Like basscatcher said northern pike are great tasting too.

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the northerns are very good eat'n. 2 pike in the 24 - 26 inch range will feed 4 easy.

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Fishmarket,

My son and I stayed at Camp Narrows in September of '05 and will be going back in about 40 (!) days. We really liked it. It is a boat-in camp, say about 7 miles from the ramp. I personally like the concept of getting away from cars for a week.

Tom runs a great camp and is interested in making sure you are on fish. He was always checking with us to be sure we were enjoying ourselves.

Unless something has changed, the camp is catch and release for smallmouth only. The normal slot and limits for walleye and pike on the Canadian side of Rainey apply.

We used the upgraded boat with trolling motor, live well depth finder, and 40 hp four stroke-16'. Started right up every time, didn't leak, and got us where we wanted to go. Three could fish in it with no problem. Didn't pay much attention to the standard camp boats.

The cabin we stayed in was built by Tom's dad and was maybe five years old. Dry, comfortable, and we didn't have any unwanted guests. All the cabins seemed to be newer like the one we were in. Cabins have a wood pellet stove to chase the morning chill.

Hope this helps. Maybe we'll see you up there some time.

Nimstug

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We have stayed at Labelles and Amik. Labelles was a terrible experience. We had numerous boat problems and the owners were less then helpful guiding us toward spots to fish, etc.

Amik is the opposite. Great service! If you want to catch fish, Vince will put you on the spots. He will take you out for the day or portions of multiple days to help you learn the lake. I would not stay anywhere else.

We have family that have stayed at Camp Narrows- good operation, but boat in only.

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thanks evrybody for posting on this! Great reading, cant wait to get up there.

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Between myself and my immediate family and friends, we have spent probably close to 1000 days at LaBelle's Birch Point Resort over the last 20 years. And, I am counting the days 'til I spend my next one there. Dale and Jody are world class fishermen and have an extraordinary familiarity with Rainy and its fish. I have had trouble catching fish one time in my life on Rainy and upon return to camp, Jody instructed me to jump in his boat. In 15 minutes from the time we left the dock, he had me straight on the pattern I needed to use. The rest of the week was lights out. My wife and I love those guys and their place.

-K

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