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Never have been up there camping. Any recommendations on where to go and what to bring. Have camping gear and boat. Heard ash river is good place to start. How is the smallie fishing mid summer there. I like to use the fly rod for smallies. I game for anything. Does it get real busy-boats, yahoos, etc.

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Wade Joseph

I too am interested in camping Kab. I have camped Sandpoint the past two years but was looking ot hit Kab so I don't need to worry about that pesky imaginary dotted line down the middle of the lake.

Most campsites Ive used on Sandpoint are rock with a few rent pads. Does anyone know if the site on Kab are rock or soil?

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Never have been up there camping. Any recommendations on where to go and what to bring. Have camping gear and boat. Heard ash river is good place to start. How is the smallie fishing mid summer there. I like to use the fly rod for smallies. I game for anything. Does it get real busy-boats, yahoos, etc.


Ash River is good but Kab can be tough to fish as it's pretty clear water. The smallies can get good size. We mostly camp on Bittersweet Island as we used to have a cabin on it when I was a kid. There is a sandbar that connects the SE part of Bittersweet to Woodenfrog campground on the mainland. It's USUALLY under water but some years its up. But anyways, if you fish from mid May to late June in the AM or evening on the south side of Bittersweet from that bar to around the southwest part of the island up to that big round rock, and the wind is coming west or southwest,it should produce. We have caught pike, saugar, walleye, and smallies. The waves hit that bar and the water tends to be slightly darker. Crawlers(harnesses) and shiners. If you like eating size pike, my kids liked to cast floating raps into the reeds. I havent been up there for quite a while but plan on again. Most of the islands tend to be on the rocky side. Canadian Shield lake. Hard to find a decent place to land a boat so you will have to pull it up on shore. Watch the lower units up there. Most of the reefs are marked but some seem to pop right up

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fishroger,,, You should get info from the Park Service... They put out a campsite brochure that shows locations of sites and also the amenities at each site.. It is very good and will be a great help... Most of the sites on Kab have level tent pads, pit toilets, food lockers, and tables and in some cases docks for the boat... Generally, the Park has tried to add docks to sites that are rocky and don't have a safe spot to put the boat... As for fishing, Kab is a great lake and produces lots of eyes and the smallie population is strong but probably better in Namakan... A lot of fishing questions can be answered better knowing the time of year you are planning your trip.... You will like it here.... Fishkab

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If you want to camp the Kab/Nam islands I would launch from the Voyager National Park ramp on Kab near the mouth of the Ash River. There is plenty of parking there and your right on the main body of the lake making it a much shorter trip. If you put on Ash River, assuming your going to use the public landing, it's about a 20 minute ride in the no wake zone before you get into Sullivan Bay. After you get through the bay you come into Kab about 1/2 mile East of the park ramp. As others suggested, use the Voyager Park website for details and regs. on camping.

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Kabetogama is without question one of the beauties. We had a campsite that was way high up so every morning and evening we had a great view of the lake. The fishing is fair but the scenery is one to remember. Make sure you visit Ellsworth Rock Gardens on the northern shore near Cutover Island. They have a dock to tie your boat and so do some of the nature trails. Can't wait till summer. Do you all find the east side of the lake better fishing than the west?? I have found the opposite to be true

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duckster

Hey Guys,

If you are planning on coming up to Kab/Nam area I would contact the Park Service at 218-283-9821 and ask for an information packet or visit the website at www.nps.gov/voya. The Kab/Namakan/Sand Point/Rainy areas are all within Voyaguers National Park and there are specific regulations for camping etc. One thing for sure don't forget to get a camping permit or you may have them pesky Rangers after you. Once you get the info you can look at the campsites listed and pick what you want as far as location and amenities. I am sure that you will have a great trip this is a beautiful area.

-Duckster

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I've camped at Kab a couple times. I believe the name of the campground was chief wooden frog. It's really big and has alot of accomodations...swimming beach, lot's of lakeshore campsites, big boat launch, etc. It's closer towards the western end of the lake. Fishing in the area is very good though, lot's of islands, points, bays, plenty of places to get out of the wind. I've caught nice sized walleye and pike, numbers of smallies but nothing big. I don't remember the name of the road that goes there from hwy 53, but there's a bait shop, restaurant, and gas station at the turn off. That can be quite convenient.

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