What to Expect at Camp
Getting to Camp
Weather & Fishing Conditions
What to Bring
Emergency Ph Number
Fishing, Lures and Baits
and Video Gallery
The Camp and Cabins
The Lake and River
to Expect at Camp...
We are located in the Ontario wilderness with most
of the conveniences of home.
Wildlife is plentiful.
Almost any day you can see beaver, muskrat, ducks,
cranes, bald and golden eagles, osprey, grouse, moose,
loons, owls, and on
bear, fox or wolf.
Peace, Quiet and Relaxation is Guaranteed:
You will have no problem finding a little time to take
a break and enjoy 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
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
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
The train leaves Hawk Junction at about 3:20 p.m. on
You can view the Algoma Central Railway Schedule by
clicking here (Schedule is currently
You can view the Algoma Central Railway rates schedule
by clicking here (Rates are currently
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
Weather and Fishing Conditions...
In May and June the weather is unpredictable.
It can be very cold, overcast snowy and rainy or warm
Irrespective of the weather, the fishing is generally
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
There are fewer mosquitoes and black flies during these
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
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.
- Your passport, birth certificate and driver's
license if you are crossing the international
- A letter from a stay-at-home parent or parents
giving you authority to bring their child across
- 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
- 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
- Please DO NOT bring electric appliances as they
strain our generator. Thanks!
We are a dog-friendly
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
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
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):
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
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
Each cabin is
equipped with electric lights, refrigerator, stove,
running cold water and heater.
All cabins are completely screened and sleep 4 to 8
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.
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
Lures and Baits...
A 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
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!
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.
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
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/