Something Old, Something New - Wilderness North

Celebrating 30 Years of Wilderness North  –          

Something Old, Something New

Alan Cheeseman and a WN Otter…Something borrowed, something blue. I think that’s a bride’s checklist to have at their weddings to insure long and happy days. But what do I know about marriage? (See KC’s column)

Our “Something Old” today is a quick peek at one of our “oldest” full service lodge destinations on Whitewater Lake. Striker’s Point Lodge- SPL  through the eyes of an “old ” guest. Once called Whitewater East, to compliment our Whitewater Lodge camp on the western end of the 26 mile lake, the name change to Striker’s reflects the habits of Founder Jack Mark’s beautiful German Shepard named Striker. Once off the plane, Striker would race to the farthest point at which the land extends into the lake, and stay right there until the call, “Come On Striker” would be made. Then he and Jack would wing their way to another camp, but it was here that Striker was most happy, according to Jack.

WN Staff, Striker's Point LodgeBut don’t let that “oldest” description fool you. The boats at SPL are state of the art 17 ft Lunds with 25 HP electric start Yamaha outboards, and our staff are very professional. Our managers Marg (Maggie) and Bill Carroll, are from Roddickton, Newfoundland. This week’s podcast tells you even more about recent changes at SPL from the point of view of guest Jeff from Minnesota, who was among our first guests at SPL this year, and took part in the Live vs. Gulp program as well.

Lake Superior National Marine Conservation AreaThe “Something New”  is the World’s largest fresh water conservation area and it’s right in our back yard. It’s called The Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area; 11,000 square kilometers (4250 square miles) of water, lake bed, islands, shoreline and wetlands. It runs roughly from Thunder Bay east to Terrace Bay. Coastal Brook Trout, Salmon, and Big Lake Trout tempt anglers.  While hikers, and kayakers are rewarded with natural beauty unlike any other in the world.

The June issue of Canadian Geographic has a feature article on the area called Simply Superior, written by North Bay, Ontario’s Ray Ford. Resource team members Scott Earl Smith and Dr. Graham Saunders have each visited the area and have interesting comments on the politics and potential of the area for anglers and outdoor adventurists. Hear their thoughts in this special audio feature.

Wilderness North trophy pike fishing OntarioFinally, congratulations to Carl J. on his big Master Angler Pike. This 42 inch Mr. Toothy was caught and released at Zig Zag Lake on May 28th.

I welcome your e-mails to guide us in creating a report that works for you…
you can send me one now Or reach me by phone 888-465-3474.
Alan

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