Alan's Message, President Wilderness North

Celebrating 30 Years of Wilderness North  –          

Words of Wisdom from McKenzie

Higher than normal water levels seemed to have a positive affect on the walleye fishing last week, however, large northern aren’t as plentiful, most likely due to the late spawn.   Water levels have posed a few challenges for our staff as lakes and waterways adapt to higher volumes. A big thank you to all our staff in dealing with these challenges and ensuring guests trips are a success!  Water transfers between floating docks and shore have been necessary in some case.
This is the highest I’ve seen water levels  in twenty years on some lakes.

Here are a few things to keep in mind at all times, but, especially in high water conditions. While on the water remember that shore lines, drop offs, and partially submerged structures may not be clearly identified as higher water may cover items that are normally visible. Currents are also stronger, especially near inlets and outflows, as more water is travelling through narrow spaces. For those of you coming to our outposts along the Ogoki Reservoir or on Zigzag Lake, these waterways are controlled by Ontario Power Generation and are subject to change quickly, please be sure to pull boats and ramps up  and tie them off  to something on shore when not in use.

While on the dock at our McKenzie Lake base in Armstrong I fielded a few questions that I thought would be good information to go over with all of you. Someone asked if they needed to wear a lifejacket at all times in the boat to be legal. While that is advised, regulations state that each occupant of a boat must have access to a properly fitting life jacket if it is the floatation type. Inflatable lifejackets however, must be worn at all times.

Another favourite question concerns open liquor or beer. Drinking alcohol is only permitted on shore at designated shore lunch sites and within the outpost/lodge property. Open liquor is not permitted while on the water – boat safe!

The last topic worth discussing is: What do we do with fish scraps at shore lunch sites?  We appreciate your assistance to maintain the pristine nature of the lakes and waterways we are so fortunate to be on. We suggest you don’t dispose of fish scraps and other garbage in the fire pits. A few best practices are placing fish scraps on bare rocks away from shore lunch areas, and bringing the rest of your garbage back to camp where it can be properly disposed of.

Happy Fishing! As always, I would like to hear from you.

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