out fishing outpost cabins north of Red Lake
Ontario Canada. News about the 2010 season
at Loon Haunt
|April 18 the weather is
very warm and the ice is almost all gone. A new
record early ice out for 2010
|April 19 Howey Bay from
Green Airways. Most of the local lakes are clear
|April 27 We went to
Monroe Lake. I have been planning to fix the
ramp and the dock as soon as we had lower water
levels. After a 2 year delay we finally have the
|We walked the portages for
Monroe and Unnamed cutting out the winter dead
falls. All portages are in good shape. The
low water levels necessitated paddling the last 100
feet into the portage at Unnamed Lake.
|It is so nice having a home
in the bush. The local male partridge has been
drumming at regular intervals every day. Louise
took this picture of his display in our driveway.
|May 17/10 we are back from visiting family in
Massachusetts and ready to work. The weather is
fantastic and I got a sunburn working at Goose Lake
today. The water level is very low.
|May 20/10 Today we went to Poirier lake
to get it ready for the the first group. We take
the dock to a sheltered bay each fall and remove the
anchor pipes. In the spring we return the dock
and reinstall the anchor pipes.
|The really great news at Poirier this season is
that the eagles are back in the nest next to the
|May 26/10 I went to
the portage to Nechigona to move the boat ramp and get
the boats ready. Compare the picture at the
right with the picture taken in the same spot last
|On the way down the river
these 2 Arctic Swans flew by.
|June 6/10 Jim Bell
with the first 26 inch Walleye at Goose Lake in 2010
|June 7/10 Jim's glory
was short lived. Ed Husting caught this 31 inch
Walleye second cast below Whitedog Falls
|You might recall that in
the fall of 08 I replaced all of the damaged siding at
Cherrington Lake. It appears the bear did not
appreciate my efforts and seriously damaged 2 sides of
the cabin and 2 sides of the shed.
|Yes, we have wireless
internet at Goose Lake.
|The new bulletin board is
doing a good job of letting people know how the
fishing has been this season. So good in fact
that the Theisen crew from Cherrington (2 of them
caught 240 Walleyes in one day) want to go to Unnamed
We have repaired the bear damage at Cherrington.
|We also put steel siding on
the shed. The old cedar siding will make great firewood
If you are interested in how Cherrington lake did this season, the Theisen crew also reported Walleye 24-27 inches and Northern 32-37 inches.
|Meanwhile back at Goose
Lake the water levels are about normal and the Wild
Rice is looking good. We hope to start picking
by late August and finish in late September.
|At Monroe Lake
Raymond Hardy caught a 43 inch Northern Pike.
|At Unnamed Lake Jon Pounds
caught a 43 inch Northern ( a new record for Jon)
|Early September at Goose
Lake the Wild Rice harvest is in full swing.
4,000 pounds picked as of September 1/10
|September turned out to be
a very busy time for us. First we had to shut
down all of the outposts and the main camp plus pick
rice, we ended up with just over 9,500 pound of rice.
Bill cuts the wood and hauls it out then Louise splits it with the hydraulic log splitter and makes these great round piles.
The walkway part of the dock was not strong enough to take the weight of the mini excavator.
|We rebuilt this section of
the dock with 6X6 timbers so we could drive the mini
excavator out on the dock. Check out this video
see why we needed the excavator on the dock.
|portage boats away
This is the winch we use to pull the Nechigona boats up high and dry in case we have high water in the spring.
|retaining wall and deck
Over the past several years we have been hauling in 6X6 and 4X4 timbers plus lots of 2X6 decking. The pile grew and many people kept asking --when? The first step in the project was the removal of the stumps.
|The second step was the
digging in and construction of the retaining wall.
|The 6X6 timbers are stacked
with joints staggered and lag screwed together.
|4X4 timbers are run from
the wall back to dead men (cross timbers) buried in
|We have a gravel pit back
behind the camp where we got gravel to fill in behind
|It took 15 loads of gravel
to fill in behind the retaining wall.
|When the wall was completed
we ran timber joists to support the decking
|When we hauled the wild
rice to town we hauled 2X6 lumber back to Goose Lake
for the decking.
|Finally the last cut
|We put the stairs back in
|The finished project.
Stairs and ramps to the beach will be added in the
We closed up camp and left for town on October 3/10
|We pulled the airplane out
of the water in late October
|On the morning of November
18/10 our bay froze over. It was 0
Fahrenheit. Goose Lake will likely freeze about
this time as well.
|January 1, 2011
Happy new year all. We are in British Columbia
(no snow) spending Christmas with our daughter and
||We are a little
behind with our annual newsletter
(Tremolo 10) it is being printed now and should be in your mailbox by the end of January. It will also be posted online soon.