Welcome to the Lodge
Black Bear Lodge is a drive in outpost fishing camp located 250 miles north of International Falls, Minnesota. It is about 20 miles west of the town of Red Lake, Ontario. Black Bear Lodge was established over 60 years ago with the idea of providing a realistically priced fishing vacation package to those interested in catching Lake Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, and Muskie. We also offer fall bear hunts starting in mid-August. Our camp is situated on a sheltered bay at the West end of Red Lake. Black Bear is one of only two camps located at the end of this 43,680 acre lake, which means you can spend the day fishing without having to share your hot spot with other boaters. The fishing on our end of the lake gets better every year. You may also explore one of our 7 portage lakes. Most of these lakes are exclusive to Black Bear guests, providing you with an additional opportunity to boat that trophy of a lifetime.
Even though Black Bear Lodge is located in the heart of the Canadian bush country, you do not need to charter a floatplane to reach us. You can drive to within 3/4 of a mile of our camp. After you leave the town of Red Lake, you will proceed another 25 miles west. The last 12 miles of your trip will be down a maintained logging road and will take you to our parking area. The last phase of your trip will be down an old trappers portage, which was also used to haul gold out of the near by mines. Our goal is to try and preserve some of the traditions and feel of a true Canadian wilderness camp, so we do not allow vehicles to stay in camp. Please use walkie talkie to let us know before you drive into camp to unload your gear. Then you will park your car at the top of the trail for the week. Also, because Black Bear Lodge is considered an outpost camp, there is NO ELECTRICITY, RUNNING WATER, OR INDOOR TOILETS in the cabins. The cabins are equipped with oil burning stoves, battery operated lights and bunk beds with foam mattresses. We do have a shower house with hot and cold water, a main lodge with water and electricity, and a brand new fish cleaning house with water, electricity, and ice machines.
A typical American Plan fishing vacation ( $620/week) includes: all meals for the week, your cabin including any fuel oil needed, 16 foot boat with at least a 15 hp motor and 5 gal of gas per day. The only extra expenses you may have include: your fishing license (we do not carry licenses at camp), any live bait (we carry night crawlers, minnows, and leeches), any gifts purchased from our camp store, and any applicable Canadian taxes.