2014, what a year it was. Busy in more ways than one, the 2014 season brought many new faces and improvements all around the lake. Early on, before ice out, we all expected a late start to the season. Last winter was one to remember everywhere and Wabatongushi Lake was no exception.
As April rolled in, winter stuck with us full force. The first week of April we went into camp by snow machine to check on things and do a little ice fishing. It was then that we saw the results of winter up at the lodge. Deep snow buried our long track, long paddled snow machines from the get go. Although the ice was still close to 48" thick April 1st it was layered with frozen slush.
As we started arriving at Camp Lochalsh, May 5th, it was clear to us that the ice was going fast due to the layers of slush frozen into it. No one thought that by opening day it would be gone, but it was, by just one day!
To be safe, we canceled our first week of the season. There is still a lot of work to do on the island in order to open up and that's where most people were booked that opening week. Isle of Jordan was up and running before Loch Island, so guests were able to get in there right away. The fishing that week was unbelievable! So many big Walleye were caught and released, it was hard to catch anything under 18". The fish were turned on and it seemed like they hadn't eaten in months!
The fishing stayed good for most of the season, but the weather was up and down. We've all become accustomed to wild weather swings lately and the summer was full of just that.
Our staff of 2014 included two full time employees at Camp Lochalsh, Brian and Michele. They did a great job of servicing Otter Island, Sandy Bay and the Housekeeping cabins at Camp Lochalsh. Big Dave returned for the bear hunt in August and the new cook on Loch Island, Cathy went well beyond our wildest expectations providing us with culinary delights that expanded both our taste buds and wastelines. Thanks Cathy for the extra 10 pounds!
So many new additions to whole operation last summer! New floating docks on Otter Island, more cedar strip boats, a whole new fleet of Evinrude outboards, new roofs on Loch Island and dock work all over. With the 2015 season just a few short months away, we have so much more in store! We've got cabin renovations at Camp Lochalsh, Otter Island, Sandy Bay and Loch Island, more cedar strip boats on order and a large scale two year project on Loch Island that we are sure will surprise everyone when it's done!
If you haven't already booked for 2015, drop by and see us at one of the sport shows this winter. We're excited about the future and hope you'll all be a part of it! See you all this summer!
Isle of Jordan is quickly becoming our most popular outpost cabin and once you've seen it, you'll know why instantly. It's location at the center of the lake is perfect for both spring time shallow water and summer deep water fishing.
Last season we did install a dock on the back side of Isle of Jordan. The new dock can be moved to wherever it's needed and we are still tweaking the area we want to put it in. It is removable and can accommodate two of our cedar strip boats with ease.
This upcoming season, we are planning on purchasing a new generator at Isle of Jordan. The roof is now complete and we also would like to upgrade the forced air heating system already in place there. A new propane furnace will connect perfectly to the existing ductwork which would allow guests to adjust the heat for the cabin on the wall mounted thermostat rather than using the wood burning insert in the fireplace! First class all the way at Isle of Jordan!
New for 2014 we purchased 15 new Evinrude four stroke 15 h.p. electric start outboards. These motors use the the same powerhead as our Mercury 15 h.p. four stroke electric start outboards. Our whole fleet of outboards are all four stroke 15 h.p. electric start now with no motor over 4 years old in service for rental.
He was a great dog, without a doubt. Famous for consuming left over baked beans at shore lunch then sharing with all of us later in the day. He didn't do too much, kind of a lazy boy, but his presence was felt as he was indeed a "grey ghost."
Schaefer joined our family in 2004 as a young puppy while we were exhibiting at the "Outdoorama" sport show in Detroit. It was the last day of the show when we picked him out of his litter from the back of a minivan. He was the defective runt of his litter, with acne all over but you could tell the love just flowed from him. We all miss him dearly but his legacy for bean consumption will live on forever!
Schaefer as a puppy
Schaefer as an adult
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