Spring 2015

Hello to you from  Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd

It has been a long, cold winter indeed.  The temperatures have been going up and down in a wide swing between with great frequency.  Quite a few people have been sick this winter (or sick of winter) due to the extremes.

There are only about two feet of ice on the lake with several feet of snow on top of this. Hopefully, this should make for a quick ice out this spring.  Some of the drifts between cabins are over six feet high.   But at least it is not like they have in Boston. 

You will be happy to hear that the construction on the Nungesser bridge is complete so no more traffic delays on either side.  During the winters the road gets heavily used by trucks to deliver goods to the Northern reserves. 

Last winter the TV show “Ice Road Truckers” aired several episodes featuring our area.  This reality TV program can be found on the History channel.  

Thank you to everyone who took the time to see us at the Duluth, Indianapolis and Milwaukee Sport shows.  Some to take a brochure, some to share some stories or to catch us up on their lives since the last time we saw them.   

At times the weather was terrible and we appreciate you travelling for several hours to join us at the shows.  That being said, the last day of the Milwaukee show it was 46 degrees.  People must be tough around there as we saw quite a few people out with shorts and T-shirts on.  

For those of you who may remember Doug’s oldest son Ryan who worked at the Lodge for many years (who was nicknamed “Bugsy”) he and his wife are making Doug a first time grandfather (Opa) sometime around the first week of June.  All signs indicate that they are having a boy.  Let the spoiling begin! 

There is more good news with an increase in the US exchange which means your US dollars will go farther in Canada once again.  Also, so far the price of gas is down, so hopefully it will continue into the summer.  Due partly to this information there will be no price increase for the season. 

We have purchased a new generator for the camp and will use the one we purchased seven years ago as our back-up.  We have taken out the big 50 KW Diesel generator for the smaller, more fuel-efficient one. 

New LED lights were purchased for the sides of the pontoon boat for easier travel in low light conditions.  This will help with early morning check-out and during bear hunting season.

We have found more information about being able to use the enhanced driver’s license to return to the US from Canada by land or sea travel.  The States that currently allow their usage are Michigan, New York, Vermont, Washington and Minnesota. In those States it is only a few selectlocationsthat have the capability of issuing the cards.   You must be 18 to apply and various other conditions must be met. 

There is also a passport card available that qualifies for land and sea travel between Canada and the States. This card is available for all US citizens in any State and can be used by younger children.    Neither the enhanced driver’s license nor the passport card have been approved for use in air travel.  More information on either of these cards is available at www.dmv.org.

Doug will be making two charcoal grills to be placed at both ends of camp.  We will have charcoal briquettes for purchase or you may bring your own.  The propane grills will still be on your decks.  

New lake maps have been created to include more detail on the Nungesser River and other updated information.  If you would like a copy please let us know. 

There are now two openings for bear hunters the week of August 14 to 21, 2015.  There are several openings available for the following weeks.   Please call or e-mail us for further information. 

Walleye season opens officially on May 16 with the first guests arriving May 15, 2015.  Our season concludes the week of September 11 to 18, 2015. 

We have been thinking about adding a few new and different locations to our sport show circuit.  Please feel free to forward any suggestions to us that you think would be good to go to.  So far we have heard about Sioux Falls, Minneapolis, La Crosse, Omaha and Fargo.  Any input into these and other shows would be appreciated. 

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on.

We want to give Thanks to everyone who recommend our place to others.  To the people who post photos on their office wall, share stories with co-workers and friends or chat people up at a gas station along the way, we really appreciate the endorsement.

It is an honor to have you choose Nungesser Lake Lodge as the place to come together year after year with family and friends to create life long memories. 

Doug and Cathy

Fall 2014

Hello to you from  Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd

Opening week was stressful again this year as the ice did not leave the lake until May 22 and not all parts were open until a couple of days after that.  After last year’s late ice out many people waited until our second week of season before coming into camp.  Fishing was phenomenal and many people have told us it was the best they have ever seen. 

The water was high at the beginning of the year and this helped with fewer lower units and props having to be replaced.  We and one other camp placed markers in new and other older “popular” spots to help with navigation.  Because the water was so high many of the usual problem areas were now safely under water but the rocks usually up on top of the water became new hazards. 

The new Boat cache on Farrer Lake was popular and people found it held many smaller Northerns quite a few walleye and the occasional perch.  Because that lake is strictly catch and release they are all still there for you to try next year. 

Four regular boats have been replaced this year and there will be another four replaced next year.  We have a total of eight of the upgrade boats and if you would like to book these it is better to do so as soon as you decide you might like to have them.  Some weeks all of the upgrades are already booked out.

We all had to contend with the construction on the Nungesser Bridge all summer long with up to one hour delays.  It was particularly frustrating on the days that we had to go back and forth and ended up getting stopped every time.  However, they did not usually start until everyone had already left camp early on Friday mornings.  It was completed a couple of days after we closed camp on September 20, 2014.

The biggest change this year was having Doug around the camp full time.  He had officially retired from his other job April of this year after almost twenty nine years there.  Many outstanding projects were completed and others are getting closer to being finished.   The new kitchen cupboards were put in Cabins 1 and 2.  The ceiling in Cabin 1 has been paneled.  The fish house and various other buildings got levelled.  One of the tasks we are planning on completing next year is putting electric outlets in all of the bedrooms and bathrooms of every cabin.  We are hoping to shingle the roofs of the remaining cabins that were not completed last year.

Two separate groups held memorial services on Nungesser Lake this year.  Signs have been placed in their loved one’s memory.  Our oldest person in camp this year was ninety six year old Grama who came out to say good bye to her son. 

We had a special visitor come to camp and he allowed us to take pictures of him with the kids.  Thanks so much to Santa Bob for being such a good sport.  Thanks to the kids that week for posing with him for our Facebook page. 

We had an excellent bear hunt this year with all nine of our hunters being successful.  Our new areas and stands are paying off with many locations being hit the first day that bait was put out.  We had two uniquely colored bears come in on the baits and get picked up on the trail cameras.  The cinnamon striped bear was harvested but the “skunk” looking bear is still around for one lucky hunter next year.

Also, a variety of animals were seen including a caribou, a couple of rabbits and two bears fighting.  Pictures can be seen on our Facebook page.

We have had several inquiries about bear hunting next season so if you are interested we still have a few spots available. 

Doug went out moose hunting on Nungesser Lake with three of his four sons and a nephew and they saw five moose but not the right kind for their tags.  That is hunting!

For the first time we will be attending the Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV show from February 18 to 22, 2015 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.  You can check out the show by going to www.shamrockprod.com. 

For the second year, we will be attending the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show held at the Indiana State Fair Grounds but ONLY for the dates of February 26 to March 1, 2015, during the Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl portion of the show. More information can be obtained at www.indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com

Once again we will be at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport show which is on March 4 to 8, 2015 and you can check out the show by going to www.milwuakeesportsshow.com and following the links. This is being held at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center in West Allis, Wisconsin. 

We have new brochures printed and if you would like a copy please let us know and we will send you one. 

There will be no price increase for the 2015 season.  The rates shown on the web site of www.nungesserlake.com are what will be charged. 

The Opening day of fishing season is May 15, 2015, with the first week being May 14 to 22, 2015.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have. 

We will be away off and on throughout the winter until we begin to attend Sport shows starting mid February 2015, but can always be contacted either by calling our cell phone number of 1-807-728-2368 or e-mailing to our address of info@nungesserlake.com

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on.

Doug and Cathy

Spring 2014

Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd.

The spring and summer of 2013 arrived late with stress inducing worries of ice out prior to opening week.  We may very well be in that position again for 2014.  Red Lake has experienced what was determined to be the coldest month of November this century.  Into December it never improved with school bus and airplane cancellations and airport closures.  And it has continued all the way into March with more records being broken to include more than minus 40 before the “brisk” winds.  When the temperatures improved we got anywhere between four and eight inches of snow at one time.  The snow banks in our driveway are over 8 feet high. There is serious concern about the health and welfare of wild animals with the temperatures and high snow.  Over all the snow is at least four feet deep.  That being said because the snow is so deep it has an insulating factor and the ice may go out quickly once it gets going. 

From our travels around different states in the US it looks like they didn’t fare any better.  We have heard talk of propane and natural gas shortages as well as municipalities running out of sand, salt and snow plowing budget.  Frozen water lines have become an issue in quite a few different cities, towns and municipalities with the frost having been driven more than a yard deeper than normal.  The school kids have had so many missed days that they are going to have to find out ways to make up for lost time.  Different school districts are finding different ways of doing this.

We attended the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo in the Schaumburg Convention Center on January 23 to 26, 2014 and it was brutally cold there too. Thank you to everyone who bundled up to come out and see us.  On the way home from that show we woke up in Virginia, Minnesota to minus 51. 

After that show we went to the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show held at the Indiana State Fair Grounds from February 14 to 23, 2014.  They had an all-time high attendance record for the second weekend.  It was a 10 day show and in the 11 days we were there we experienced enough snow to send the school kids home and have people leave work early, one day of 59 degrees, a tornado warning and freezing rain.  We thank everyone who took the time to come and visit with us or join us for a meal. 

We once again went to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport show which is on March 5 to 9, 2014 that is held at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center in West Allis, Wisconsin.  The weather was not so bad, but the wind certainly had a bite to it.  There was also a wonderful attendance to this show as there has been in years past.  Thanks again to everyone who drove for hours to spend time with us. 

Questions regarding passport requirements have been brought up many times at all the shows. The best information that we have come up with is if you are a citizen of the United States, you do not need a passport to enter Canada.  However, you should carry proof of your citizenship, such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization, as well as photo identification. If you are a permanent resident of Canada or the U.S, you should bring your Permanent Resident Card with you.

However, it states that all US citizens must present a passport book, passport card, or other WHTI-compliant document for entry into the U.S. by land and water. Children under age 16 will be able to continue crossing land and sea borders using only a U.S. birth certificate or other form of U.S. citizenship such as a naturalization certificate. See the Department of Homeland Security's Ready, Set, Go! for more information on the changing travel requirements.

The passport card will facilitate entry and expedite document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The card may not be used to travel by air. It will otherwise carry the rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book and will be adjudicated to the exact same standards.  

Final document requirements for travel by land and water were implemented on June 1, 2009. More information can be obtained by visiting the US Department of State at www.travel.state.gov or the Canadian Border Services Agency.  The Border Service Agency information is available on our web site www.nungesserlake.com under the “Plan your Trip” category.  

Doug will be officially retired from Moffatt Supply on April 30, 2014.  He will be full time out at camp this season.  We will still be going into town on Mondays so will ask everyone on Sunday evening if they have a grocery order.  We will be stocking basic supplies at camp if someone has forgotten something or run out of an item. 

A new boat cache into Farrer Lake has been granted to us.  There will be a path to the lake where our guests can access two boats with motors for a day of catch and release fishing.  It has been years since anyone has fished this lake so it should have some major walleye and northern action.  

There will be a price increase of the 25 HP motor insurance from $40 per week to $50 per week. All other prices remain the same.  Due to the Canadian dollar’s recent decline the US exchange is now in your favor for the first time in several years.  This should make a noticeable decline in your travel expenses.  At present the exchange is $1 US equals $1.11 Canadian.  Every indication is that this shall remain for some time.  

Four new 18 foot Alumarine, split seat boats have been ordered and will arrive at the beginning of the season.

 We are planning on going onto the lake and refurbishing the picnic areas as time allows. 

The new sets of cupboards to be put into cabins 1 and 2 are ready and will be installed early in the year. 

The coin operated washer and dryer will be available for use right away.  The machines take Canadian dollar coins (loonies) and we will have change up at the house.  The washer will be $5.00 and the dryer $3.00.  We do have soap powder and dryer sheets for sale at $1.50 each.  

Cabins 5, 6, 8 and the staff quarters are all slated for getting new roofs and rain gutters this year. 

The first week (August 15 to 22) of bear hunting has the maximum amount of people, but there is still room the following weeks.  We had plenty of interest in the bear hunting at our sports shows so please let us know if you would like to come.  We have purchased 4 new stands and will be trying other areas in our newly extended range.  The cinnamon bear that we have been watching for two years is still around! 

There is a two year pilot project in several wildlife management areas to try and re-instate the Spring Bear Hunt into Ontario.  None of these areas are close to us.  Once this study is complete there may be further movement towards an open hunt for all.  Until that time we are still restricted to a fall only hunt. 

The Opening day of fishing season is May 17, 2014, with the first week being May 16 to 23, 2014. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have. 

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on. Our e-mail address is info@nungesserlake.com. 

Fall 2013

Hello to you from  Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd

Opening week was a stressful one as the ice did not leave the lake until May 17 and not all parts were open until a couple of days after that. Many groups cancelled out and came later on in the year as there was no assurance that they wouldn’t be travelling many, many miles just to sit in the cabins and not be able to go out.   The one morning we woke up to ice clogging our bay as the wind had changed during the night and pushed it all in on us.      

A large, new sign for the river landing at the road was commissioned from Burton Penner of Vermilion Bay and we think he did a great job.  He also did two other signs for the second river landing and in camp. You can see more of his art work at www.canada-dogsled.com.   

Cabins 1 through 5 all got new shingles on their roofs this year.  Rain gutters were installed on all of the roofs that we have replaced in the last two years, as well as the fish house, cabins 7 and 9.  Cabins 6, 8 and the staff quarters are all slated for getting new roofs next year.   

Cabin 3 got a new kitchen installed and we have ordered sets of cupboards to be put into cabins 1 and 2 for the beginning of 2014.  Pictures of the finished project can be seen on our Facebook page.   

The coin operated washer and dryer finally went into operation about a month before the end of season.  Next year they will be available for use right away.   

Major changes have been made to the Nungesser Lake Lodge web site with more information, pages, menus and pictures.  Many thanks to our administrator (Doug’s much, much younger brother) for making the site look great!

The new room safes and kitchen shelving units were well received and many people told us they were happy to have no more Mercury motors at camp.  Four new 18 foot, split seat boats have been ordered and will arrive at the beginning of the new season. 

There is new Youtube video. You can check it out by clicking this link, going on our web site and Facebook page or go onto Youtube and type in “Doug Van Dusen” and “Heavy Duty Can Crusher”.  It explains about the unit that was designed and made to crush our recyclable cans.  The can crusher project was two years in the making and after several modifications is now running smoothly. 

The week that the bear hunters arrived turned out to be one of the hottest of the year.  Day time temperatures were into the 90’s and with high humidity, it did not even cool off very much after dark.  Three of the five managed to get their animals.  Between the heat and the bumper blueberry crop it was a tough go.  The nice cinnamon bear that we see on our trail cameras is still in the area.   

Six tree stands have been built in our new bear management area across the lake and we are anxious to try them out next year.   

Some of the strangest catches this season include a rock, an old Evinrude 20 HP motor cover from the 70’s and a 40 inch Northern that wrapped itself into the line of a marker buoy.  Photographic evidence was produced so we know it wasn’t a “fish tale”.   

Doug was away for the moose hunting season but his sons and nephew managed to get a nice bull.  When we went up to check things out at camp this weekend and there is about four inches of snow up at Nungesser already while the town of  Red Lake only has a light dusting on the grass. 

For the first time we will be attending the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo in the Schaumburg Convention Center on January 23 to 26, 2014.    Further information for this show can be found at www.sportshows.com/chicago/.   We had attended the All Canada sport show in St. Charles for five years and it was time to try a different one.   

Also for the first time we will be attending the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show held at the Indiana State Fair Grounds from February 14 to 23, 2014.  We have never attended a 10 day show before so are interested to see how it works out.  More information can be obtained at www.indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com

Once again we will be at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport show which is on March 5 to 9, 2014 and you can check out the show by going to www.milwuakeesportsshow.com and following the links. This is held at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center in West Allis, Wisconsin. 

The Opening day of fishing season is May 17, 2014, with the first week being May 16 to 23, 2014.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.  We have been away but now should be home until we begin to attend Sport shows starting January 2014.   

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on. Our e-mail address is info@nungesserlake.com.

Spring 2013

Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd.!

The winter of 2012 – 2013 has been quite memorable.  If it wasn’t minus 40 (same on both scales) it has been plus 5 (your 40 degrees).  Although it hovered at minus 40 for more than two weeks sometimes it would take just a couple of days to go from one temperature extreme to the other and back.  We have more than five feet of snow here so low water this spring shouldn’t be a problem. Last year in March we had unseasonably high temperatures of up to plus 23 (73 F) so this is more like we are used to. 

In November Doug and I went to Las Vegas to stimulate their local economy and to hear the “Eagles” play as my 50th Birthday present.  We took a side trip to Santa Monica and enjoyed every minute of the warm weather walking down the pier and the shopping on the 3rd street promenade. 

In January we attended our last year at the St. Charles All Canada Sport show.  There were far less booths and quite a few less people attending the event as in previous years.  We will be looking around for other shows to attend during that time period.  Shortly after we got home from that we headed back out to the Fiji Island of Vanua Levu with another couple.  If you ever get a chance to go to the Koro Sun Resort in the town of Savu Savu you are sure to have a wonderful experience, we highly recommend them. 

The trip we quite unforgettable and the scenery was beautiful with many different shades of green. On the boat out on the ocean on our dolphin tour Doug commented that the motor was not running properly.  On the way back from chasing the elusive mammals and snorkeling we ran out of gas, Doug the mechanic was right.  Good thing there were two boats out that day as we had to be towed quite a long ways in.  There was some concern that the tow boat would also run out of gas before heading to land.  No life jackets, satellite phone or paddles on board.   

We did go deep sea fishing and caught several types of fish.  A little different technique and bait than at Nungesser but we managed quite well all the same.  One person on our plane decided that she liked the ocean fish well enough to take some back in her suitcase.  After an 11 hour flight from Nadi Island to Los Angeles, the heat and various other delays, the fish did not fare so well.  Some other people’s baggage was affected also.  We stayed overnight in LA and attended one of the first NHL games after the strike with the Ducks slamming the Kings 7 to 4.

The Iowa Deer Classic was well attended.  Many of the people coming in were very happy to hear that we had been approved for a brand new bear management area on the north shore of Nungesser Lake.  All of the tags that we were given for that new area have been sold for this year.  Our present bear management area has been extended with eight new tags given and some of those are still available.  So many people have inquired about a hunting only package with no fishing involved that we are now offering this as well.  Pricing is available on-line. We will be coming back to this show next year. 

After checking with our insurance company we are still able to provide permanent stands for bear hunters to use in our areas as long as they bring the appropriate safety gear and harness and we supply an orientation on proper hunting safety and procedures. 

In between the Iowa Deer Classic and the last sport show there was just enough time to visit a friend in Iberia, Missouri where Doug has gone turkey hunting many times.  Wally is 94 years young and doing very well for his age.  Generally that time of year it is quite beautiful with the flowers blooming and the grass green but everything was coved in snow.

The snow followed us to Milwaukee causing closures and accidents all along the way.  It seemed like storms have followed us on every trip down from January on.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport Show was also very well attended with the Saturday being the highest attendance in over five years.  We will be coming back to this show next year. Thank you to everyone who contacted, stopped in to visit or went out to dinner with us at all three shows. 

The 2013 walleye fishing season opens May 18 with our first guests coming in on May 17, 2013.  There are still various openings available and changes all the time so please contact us if the opportunity to come fishing or hunting arises.  If anyone in your group has a pleasure craft operator’s card please have them bring that with them.  The Mercury motors have now been completely phased out and all the Yamahas will be three years or less.  Many of you will be happy to hear this!  Especially Mike and Jeff!!

There are shingles waiting to be put up on the roofs of Cabins 1, 2 and 3.  Cabin 3 is also getting a new set of cupboards to replace the impractical ones.  Each cabin will have its own lock box so you can lock up your valuables.  There will be no charge for this unless you lose the key.  The coin operated washing machine and dryer will be up and running and supplies will be available for purchase. 

By the time you get this there should be major changes to be seen on the web-site.  We are visiting with the web master and his family (who happens to be Doug’s youngest brother) in Phoenix and finally bringing him the information to make the changes. 

One big change that you will notice when you cross the border into Canada is that the penny has been discontinued.  Invoices paid for by check, debit or credit card will be unaffected.  If paying by cash your prices will be rounded up or down to the nearest five cent increment.  This will happen after applicable sales taxes have been implemented.  For example something costing $1.88 will be rounded up to $1.90.  If it is $1.86 it will be rounded down to $1.85. 

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on. Our e-mail address is info@nungesserlake.com. We will be at our home number of 1-807-727-2028 until May 6, 2013 and then out at the camp 1-647-478-2904 after that so please feel free to contact us at either number.  You may also try our cell phone at 807-728-2368.