Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd.
Thank you to everyone for making 2012 our best year for guest numbers since purchasing the camp in 2008. It and all of us have certainly changed since then and all for the better! Now, if only the US exchange would improve out of the negative side all would be very well.
Nungesser had the earliest ice out of April 7, 2012 that anyone can remember. We were there that weekend revamping the Lodge cabin and couldn’t believe how fast it went. Over forty rock markers where put out by us and one of the other Lodges on the lake and this helped considerably with keeping the number of lower units damaged down. Only four this year compared to thirteen last year. By no means where all hazards marked but we covered the most “popular” ones. Also, a prop and lower unit check list similar to renting a car was introduced this year and this was well received.
The weather at the beginning of the season was pretty cold and rainy and one of the week’s groups only got to go out fishing for two and a half days because of the blowing wind and rain. Things changed later on when we really heated up. Not as much as some of the States but quite warm for us. People let us know that they were so happy to come up to our “cool” 85 plus degree weather.
The Lodge cabin remodel was completed over the winter and people liked and enjoyed the changes that were made. No longer do people feel they are being punished when put there but are now asking for this particular cabin. Later on in the season a new shingled roof was put on both the TV room and cabin side. All the bedrooms in the Lodge and Cabin 9 have been painted.
Doug built a greenhouse up the hill by our house out of scrap lumber and windows. Despite seeding late we still got all kinds of legal plants such as beets, beans, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. We purchased and barged in a second white truck which will be converted next year to haul luggage. It is an extendacab so it will help bring in people as well.
Due to all the bad weather and wind earlier this year we had divers come and untangle the metal chains that hold down the fronts of the docks. They brought up several lawn chairs, minnow buckets and all sorts of other items while under water.
The oldest guest we had this year was 88 years old. He didn’t quite make it through the whole week but we were happy that he picked our camp to come to as this is where he asked his son to bring him. The biggest Northern caught that was reported to us was a 50 incher by Danny Holloway close to the end of season.
The longest and most brilliant display of Northern Lights we saw all year was during the week when we had only two guests in camp.
Nungesser Lake Lodge has a new Youtube video thanks to Tourism Red Lake association. You can check it out by going on www.tourismredlake.ca or go to Google or some other search engine and copy the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcwhjwNaiAE&feature=plcp
The trail from the river into camp was in great shape this year due to the hard work of our staff and the use of the tractor, many people commented on it. We had a trail camera on and saw tracks of caribou, deer and one wolf but never did get a picture. We did have a camp fox for a while but he must have found a better area elsewhere.
Three of our hunters had success by taking all males bears the first day. Two of them went back out the next day just to do some taping and got some awesome footage at the stands.
Not one single bear wondered through or came into camp this year. This is the first time that this has happened to us since our taking over. I know that this was a disappointment to some of you (right Jon?) but we were glad for it.
There was a heavy, wet early snow on October 4 and this damaged a lot of the trees in the river and on the trail to camp. After many hours of cutting Doug and his boys went hunting at their cabin on the other end of the lake and had success by bringing in two calf moose. Thirteen moose were seen over all. This same storm caused a power outage in the Red Lake area which lasted over 30 hours.
Many changes have been planned for the 2013 season. Shingles for Cabins 1, 2 and 3 have been purchased and will be put up. Room safes will be installed in each cabin for the people who used to ask us to hold their belongings for them. There will be a $20 charge only if the key is lost. Coin operated washer and dryer will be available for use. We now have a scale for the bear hunter’s use so there will be no more “guestimating”.
Our winter projects include making bed side tables and larger shelves to store items as well as a new set of cupboards for Cabin 3. There will also be changes and updates on our web site shortly. We have ordered 12 new Yamaha motors and one G3 boat so there will be no more Merc’s left anywhere in camp.
The Super 8 hotel in Red Lake is now complete with 65 rooms and reservation information can be obtained either by going on line at www.super8.com or calling them directly at 807-727-8888. There are several other options in Red Lake and area and this should help accommodate everyone needing a place to stay the night prior to heading to camp.
We will be attending the All Canada, St. Charles Sport Show from January 10 to 13, 2013. Further information for this show can be found at www.allcanada.com. We are at the same booth as in other years.
March 1 to 3, 2013 we will be once again attending the Iowa Deer Classic in Des Moines. You can check out www.iowashows.com to find out more information. As we only have a couple of days between shows we are wanting to visit with one of Doug’s hunting friends at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. He is 94 years old so are hoping that he continues to be well so we can spend some time with him. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport show is on March 6 to 10, and you can check out the show by going to www.milwuakeesportsshow.com and following the links.
The Opening day of fishing season is May 18, 2013, with the first week being May 17 to 24. There will be no price increase for the 2013 season.
When our computer had its melt down earlier this year we lost a lot of e-mail addresses. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.