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. 

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