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.
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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