The 30 Largest Fly-In Fishing Outpost Lakes in Ontario

I thought it would be interesting to get an idea of the size of the various fly-in fishing outpost lakes and rivers located throughout Ontario. Unfortunately, this information isn't available for many lakes. So, I devised methods to calculate the surface area and shoreline (including islands) for each lake and river that hosts a fly-in fishing outpost. Of course, I first compared my results to a selection of those published by the MNR and found them to be consistently within 5 to 10%, which I thought was acceptable especially considering I excluded islands from my surface area calculation.  Regardless, it's a relative comparsion so the rankings would be consistent   Also, for the few river outposts I used a distance of 15 kM (9 miles) upstream and downstream of the outpost for my calculations as long as there wasn't a physical barrier like a waterfall.

 

In total, there are 630 different lakes and rivers hosting fly-in outpost camps in Ontario. At least, that's the data I have collected after a comprehesive search of the internet. So, what does a typical fly-in fishing lake look like? Well, it has a surface area of 4.54 km2 (1.75 square miles)or 1,121 acres and a shoreline spanning 38.5 km (23.9 miles). That's about 850 football fields.  Apisabigo and Odin Lakes are good examples of typical fly-in fishing outpost lakes in terms of size and shape.

 

Top 30 Largest Outpost Lakes fp Odin Lake typical outpost lake 2

 

What about the largest lakes? The largest 5% of the lakes have a surface area over 53 km2 (20.7 square miles) or 13,224 acres and a shoreline spanning 320 km (199 miles). That's almost the same area as Manhattan, New York!  Below, I present the 30 largest fly-in fishing outpost lakes in Ontario.   I figured, bigger must be better, right?   More water, more opportunites, more species and BIGGER FISH!   Of course, I honestly don't know if that is true or not, but it is a logical assumption given the larger abundance of available forage.    Now, the downside is that larger lakes often means more outposts, private camps and resorts.    As you go through the "top 30" list below you will notice that most of them have multiple outposts and several host fly-in fishing resorts. 

 

All the maps are marked with stars to indicated the fly-in fishing outposts (red), fly-in fishing resorts (magenta), unknown/unused/private cabins and outposts identified with aerial photos (orange), First Nations (blue), public access points (green) and towns (black).   The first 28 maps all use the same scale, while the two largest lakes use a smaller scale and are half the size as the rest.

 

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The 30 Largest Fly-In Fishing Outpost Lakes in Ontario

I thought it would be interesting to get an idea of the size of the various fly-in fishing outpost lakes and rivers located throughout Ontario. Unfortunately, this information isn't available for many lakes. So, I devised methods to calculate the surface area and shoreline (including islands) for each lake and river that hosts a fly-in fishing outpost. Of course, I first compared my results to a selection of those published by the MNR and found them to be consistently within 5 to 10%, which I thought was acceptable especially considering I excluded islands from my surface area calculation.  Regardless, it's a relative comparsion so the rankings would be consistent   Also, for the few river outposts I used a distance of 15 kM (9 miles) upstream and downstream of the outpost for my calculations as long as there wasn't a physical barrier like a waterfall.

 

In total, there are 630 different lakes and rivers hosting fly-in outpost camps in Ontario. At least, that's the data I have collected after a comprehesive search of the internet. So, what does a typical fly-in fishing lake look like? Well, it has a surface area of 4.54 km2 (1.75 square miles)or 1,121 acres and a shoreline spanning 38.5 km (23.9 miles). That's about 850 football fields.  Apisabigo and Odin Lakes are good examples of typical fly-in fishing outpost lakes in terms of size and shape.

 

Top 30 Largest Outpost Lakes fp Odin Lake typical outpost lake 2

 

What about the largest lakes? The largest 5% of the lakes have a surface area over 53 km2 (20.7 square miles) or 13,224 acres and a shoreline spanning 320 km (199 miles). That's almost the same area as Manhattan, New York!  Below, I present the 30 largest fly-in fishing outpost lakes in Ontario.   I figured, bigger must be better, right?   More water, more opportunites, more species and BIGGER FISH!   Of course, I honestly don't know if that is true or not, but it is a logical assumption given the larger abundance of available forage.    Now, the downside is that larger lakes often means more outposts, private camps and resorts.    As you go through the "top 30" list below you will notice that most of them have multiple outposts and several host fly-in fishing resorts. 

 

All the maps are marked with stars to indicated the fly-in fishing outposts (red), fly-in fishing resorts (magenta), unknown/unused/private cabins and outposts identified with aerial photos (orange), First Nations (blue), public access points (green) and towns (black).   The first 28 maps all use the same scale, while the two largest lakes use a smaller scale and are half the size as the rest.

 

Click on the lake name below to expand the section.    Click on the lake map to view the lake on a Google Map in a new window.

 

#30. Kezik Lake

Kezik Largest 30 GM SNL

 

The surface area of Kezik Lake is 56 km2 (22 square miles) or 13,739 acres with a shoreline of 475 km (295 miles). The lake is predominantly a Walleye and Northern Pike fishery. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

Kezik Lake is centrally located in Western Ontario within the Cat River system. The lake is appears to be comprised of five or six sections connected by narroways.

 

There are three fly-in fishing outposts on this lake (red stars), all of which are operated by Knobby's Fly-In Lodge & Outposts.

 

#29. Keezhik Lake

Keezhik Largest 29 GM cnl

 

The surface area of Keezhik lake is 56 km2 (22 square miles) or 13,780 acres with a shoreline of 231 km (145 miles). You can fish for Walleye, Northern Pike and Brook Trout on Keezhik Lake and it's tributaries. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

Keezhik Lake is located in the centre of Ontario, north of Wabakimi Provincial Park. Water flows from Miminiska Lake, which is part of the Albany River system, from the south into Keezhik Lake. The lake is comprised of three large sections, in which the northernmost section is connected to both a southern and eastern section.

 

There is one fly-in fishing outpost operated by Northern Outposts (red star) and a private home owned by the Wapoose family (orange star). These two outposts are located directly across a bay from eachother where the northern and southern sections of the lake connect.

 

#28. Chipai Lake

 Chipai Largest 28 GM cnl

 

The surface area of Chipai Lake is 61 km2 (24 square miles) or 14,914 acres with a shoreline of 433 km (269 miles). You can fish for both Walleye and Northern Pike on this lake. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

Chipai Lake is located in Northern Ontario near the Winisk River Provincial Park and is a very irregularly shaped lake made up of numerous interconnected long and narrow stretches of water and is part of the Winisk River system. The major outflow in this system is the Winisk River to the north while water inflows from the Pipestone River system and adjacent lakes. Chipai is connected to Wapikopa Lake to the west and Kanuchuan Lake to the east.

 

There is one private or unused camp (orange star) and one fly-in fishing outpost camp (red star) operated by Moccassin Trails Adventures on Chipai Lake. The outpost is located on the southeast section of the lake where Chipai connects with Kanuchuan Lake. Moccassin Trails Adventures also operates fly-in fishing outpost camps on Wapikopa and Kanuchuan Lakes.

 

#27. Shikag Lake

Shikag Largest 27 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Shikag Lake is 62 km2 (24 square miles) or 15,123 acres with a shoreline of 191 km (119 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass

 

Shikag Lake is located in the southern half of western Ontario and is about 20 kM (12 miles) east of highway 599. The lake connects to Palette Lake on the west end, Willow Lake on the north end and Pipio Lake on the east.

 

There are three fly-in fishing outposts (red stars) and a fly-in fishing resort (magenta star) all operated by Moose Point Lodge, as well as one private or unused camp (orange star), located on Shikag Lake. There is also a fly-in fishing outpost located on connecting Pipio Lake. In addition, there may be limited road access to Palette lake through logging roads.

 

#26. Marmion Lake

Marmion largest 26 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Marmion Lake is 62 km2 (24 square miles) or 15,208 acres with a shoreline of 541 km (336 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass.

 

Marmion Lake is located about 15 kM north of the town of Atikokan, Ontario along highway 622, which passes along the southern edge of the lake. There is a hydroelectric damn going across the lake effectively separating it into two independent sections. There is road access to both sections of the lake (green stars), although the northern end is more remote and only has logging road access.

 

Water flows out of Marmion Lake into Finlayson Lake on the northwest end through a damn, thus there is no water access. The southern section of Marmion Lake is connected to chain of lakes at the southeast end.

 

There is a single fly-in fishing outpost camp (red star) on Marmion lake, in the northern section (Sawbill Bay), that is operated by Canoe Canada Outfitters. There are also two private or unused camps on the southern section of lake (orange stars).

 

#25. Biscotasi Lake

Biscotasi Largest 25 GM cnl

 

The surface area of Biscotasi Lake is 62 km2 (24 square miles) or 15,229 acres with a shoreline of 655 km (407 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike and Whitefish.

 

Biscotasi Lake is about 140 kM (87 miles) northwest of Sudbury, Ontario and is located within the Biscotasi Lake Provinical Park. The lake is made up of four narrow arms and looks something like an inverted N. Biscotasi Lake connects to Ramsey Lake at the southwest end and to Indian Lake at the south end. Water flows out of the lake into the Spanish River at the south end of the northern arm of the lake.

 

The small town of Biscotasing (black star) is also located on the shores of Biscotasi Lake and is the main access point into the Biscotasi Lake Provincial Park. Access to the town and lake is through logging roads (green stars).

 

There is a drive-to fishing resort (magenta star) as well as numerous private cottages and boat in outpost camps (orange stars) located throughout the lake. There is a single fly-in fishing outpost (red star) operated by Sudbury Aviation Fly-In Outposts located at the southern end of the lake where Biscotasi connects to Ramsey and Indian Lakes.

 

#25. McInnes Lake

 McInnes largest 24 GM ncl

 

The surface area of McInnes Lake is 62 km2 (24 square miles) or 15,307 acres with a shoreline of 312 km (194 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout and Whitefish. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

McInnes Lake is located in northwestern Ontario about 120 kM (75 miles) north of Red Lake, Ontario. The lake is relatively long and narrow; and splits into two arms at the north end and has several bays along the east side of the lake. Water enters from the south from Dolphin Lake via a small creek and exits at the northeastern arm through McInnes River to Critchell Lake.

 

There are three fly-in fishing outpost camps (red stars) along the east side of McInnes Lake operated by Viking Outposts. They also operate fly-in fishing outposts on adjacent Dolphin and Critchell Lakes. Access to these lakes is via portage only as the waterways between the lakes are not navigable by boat .

 

#23. Makokibatan Lake

Makokabatan largest 23 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Makokibatan Lake is 62 km2 (24 square miles) or 15,398 acres with a shoreline of 312 km (194 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike. Traveling down into the river provides opportunities for Brook Trout fishing as well. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

Makokibatan Lake is located in central Ontario within the Albany River Provinical Park, northeast of Lake Nipigon and east of Wabakimi Provincial Park. The lake is located along the Albany River System and is essentially a widening of the river. Water flows into the lake from the south from Hebner Lake and from the west along the Albany River from Abazotikichuan Lake. The outflow is at the east end of the lake into the Albany River and eventually leading to Washi and Teabeau Lakes. The waterways connecting all these lakes contain several rapids which may or may not be navigable by boat.

 

There is one fly-in fishing outpost camp (red star) located at the east end of the lake near the outflow to the Albany River that is operated by Wilderness North. They also operate a fly-in fishing lodge on this lake located about 7 kM (4 miles) west of the outpost camp (magenta star). There are also two additional private or unused outpost cabins located on the north side of the lake (orange star). There are also fly-in fishing outpost camps located on connecting Abazotikichuan, Hebner, Washi and Teabeau Lakes.

 

#22. Kanuchuan Lake

 Kanuchuan largest 22 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Kanuchuan Lake is 66 km2 (25 square miles) or 16,267 acres with a shoreline of 492 km (306 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

Like Chipai Lake, Kanuchuan Lake is located in Northern Ontario just west of, and partly within, the Winisk River Provincial Park. It is a very irregularly shaped lake made up of numerous interconnected long and narrow stretches of water and is part of the Winisk River system. The major outflow in this system is the Winisk River to the north and water inflows from the Pipestone River system and adjacent lakes. Kanuchuan is connected to Chipai Lake to the west and Winisk Lake to the east.

 

There is one fly-in fishing outpost camp (red star) located at the north end of the lake operated by Moccassin Trails AdventuresMoccassin Trails Adventures also operates fly-in fishing outpost camps on connecting Chipai and Wapikopa Lakes.

 

#21. Miniss Lake

Miniss largest 21 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Miniss Lake is 68 km2 (26 square miles) or 16,814 acres with a shoreline of 552 km (343 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

Miniss Lake is located in southwestern Ontario, within Saint Raphael Provincial Park, located just west of Wabakimi Provincial Park. The lake is comprised of a large network of interconnected narrows and bays. Water flows in from Arc Lake via the Miniss River at the southwest end and in the east from De Lesseps Lake; and flows out through the Miniss River at the northwest end of the lake to Lake St. Joseph.

 

There are three fly-in fishing outposts on Miniss Lake (red stars). The two at the north end are operated by Slate Falls Outposts and the camp on the south end of the lake is operated by Hidden Bay Lodge & Camps. There is also a fly-in fishing resort, Guardian Eagle Resort, located on De Lesseps Lake, which is navigable via the De Lesseps river from Miniss Lake. There is also an outpost located on Arc Lake, which may be navigable by boat. The ouflow to Lake Saint Joseph is not navigable by boat due to dangerous rapids.

 

#20. Ozhiski Lake

Ozhiski Largest 20 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Ozhiski Lake is 68 km2 (26 square miles) or 16,857acres with a shoreline of 227 km (141 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

Ozhiski Lake is located in the centre of Ontario, north of Wabakimi Provincial Park and Lake Nipigon and just north of Keezhik Lake. The lake is located within the Otoskwin/Attawapiskat River Provincial Park and is a widening of the Otoskwin River. Water flows in from the west end of the lake and out from the north end through the Otoskwin River.

 

There is one fly-in fishing outpost (red star) and at least three private/unused camps (orange stars) located at the south end of the lake. The fly-in outpost is operated my Moccassin Trails Adventures. There may also be day fishing trips to the lake originating from Miminiska Lodge on Miminiska Lake to the south.

 

#19. Favourable Lake

Favourable largest 19 GM cnl

 

The surface area of Favourable Lake is 71 km2 (27 square miles) or 17,415acres with a shoreline of 257 km (160 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike and Perch. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

Favourable Lake is located in northwestern Ontario near the Manitoba border south of Opasquia Provincial park. It's a very oddly shaped lake that looks like the letter “F” turned 130 degrees counterclockwise with a large bay coming off the north end of the second arm. Water flows in at the southwest end and flows out at the northeast arm through the Severn River, which eventually meets up with the Cobham River.

 

There is one fly-in fishing outpost camp (red star) located on the north end of the most eastern arm of the lake, operated by Big Hook Wilderness Camps, and three other private or unused camps on the lake (orange stars). The outpost is actually located on adjacent Lemonade Lake on a very narrow peninsula (called an isthsmus) and has boats on Favourable Lake a short75 yard walk from the outpost.

 

#18. Ogoki Lake

 Ogoki Largest 18 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Ogoki Lake is 71 km2 (28 square miles) or 17,583 acres with a shoreline of 209 km (130 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

Ogoki Lake is located in the centre of Ontario, northeast of Lake Nipigon, with Ogoki Lake Provincial Park. The Ogoki River enters from the west end of the lake and exits at the east end flowing into Kayedon and Harrowgate Lakes.

 

There are four fly-in fishing outpost camps (red stars) on Ogoki Lake. The most northeastern camp is operated by Ogoki Lake Outfitters, while the other three are all operated by Wilderness North. There are also two private or unused camps (orange stars) on Combe Island. There are also additional fly-in outpost camps on the Ogoki River to the west and Kayedon and Harrowgate Lakes to the east.

 

#17. Nungesser Lake

Nungesser Largest 17 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Nungesser Lake is 73 km2 (28 square miles) or 17,980 acres with a shoreline of 308 km (191 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike. This is a remote lake has limited logging road access.

 

Nungesser Lake is located in western Ontario north of the town of Red Lake, Ontario. The lake is comprised of an east, central and western section. All of which have many open bays along the shoreline. Water flows out of Nungesser Lake at the west end through Nungesser River which leads to Little Vermillion Lake. There is a waterfall about 2 kM downstream from the lake. Water enters the lake mainly from the Nungesser River on the east end as well as several smaller tributaries.

 

There is one fly-in fishing outpost (red star),operated by Green's Fly-In Camps, located on an island between the western and central sections of the lake. There are also three fishing resorts (magenta stars) – Angler's Kingdom, Birch Point Camp and Nungesser Lake Lodge - and two private or unused camps (orange stars) in the western part of the lake. All the lodges are accessed by boat through the river.

 

#16. Kagianagami Lake

Kagianagami Largest 16 GM cnl

 

The surface area of Kagianagami Lake is 75 km2 (29 square miles) or 18,405 acres with a shoreline of 340 km (211 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Brook Trout and Whitefish. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

Kagianagami Lake is located north of Lake Nipigon and east of Wabakimi Provinical Park between Ogoki Reservoir and Ogoki Lake. The lake has a large central basin and two large connected bays, Humble and Big Trout Bays, at the southwest end of the lake. Water enters from several small tributaries and flows out at the northwest end through the Opichuan River. There is access to Van Poele Lake at the southeastern end of the lake and the Opichuan River is navigable for a large distance.

 

There are two fly-in fishing outpost camps on the lake (red stars), one at the entrance to Humble Bay in the southwest that is operated by Twin Lakes Outfitters and the other at the northwest end at the entrance to the Opichuan River operated by Mattice Lake Outfitters. There is also a fly-in fishing resort (magenta star), Leuenberger's Kag Lake Lodge, located on a large island near the Opichuan River entrance. Kagianagami lake is also accessible by the fly-in fishing outpost camps on Van Poele Lake, also operated by Twin Lakes Outfitters, and on the Opichuan River, which is operated by Arctic Watershed Outposts.

 

#15. Bamaji Lake

Bamaji Largest 15 GM SNL

 

The surface area of Bamaji Lake is 75 km2 (29 square miles) or 18,418 acres with a shoreline of 441 km (274 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike. This is a remote lake with limited access through North Bamaji Lake where the Slate Falls First Nation and Slate Falls Airport are located.

 

Bamaji Lake is located in western Ontario just northwest of Lake St. Joseph. It is a long and relatively narrow lake with numerous islands and narrow inlets. The primary water inflow is from North Bamaji Lake at the west end of the lake and the primary outflow is to Roadhouse Lake through the Cat River which leads to Blackstone Lake and Lake St. Joseph. Fry Lake at the north end also flows into the lake and there is a secondary outflow to Austin Lake as well.

 

There is one fly-in fishing outpost camp (red star) centrally located on the north shore and a fly-in fishing resort (magenta star) on the west end of the lake operated by Knobby's Fly-In Lodge and Outposts. There are also fly-in fishing outposts on nearby Wesleyan, Fry, Roadhouse, Austin, Gage and Blackstone Lakes which are all connected to Bamaji Lake through the Cat River System.

 

#14. Mameigwess Lake

Mameigwess Largest 14 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Mameigwess Lake is 84 km2 (33 square miles) or 20,794 acres with a shoreline of 606 km (377 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Musky, Perch, Burbot and Whitefish. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

Mameigwess Lake is located in northern Ontario, north of the Attawapiskat Provincial Park and south of the Winisk River Provincial Park. It is very similar in structure to other lakes in that area, namely Winisk, Wapikopa, Chipai and Kanuchuan Lakes. The west end of the lake opens into Fishbasket Lake while the east end opens up into numerous smaller interconnected lakes and channels.

 

There is one fly-in fishing outpost camp (red star) located on Mameigwess Lake and it is located on a point at the west end near the channel that leads into Fishbasket Lake. The outpost is operated by Wasaya Wilderness Adventures.

 

#13. Mojikit Lake

Mojikit Largest 13 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Mojikit Lake is 86 km2 (33 square miles) or 21,260 acres with a shoreline of 286 km (178 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

Mojikit Lake is located in central Ontario, east of Wabakimi Provincial Park and north of Lake Nipigon. The lake connects to the Ogoki Reservoir in the north and to Lake Nipigon South through the Jackfish River. The lake has a large central basin with a long narrow bay at the southwest end. The channel to the Ogoki Reservoir is readily navigable, but the outflow at the south end into the Jackfish River is controlled by a dam.

 

There are three fly-in fishing outpost camps on Mojikit Lake (red stars). Two of these are in the channel connecting to the Ogoki reservoir and are operated by Ogoki Frontier. The third outpost is located at the southwest end of the lake and is operated by Mattice Lake Outfitters. In addition there is a fly-in fishing resort (magenta star), Mojikit Channel, operated by Wilderness North and the private or unused outpost cabins (orange stars). There are also two fly-in fishing outpost camps on the Ogoki Reservoir.

 

#12. Smoothrock Lake

Smoothrock Largest 12 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Smoothrock Lake is 105 km2 (41 square miles) or 25,986 acres with a shoreline of 871 km (541 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike and Lake Trout. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

Smoothrock Lake is located northeast of Lake Nipigon in the Wabakimi Provincial Park. It is a series of long narrow interconnected channels somewhat shaped like a four fingered hand. It is connected to Wabakimi Lake to the west, Caribou Lake to the east and Whitewater Lake to the north. Water flows in primarily in the east from the Caribour River and out the north through the Berg River.

 

There are two fly-in fishing outpost camps (red stars), a private or unused outpost camp (orange star) and a fly-in fishing lodge on Smoothrock Lake. The fishing lodge and northwesternmost outpost camp are operated by Thunderhook Fly-Ins; and the southern outpost camp is operated by Pipestone Fly-In Outposts.

 

#11. Onaman Lake

Onaman Largest 11 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Onaman Lake is 107 km2 (41 square miles) or 26,417 acres with a shoreline of 319 km (198 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike. This is a remote lake with limited logging road access.

 

Onaman Lake is located east of Lake Nipigon and west from the town of Nakina, Ontario. This large oval lake is comprised ot two large sections, with the north end containing the majority of the islands. The major outflow is at the north end through the Onaman River which drains into Lake Nipigon.

 

There is one fly-in fishing outpost camp (red star) and a fly-in fishing resort (magenta star) on Onaman Lake, both operated by Bauer's Onaman Lake Cabins & Outpost. There is limited drive-to access to this lake and some local resort have boats cached on its shoreline (green star).

 

#10b. Seseganaga Lake

Seseganaga Largest 10 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Seseganaga Lake is 110 km2 (42 square miles) or 27,127 acres with a shoreline of 859 km (532 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike and Lake Trout. This is a remote lake with no direct road access

 

Seseganaga Lake is located in western Ontario southwest of Wabakimi Provincial Park and about 110 kM (70 miles) east of Sioux Lookout. The lake is comprised of three major sections, all of which are a complicated network of interconnected narrow bays. The main inflow is at the south end originated from the Brightsand River and the major outflow is in the north end of the lake to Sunray and Kawaweogama Lakes.

 

There are seven fly-in fishing outpost camps (red stars) on Seseganaga Lake, all located in the long narrow western arm of the lake. The most souther two camps are adjacent to each other and are operated by Ten Mile Lake Camps. The outpost camp on the southwest side of the western arm is operated by Rusty Myer's Outpost Camps while the remaining four are all operated by Ignace Outposts. There is also a fly-in fishing resort (magenta star), Seseganaga Lodge, at the far northeast end of the lake.

 

#10a. Whitewater Lake

Whitewater Lake 10th Largest

 

The surface area of Whitewater Lake is 112 km2 (43 square miles) or 27,653 acres with a shoreline of 515 km (320 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike. This is a remote lake with no direct road access

Whitewater Lake is located north of Lake Nipigon in Wabakimi Provincial Park.  The lake is located on the Ogoki River system and water flows in at the west and out at the northeast ends through the Ogoki River.   The lake has numerous islands and is essentially comprised of two basins connected by a series of island forming narrows.

There is one fly-in fishing outpost camp (red star), four fly-in fishing resorts (magenta stars) and several unused cabins (orange stars) on Whitewater Lake. The outpost and the westernmost (Whitewater Fishing Lodge) and northeastern (Striker's Point Fishing Lodge) fishing resorts are all operated by Wilderness North.   Mattice Lake Outfitters operates the fishing lodge on the southeastern end of the lake, while the fishing camp west of there is operated by First Nations.

Note: I revised this article to include this lake (and hence why it's listed as 10a).   Originally I did not have the Wilderness North Whitewater "Shangri-La" Outpost camp in my database.   Oftentimes outfitters add and remove which outposts they offer for any given year, or the outpost change hands completely.   I assume either the information about this outpost was not available online when I was collecting my data or I may have decided to exclude it because it's walking distance from the Striker's Point Fishing Lodge.   Regardless, it has now been added it to my outpost database.

 

#9. Birch Lake

Birch Largest 09 GM SNL

 

The surface area of Birch Lake is 113 km2 (44 square miles) or 27,899 acres with a shoreline of 680 km (423 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike and Lake Trout. This is a remote lake with no direct road access

 

Birch Lake is located in central western Ontario, northeast of the town of Red Bay. The lake is formed out of numerous interconnected bays and narroways. Water enters from the west and north out of Shabumeni and Casummit Lakes and out at the southeast end into Springpole Lake, and eventually flowing into the Cat River.

 

There are three fly-in fishing outpost camps (red stars) on Birch Lake. The outpost on the north side of the lake is operated by Kay Air Service & Outposts, the outpost at the southeast end is operated by Green's Fly In Camps and the third is operated by Northern Wilderness Outfitters. There are also two fly-in fishing resorts (magenta stars) on Birch Lake, Birch Lake Lodge at the northeast end and an unknown lodge at the southwest end of the lake. There is also one private or unused camp (orange star) located on an island in the middle of the lake.

 

#8. Wapikopa Lake

Wapikopa Largest 06 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Wapikopa Lake is 122 km2 (47 square miles) or 30,132 acres with a shoreline of 807 km (502 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike. This is a remote lake with no direct road access

 

Wapikopa Lake is located in Northern Ontario, just west of Chipai Lake, and is part of the Winisk River System. It's structure is similar to other lakes in that area, namely Winisk, Mameigwess, Chipai and Kanuchuan Lakes which all look like river flooded plains.

 

There is one fly-in fishing outpost camp (red star), operated by Moccassin Trails Adventures, located in the northeastern arm of the lake and three private camps (orange stars) located in the west and southwest arms of the lake.

 

#7. Ogoki Reservoir

Ogoki Reservoir Largest 08 GM ncl

 

The surface area of the Ogoki Reservoir is 123 km2 (47 square miles) or 30,293 acres with a shoreline of 636 km (395 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike. This is a remote lake with no direct road access

 

The Ogoki Reservoir is located north of Lake Nipigon and was originally formed as part of a hydroelectric project. It is a long relatively narrow lake made up of two long arms and looks similar to a wide river. Mojikit Lake is connected through a navigable channel at southeastern end of the lake. Water flows south into Mojikit Lake eventually leading to the Summit Control Dam and east out the Waboose Dam to the Ogoki River. Water enters at the northwest from the Ogoki River.

 

There are two fly-in fishing outpost camps (red stars) and one fly-in fishing resort (magenta star) on the Ogoki Reservoir. The northeastern outpost and the resort are operated by Mattice Lake Outfitters, while the outpost located in the west arm on the southern shore is operated by Wilderness North. There is also a third outpost shown that is in the Mojikit Channel, operated by Ogoki Frontiers, which I considerd to be on Mojikit Lake. Mojikit Lake hosts three fly-in outpost camps and a fly-in fishing resort.

 

#6. Savant Lake

 Savant Largest 07 GM ncl

 

The surface area of Savant Lake is 125 km2 (48 square miles) or 30,988 acres with a shoreline of 891 km (553 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike and Lake Trout. This is a remote lake with limited logging road access

 

Savant Lake is located just west of Wabakimi Provincial Park in Western Ontario, about 113 km (70 miles) northeast of Sioux Lookout, Ontario. It has a large elongated central basin, with narrow arms at the north and south, and is dotted with numerous islands. The water inflow is at various points at the south end and the main outflow is at the north into the Savant River.

 

There are three fly-in outpost camps (red stars) and a drive-to fishing resort (magenta star) on Savant Lake. The lake is relatively close to highway 599 and logging roads provide access from there to the lake. The fly-in outpost camps are what I would consider semi-private in that they are not owned by outfitters, but are operated by private individuals. The most northern camp is Turtle Island Outpost, while the two on the west side are Cliff and Roma's Wilderness Camp on the north side of the bay and Cat Track Lodge on the south.  The fishing resort at the south end of the lake is Wildewood Adventure Resort and is accessed using a Haggland Haul, which is an off-road transport vehicle.

 

#5. MacDowell Lake

MacDowell Largest 05 GM ncl

 

The surface area of MacDowell Lake is 143 km2 (55 square miles) or 35,461 acres with a shoreline of 595 km (370 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike. This is a remote lake with no direct road access

 

MacDowell Lake is located in Northwestern Ontario, south of Opasquia Provinical Park and about 155 kM (96 miles) northeast of the town of Red Lake, Ontario. The lake is shaped like the letter “X” and the northwestern arm is twice as large as the southern arms. Water flows in from various rivers at the southeast and southwest arms and exits at the northeast end through the MacDowell River.

 

There are two fly-in fishing outpost camps (red stars) on MacDowell Lake, both operated by Wilderness Air. MacDowell Lake is also home to the MacDowell Lake First Nations (blue star).

 

#4. Deer Lake

Deer Largest 04 GM cnl

 

The surface area of Deer Lake is 148 km2 (57 square miles) or 36,675 acres with a shoreline of 988 km (614 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike. This is a remote lake with no direct road access It is also the home of the Deer Lake First Nation and the Deer Lake Airport is nearby.

 

Deer Lake is located in northwestern Ontario near the Manitoba border and south of Opasquia Provinical Park. It is a very long and narrow lake made up of three arms somewhat like a compressed letter “Z”. There is also a large round bay, McIntosh Bay, at the south end that could easily be it's own lake. Water flows into Deer lake at the northwest end from the Black Birch and Cochrane Rivers and the McInnes River on the east end. The main water outflow is the Severn River at the east end of the lake.

 

There are two fly-in fishing outpost camps (red stars), both operated by Showalter's Fly-In Outposts, and a fly-in fishing resort (magenta star), Peace Island Lodge, which is currently not operating, at the west end of Deer Lake. The lake also hosts at least four private or unused outpost camps (orange stars) and the Deer Lake First Nations (blue stars).

 

#3. North Caribou Lake

North Caribou Largest 03 GM ncl

 

The surface area of North Caribout Lake is 321 km2 (121 square miles) or 77,205 acres with a shoreline of 1,207 km (750 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye andNorthern Pike. This is a remote lake with no direct road access.

 

North Caribou Lake is located in Northern Ontario just north of the Pipestone River Provincial Park. The lake is made up of two large basins, with the northern basin being about twice as large as the southern basin. The lake has numerous small and large islands throughout. Water flows into North Caribou Lake from the Thurston River in the southeast and the Nango and Donnelly Rivers in the southwest. The main outflow is at the north end through Cemetery and Seeseep Lakes into Eyapamikama Lake and the Schade River.

 

There are currently three fly-in outpost camps (red stars) on North Caribou Lake. The northernmost camp is operated by Pickle Lake Outposts, while the two island locations are operated by North Caribou Lake Outposts. Although, I am not clear if the southwestern outpost (J.J. Island) is currently in operation. There are also three private or unused outpost camps on the eastern end of the lake (orange stars).

 

#2. Lake St.Joseph

St Joseph Largest 02 GM ncl

 

The surface area of North Caribout Lake is 567 km2 (219 square miles) or 140,136 acres with a shoreline of 1,683 km (1,046 miles). The lake offers fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike and Whitefish. There is direct road access to the lake. Lake St. Joseph is also home to the Osnaburgh First Nation along the northeast and southeast at the far east end of the lake.

 

Clearly one of the largest lakes in Ontario, Lake Saint Joseph is located just west of Wabakimi Provincial Park and north of Saint Raphael Provincial Park in Western Ontario. It is a very long river and structurally looks like the widening of a river. Water flows in from the Cat River in the northwest and out at the east end leading into the Albany River. Water is also diverted south out of the Root River heading toward Lac Seul.

 

There are five fly-in fishing outpost camps (red stars) on Lake St. Joseph. The outpost located on a large island in the centre of the lake is operated by Winoga Lodge, while the remaining four are all operated by Slate Falls Outposts. There are also two boat-in fishing resorts (magenta stars) at the far east end of the lake near highway 599, Camp Lake Saint Joseph and Old Post Camp, which is just south of that. There are also four private, unused or boat-in outpost camps (orange stars) at the east and west ends of the lake. The Osnaburgh First Nations (blue stars) is located at the eastern end of the lake.

 

#1. Lac Seul

Lac Seul Largest 01 GM cnl

 

Lac Seul is one of the largest inland lakes in Ontario. It is located in the southern half of Western Ontario and the towns of Ear Falls, Sioux Lookout and Hudson offer water access. Highways 105 and 516 also pass nearby and provide additional road access points to the lake. Thus, Lac Seul isn't truly remote by standard definition, but because it's such a large body of water there are many sections of the lake that can be considered as such. The lake offers fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Musky, Perch and Smallmouth Bass.

 

The lake itself has an impressive water surface area of 1,307 km2 (505 square miles or 322,928 acres) and a shoreline spanning 4,657 km (2,888 miles). That's almost 300 times the size of a typical outpost lake! The primary water inflow is from the Vermillion River near Sioux Lookout and the water outflows through the English River in the northwest at Ear Falls and the Root River in the northeast.

 

There are at least five fly-in fishing outposts on Lac Seul (red stars), outfitted by Anderson's Lodge and Pickeral Arm Camps. All the fly-in camps are located in the northeast section of the lake where there is at least one private camp and boat-to fishing resort, Lac Seul Outposts. Given the size and location of the lake it also hosts numerous fishing resorts, boat-in outpost camps and private camps. There are also several outfitters providing houseboat fishing trips out of Ear Falls, Sioux Lookout and Hudson. These houseboats are often seen throughout the lake, but many seem to concentrate around the islands 5 to 15 km south of the fly-in outpost camps. The home of the Lac Seul First Nation (blue stars) is also located on the southeastern side of the lake.

 

Below is a list of fishing resorts on Lac Seul.

 

Ear Falls

Cherob Resort

Fisherman's Cove

Gawley's Little Beaver Lodge

Gold Pines Camp

Golden Eagle Resort

Goose Bay Camp

Lac Seul Evergreen Lodge

Lac Seul Lodge

Little Canada Camp

Timberlane Lodge

Whitewing Resort

 

South of Ear Falls

Lac Seul Outpost

Onaway Lodge

Scout Lake Resort

 

Central

Mahkwa Lodge

Silver Water Wheel Lodge

Williams Lake Lodge

 

Hudson & Sioux Lookout

Anderson's Lodge

Frog Rapids Camp

Lac Seul Floating Lodges

Lac Seul Resort

Lost Island Lodge

Moosehorn Lodge

Red Pine Lodge

Sioux Lookout Floating Lodges