We didn't suffer too badly during our stay at Grey Owl Camp. This view from our one-man toilet hut shows the small structure over one of the two 4.5 kVA 120/240-volt Honda generators that were used to power the whole complex of cabins (except for the toilet). The next building down the hill is the shower area and behind it, unseen, is the shed used to house various tools and the outboard motors. The main cabin with steps up to its front deck is off to the left down by the lakeshore.
The second photo is a closer view of one of the generators along with the plastic fuel containers that also had to be flown in along with all our gear and food.
Our 2008 trip marked the opening of the new 'hilltop' cabin, located slightly away from the lakeshore in the trees on the hillside behind the other two cabins. Our Twin Otter floatplane freighted in some large preformed metal sections which turned out to be the frame for a two man bunk bed that was set up after our arrival. Two of the senior members of our group claimed this prestigious spot for the duration of the trip! It was also very handy to the toilet located off in the trees on the hillside.
In winter conditions, the cabins are heated by wood stoves and it must be quite cozy to be inside while the winds whistle outside! During that time of the year, the floatplanes are converted to skis so they can land on the frozen lakes.
Only a few feet off to one side of the main cabin is the smaller second cabin, set at ground level. It has two bedrooms that can each comfortably sleep two people as well as a fairly large kitchen area including a refrigerator, sink and stove (2nd photo).
Just to the left of the small balcony leading into this cabin was the fish filleting table where we prepared any fish we brought back so the fillets would be ready for our next meal. The lakeshore along here was a popular spot with the Herring Gulls!
Our group of fishers finally came to rest at Grey Owl Camp, located in a beautiful little bay on a small tree-covered island in Oneman Lake. The site actually contains three accommodations cabins as well as separate toilet, shower area, outboard engine shed and generator buildings.
This view shows the main cabin in front of which the floatplanes landed to deliver both us and our gear. The 2nd photo provides a closer look at the cabin with its large front deck and its two BBQs as well as a satellite dish. There is no other means of communications this far north, so the satellite link is used for the emergency phone as well as for bringing in signals for the single TV at the site.
This cottage has bunk beds that will sleep eight as well as a gas stove, wood stove, sink and refrigerator. I slept on one of the lower bunks and was out like a light when I hit the sack - no problems sleeping at all!
Grey Owl Camp owners specialize in 4 to 7-day package plans for groups as large as thirteen people (in our case!). A 5-day package which involves doing your own cooking and cleaning starts at C$950, but does not include the food, water, beer and other essentials that you will require to bring with you. There are no other cottages located on any of the private lakes run by this outfit. Our trip was subsidized by our company 'social fund' so the entire 6-day trip (drive, flights, accommodations, drinks and food) only cost us each less than half the above price.
Thompson's Camps is one of four outfitters operating in the small northern hamlet of Missinipi on the banks of the Churchill River and it was where we booked our first night accommodations. The community is situated within the northern part of Lac La Ronge Provincial Park and serves primarily as a base from which various fishing and/or adventure trips originate. The community was incorporated in 1984, replacing the name Otter Lake which was previously used for the collection of camps located there. A large store, the Churchill River Trading Post provides a final place to stock up on supplies before heading even further north into the wilderness.
We stayed in the newly refurbished main lodge of Thompson's Camps that had more than enough bedrooms for all of us - I shared a small room on the second level that had two single beds in it. There were three toilet/shower rooms scattered about and the kitchen and dining room area (2nd photo) looked to be brand new. Adjoining the dining room was a large lounge area with sofas and a fireplace but we never really used it on our brief overnight stay.
After our long 8-hour drive from Regina, leaving there at 2 PM, we were all ready for a bit of joking around before hitting bed so a few cold beers and decks of cards were quickly produced as we wound down for another couple of hours. The price of our accommodations was included in our trip package, so I'm not sure what the rates are.
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