As always, the 2008 version of the company fishing trip started in the southern Saskatchewan city of Regina and involved a long 8-hour drive almost directly north to our first overnight stop - in the small hamlet of Missinipe on the shores of the Churchill River (it flows east and empties into Hudson Bay at Churchill, Manitoba, which is famous for the numerous Polar bears frequenting the town). This 700-km drive gradually took us out of the flat Prairies and turned into forests as we passed through Prince Albert - the northernmost city in the province.
Driving past Prince Albert National Park on the left (near Montreal Lake on the map), it was another few hours to the last major point of stores at La Ronge (and its large lake) before the road turned to gravel for the final hour to Missinipi. Overnighting there was followed by a morning flight in three of Canada's most famous types of bushplanes (equipped with floats) as we covered the final 170-km to small and isolated Oneman Lake - located just southeast of Upper Foster Lake.
The smaller map at lower left also shows Saskatchewan's geographic position within Canada. By the way, this map is borrowed from the Natural Resources Canada website.
Although Oneman Lake is privately-owned, that only means other buildings cannot be erected on its shores. It is still open to the general public for their use as a waterway and for fishing if they happen to be passing through. On our second day on the lake, we encountered this American husband/wife team from Oregon and they stopped to have a chat with us - but declined our invitation to stop for a meal. They mentioned how much they were enjoying the scenery, beautiful weather and friendly people!
It turns out they were on a 12-day expedition and, like us, had set out from Missinipe a while back as they meandered along various rivers and lakes in the north. Later, while we were out in our boats, we spotted their campsite and they seemed to be surviving quite nicely.