Remote Fishing Lodge

Fly to International Falls, cross the Canadian border and then take North Air Van Service right to Atikokan Aero near Atikokan, Ontario. (Approximately 2 hour drive). Or, fly to Thunder Bay, Ontario and arrive at the Thunder Bay airport where you can be picked up by North Air Van Service and driven to Atikokan and the sea plane base. North Air Van Service can be reached at 1-800-465-7761 to make your reservations.

Arriving the day before?
Telephone the White Otter Hotel (1-807-597-2747) if you require overnight accommodations the night before your arrival at Tip Top. With your credit card information, they can make a local reservation for you.

(click mileage to view map)
Chicago710 mi.
Denver1050 mi
Detroit1040 mi.
Des Moines670 mi.
Kansas City840 mi.
Minneapolis390 mi.
Milwaukee620 mi.
Omaha760 mi.

Atikokan, Ontario reference map
Beaver Plane

Please allow yourself 60 pounds of luggage only for the seaplane ride. You will fly in a de Havilland Beaver on floats, which will comfortably take 4 passengers and their luggage.

This aircraft has a Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) capability and is a tried and true feature of the Canadian wilderness.

  • Layers of clothing to adapt to variable weather conditions
  • Warm jacket
  • Complete rain suit
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Camera/binoculars
  • Insect repellant (we will try to make this unnecessary)
  • Flashlight
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Toiletries
  • Medicines/basic first aid kit
  • Day pack (optional)
  • Life vests (to ensure a comfortable fit)
  • Portable fish finder (for non-guided trips)
  • Fish weighing scale/measuring tape (for non-guided trip)
  • Walkie-talkies (can be helpful for organizing several boats out on the water)
  • Beverages-juice, water, soda
  • Alcoholic beverages if enjoyed (we are not licenced to sell alcoholic beverages)

For definite ideas about the best equipment and baits for our local conditions, we will contact each group by phone or e-mail with thoughts on what to bring for great fishing. The lodge has many baits available for purchase. Here is an overview of our favorites...
  • Rat-L-Traps - different colors
  • Spoons - Red Devil
  • Spinner Baits - chartreuse, white
  • Rooster Tails - different colors
  • Round Jigs - 1/8, 1/4 and 1 ounce: white, yellow and pink
  • Deep diving crankbaits
  • Grub Jig Tails - white
  • Hula Poppers


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