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#3285831 - 07/08/13 04:21 PM Re: rainy lake [Re: mossyhorns300]
Headhunter
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Gas there and back is around $600. 8 day non resident license was $51.28, outdoors card (valid for 3 years)is $9.68, and backcountry camping permits (many lodges to stay in, for Rainy, I will eventually stay there, I would contact Tom Pearson at Camp Narrows, great guy) are $10 per person per night and you need to check the maps for any restrictions to non residents camping on crown land. Rainy lake is pretty open except for the privately owned islands. We eat fish every meal so I am not sure how you would calculate food cost. A friend of mine and his son were at Zup's last week and they really enjoyed it, lodging, food and boat rental is what he paid for. I do not know what it cost him. We stay in a hotel one night on the way up and back, usually somewhere around Champaign, Ill. pm me and I can give you my number and give you more info by phone. I will go every year for the rest of my life if I am physically able. We have never had bear problems of any kind and as far as bugs go you get inside right before it gets dark, the mosquitoes for sure show up then. During the day we rarely have trouble and I always carry bug spray but never wear it. It is a very inexpensive trip, my brother and myself took care of most of the costs for this trip for my dad, but if you split our costs 3 ways, we spent right at $600 each for the week. Gas in Ontario is $6 per gallon so we filled the boat up before we crossed the border and had to fill my boat one time while there, $70 for that. We cross at International Falls, MN. We launch at Labelle's Birch Point camp and it is right 17 miles by boat to the island we camp on. It does cost $10 per night to leave your vehicle at the ramp. For sure get good maps, and use them. Those lakes have many large rocks (rocks bigger than your average house here) that are just under the surface everywhere and not all of them show up on map cards for depthfinders, but they do seem to be on the maps you can buy there. No need to be in a hurry there because is can be dangerous running a boat and you can get lost in a hurry. This year we led a a guy and his wife back to where he was camped because he was lost, about 7 miles from where he needed to be, and it was right at dark. He was for sure lost, luckily he knew what island he was close to and it was on the map. There are over 1500 islands on Rainy and much of it looks the same. Glad to help any way I can.

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#3285998 - 07/08/13 08:24 PM Re: rainy lake [Re: easy45]
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awesome fish
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#3286264 - 07/09/13 07:53 AM Re: rainy lake [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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Did you ever fish Kishkatena? I think that is my favorite lake up there. Feather and Quill lakes are great also.
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#3286395 - 07/09/13 10:19 AM Re: rainy lake [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
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My dad has. He said it was great, but that essox and the manitou were better. Havent' been to essox or manitou in many years becuase non residents are not allowed to back country camp there. They closed that area off to non resident camping because at ice out the americans would almost take the place over. we almost always have went the first week of July and where we put in on Essox there is a giant parking lot with over 100 garbage cans and we have almost never seen another vehicle in the parking lot. We asked at the ministry of natural resources back in 2004 and they told us at ice out there would be over 100 vehicles there and 90 + percent of them would be from the state so they closed that area off to non resident camping. I will go there soon though, best smallmouth fishing I have ever seen. Alonghill and dogfly lakes are loaded, you have to portage into them but it is awesome.
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#3286422 - 07/09/13 10:41 AM Re: rainy lake [Re: Headhunter]
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Beautiful!
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#3286560 - 07/09/13 01:07 PM Re: rainy lake [Re: EastTNHunter]
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Awesome brother!! I wish I would have taken my boys back again this year as we fished some of the same water as you last yr (Loonhaunt, Stonedam, Schistose, etc.) along with the Pipestone chain and several other portage lakes (Watson, Dash, Arlington, Darrow, the Britton chain, etc) Some of the most beautiful places and incredible fishing!! Best trip of my life with both my boys in the unspoiled water and wilds of Canada! I would highly recommend this area and this trip for anyone who loves the outdoors! I definitely plan to take the boys back and hopefully my Dad as well next time! Congrats on a great family trip, love seeing this and can only hope Im still going with my Boys at 80!!
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#3286616 - 07/09/13 01:59 PM Re: rainy lake [Re: Winchester]
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My dad had a blast, he is still telling me his arm is shaking from catching bass. I would recommend a #4 jointed shad rap in crawfish color. My dad wore them out and the walleye loved it. I caught bunches of fish on stan sloan spinnebait 3/8 oz, chartruese/white double gold colorado blade, tiny torpedo, the shad rap, #11 floating rapala in gold color, x rap in clown color, rebel craw, and paca craw.
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#3286738 - 07/09/13 04:42 PM Re: rainy lake [Re: easy45]
thirdwilliam
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Great to see your dad still having a great time. memories you will have forever. he is a good guy
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#3286818 - 07/09/13 06:32 PM Re: rainy lake [Re: Crosshairy]
Inkstainz
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 Originally Posted By: Crosshairy
Who's jealous and has two thumbs?

This guy.


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#3286973 - 07/09/13 09:25 PM Re: rainy lake [Re: easy45]
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Awesome!
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