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Marten River Lodge is easily accessible by car. We are located approximately 4 hours north of Toronto, Ontario near the intersections of Highways 11 and 64, just 30 minutes north of North Bay, Ontario. To assist you in your travel plans, we’ve prepared this chart with sample departure points and linkable maps charting routes, distances and travel time estimates for your convenience.
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Yes we do. We think your pet deserves a vacation just like you. All we ask is that you keep you pet leashed and clean up after them. Other guests will appreciate your efforts. We also ask that you do not lock your pet up while you’re fishing as they tend to bark when left unattended. See pet rates and policies.
Yes they do. Each cabin has a large screened area to sit back and relax in a bug free environment. We think it’s an important convenience especially during the evening hours.
Yes. We include pots, pans, utensils, refrigerator, oven, stove, microwave, kettle, all bedding, bath towels, propane heaters, and coffee pots and filters.
You need to bring soap, shampoo, beach towels and your clothes. Don’t forget your swim suit and rain gear!
Yes we do. Marten River Lodges runs on the Ontario hydro power grid which provides 24 hour electricity.
Our standard check-out time is 10:00 AM and check-in is 2:00 pm. If available we can make special arrangements for your party for earlier check-ins or later check-outs. Additional fees may apply.
On land, be prepared with a good repellent and you’ll be fine. If you forget to bring some, we often have sprays available in our tuck shop.
Meals at MRL are highly rated and we ensure you get only the freshest ingredients prepared by our respected Master Chef. We understand your appetite can be more active than usual when you are out on the water all day, so we plan our meals with this in mind. You’ll be full and more than satisfied when you leave the dining room. Leave your fit bit at home!
Lunch is pre-packed in the morning and ready to take with you.
No worries! We’ll pack it up and place it in your cabin so you can heat it up later if you like. Just let us know ahead of time or call from the water. We have excellent cell service.
Yes. Having fun can be tiring and at the end of the day many people prefer to not have to start preparing dinner. You can choose our Modified Meal Plan option which gives you your choice of breakfast & lunch OR dinner each day. This allows more flexibility to your experience.
Guests who are cooking for themselves may also choose to join us for dinner on occasion. All we ask is that you reserve in advance (24 hours is appreciated) as we carefully order fresh food based on expected guests.
Yes. Our Chef is quite knowledgeable about most dietary restrictions. We can adjust your meals accordingly. Additionally, you may bring any special items with you to assist with your meals.
Smoking is NOT allowed in the lodge, dining room or inside any of our cabins due to local ordinances. However, you can smoke in the screened in porch of your cottage. This keeps our cottages smelling clean for non-smoking guests. Cigarette disposal containers are located throughout the camp for the convenience of our guests and all screen porches have ashtrays.
No we don’t. You are allowed to bring your own beverages and enjoy them on our property. We have a local LCBO store about one mile away. We have ice and refrigerators available for your use in the lodge with all the glasses you may need. Ice is also available.
Yes. We have a small tuck shop where you can buy essentials such as mosquito spray, fishing lures, charcoal and lighter fluid. We also carry Marten River shirts, hats, jackets, etc. to take back to your friends and family.
The main lodge is a great place to spend time on rainy days or just to relax. We have an assortment of games, large screen satellite TV, DVD and VHS movies, guest computer, free Wi-Fi, a fireplace, pool table, darts and music. Ray is also a professional musician and is known to stage live concerts for guests now and then. And because it’s not unusual to have other closet musicians in camp, spontaneous jam sessions often occur. It’s good fun and everyone is welcome to sing along!
Guest participating in our guided remote lake adventures may have limited cell service during their outing, though some lakes have better reception than others.
We offer all of that for free while staying at our camp. We have kayaks, water bikes, a canoe, water slide and a gently sloping beach with lounge chairs. The water during the summer months is warm, refreshing and fun.
We have a basketball hoop, horseshoes, hiking and sunbathing on our beach or water-side deck. Guests can also enjoy a camp fire or marshmallow roast - free firewood is included! Also check out our package rates on UTV / Argo adventures and guided remote lake fishing adventures.
There is so much diverse wildlife here; you can expect to see anything at any time! We have Marten (of course) lynx, otter, beavers, bald eagles, golden eagles, flying squirrels, weasels, minx, muskrat, hares, wolves, moose, deer, bear, fishers, raccoons, porcupines, ravens, vultures, bats, and a multitude of birds. Early morning or late evening hikes are prime time to see these creatures, and it’s not unusual to see moose in the water while out on your boat.
For the safety of our guests and as a courtesy to fishermen, PWCs (jet skis) are not permitted at Marten River Lodge. We do not permit anyone under the age of 21 to operate our boats.
Non-residents only need to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card if they are operating their powered boat in Canadian waters for more than 45 consecutive days or if the boat they are operating is registered or licensed in Canada (this includes rented boats). Boater Education Cards or equivalent certifications are recognized in Canada. Proper identification should be kept on board at all times to provide proof of residency.
Yes we offer both by internet access to the on-line purchasing on the MNR site.
Yes. We have a screened fish cleaning station equipped with knives, sharpening stones, scales, cutting boards, running water and packaging materials. For guests returning from guided fishing excursions, our guides will clean, package, label and freeze your fish for you.
Yes. While we are a proponent of catch and release fishing, you can take your limit out of our main lakes and some of our select back lakes. The very remote back lake fishing is reserved for catch and release only. Unless you plan to mount any trophy sized fish you may catch, we encourage you release them after you have taken your photos, of course. We are in Zone 11.
We supply all that is essential for safe boating operations including an anchor, bail bucket, safety kits, fishing nets, life preservers and a paddle. You need to bring your camera, fishing gear, tackle box bait, sunscreen and a hat.
If you like to fish – anytime is a good time to fish!! Walleye (Pickerel), Northern Pike and Lake Trout season open the third Saturday in May each year, coinciding with the opening of our camp. Walleye become more active after the spring spawn – generally in late May and early June and remain active right through fall. Pike are more aggressive all season long and avid spring fisherman can take advantage of Lake Trout found in shallower waters (12 – 20’) before summer weather sends them much deeper beyond 60’. Lake Trout season closes end of September each fall. Bass season opens the third Saturday in June and smallies are most active from June through mid-September. Perch and White Fish run all year and are large and plentiful in our waters.
We pick our Guides like we pick our friends. They are honest, sincere, fun and knowledgeable and work very hard to ensure your entire experience is rewarding and memorable. They are more than just fishermen too. They are photographers, story tellers and nature interpreters; they care about the environment and its inhabitants. They cook, clean fish, hike equipment to the remote areas…and get you on fish! Whether you’re a novice angler or an experienced sportsman, our Guides are there to take good care of you.
On June 1, 2009, a new American law known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) was introduced requiring U.S. citizens 16 years of age or over who re-enter the United States by land and sea to have a passport or other appropriate secure document like a NEXUS card. See our Visiting Canada page for more important information and links.
The history of this camp dates back to 1925, with the erection of cabin number six, the dining room and the main lodge. At that time the entrance road (now our driveway) and the old piers, still standing in the river, were part of the main highway north (Old Fergusson Highway) from North Bay to the rich mining fields of Cobalt, Kirkland Lake and Timmins.
The gravel road leaving North Bay was cut through a remote area with nothing but bush for the first eighty miles up to Latchford. It was decided that a half way station should be built at Marten River for construction purposes. In 1925 the present cabin number 6, dining room and lodge were built as office, eating and sleeping quarters for personnel of the Department of Northern Development (later named Department of Lands and Forests) which supervised the road construction.
Traffic, on leaving North Bay, passed through a gate and each driver’s name and vehicle license number phoned ahead to Latchford, a town about 40 miles north of the camp. Vehicles were then checked for gas, oil, spare tires, etc. and drivers allowed to take their chances on being able to complete the first forty miles to Marten River. Very few were able to complete the trip non-stop and they usually arrived in groups of three to five machines. Latchford then phoned North Bay giving clearance as each machine checked in. each trip could take anywhere from five hours to five days depending on the road, weather and dexterity of the driver. It was common to take the ditch two or three times in this stretch and uncommon to complete the trip non-stop.
As the fishing at Marten River became well known, the Department decided to build some 15 tent bases and tables for the public in the area behind where our fueling station is now. This then was the beginning of the Marten River tourist area.
In 1928 as construction progressed north, the cookery (dining room) and bunkhouse (lodge) were abandoned and cabin number six remained as a telephone exchange between Wicksteed Lake, Field and North Bay.
Of such things is history made, and small things still remain to link us with the past. The old harness maker's vice at the corner of the dining room and the marvellous adze and axe work which can be seen in many of the original buildings; also the bridge piers in the river and the remains of the road - the size of which overwhelms those that stop and consider its vastness.
The Lodge, over time, has been part of the lives of several owners, each adding their mark to this historical place. Each proprietor enhancing the infrastructure, making it better than it was before - though never losing the charm and beauty of its classic beginnings.
We hope you will stop by for a visit, drop a line in the water and enjoy your stay at Marten River Lodge.
In our attempt to make you and your pet’s stay as pleasant as possible, without impacting on the cleanliness and quiet enjoyment of other guests, we would appreciate your full cooperation with the following guidelines:
Our housekeeping staff work hard to keep our accommodations clean and free of pet hair for our guests with allergies and sensitivities. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. For more information please contact MRL management.