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 guest 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.
You need to bring soap, shampoo, beach towels and your clothes including a swimming suit!
Yes we do. Marten River Lodges runs on the Ontario hydro power grid which provides 24 hour electricity.
What about Black Flies, Mosquitoes and other Pests?
We are often asked about pests and
though black flies, mosquitoes and other pests are part of nature in the north,
we do take steps to control these as much as possible. Each cabin is equipped
with a screened porch for your comfort and convenience. Inside each cabin, we
have installed KONK automatic time-release pest control devices. Konk uses
natural pyrethrin and is safe around food, pets and kids and it controls flies,
mosquitoes, ants and a host of other common pests. Many of our guests have
commented how bug-free our cabins are even in the height of fly season. So they
Outside, the onset of black fly season usually occurs mid- to late May and can continue into early June, though in our experience, black flies have not been a significant problem for us. Once the weather turns warmer, the flies die off and we have yet to see them survive for more than a week or two each spring. Depending on how wet any given summer may be, mosquitoes can be with us all season if the temperatures remain conducive for them. They can be more of a nuisance in the evenings than during the day.Good news is, they are rarely a bother when you’re out on the water. And keep in mind – when the bugs are biting – so are the Fish!
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.
Our food is rated top notch and we ensure you get only the freshest ingredients prepared by our highly regards Master Chef. Beyond that though, we understand your appetite is larger when you are out on the water all day or more active than usual, 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, place it in your cabin so you can heat it up later if you like.
Yes. Having fun can be tiring and at the end of the day many people prefer to not have to start a dinner. This year we’ve added a dinner only option that will allow more flexibility to your experience and all we ask is that you book this option in advance (24 hours is appreciated) as we carefully order fresh food based on expected guests.
Yes. our staff are quite knowledgeable about most dietary restrictions. We can adjust your meals accordingly. Additionally, you may bring in any special items to assist with your meals.
Is smoking allowed in the Lodge or cabins?
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 the cottages. This keeps our cottages smelling clean
for the next non-smoking guests. Cigarette disposal containers are
located throughout the camp for the convenience of our guests.
No we don’t. You are allowed to bring your own beverages and enjoy them on our property. We have a local LCBO store one mile away. We have ice and refrigerators available for your use in the lodge with all the glasses you may need.
Yes we have a small tuck shop where you can buy essentials such a mosquito spray, fishing lures, charcoal and lighter fluid. We also carry Marten River shirts, hats, etc. to take back to your friends and family.
We have an array of games, large screen satellite TV, guest computer, a fireplace, billiards table, darts, music and plenty of movies for the kids. Also, Ray is a professional musician and is known to stage impromptu live concerts for guests now and then. It’s good fun and everyone is welcome to sing along!
What other things are there to do outside?
We have a basketball hoop, horseshoes, hiking and a 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.
There is so much diverse wildlife here; you can expect to see anything at anytime. We have Marten (of course) Lynx, otter, beavers, bald eagles, golden eagles, flying squirrels, weasels, 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.
As of September 15, 2009 (see exceptions below) all boaters will be required to have the Pleasure Craft Operator Card in order to operate a powered watercraft. There is no grandfather clause or age exemption – this law applies to all boaters. Powered watercraft includes watercraft fitted with any size motor – even a trolling motor.
Currently, a Pleasure Craft Operator Card is not required in order to operate a rented watercraft. Instead, it is sufficient for a renter to complete a rental safety checklist. We will have these available to you in the event you do not have a card.
For the safety of our guests and as a courtesy to fisherman, PWCs (jetskis) are not permitted at Marten River Lodge.
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. We are in Zone 11.
We supply all that is essential for safe boating operations including an anchor, bail bucket, safety kits, 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
We pick our Guides like we pick our friends. They are honest, sincere, fun, knowledgeable and work very hard to ensure your entire experience is fun 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, get you on board to fish. Whether you’re a novice angler or an experienced sportsman, our Guides are there to take good care of you.
Gratuities make up a significant part of service industry workers’ earnings. Though by no means are tips mandatory, our Guides, Chef, Housekeeping and Grounds Keeping staff all work hard to ensure every part of your experience at MRL meets or exceeds your expectations and they greatly appreciate your consideration. There is no set amount. Give what you are comfortable giving in accordance with your level of satisfaction.
For your convenience, gratuity envelops are placed in your cabin for Housekeeping staff. For other staff, feel free to approach them directly with any tips you may wish to offer. For the convenience of large groups, MRL is happy to add a general gratuity amount of your choosing to your bill and will disperse it to staff according to your specified instruction.
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 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 Dept. of Northern Development (Later named Department of Lands and Forests) which supervised the road construction.
The traffic on leaving North Bay passed through a gate and their name and license number phoned ahead to Latchford, a town about 40 miles north of the camp. They were then checked for gas, oil, spare tires, etc. and 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. This could be 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.
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 three 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.
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.
We are Ray and Donna and we are proud parents of two grown boys Simon and Adam. With us is Buddy, our fun-loving family dog. We also have Camper, our resident camp cat (Manx).
Prior to owning Marten River Lodge, we have lived in different parts of Canada including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec and are proud to say we have friends and family all across this beautiful country. We both worked in the broadcasting industry for many years – Ray in marketing, production and sales – and Donna in finance. Individually, we have also worked in real estate, advertising, technology and non-profit volunteer service industries. One of the benefits of our collective work experiences is the countless opportunities we’ve had to engage with people in the many communities we served. As we grew through many new life and career experiences together, two things remained constant – our love of people and our passion for the outdoors.Ray and Donna Sapiano
Both of us are avid anglers. Before the kids came into our lives, our personal record together was 14 hours straight on the water!! More than two decades ago, Ray visited a fishing camp and fell in love with the notion of one day owning a lodge. Over the years, the dream became a pursuit and after more than 30 years working in the corporate world and raising our family, we decided it was time for a change; a change that would allow us the opportunity to combine our respective talents, common passion and a lifestyle that embodies both.
Life is an adventure and while many people talk about their dreams, few muster the courage to pursue them. Sometimes life makes the decision for you. Someone once said “if your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” Well, we dared to dream big and today, we are proud to have taken up the reigns at Marten River Lodge and to carry on the long history and tradition of outstanding customer service, exceptional fishing and memorable Northern Ontario wilderness vacation experiences.
We are truly grateful for this gift and opportunity. We look forward to forging many new relationships both within our new Temagami community and with the many valued guests, friends and patrons of this time-honoured, premier northern Ontario resort.
We look forward to the privilege of serving you and to your joining us soon for a memorable visit and the Ultimate Outdoor Adventure!
Ray and Donna