Do you accept pets?
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.
Do all cottages have screened in porches?
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.
Are the cottages fully equipped?
Yes. We include pots, pans, silverware, refrigerator, oven, stove, microwave, all bedding and bath towels, propane heaters, and coffee pots and filters, coffee not included.
You need to bring soap, shampoo, beach towels and your clothes including a swimming suit!
Do your cottages have 24 hour electricity?
Yes we do. Marten River Lodges runs on the Ontario hydro power grid which provides 24 hour electricity.
What time is check-in and check out?
Our standard check out time is 10:00 am and check in is 2:00 pm. If available we can make special arrangements for you party.
How is the food?
Our food is rated top notch and we spend the extra money to insure you get only the freshest ingredients prepared by one of the best chefs in the area. Beyond that though, we understand your appetite is larger when you are out on the water all day or more active then usual, so we plan our meals with this in mind. You’ll be full and satisfied when you leave the dinning room.
Can I bring my own drinks (beer, wine etc.) in the dinning room or lodge?
What time are the meals served?
We serve breakfast from 7:00 to 7:30 am
We serve dinner from 6:00 to 6:30 pm
Lunch is pre-packed in the morning and ready to take with you.
What happens if we’re catching too many fish and can’t make dinner?
No worries! We’ll pack it up so you can heat it up later if you like.
Do you have a dinner only option?
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 as we carefully order fresh food based on expected guests.
I’m on a special diet can I still be on the Meal plan?
Yes. Peter is quite knowledgeable about most dietary restrictions and he 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 due to local ordinances. However you can smoke in the screened in areas of the cottages. This keeps our cottages smelling clean for the next non-smoking guest.
Do you sell alcohol?
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.
Do you have gifts for sale?
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.
What is there to do in the lodge?
We have an array of games, satellite TV, a fireplace, billiards table, darts, karaoke, a large screen TV, music and plenty of movies for the kids.
Do you have kayaks or water toys for rent?
We offer all of that for free while staying at our camp. We have kayaks, water bikes, a slide and a gently sloping beach with children’s toys. The water during the summer months is warm, refreshing and fun.
What other things are there to do outside?
We have a basketball hoop, tennis court, horseshoes, hikes and a sunbathing deck over the water. Also check out our package rates on ATV / UTV / Argo adventures.
What kind of wildlife can we expect to see?
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.
Pleasure Craft Operators Card
Who needs the Pleasure Craft Operator Card and when?
All operators of powered watercraft used for recreational purposes within Canada will eventually require the card. The following three groups of boaters require the card IMMEDIATELY:
• All operators of any powered watercraft under 4m in length (13.1ft)
• All operators of PWC's (i.e.: sea-doos and jet skis)
• All operators of any powered watercraft born after April 1, 1983
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.
What if I rent a powerboat or PWC?
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. Marten River Lodge will have these available to you in the event you do not have a card.
What if I don’t live in Canada, but boat there?
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.
Do you sell fishing licenses and hunting licenses at the Lodge?
Yes we offer both by internet access to the on-line purchasing on the MNR site.
Do you have fish cleaning facilities?
Yes we have a screened in area with knives, cutting boards, water and packaging materials and we’ll freeze and label your fish for you.
Are we allowed to keep our fish?
Yes. While we are a proponent of catch and release fishing, you can take your limit out of our main lakes and our back lake-Wicksteed. The very remote back lake fishing is reserved for catch and release only. We are Zone 11.
What do I need on the boats?
We supply all that is essential for safe boating operations including an anchor, bailer, safety kits, nets, life preservers and a paddle. You need to bring your camera, fishing gear, tackle box bait, sunscreen and a hat.
When are the best times to fish?
If you like to fish - anytime!! However, the best times for Northerns are in May and June but they are active all year. Walleye can also be caught through out the entire season however they tend to change locations as the heat of the summer causes them to move to deeper water as the temperature rises. Lake trout in Marten River get big and can be fished all year. As summer approaches, they also go deep but that doesn’t stop the avid fishermen from going after them. So many people seem to prefer Walleye fishing so the big Lakers just keep getting bigger.
Tell me more about your guides?
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. They are more then just fishermen too. They are photographers; they care about the environment and its inhabitants. They cook, clean fish, hike equipment to the remote areas, get you on board to fish and are there to take good care of you.
Do I need to tip the guides?
Tipping is not manditory but it is very much appreciated by our guides. Gratuities are given if the effort was worth it to you. There is no minimum or maximum. Give what you think they deserve.
Do I need a passport to enter Canada from the US?
On June 1, 2009, a new American law known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) will require 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.
Another less expensive option is to apply for a Passport card:
The wallet-size passport card is convenient and less expensive than the passport book. However, the U.S. Passport Card cannot be used for international air travel. This new travel document can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry.
For more information regarding the Passport Card follow this link: Passport card