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Canada fishing trip worth remembering.

 

I don't often make a practice of writing about personal experiences, but a recent trip to the Canadian northwoods has prompted me to make this one exception. 

 

The purpose of the trip was fishing and the location was Ramsey Lake, a good-sized wilderness lake that is part of Northern Ontario's Spanish River system.  To be more precise, Ramsey Lake is located between the Northern Ontario cities of Sudbury and Timmins, approximately 350 miles north of Toronto.

 

 For a reasonable fee, guests are provided with their living quarters, food, boats and motors.  

 

Also included in the cost is the approximate two-hour ride on a barge, taking you and your equipment from the small wilderness logging town of Biscotasing, 15 miles to the end of Biscotasi Lake.  From there, a tractor and trailer carries our clothing and equipment over a portage where it is loaded on another barge for the final two mile trip to the camp.  At the end of the week, the same method is used to depart the camp.

 

The camp offers a "full plan", which includes lodging, food, boats and motors.  The food plan offered is one of the most unique I've ever seen offered at a wilderness lodge.  The food is kept in a pantry on the camp grounds and guests on the full plan can go to the pantry and take whatever they want, whenever they want.  You prepare your own meals.

 

Included on the food list is chicken, pork chops, ground beef, bacon, soup and stew, potatoes, onions, pancake mix, cereal, vegetables, coffee, fruit juices, and many other items.  Each guest is also allotted one steak per week.

 

The boats are 15-foot aluminum v-bottoms equipped with 9.9 horsepower Evinrude motors.  All are in top condition.

 

The fishing at Ramsey Lake is second to none, except maybe for one of those fly-in trips that costs three or four times as much.  And I stress maybe.

 

Ramsey is a hotbed for walleye and northern pike fishing, with walleye in the 2-3 pound range fairly common, and 10-12 pounders not out of the question.  Northern pike are found throughout the lake and average in the 4-7 pound range, with pike upwards of 20 pounds being caught on occasion.

 

Biscotasi Lake, the location of a trip I took several years ago, offers the same type of fishing as Ramsey.  The only real difference between the two camps is that there are several other camps on Biscotasi Lake.  Ray's Camps is the only one located on Ramsey Lake.

 

The units themselves, which are located in the main lodge, are equipped with eight bunk beds, hot and cold running water, toilets, showers, gas stove and oven, wood stove for heat and propane powered refrigerator/freezers and lamps.

 

All cooking and eating utensils are supplied.  The only thing guests have to bring is the necessary clothing and fishing equipment for their stay. 

 

Ray's Camps offers ample opportunity for the photography enthusiasts with beautiful Canadian sunsets, wildlife and scenery.

 

 

Charlie Roth
As featured in Charlie's column - Sports Slants

 

Hi Justin and Kim

Home and missing heavan at camp.
Just a short note to say we had a great time
Thanks so much for allowing us to come to northern paradise
Hey Justin the name of the town was Berea Ohio
Told you it started with a B
Thanks for a great trip
Brent, Jared, John, Luke
Hey Justin & Kim!
We made it back home safely on Friday & I’m back to work.
Thanks again for the great hospitality! Our time up there just gets better each year that we go back! We all really appreciate the extra little things that you do for us too!
Gerry

Justin and Kim

Once again great host! Thank you for everything you do to make us feel like
part of the Ray's Camps family.

Bob

Hi Kim,

Thanks very much. As always my father and I had a fantastic time. It was unfortunate we didn't get to see you at all or Justin for very long.  I would have liked to express my gratitude for making these trips possible with my father. He's 70 this year and really looks forward to these fishing trips all year. He tells everyone at home about them and we are making once in a lifetime memories. My biggest regret is that we didn't find out about your camp 20 years ago.
As stated by Joe we will take the houseboat the same week as they are going August  15th through the 22nd 2015. Already looking forward to it!
I took some pictures mostly of my dad there may be one of me but nothing fantastic. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great for pictures.

With thanks
Steve
Hi Kim
Vic and I had the best walleye fishing trip ever this season. My highlight was the evening with Justin and the dinner on your deck with everyone. 
I did send pictures as soon as arrived home. I will send the pictures again as we have great pictures this year.
I'm heading to Legacy Lodge in BC next July. I not sure but this year may have been Vic's last big trip but I'll due my best to lure ( ha ha ) him back.
John Virgin and Walter Jansen, who fish with you in August, are good buddies of mine so if Vic doesn't bite ( ha ha ) I have other options for fishing buddies who enjoy fishing on Ramsey Lake. One way or another I'll be back and will bring a buddy or more along.
Good fishing
Barry

Justin & Kimberly,

A quick note of thanks for an awesome week fishing at the camp.  Benjamin and I had a great time and are looking forward to coming back.  I’ve attached two photos of Benjamin with his fish.  He didn’t quit smiling all week we were there.

 

Thanks again,

 

Rick Fauteux, P.E.

Associate Vice President  |  Senior Project Manager

Miss Kim,
 
It was great to see you, your family, Martha, and Bill. Trevah and I had a great time as usual. We arrived home at 11pm. Thank you again for everything. Next year God willing, I will be doing the fishing while Austin runs the boat.
 
 
Dave
 
 Kim and Justin

Now that I am back in the "real world" and life has slapped me in the face, I don't know if I expressed enough how much my mental and physical  health needed Rays Camps last week.

I just want to let you know it was Thanks to both of you that things went so well.

Thank you again
Steve Heichel

 

Justin and Kim,
 
Writing to once again say Thank You for everything over the last week while at the camp. We had a wonderful time as expected. You are great hosts and have helped make Lake Ramsey one of my favorite places around! We got home safely last night about midnight after the long drive, but it was all worth it. I already look forward to seeing you guys again next year!
 
Well thanks again, I hope your season stays safe and it is a good one for you.
 
Tony Eller
Westerville, Ohio
Hi Kim and Justin.   I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the week we spent at the camp.   Everything was great the pot luck was a great way for the camp to get together.   Please pass a special thank you along to Bill and Martha for the birthday cake that was special. 
 
The kids have grown so much over the 2 years I did not see them and pretty soon they will be helping you run the camp. 
 
Keep up the great work on the camp and it will be a long time in the running. 
 
Thanks again for a wonderful week enjoy the summer because it will go fast. 
 
Mac

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Dear Kim & Justin, I would be remised if I didn't write to thank you for all your help during my stay at Ray's Camp. Kim your concern and medical assistance was professional; and reassuring at the time. Upon returning home I visited a local hospital and was told the treatment I received on the wound saved me from a very serious complication. The finger has healed completely but there is still some tender areas and numbness. Justin, as this was my first experience at your camp I would like to comment that I have been to other fishing camps in the past, some bigger with full service including guides, I feel your camp was as good or better than those big and fancy places. I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and your equipment was well suited fore the style of fishing we were doing and well maintained. you and your staff made us all feel welcomed and at home. I wish you and your family will have a good year and I am looking forward to seeing you both next summer. Thank you again for making what could have been a very bad trip into a very good one. Sincerely, Bob Thomas Canada Walleye Fishing

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Kim and Justin; Just wanted to let you know what a great time Jackie and I had. Fishing was fantastic and the accommodations were second to none. Appreciate you taking the time to check in on us and make sure everything was going well. Not sure when yet but we will defiantly be back and will recommend you to all our fishin buddies. Have a great rest of the season. Jim Pitzer and Jackie Dehaven. Canada Walleye Fishing

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Kim & Justin, Well unfortunately for me it's back to work and fortunately for Tyler it's back to his beloved girlfriend and enjoying the next few months of freedom before he starts school. I just wanted to take the time to thank both of you for making our trip one to remember. Justin, You have no Idea how much Tyler and I appreciate you showing us around the lake and sparing some MUCH needed tackle. Kim, thank you so much for taking care of Tyler when he was "feeling under the weather" and making us feel at home. I'm so glad that we were fortunate enough to meet both of you and your kids and spend some much needed quality time at the camp. I'm sure Tyler and I will be back soon for round two. Hopefully next time we can drag some of our friends and family (who don't believe just how good the fishing is) with us to experience the little piece of heaven that you call Rays camp. I hope all is well and your summer goes off without a hitch! P.s. - Tell Paul, Bill and Martha We said hi. P.s.s. - Can you please send the pictures of Tyler to me at this address. Thanks!

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Justin & Kim- Just want to say "Thank you" for a great trip. I can't stop talking about it! Everything was AWESOME... Plus my son had a great time with your kids and catch some fish (That made him feel like one of the boys) Can't wait to come up next year, in 2011. Plus to go Bear hunting. When I get some time, I will make you a care package for your family. Well just thought I would drop a line and say, Justin you were right. The trip was GREAT............ Thanks for all the great hospitality, you guys run a great camp.... Curt M. Sebulsky


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Kimberly and Justin,

I just wanted to let you know what I wonderful time my father Tom and I had at our first visit to your camp last week.

Please thank Paul, Bill and Natalie for the assistance and tips they provided during the week.

We are sorry that we did not get to meet you, but hope everything went well with enrolling your two children in school.

I have been going to camps and semi-remote camps for over twenty years and your property rates the highest by far. The barge ride in , the set up of the pantry, the organization of the camp, the central shower, to the houseboat all add to the uniqueness of your camp.

We stayed on the house boat but chose to stay docked at the camp. It was great to be five feet away from your fishing boat when unloading, yet close to the cleaning hut, pantry and other fisherman and woman so that you could swap tips and stories. I would recommend this option to any groups that are new to the camp.

Despite a couple of rough days of weather I was able to catch 65 fish. Now that I have started to pick-up the patterns of the lake I am sure that this total will increase in future years. There are not many lakes where you can catch Walleye in full sun at 12 noon in 8 - 10 feet of water (with no weeds)!

Thanks again - I will be in contact next winter to make my booking for next year.

Yours truly,


Craig and Tom Keys

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HI, KIM , JUSTIN, AND KIDS,
I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU VERY, VERY , MUCH FOR YOUR HOSPITALITY AND KINDNESS. YOU HAVE HELPED CHRIS AND I TO ANOTHER AWESOME WEEK OF FISHING AND AN ALL AROUND GREAT RELAXING WEEK. AFTER BEING HERE A WEEK, IT IS AWFULLY HARD TO GO HOME. IT HAS BEEN SUPER MEETING YOU AND YOUR KIDS. I ENVY YOU VERY MUCH. I DIDN'T QUITE KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT ROM THE TWO OF YOU. BUT AFTER MEETING YOU, I FEEL LIKE I HAVE MET FRIENDS FOR LIFE. I THINK YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB. I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY BUT THANK YOU AGAIN AND IF THEIR IS ANYTHING I CAN EVER DO , PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL ANYTIME. KEEP IN TOUCH, I AM NOT THAT FAR AWAY WHEN YOU ARE AT HOME. TELL JUSTIN WE WILL HAVE TO GO DEER HUNTING SOMETIME.

SINCERELY,
MARK CHURCH
GALION , OHIO

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Just wanted to let you two know that Douglas and I had spent some quality time together and the best fishing experience in years. Thank you both for all the help you had given us and to give us the relaxed feeling of being home. We both enjoyed our stay at your camp and look forwards to seeing you both and the kids next year. As you can see from the pic Doug was on top of the world. I can not commit to a date at this point as of yet but will touch base with you over the winter for next years booking. Looks like there will four to six people coming. Say hello to Paul for me, and till a couple of cold ones back. Stay safe and healthy guy`s.

Kevin Balkom

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I'VE BEEN GOING TO RAY'S CAMPS FOR 20 + YEARS. THE FISHING HAS ALWAYS BEEN GREAT AND SEEMS TO BE GETTING BETTER EVERY YEAR. THE ACCOMMODATIONS ARE SOME OF THE BEST AND THE PANTRY IS ALWAYS FULL OF ANYTHING YOU WOULD WANT FOR YOUR STAY AT RAY'S. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND RAY'S CAMP TO ANYONE WANTING A TRULY REWARDING FISHING EXPERIENCE ON A CANADIAN LAKE.

PETE MCMAHON

CASTALIA, OHIO

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Justin,

Just wanted to say thanks again for a great time. We will be sending you more picture as I get them downloaded. However I did want to send you this one first, the accommodations were very nice but we thought the sleeping quarter were a bit cramped.

-Matt (This is obviously a joke)
Kim /Justin,

Thought I would send another picture your way for your amusement. This is a photo of the elusive Ramsey Lake monster that almost ate my friend. We estimated it at 13 feet long and about 736 pounds, it has the ability to jump multiple feet out of the water and is known for attacking redheaded fishermen. Be warned !!!

-Matt

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  • KEN STREBLE (Monday, July 10 17 03:34 pm EDT)

    Was at your place in the
    1960s. Ray Cripps had just started with one
    houseboat. Stayed at main camp. He furnished
    a guide/cook combo. Would like to be back soon as I am getting old.
    Have been area between
    Chapleau and Thessalon
    many times. Also in the
    Sultan/Kormak area. Beautiful country and many fond memories.
    Ijust today saw you on internet first time.
    Ken Streble
    14221 PAULEYS GAP
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40272

    Put me on your mailing list please.

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