Frequently asked questions

Transportation

What time will our group be picked up in Kipawa?


To arrange your pick up time, please call the Lodge upon your arrival in North Bay or Mattawa. Travel time from these locations is approximately 1 hour. Please call 1-877-454-7292 or 1-819-627-9816.




What size is the taxi boat?


We have 2 taxi boats. For larger groups we operate a 26 foot Striper with a 300 hp outboard motor and full enclosure top. For smaller groups we operate a Lund 1875 Impact with 150 hp motor. Lund 1875 Impact taxi boat




Does the taxi boat run all day?


Our taxi boat runs between the hours of 8am and 6pm, weather permitting. For the safety of our guests the taxi boat will not run during thunderstorms or heavy fog.




How long is the boat ride from Kipawa to the Lodge?


The boat ride to the island is about 45 minutes, depending on the weather.




Is there a boat lauch in Kipawa?


There is a boat launch at the main Government dock, next to "Kipawa Bait and Tackle".





Accommodations

What size are your cabins?


We have 9 cabins that vary in size from 2-4 bedrooms and will sleep up to 10 persons. Our large 4 bedroom cabins include 2 bathrooms.




Do your cabins have running water?


All our cabins have hot and cold running water in kitchen as well as bathroom. They also have flush toilets and showers.




Do your cabins have screened porches?


All our cabins have screened porches, with the exception of Moose Crossing.




What time is check-in?


Check-in time is after 1 pm unless other arrangements have been made. Please note, we need this time to clean cabins before your arrival.




What time is check-out?


Check-out time is before 9am.





Fishing

Do you sell fishing licences at Kipawa Lodge?


We do not sell fishing licences at the Lodge. Licences can be purchased in the town of Temiscamingue at several locations, Ross Electric, the town's hardware and gift store, Stop 102 and at Kipawa Bait and Tackle.




Is there a slot size for the fish?


There is a slot size for walleye, You may keep walleye measuring between 37cm and up to and including 53cm in length. Lake Trout must be minimum 65 cm in length. Northern Pike has no slot or length limit.




Where can I buy a fishing licence?


You can purchase fishing licences at the Kipawa Bait and Tackle, Stop 102 and Ross Electric.




What species of fish can we expect to catch?


Our main fish is Walleye(pickerel), Northern Pike, Lake Trout and small mouth Bass are also abundent. bass fishing on lake Kipawa




How many fish can I keep?


The posession limit for walleye is 6, Lake Trout 1 and Northern Pike 6. This is total posession limit not daily.




What day do you open for the season?


We open Friday May 15, 2020. This is opening day for walleye.




When is walleye opening?


Opening day for walleye is Friday May 15, 2020.





Reservations

How do we reserve a cabin?


Reservations can be made by calling Wayne or Barb, by email, text or snail mail. We recommend calling and speaking to us directly. It is the most efficient way to choose available dates and packages to suit your needs. 1-877-454-7292 1-705-528-0084 Summer only 1-819-627-9816




Is a deposit required?


We do require a deposit to secure your reservations. Deposits are due at time of booking. The amount of deposit will depend on the package you choose and the number in your party. Deposits can be made by Visa Mastercard and email money transfer.




Is the deposit refundable?


Sorry, deposits are non-refundable.




Do you accept credit cards for payment?


We accept Visa and Mastercard for payment.




Do you accept personal cheques for payment?


Unfortunately, we are not able to accept personal cheques for payment.





Boats

Can I bring my own boat


Yes you can bring your own boat. However, do to the size of Lake Kipawa and the distance travelled, we recommend boats be at least 17 feet with minimum of 60 hp.




Can I charge my boat battery?


Yes, however, it must be charged during daylight hours when the sun is shining. We rely on solar power for all electricity.




Do you sell gas for our boats?


Yes, we sell gas by the 5 gallon tank for those bringing their own boat.




What type of gas do you have for sale?


We sell non-ethanol or Super gas.




Is there a docking fee if I bring my own boat?


We do not charge additional fees for docking your boat.




What type of rental boats are available?


We provide our guest with 14ft Lund wc14 and 15 ft Naden. Boats come equipped with 15 hp Suzuki outboard motors, swivel seats and lifejackets.





Rates

Is vehicle parking included in your rates?


Vehicle and trailer parking is not included in our rates. Fees for parking is paid to parking lot owners. This fee is very reasonable for secure parking and depends on size of vehicle and trailer.




Are your rates in Canadian or US funds?


All rates quoted are in Canadian funds.




Are your rates set for the season?


The rates posted on our website and rate cards are set for the entire season.




Do you offer discount rates for first time guests?


We do not offer discount rates for first time guests, this would be very unfair to our repeat guests.





Vehicle Parking

Where do we park in Kipawa?


Secure parking is located directly across the street from the Government dock and boat ramp. There will be a parking fee and is to be paid up front.




Do we have to pay for vehicle parking?


There is a fee for parking. It is to be paid up front to parking attendants.




Is it safe to park my vehicle in Kipawa?


If you park in specified lots it is very secure.




How to I pay for my parking?


Parking is to be paid at time of parking to the lot owner. They accept cash only!





Other

How are the bugs?


The bugs at Kipawa Lodge are very friendly, depending on the weather and time of year. June is normally the worst month for blackflies. July and August you will see mosquitoes after dark.




Do you sell ice?


We do have cubed ice for sale. Cubed ice is free for Meal Plan guests. Jugged ice for coolers is free to all guests.




Do you supply life jackets?


We do supply life jackets to our guests on our package plans. If you have your own lifejacket we encourage you to bring it along. Children should always have their own lifejackets to ensure a good safe fit.




Can I bring my dog?


Sorry, no pets please!




Do you have cell phone reception at Kipawa Lodge?


Sorry, we are too far from the towers for cell reception. We do however have Wifi.




Do you have electricity?


We do have 24 hour electricity, solar power panels with back-up diesel generator.





Dining

How many meals are served each day?


We serve dinners only in our dining room.




What kind of meals should we expect?


We pride ourselves on the quality of our meals. From fresh baked breads and pastries to our grade A beef. You will not be disappointed.




Do you offer occasional meals?


For guests of Kipawa Lodge, we offer dinner with advance reservation.





Bait

Do you sell bait?


We do have bait for sale. Worms are available all season. Leeches are available until late July.




Is bait included in my stay?


Bait is included for our guests on the package plans only.




Can I fish with live minnows?


NO! Live minnows as well as dead minnows are prohibited on Lake Kipawa.





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