Gary Lange, the owner operator, started coming out here many years ago as a young teenager with a 14-foot boat and an 18-horse outboard. Land was purchased on Bowman Island, and a dock was constructed on a sheltered beach and construction of cabin and lodge began. Today, at one of the most remote places on Lake Superior, we have a spacious, solar-powered lodge that is a home-away-from-home from ice-out until freeze-up. Bowman Island Lodge is one of just two commercial operations south of St. Ignace Island and the Black Bay Peninsula.
Bowman Island Lodge is as comfortable as it is remote, lying 24 miles offshore from the town of Nipigon. It is located in the center of the new Lake Superior Marine Conversation Area.
This is the best place on Lake Superior to fish for what is known as ‘Coaster Brook Trout’ or commonly known as Speckled Trout. These oversized chars, now rare elsewhere in the lake, are world famous. From the 1800s through the 1950s, avid anglers, including dignitaries like the Prince of Wales, made pilgrimages to Nipigon to catch brook trout. The world record brook trout, weighing 14.5 pounds, was landed in the Nipigon River in 1915.
For a host of reasons, Brook (speckled, coaster) Trout and Lake Trout numbers dwindled in the 1960s. A stocking program for Lake Trout and changes in the regulations for Brook Trout turned the fishery around. Therefore, now both these trout can be caught at the lodge. Coaster Brook Trout being caught are now in the 24-to-27-inch range. Lake Trout up to 20 plus pounds at being caught as well. The fish can be caught by trolling, casting, flyrod and down rigging.
Kayaks, Comfort, and History
The lodge is expanding its business to include kayakers and folks who want to experience the wild islands while enjoying this comfortable camp. The lodge operates two boats for water taxi service to the lodge. Kayakers, canoers and hikers can arrange for drop-offs and pick-ups at various locations. They can also stay at the lodge and make paddling day trips. Hiking and beach-walking are available on St. Ignace Island and many of the smaller islands in the area.
“The lodge is a great place for older kayakers and adventurers who want to explore this place, but don’t want to rough it,”
Within a short distance (by water) from the lodge are historical sites. Ancient beach terraces on Bowman Island contain Pukaskwa Pits dug by post glacial peoples. Near an old commercial fishing camp on the south side of Bowman Island is the grave of Thomas Lamphier, a lighthouse keeper on nearby Talbot Island who died in 1869. There is also a history of commercial fishing and forestry in the area.
CONTACT NAME: Gary Lange
BUSINESS ADDRESS: RR #1
CITY / TOWN: Nipigon, ON
PHONE NUMBER: 807-888-2504
LOCATION: Superior Country
COVID 19 SAFETY IMPLEMENTED: Yes
SAFETY PROTOCOLS: notos-rbt, WTTC Protocols
SAFE TRAVEL STAMPS: yes
access to facility: Boat-In
activities: Canoeing, Kayaking, Ecotours
We offer a boat-in adventure to our lodge that is located on Lake Superior’s north shore in the middle of the developing Marine conservation area. The lodge has three bedrooms with double and twin beds, and a light housekeeping cabin for up to for guests. We offer the American plan with all or different activities. Boats and motors are supplied with our fishing packages.
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