We were a group of 6 guys looking forward to our fishing trip to lake Horwood. Upon arrival we asked for a map of the lake, thinking this would come with the boat rental. NO, that is an extra 10.00 . As an avid boater I am all about safety when out on the waters. So you rent me a boat, tell me that the lake has many shoals, and that not all shoals are marked, and no map of the lake. Have a safe trip. The same map they sell you for 10.00 can be found on line. Their map had no contour lines, special markings, just a view of the lake. Ben took us to our cottage, and showed us the boats. I briefly asked Ben about the fishing and his reply was this. " Horwood Lake has too much fishing pressure, the walleye are small(I can vouch for that), not too many people catching fish. WOW!!!!! Talk about wanting to turn around and leave after an 8 hour drive, we all just looked at each other. The boats were nothing special, none of our bilge pumps worked, so after a rain we had to drain our boats by pulling the plug as we drove. Then trying to keep up speed and put the plug back in. Ben also made us aware that if a seat breaks or something we are responsible for a new replacement. The back of the seats were ripped and torn, like seriously. On the 3rd day our garbage and recycling containers were full. So I walked over to the main office and asked what to do with the garbage. The older guy sitting on the porch says to me " go back to the cottage and get your garbage and bring it to the back of this building and put it in the blue container that says garbage. I was almost floored, you don't really expect a paying guest to work? YES THEY DO!!!!!!! There was no offer of I will send Ben with the 4x4 to pick it up, nothing. So we carried our recycling and garbage to where we were told to go. Same night we were doing a BBQ when we ran out of propane. so I went to the main office and Ben was there. I told him that we were out of propane and need a new tank. His response was, " go back to your cottage, grab the empty tank, bring it to that caged area, open the gate, put the empty one witht he single tank and grab one of the 6 full ones in the back. ARE YOU KIDDING ME, AT MY AGE!!!!! NOW I WAS LIVID. But to keep the peace I go to the cottage, cursing under my breath, not a happy camper. Grab the empty, go back to the office area, drop off the empty grab the full tank and start walking back. On the walk back I pulled my back. Again, no help from the owners of the camp or they're small staff of 2 people. No one ever came to talk to us, ask us how the fishing was, how the cottage was, offer a few spots to try, talk fishing, just nothing. Their sign says ' Come as a guest and leave as a friend ' ARE YOU KIDDING, nothing could be farther from the truth. COME AS A STRANGER AND LEAVE AS A STRANGER should be their slogan. We have done many return trips to ever fishing camp we have visited, except this one. Out of 6 guys, whom 3 own companies, 2 are professionals and one a teenager, not one of us said we would ever return to the unfriendliest place on earth known as, big bear camp. If you need a good fishing lodge with good owners, just send me a message I will offer a few suggestion of lodges we have fished.…
ilBig Bear Camp is a top notch facility for the fisherman. Great Boat Launch docking facility and plenty of room to park and maneuver which is perfect if you are bringing your own boat. The screened sheltered decks on each cottage with a barb b que are a great touch. Cabin a very clean and comfortable with everything you will need including firewood for those cool nights. The staff a very helpful friendly nice people.
A quiet retreat for city folks with or without kids. Cabins are clean and tidy and well equipped. All the amenities you could ask for and then some are available. Prices are reasonable for both cabins and boat rentals. Fishing for Walleye is the thing to do.
Big Bear camp Paul Angie and Ashlee have a Beautiful place lots of hard work to make it so nice Great Hunting and fishing awesome people we cant wait to go again year after year the cabins and the grounds are just Beautiful so friends come as a guest leave as a Friend .
We are a Moose hunting group and and the place to stay is excellent, we have everything we need and Angie and Paul are always there to help us in what we need. It is a great place to stay and even the fishing is good.