Kesagami Wilderness Lodge

Kesagami Wilderness Lodge

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Kesagami Wilderness Lodge is the premier wilderness fly-in fishing lodge in Ontario. The lake has been ranked the number one trophy pike lake in Canada by "Outdoor Canada Magazine". It has been ranked the 8th best fishing destination for all species. Walleye enthusiasts can expect catches of dozens and up to over 100 walleye on many days during the season. Trip packages include all meals, boat/motor/gas, one hour float plane transportation to and from the lodge and accommodations in one of 8 private cabins or one of 10 deluxe motel rooms. Award winning meals include steak, prime rib, "world famous" BBQ ribs, chicken and good old fashioned roast turkey. Lake record Pike is 54". Lake record walleye is just over 33" and three anglers during the summer of 2014 caught 420 walleye in one day. An exclusive 8 week season keeps the fishing spectacular.
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Free parking
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Cochrane, Ontario P0L 1C0 Canada
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Somewhat walkable
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Fishingfanatic60 wrote a review Nov 2009
Syracuse, NY1 contribution9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the very start of booking our trip we felt that this was THE place to visit in northern Ontario. The people were very friendly and accommodating. When we arrived we were greeted with a very warm welcome, a hot breakfast and then we were on the water in no time. Having never fished the lake before, we took notes in our fishing orientation by the manager, Charlie McDonald and we got into fish just an hour after being on the water. The meals were great, the staff as fantastic and we didn't want to leave after our 4 day trip. We'll be back!
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Date of stay: July 2009
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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PETE9567 wrote a review Jul 2012
St. George, Canada98 contributions49 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I've fished across Canada from outposts to 5 star lodges.. This is one of the finest all inclusive operations that I've been to..Nothing is ever a problem. Most of the guests are all repeats.I was surprised that we were the only newbies. Charlie does a great job traing his staff and it shows in the level of service. The food is good and the shore lunches are even better. But, best of all is the fishing. You won't be disappointed.
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Date of stay: July 2012
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Charlie M, Manager at Kesagami Wilderness Lodge
Responded Feb 3, 2014
Thank you for your kind words. We always strive to provide the best experience possible at Kesagami. We hope to welcome you back soon.
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Jeff J wrote a review May 2014
Gaylord, Michigan2 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This trip from northern Michigan to Kesagami Wilderness Fishing Lodge, I took last year, was the BEST [ Fly in Only] fishing experience I've ever had. The fishing for pike and walleye was Phenomenal ! The catch and release policy, [ No barbed hooks] assures great fishing for us, our children, and their children. Their goal to maintain Great fishing is to be commended. All the walleye you can eat, for shore lunches, was to say at the least, Very Filling. Thanks to our wonderful guides we had. Gary & Bruce Thank You ! I caught the Biggest an the most fish I could have ever dreamed! The service [ 5 STAR ] Charlie, Franky [Head Chief] and the rest of Charlie's staff, were awesome !! I can't Wait to go again this year !! Jeff Jones
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Date of stay: June 2013
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Mrwo wrote a review Jul 2013
1 contribution11 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
would never come back. This lodge looks like it has seen some good years, and that there was previously some grandeur, but it is in serious need of a make over. Good food, and service, just lacking in leadership and first impressions.
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Date of stay: July 2013
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Response from Charlie M, Manager at Kesagami Wilderness Lodge
Responded Feb 3, 2014
At Kesagami Lodge, we pride ourselves on always paying attention to details and the upkeep of our buildings and equipment. Our rebooking rate of 80% is a testament to the quality of the Kesagami Experience. I am disappointed to read your review given our absolute commitment to providing the finest remote wilderness fishing trip imaginable. We welcome and always act on suggestions for improvement.
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Stukatr21 wrote a review Dec 2017
Ajax, Canada21 contributions4 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This year Ihad my best fishing experience ever! I caught 18 Northern Pike over 40” in 6 days and my buddy caught 6 pike over 40”! We had several days of 200+ walleye a day. Kesagami is truly an anglers paradise! I am counting down the days to next years trip, not a day goes by that I don’t think about Kesagami! Charlie Macdonald and staff make your stay a memorable one. The service and food are top notch! I’ve been asked why I don’t try another destination? Why? There isn’t a better fishing outfitter in the country, their strict catch and release policy and single barbless hooks are the reason why this fishery is so hot!
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Date of stay: May 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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John G wrote a review Apr 2015
Toronto, Canada2 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been traveling to KWL for the past 20 years. In fact I have gone there 18 of the past 20 years with one of my brothers (we are already booked for 2015). My brother and I have gone up there on our own, with other members of the family, and with friends. The experience is like none other. I have been to other lodges in Ontario and B.C. and I always go back to KWL. The serenity and solitude out on the water is the best medicine in the world. The wilderness is unspoiled and with KWL being the only developed property on the lake it ensures that it continues into the future that way (KWL is within the boundaries of Kesagami Provincial Park).

While the wilderness is beautiful the fishing is spectacular. We go up there to fish and spend nine days, 12 hours a day (including the wonderful shore lunches) fishing. We fish hard and some days are better than others and some days weather can be a factor (that is why I would recommend a 4 day trip as a minimum and please read the KWL information - proper clothing is a must, particularly rain suits - not just for rain but for water) but this is wilderness and it is fishing. We cast for Pike and jig for walleye and again while some days are tough or slower than others we have never been without fish and the good days we get at least five pike in the 40" range and at least 50 Walleye in the 24" inch range over the course of a day (this does not include the multitude of fish slightly smaller that are caught in addition). What makes this possible is the very strict keep limits on Walleye and the no keep limit on Pike. In addition the single barbless hook policy ensures fish are released with little effort and in a healthy humane way (As result of fishing this way at KWL I only ever use a single barbless hook whenever I fish.) On great days we usually get at least five Walleye in the 29" range and at least three Pike in the 43" to 45"range (again in addition to all the other fish caught that day). They are long, full, wonderful days on the water.

After a long hard day on the water we come back to the lodge where all our needs are taken care of. The food and lodgings are excellent, and the staff professional, courteous, and polite, and all of these attributes stem from the management, specifically Charlie McDonald. Charlie ensures everything runs like clockwork and treats his guests with the utmost respect and it is he that sets the example for the staff with respect to all the aforementioned attributes. As such when we sit down at the end of the day we are surrounded by very familiar faces.

The familiar faces are not only in the repeat staff that we see over several years at a time but also in the returning guests we see. In fact the week we are up at KWL over 90% of the people we meet are the same patrons returning the same week year after year.(From what I understand the returning guests are in the range of 85% to 90% for the whole season and most, like us return for the same week year after year.) The camaraderie developed amongst the patrons is exhilarating and engaging creating a whole set of new friends. What make this possible is the limited but judicious availability of wi fi. However it is this very limited availability of wi fi that means people are not preoccupied with smart phones and the like and are instead engaged in good old conversation and the stories of the day.

KWL is a very special place and should be on everyone's list at least once, but once you are there you will definitely go back just like the other 90%.
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Date of stay: July 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Trophypikehunter wrote a review Jun 2018
Parsippany, New Jersey2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have visited most of the top full service Trophy Pike Lodges in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and I would say that Kesagami ranks as my favorite fly in lodge in Canada.
First and foremost for me is that the trophy pike fishing is as good or better than any other lodge I have been to in Northern Manitoba or Saskatchewan and I have been to best that those areas have to offer. My son and I caught lots of large pike and saw twice as many as we caught. This is no doubt a product of the effective and smart conservation policy of single barbless hook policy that has been in place for a long time. The pike in this lake are by far the healthiest and fattest pike that I have EVER seen including the medium sized fish (30 to 38 inches) and the fish over 40 inches are in a totally different class as another angler caught a 45 inch pike off of the lodge's dock that was about 31 pounds when we were there.
The walleye fishing is no doubt the best I have ever experienced for numbers of fish. I measure the quality of walleye fishing by how long it takes me to get enough for a shore lunch and every day we had more than enough within fifteen minutes of fishing for them. In speaking with the other guests who targeted walleyes for the whole day they were catching and releasing between 200 and 300 walleyes per day and after seeing it for myself I believe them. The walleye fishing was so hot at one point I replaced my twister tail with a piece of licorice and got a fish to bite :). Again another example of the smart catch and release program.
The lake itself is huge, shallow and what impressed me the most are the characteristics of it. Even though its a shallow lake there tons of whitefish, ciscos, and of course walleye which explains the huge girth and health of the pike. There are many large pike bays all over the lake that are loaded with cabbage weed beds and reeds that all held quality fish. We found those to be very productive in the afternoons and evenings when the large fish seemed to go very shallow to feed. In the mornings we found the pike to be just outside the bays staged on the numerous wind swept points and rocky shorelines with the walleyes. Find the walleyes and you find the pike as I would estimate that 40% of the pike over 40 inches that were caught while we were there were caught on jigs while walleye fishing. Considering all of this I would say its a perfect pike and walleye fishery.
There are lots of great fisheries in Canada but what separated Kesgami from all of the others I have been to was the total experience that the entire staff strives to achieve every day. I never walked past a staff member who didn't smile and say hello to me and my son. The shore staff was so accommodating and willing to help us with anything we needed. We fished with four different guides throughout the week and every one of them was a top notch fishing guide and most of all they were all great fishermen themselves that knew every nook and cranny of the lake as well as what baits and tactics to use to catch the most fish possible. They made the most amazing shore lunches and what impressed me the most was we were in and out of lunch within an hour every day!!! Unlike any other lodge I have been to the guides are willing to stay out until 7:00 PM to fish or will go out with you after an early dinner until 9:00m at no additional cost!!!! Special thanks goes out to Matt who guided us for three days and was the best all round guide we ever had in Canada.
The lodge building itself is "elegantly rustic" which matches the surrounding area perfectly. The food was excellent and plentiful. We stayed in the lodge motel style rooms and they are exactly what we needed after a long day of fishing, had 24 hour electricity and excellent showers/toilets. The grounds around the lodge were very clean, building well maintained, and they had nice benches all around the facilities to just sit and watch the incredible views of the lake.
I attribute this excellent service, organization and trophy fishery to the long time leadership of the lodge manager Charlie McDonald. He knows what we fisherman want in a Canadian fishing lodge trip and he and the staff deliver on it. Prior to arriving at Kesagami Charlie tried to explain the "total wilderness experience" that he and his staff aim to achieve and after my trip I now know and understand exactly what he is talking about. The value that we received for our money was second to none compared to the other "5 star lodges" we have been to. Considering all of this I cant think of reason not to give Kesagami a 5 star rating.
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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normel2 wrote a review Jun 2017
Timmins, Canada1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We set up our last minute group a few days prior, and boy were we in for a treat! With Charley McDonald at the helm directing things, we were pampered by an eager, polite and well trained staff, there at every turn to serve us like KINGS. From the moment we boarded the float plane to the time we returned, we never cared for anything. This is a true all inclusive trip. Incredible pickerel and pike fishing, excellent food, great service, knowledgeable guides. Simply the most fun we have ever had fishing, bar none! We are going to return next year, but, judging from the request I have from others wanting to join, the group will be much larger. If you are looking for the most incredible time of your life 'FISHING', this place is THE PLACE to go
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: from COCHRANE ONTARIO CANADA, this is a FLY-IN ONLY wilderness destination
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johhnn12017 wrote a review Feb 2017
Toronto, Canada3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been on several fly in trips and this is the best place I have been. Charlie and the staff do an amazing job. This is a fly in experience that your whole family would enjoy. Very comfortable accommodations, great food, great guides and the always appreciated shore lunch !!! Nothing tastes better. The walleye action was very consistent for us. If you have the correct jigging technique, you can catch 100 walleye a day. Pike are also plentiful and you have a real shot at a 50 inch pike. I managed to get a few that were just short of this and were wonderful memories. if you want to fish Ontario, this should be at the top of your list. I am going back this year !!!
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Date of stay: May 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Charlie M, Manager at Kesagami Wilderness Lodge
Responded Jun 5, 2017
Thanks for your comments and they are meaningful since you have been to other fly in destinations so you can make the comparisons. We strive to be the best we can be.
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ryan6602 wrote a review Jul 2016
Hartville, Ohio5 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is by far the best fishing resort in Ontario. We have been coming here for years and the fishing is always amazing... Shore lunches can't be beat! The staff, especially Ines 😉, are always friendly and willing to help you to make it the best experience for you and your group. The chef makes fantastic food, and ribs night features the world famous Michelbobs ribs and they can't be beat!!! Thanks again to Charlie for always making this a trip to remember.
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Charlie M, Manager at Kesagami Wilderness Lodge
Responded Jun 5, 2017
Thanks for your kind words. There are lots of fly in fishing lodges from which to chose but we strive to provide the best experience from fishing to food and accommodations and, of course, our helpful and friendly staff. We are so happy to be able to provide you such a great experience.
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4gourmetharts wrote a tip Jul 2018
154 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"rustic, dress for the weather, not a fashion show!"
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David M wrote a tip Jul 2018
Clarksville, Maryland, United States174 contributions91 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"the new cabins are great as are the hotel rooms (a little more money for hotel)"
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normel2 wrote a tip Jun 2017
Timmins, Canada1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"from COCHRANE ONTARIO CANADA, this is a FLY-IN ONLY wilderness destination"
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946ilmark wrote a tip Jun 2016
Bracebridge, Canada39 contributions33 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The room was adequate and met my expectations. It has not changed in years and that is not a bad thing at all. When I needed something, I asked and it appeared without hesitation. Great staff."
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Brian H wrote a tip Jun 2015
Toronto, Canada1 contribution1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"More Pillows"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kesagami Wilderness Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Kesagami Wilderness Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Cochrane Snowmobile Rentals (0.1 km), Commando Lake (0.3 km), and Kesagami Provincial Park (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kesagami Wilderness Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Kesagami Wilderness Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kesagami Wilderness Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kesagami Wilderness Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include J R Bar-B-Q Ranch, Kaylob's Kafe, and Golden Flower Restaurant.
Does Kesagami Wilderness Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Kesagami Wilderness Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Kesagami Wilderness Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Cochrane.
Is Kesagami Wilderness Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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