FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. HOW CLOSE IS TALL PINES CAMP TO THE NEAREST TOWN?
Tall Pines Camp is approximately 60 miles north of Dryden, 40 miles north of Vermilion Bay, and 20 miles south of Ear Falls. Each of these towns grocery stores, restaurants and gasoline.
2. WHERE SHOULD I PICK UP GROCERIES FOR MY VACATION?
You can bring almost anything from home. Check the border crossing link above for any exceptions. Fresh potatoes are often the only banned item. We like to get our "real" groceries at the Safeway in Dryden. The Walmart now has a full grocery store as well.
3. DOES PERRAULT FALLS HAVE ACCESS TO GROCERIES, A RESTAURANT, ETC.?
Perrault Falls is a very small town. Dutchies General Store and Rainbow Point Store are just one mile south of Camp. You can get staples such as milk and bread at either if necessary. Dutchies sells beer and liquor as well. Ear Falls--about 20 miles north--has two grocery stores, three restaurants and a beer/liquor store.
The Whiskey Jack Restaurant is about 3 miles south of Camp. They are open for lunch and dinner Tues. - Sun. They are closed on Mondays and never serve breakfast.
4. WHERE DO I GET MY FISHING LICENSE?
Guests can obtain their fishing license and Outdoor Card at many locations as soon as they've entered Ontario. Tall Pines Camp does not sell licenses or Outdoor Cards. The closest locations to Camp that sell these items are Dutchies General Store and Rainbow Point Store, one mile south of Camp.
5. HOW MUCH WILL FISHING LICENSE AND OUTDOOR CARD COST?
There are two types of fishing license: Sportsman's and Conservation. The Sportsman's license costs around $40 U.S. and allows full limits (4 walleye, 4 northern pike, 4 smallmouth bass after July 1, 50 perch). The Conservation license costs around $20 U.S. and allows for half of those limits. The Non-resident Outdoor Card costs $11 U.S. and is good for three years.
You can arrive at 12:00 noon and move into your cabin.
Official check-in begins at 1:00.
Check-out is 8:00 a.m.
1. TELL ME ABOUT MY CABIN.
Our cabins are spacious, comfortable and clean. Even our most rustic cabins are modern and well equipped. All bedding is provided. We provide kitchen towels/potholders and a bathroom hand towel; we do ask that you bring your own bath towels. Your kitchen has full-sized appliances, a microwave, crockpot, bakeware and all utensils. All you need to bring is the food. You have either a deck or a screened-in porch (some cabins have both). We have no bunkbeds and most bedrooms--unless exceptionally large--have no more than two beds each.
Charcoal grills and propane fish cookers are available at each cabin. Please bring your own
charcoal and starter; propane is provided. A gas grill is centrally located near the fish cleaning
facility for everyone's use (propane is provided)--except for Wednesday night due to potluck.
2. IS TALL PINES CAMP PET FRIENDLY?
As of 2016, there will be a cleaning fee of $25 added to invoices for guests who bring pets. We certainly ask that you "pick up" after your pet(s) and that your pet(s) be neighbor friendly. If your pet jumps on people, is aggressive in any way, barks/howls when left alone, etc., please do not bring your pet. Not everyone enjoys animal companionship, and we as owners need to be respectful of all of our guests. We often notice that our guests' pets do not enjoy travel and would rather have been left at home or at a nice kennel.
3. DO YOU HAVE ACTIVITIES OTHER THAN FISHING?
We are primarily a fishing/hunting camp. We have a horseshoe pit and portable basketball hoop. There are pedal boats and canoes available at no additional charge. Andrea walks on 105 nearly every day and welcomes company. We can direct you to places for more remote hiking as well. Blueberry picking begins in late July/early August, and Andrea will go every day in the name of being a good Camp hostess!
4. WHAT ABOUT THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT POTLUCK?
Every Wednesday--rain or shine--from June through August we have a potluck in the main gathering area. We provide the entree and our guests bring a dish to share (appetizer, salad, veggie, dessert, etc.). We try to make something that you probably didn't bring along for the week (not always possible but quite often). Attendance is totally optional, but a good time is usually had by all. We're amazed at how our guests mingle; sometimes we feel like nobody would notice if we went back into the house!
5. DO YOU WELCOME PRIVATE BOATS?
Your personal boat is always welcome at Tall Pines Camp. We have a private ramp and nice docks with electricity accessible at each slip. We expect you to bring your boat full of gas; however, for insurance purposes, please do not bring additional fuel for your boat.
6. ARE THERE LAUNDRY FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT CAMP?
Yes! Tall Pines Camp has a guest laundry room! Each coin-operated machine takes $2.75 Canadian (two loonies and three Canadian quarters each, per load).
1. WHAT SPECIES DOES WABASKANG LAKE HOLD?
Walleye are our most prominent fish. We also have northern pike, smallmouth bass, perch, lake trout and whitefish.
2. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO FISH WABASKANG?
The answer to this question depends on who you ask and what you're fishing for! We are walleye anglers and prefer mid-August thru Sept. Many of our walleye-angling guests prefer May-June fishing, though. Smallmouth seems best late June thru mid-July and again late August thru mid-Sept. Perch like it hotter; we see them mostly in July and Aug. Lake trout are shallow early in the season (mid-May into June) and again late in the season. Northerns are pretty fiesty all season long!
3. WHAT SHOULD I USE FOR BAIT?
We believe this depends on your level of confidence. We use live bait--minnows in particular; some guests prefer crawlers or leeches; still others use nothing but artificials. We have found that plastics such as Bass Assassins work well for smallmouth, as well as topwaters such as Frenzy. Our big northerns like anything big, shiny, noisy--even muskie-sized lures. For perch, a slip bobber with a piece of worm works as well as anything. Not everything works all the time--it's just a matter of finding out what's working!