Tall Pines Camp was established in 1947, and was originally called Ballard's Tall Pines Camp, named after the Ballards. Since the first cabins were built by the Ballards, there have been six other owners since then, each making gradual improvements. Ryan and Bridget are its current owners and hosts. Since 2019 they have been honored to be a part of the Tall Pines family, continue long running traditions, and keep the history of this beautiful fishing camp alive. From the Midwest, they were at a point in their lives where they were ready to start a new adventure. They met in 1996 at Eastern Illinois University, and have been happily married since 2002.
Prior to running Tall Pines, Ryan has operated his own painting/remodeling company for over 15 years, and now uses those skills at camp. Bridget has been a middle and high school teacher for 20+ years. They both love the outdoors , nature, and travelling; Ryan has been fishing Canada since he was a kid, and it was a dream to run a camp like this for years. They have embraced this lifestyle and love sharing it with others.
Earl joined Tall Pines in 2019 as our dockhand, though he wears many hats here. He is from Newfoundland Canada, comes with many years experience in the business, and his wife Patsy is also a blessing to us. Ryan, Earl, and Bridget worked hard during the entire border closure to make camp improvements. And Tall Pines is excited to hire Patsy as part of our staff for the 2022 season. Together, we are all committed to making your Tall Pines fishing vacation an unforgettable one!
Ryan and Bridget Taylor