Camp Info and Frequently Asked Questions:
When is check-in and check-out?
Our weeks go Saturday to Saturday. Official check-in begins at 1:00 P.M. to settle in your cabin. However if all cabins have been cleaned and camp is ready, we will open as early as noon. (If the white van is blocking the driveway by campground that means we are still preparing camp for you arrival and ask that you wait). Check-out is by 8:00 A.M. We ask that our guests be mindful of this to allow for a clean and welcoming arrival. If you arrive early, grab a bite at Whiskey Jack, stop in Dutchies, or tailgate/prep gear in driveway before the campground.
What should we pack to bring up?
This list is not conclusive. Refer to Canada's border crossing page for things that are banned BORDER CROSSING INFO
*Folder with printed ArriveCan app papers: vaccination cards, ArriveCan receipt
* Canadian Outdoors Cards and Fishing Licenses
*U.S. Cash or checkbook for paying balance/excursions/souvenirs/etc. (4% c.card fee)
* Pet owner's papers if you are bringing pets
* bath towels, rags/clean up towels, paper towels
* dish soap, hand soap, body soap, toothpaste, toothbrush
* aluminum foil/seran wrap/charcoal
* condiments, cooking oils, seasonings
* sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, hats
*fishing gear/tackle/fillet knife
* Alcohol (first bottle/case per person is duty free) and paying duty is less costly than getting in Canada
*cooler to take on the boat with you
*Food (you can purchase that in Canada or bring up most items from the states)
**RV/Tent campers - bring anything and everything you plan on needing
*some people prefer to bring a fan, their own pillow, extra septic safe toilet paper, vacuum sealer/bags, travel lawn chairs, paper plates, etc.
Things you DO NOT Need to bring as they will be provided in the cabin:
* pillows, blankets, bed sheets, kitchen washcloth, garbage bags, toilet paper
* cooking utensils, cups, plates, silverware, pots and pans, baking sheets, potholder
* ice, fish cleaning wrapping materials
**Live bait including minnows, crawlers, as well as artificial lures are available for sale at camp
What about getting a fishing license?
Tall Pines does not sell licenses or Outdoors Cards but we can connect you with all you will need. You can buy them in person at the MNR building in Fort Frances, or in Dryden QSL Tackle Store or our favorite just before the 105: Bobby's Sports Shop . Also, Dutchies General Store 1 mile south of camp sells them. If you would like to purchase a license online, CLICK HERE!
I'm concerned about the border. What's the deal with that?
As far as border changes due to post pandemic travel, currently, vaccinated Americans can cross the border by using the ArriveCan app where you upload vaccination documents and present a receipt of that to border agent. No booster is needed, no PCR or molecular covid test is needed, and children under the age of 12 are exempt from vaccination requirement. 100% of our 2021 fishing guests crossed with minimal to no issues, and all said any minor inconveniences were worth it. The actual border crossing times were average or even less than typical times prior to 2020. Bridget will send border crossing tips to all guests about a month prior to their scheduled trip to help make your border crossing as smooth as possible. Note that no live or frozen bait can cross the border.
Download the free ArriveCan app on your phone- If you do not use a cell phone or prefer website, you can access that HERE. We recommend getting comforable with that tech stuff now and begin filling out your information, send picture/scan of your passport and vaccination card, but keep in mind you can only "submit" the final version within 72 hours of your border crossing.
Have a DUI? This article has helpful information. There are also two numbers we can give you: We are members of NOTO, Nature and Outdoor Tourism Organization, which encourages non-resident guests to call if you have any uncertainty about admissibility into Canada: their number is 1-800-665-5787. While we are not affiliated with the other organization, PS Canada Border Crossing Services, they offer services that may cost extra. 202-488-6350 or email Mitch Jessiman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have Wifi?
We do have limited Wireless internet. What this means is that certain spots (common areas near the office/fish cleaning house/pavilion area) have decent reception for checking messages and basic needs. Understand that we are in a remote area, so using apps such as Facetime/Youtube/streaming music etc. is slow and not recommended. If you plan on watching Netflix type shows or listening to music, please download before arrival to increase speed. We encourage you to give yourself a vacation from technology as much as possible.
Tell me about the lake and quality of fishing.
Wabaskang Lake is approximately 15,000 acres with 107 miles of shoreline to fish, and to sum it up in one word would be DIVERSE. On this lake you will find walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, jumbo perch, crappie, lake trout, whitefish, and the occasional muskie. With countless islands for a shore lunch and exploring, you won't get bored. Check out the FISHING PAGE to see a map of lake and more. While we feel you do not need a fishing guide on the Wabaskang, we do offer 1/2 and full day guiding for newbies that prefer. Inquire prior to trip for availability and pricing. We give detailed lake/fishing info at map orientation during check-in and throughout the week as needed.
Is Tall Pines Camp pet friendly?
Due to Covid cleaning protocol, an increasing number of guests that have allergies, and limited staff, we are encouraging every guest that can possibly leave their loved pet at home/with someone else to do so. While we will honor returning guests that are used to bringing their pet, we ask that all new guests moving forward try to make arrangements to not bring them. While your pet may be very well behaved, we have very limited staff to accommodate and want to ensure a thorough cleaning for guests that arrive after your departure. Also, please be mindful that others have paid good money to enjoy their week's vacation. If your pet barks, jumps, barks/howls when left alone or is generally not good around others, we would encourage you to make arrangements to leave your pet at home, especially if you plan on fishing/leaving your cabin often. We want to be respectful of all our guests.
Your pet must be on a lead at all times on Tall Pines property, including the docks.
You must "pick up" after your pet.
All guests must pre-arrange bringing a pet, and will be charged a cabin cleaning fee of $100.00.
If you have a service dog, please call for more information.
Should I bring my own boat or rent one of yours?
Your personal boat is always welcome at Tall Pines. We have a private ramp and nice docks with electricity accessible at each slip. We encourage you to bring your boat full of gas. However, for insurance reasons, please do not bring additional fuel for your boat. You can purchase fuel from us. On the other hand, many guests say that our boats are the best in the area. Refer to the BOATS PAGE for more info on options/rates/insurance/etc.
What can I expect in terms of my cabin?
You can expect a comfortable stay in a clean, no-frills cabin. Your kitchen is fully stocked with utensils, tableware, serving/cooking/baking dishes, etc. Your kitchen also has full-sized fridge, sink, oven/stove, microwave, coffee pot, toaster, and crockpot. All you need is the food. We provide kitchen towels/potholders, and a bathroom hand towel. A huge bonus is that we don't have bunkbeds! While bedding is provided, please bring your own bath towels. If you forgot something, there is a good chance we may have it- so feel free to ask before making a trip to the store. Bathrooms have either a shower or tub, toilet, and sink, with electricity and running drinkable water. Your cabin will either have a deck or a screened-in porch (some have both). Each cabin is has it's own special features, and while we cannot guarantee specific cabins, we will do our best to accommodate requests. Please refer to the CABINS PAGE for pictures and descriptions.
Where should I pick up my groceries?
You can bring almost anything you need from home in coolers/bins. Shopping in the states (there is a Super One grocery in International Falls if you're looking to save $ and get close to border) Potatoes are often the only banned item. Or many guests pick up groceries in Dryden (Walmart or Safeway) on their way to camp. Dutchies General Store one mile south of camp can fill in any gaps. Click the Canadian BORDER CROSSING INFO page for more on what you can bring across the border.
Perrault Falls? Where is this place?
Tall Pines Camp is located in Perrault Falls, Ontario Canada, between Dryden and Red Lake. More specifically, we are approximately 60 miles north of Dryden, 40 miles north of Vermilion Bay, and 20 miles south of Ear Falls. We are 190 miles from International Falls, Minnesota. Click for DIRECTIONS/MAP.
What else is around the area to do?
Many guests are on the water every day and don't need to leave camp. Check out our THINGS TO DO PAGE for other options.
Who is this camp ideal for?
We cater to the more serious anglers in May and June. We are more family friendly in July offering additional activities for families and children while still providing an excellent fishing experience. We also cater to hunters for grouse in the fall. We are the ideal camp for those that want a drive-to location, but don't want to sacrifice quality fishing and scenery. We welcome those looking for an annual guys trip, families looking for a vacation different from the typical touristy traps, couples looking for an outdoorsy getaway, and friends/brothers/fathers/sons trying to reconnect. Also, work/corporate outings are welcome and can be arranged to fit your needs!