Camp Info and Frequently Asked Questions:
When is check-in and check-out?
Our weeks go Saturday to Saturday. Official check-in begins at 2:00 P.M. We will aim to open the gate at 1:00 for you to settle in your cabin if cabins are ready. We ask that our guests be mindful of this to allow for a clean and welcoming arrival. If you arrive early, grab a bite/drink/ice-cream at Whiskey Jack, stop in Dutchies, or tailgate/prep gear in driveway before the campground. Check-out is by 8:00 A.M.
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
Canadian Outdoors Cards and Fishing Licenses
U.S. Cash or checkbook for paying balance/souvenirs/tips etc. (Credit card accepted for 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, coffee
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 purchasing 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)
Some guests prefer to bring a fan, their own pillow, extra septic safe toilet paper, vacuum sealer/bags, travel lawn chairs, paper plates, Bluetooth Speaker, etc.
**Campground guests - bring anything and everything you plan on needing
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 paper, salt/pepper, coffee filters, matches, deck of cards
**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. If you would like to pre-purchase a license online and avoid lines at the store, CLICK HERE! Or 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.
I'm concerned about the border. What's the deal with that?
All former Covid related border restrictions have been eliminated beginning October 1, 2022. Vaccination status is NOT a factor, and the ArriveCan app is history. Welcome Back!
Refer here for answers to documents needed and Canada Border Service Agency.
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 email@example.com.
Do you have Wifi/Cell Phone service at camp?
There is a Verizon tower nearby so cell phone reception is good at camp for most carriers, and even on many (but not all) parts of the lake. It may switch you over to Canada's Rogers service. Make sure your phone/data plan includes international service before you travel if you are unsure.
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. Well behaved dogs staying in our campground continue to be welcome.
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 $150.
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 at the going market rate. 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!