Canada Fishing – Frequently Asked Questions
One of our top priorities is to get you into the lodge or outpost by 8 am. This gives you the full days fishing with shore lunch on day one. Unlike other fly-in lodges that have to arrive late morning/early afternoon we feel you paid for a full days fishing not a half or quarter day.
Since our flights arrive at the lodge or outpost by 8 am the return flight back arrives at the air base before 10 am, weather permitting. That means you will be back in Winnipeg in time to catch the late afternoon flight home, or still have plenty of daylight for that drive home.
More than 30 days Notice
If your reservation is cancelled more than 30 days from your scheduled arrival, we will refund all funds paid, less trip deposit. The retained deposit may be applied to another trip in the same or following calendar year.
Less than 30 days Notice
If your reservation is cancelled less than 30 days prior to your arrival date, your deposit will be forfeited and the balance received can be used on a another trip in the same or following calendar year.
NOTE: Reservations can be transferred or sold to another party.
Both Cobham River Lodge and Hidden Lake Outpost offer FREE wireless internet throughout the property.
While the lodge is open access, Hidden Lake is password protected so you can control when your kids have access.
If you have a Android or IPhone with WIFI calling, you will be able to receive and make calls from either the lodge or outpost property. In rare cases we have found that the carrier may block WIFI calling on US based phone due to connecting in Canada. Sprint users have reported this mainly. If you have this issue, Skype or Google Voice (free) Apps are good options, and there is always facetime.
Most of our guests make it a tradition to return year after year, sharing their piece of paradise with friends and family with hopes of even passing it down to the next generation. With very few dates available every year, we give our guests a short period of time to secure their dates before they are available to other inquiries.
Hidden Lake Outpost; Average Depth 3.6 Meters (12 Feet), Deepest location 6.1 Meters (20 Feet)
Of course, twilight fishing is prime time trophy fishing. Isn’t trophy fishing the reason you booked the trip?
Cobham River Lodge offers three options for your outpost grocery needs.
Option 1: Guests can order their groceries at the local grocer and have your groceries delivered to the air base prior to your departure (Note: this option available for Pine Falls and Winnipeg departure only).
Option 2: Guest can order their groceries through Cobham River Lodge and have your groceries waiting for you at the cabin upon your arrival.
Option 3: Guest can stop at any of the multiple grocery stores they will pass traveling through Canada to the air base and can do your own shopping.
We recommend one gratuity for the entire team, which will be equally distributed to every team member who worked on providing you with a wonderful experience. The amount of gratuity you provide is entirely up to you and you alone. As a guide, our past lodge guests have provided our staff a range of between 10% to 20% of their package price.
Hidden Lake and pilot gratuities are not expected and entirely up to you if you choose to.
Go fish! Unlimited gas at the lodge and outpost.
At both Cobham River Lodge and Hidden Lake Outpost we have a large population of Moose, Black Bear, Beavers, Bald Eagles, Mink, and River Otters. In addition, however more rare are Northern Caribou, Lynx, and the occasional Big Foot (so guest have said, still waiting for the photo. My guess just a lynx screaming).
We get asked this question a lot, and looking at other lodge’s pricing structures its understandable why. We see lodges that include airfare from Thompson, MB, Island Lake, MB, even Yellow Knife, NWT. Which leaves you the added expense and headache figuring out how to get to a far away remote site just so you can start the trip you already paid for.
Well we make it simple:
All rates quoted on our website include airfare from Bissett, MB.
Bissett is a 3 hour drive from Winnipeg. Guests will plan to arrive the night before and stay at Northern Wings Bed and Breakfast.
If you want to save 90 minutes off your drive you can choose our Pine Falls, MB departure.
Pine falls is a 1 hour 30 minute drive from Winnipeg. Guests will plan to arrive the night before and stay at South Beach Casino or Papertown Inn.
For red carpet door to door service you can choose a Winnipeg departure.
Guest arriving into Winnipeg Intl can step off their airplane and then depart directly from Winnipeg the same day. This saves you spending the night in Winnipeg and gets you on the water the same day you fly in from cities such as Minneapolis, Chicago, or Denver. Depending on your commercial flight, you could be on at our camp by 3 pm the same day you departed from home (weather permitting).
The nearest settlement is over 55 miles air miles away. So no one will swing by to ask if you have any smokes or spare fish. The guests you had breakfast with is the only other boats you will see during your stay on the Cobham River.
Settlement distances to other area lodges:
- Cobham River nearest settlement: Little Grand Rapids First Nation located on Family Lake Manitoba (Population: 1,174) – 94 KM (59 miles) air accessible.
Shinning Falls nearest settlement: Little Grand Rapids First Nation located on Family Lake Manitoba (Population: 1,174) – 19 KM (12 miles) boat accessible.
Amphibian Lake nearest settlement: Little Grand Rapids First Nation located on Family Lake Manitoba (Population: 1,174) – 30 KM (19 miles) boat accessible.
Dogskin Lake nearest settlement: Little Grand Rapids First Nation located on Family Lake Manitoba (Population: 1,174) – 46 KM (29 miles) boat accessible.
Sasaginnigak Lake nearest settlement: Little Grand Rapids First Nation located on Family Lake Manitoba (Population: 1,174) – 46 KM (29 miles) air accessible.
Aikens Lake nearest settlement: Hollow Water First Nation located on the shores of Lake Winnipeg Manitoba (Population: 1,021)- 64 KM (40 miles) air accessible.
Bissett air base is the Northern most float plane base on the East side of Lake Winnipeg. Cobham River Lodge is located 128 air miles North of Bissett air base (1 hour 10 minute flight by otter).
Bissett is also the furthest most road on the East side of Lake Winnipeg. Other than a float plane the only other way to get to Cobham River Lodge would to trek 128 miles through the Canadian wilderness on foot.
Distances to other area lodges from Bissett air base:
Cobham River – 206KM (128 Miles) – 70 minute flight
Amphibian Lake – 93KM (58 Miles) – 29 minute flight
Shinning Falls – 91KM (57 Miles) – 28 minute flight
Sasaginnigak Lake – 64KM (40 Miles) – 20 minute flight
Aikens Lake – 30 KM (19 Miles) – 9 minute flight