Cobham River Lodge and Hidden Lake Outpost are equipped with complimentary WIFI, provided via satellite internet. It is the best and fastest available for this remote location, but don’t expect what you have at your home or office.
Set up your phone for Wi-Fi calling, and you can make phone calls using your phone while on Wi-Fi.
Rod & Reel Rental
A great way to save money! This is an excellent option for guests who don’t want to spend hundreds on rods/reels. Guests flying commercially also save because airlines often charge between $100.00 and $200.00 for rod cases to be checked.
Premium Rod Rental
We offer the highest quality St. Croix spinning rods with Daiwa FG reels. Limited casting rods available. Our rental packages include 2 rods, two reels, unlimited braided 30-pound test, fluorocarbon leader, and one lure box with the hottest pike lures. Also included are endless lures that we have found to work best. Pliers are also included. If you break the rod or drop it in the lake, it’s covered under our equipment insurance. Premium rod rental is included in our Winnipeg flight packages.
Basic Rod Rental
Basic rod rental includes Cabela’s brand rods with Pflueger presidential reels and a lure package.
What is the best lure to bring? We have you covered. Check our online article detailing the best northern pike fishing tackle and tips. The Lodge also has a limited selection of lures on our lure board in camp in case you lose a lure on a big one.
Cobham River Lodge does not require a fishing guide for you to enjoy our fisheries. Most guests prefer to explore our Manitoba lakes and rivers independently with our provided detailed guide maps. If navigating a boat does not sound ideal or you want a carefree day of fly-in fishing, a friendly and knowledgeable fishing guide is available with advance notice. Guides can take up to 2 guests in their boat. Fly fishing is only allowed with one guest in the boat, and the guide reserves the right to ask the guest to use a spinning/casting rod only. The guide fee per boat is 250.00 for a full day or 125.00 for a half day. Guides are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Cobham River has a large population of Canadian wildlife, including Moose, Black Bears, Beavers, Bald Eagles, Mink, and River Otters. In addition, however, are Northern Caribou, Lynx, and the occasional Big Foot (so guests have said, still waiting for the photo).
Breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Each morning, guests enjoy specialty coffees and teas and breakfast selections, including classics and some more intriguing options from our culinary team.
Shore Lunch is prepared each day with special seasonings and unique batter mixes. Have a special request? Remember to ask! Sandwiches are also an option for guests choosing to stay on the water.
Dinner is served from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner at the Cobham River consists of a soup and salad bar, with main entrees including ham, pork roasts, beef roasts, steak, turkey, ribs, and many original recipes. Don’t forget the desserts, homemade bread, pies, and other selections.
Black flies and mosquitoes have been called the guardians of the north. They do keep some people in the south. Cobham River is located in an area of very sandy, well-drained soils. There are bugs, both black flies and mosquitoes, but they are rarely heavy in numbers. They will never be a problem in the boat, but on quiet, muggy days (all bugs love high humidity), the shore lunch sites and areas near the lodge could have heavy bugs.
We HIGHLY recommend you don’t try to fit this on your baggage weight limit. We can arrange for these items to sit at the camp before you arrive. For the average group, beverages equal 40 lbs./person, leaving only 20-35 lbs. for your gear. If you bring in liquor bottles, we suggest looking for a plastic bottle option.
Because 98% of our guests prefer the unguided fishing experience, they have expressed concerns about the costs of repairs when an accident happens. With that in mind, Cobham River implemented a program to offer worry-free fishing for our guests. Equipment insurance covers your group’s liability for the boat, outboard, and rod rentals should you have an accident that causes damage. Call to opt out of equipment insurance.
Tips are an entirely personal matter. Most of our guests do tip, usually an amount like what one would tip at a fine restaurant (15 to 20% of package value). Gratuities are split evenly amongst the Cobham River staff. That can be changed at the customer’s discretion. Our staff greatly appreciates any level of tipping. Gratuities can be prepaid or paid by check or put on a credit card and handled at checkout on the final day.
Your final payment is due April 1st. We cannot accept payment at the lodge since we don’t have a bank branch on the river.