Pickerel Arm Camp Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you sell fishing licenses at the lodge?
A: No, we do not sell fishing licences. Fishing licenses are only available online.
Q. What has changed in the rules for crossing the border into Canada (and back into the US)?
A: Passports for reentry to the US are needed since 2008. See our Border Crossing Page for more information and links. The phone number for questions at Fort Frances Port of Entry (Canada) is 807-274-5239 and International Falls (US) is 218-283-2541.
Q. What do I bring to the camps?
A: See our What to Bring page for detailed information.
Q: What payment methods are accepted?
A: We accept cash, travelers checks and Visa/Master Card. Please note the banks may charge a 2.5% surcharge on Visa/Master Card transactions.
Q. When are you open?
A. We open on the 3rd Saturday of May every year and close in the Fall after moose hunting season.
Q: Do you offer American Plan?
A: No, we only offer housekeeping cottages. All cabins are equipped with full kitchens--stove w/oven, fridge, dishes, cookware, utensils and outdoor propane gas grills.
Q: Do we need to provide our own life jackets?
A: No - we provide life jackets at the main camp and at all the fly-in cabins
Q: Do have bait for sale at your lodge?
A: Yes, We have minnows, leeches, nightcrawlers and frozen herring . Live minnows, smelt and leeches cannot be brought from the U.S. into Canada. Nightcrawlers in an artificial bedding ARE allowed. We have all the bait for sale at the lodge.
Q: How much liquor can we bring into Canada?
A: For short-term visitors to Canada, the following restrictions apply per person: 1.14 liters (40 oz.) of liquor or wine, or 24 x 355ml (12 oz.) bottles or cans of beer or ale (8.5 liters). You must be 19 years of age or older to import alcoholic beverages or tobacco products into Ontario.
Q: How many cigarettes can we bring into Canada?
A: For short-term visitors to Canada, the following restrictions apply per person: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or cigarillos or 400 grams of manufactured tobacco or 400 tobacco sticks. You must be 19 years of age or older to import alcoholic beverages or tobacco products into Ontario.
Q: Where can we buy groceries once we get there?
A: You can stop at Dryden (45 miles before our camp) or go to Sioux Lookout (15 Miles north of us). We also sell many of the staple items (i.e. potatoes, bread, milk, eggs, soda) at our main lodge.
Q: Can I rent a fish locator?
A: No, we no longer rent fish locators.
Q: Can I rent a trolling motor?
A: No, we don't offer trolling motors but we do offer convenient charging locations.
Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: Yes, pets are welcome. In order to enter Canada, you will need paperwork showing that your pet is up to date on rabies shots.
Q: Can I still get into Canada if I have a past DWI/DUI conviction or other offence on my record?
A: If you have only one DUI on your record and no previous offenses you should still be able to get into Canada with no worries. But, if you have multiple DUI's or other charges along with the DUI you might not. Go to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for further information.
Another useful link for legal advice with DUI's: https://www.sportsmanlawyers.com/
Q. Will my cell phone work in Base Camp (or at a Fly-In Camp)?
A. Cell phones will work at Base Camp and the closest Fly-In Camps IF Superior Wireless has a roaming agreement with your cell carrier or an affiliate. Check their website superiorwireless.net or call them for more information. Phone: 807-628-1900, Toll Free: 877-530-6285 firstname.lastname@example.org
Need to know something else? Just ask us!
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