Contact Us, Directions & Border Crossing Information:

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Summer - May 15 to October 30

Seven Lakes Wilderness Camps
P.O. Box 38
Nakina, Ontario, Canada
P0T 2H0

Summer Phone: (715) 953-4788
Email: nakinaoutpost@hotmail.com

Winter - November 1 to May 14

Brad & Helen Slagel
P.O. Box 195
Ridgeland, Wisconsin, USA
54763

Winter Phone: (715) 949-7777
Email: nakinaoutpost@hotmail.com

We now have a merchant account with our bank. We can process Visa, Mastercard and American Express and take payment over the phone.

Driving Directions

Directions from Buffalo / Toronto (Printable .pdf file buffalo.pdf)

Cross the border into Ontario and take the Q.E.W towards Toronto. Go past Hamilton and over the Burlington Bridge and then it curves east. Follow Q.E.W past Burlington to Oakville. Just past Oakville take Hwy 403 east/north to hwy 401. Take hwy 401 to Hwy 400 North (to Barrie). Follow Hwy 400 and just north of Barrie and the 400 ends and it spits into Hwy 11 and Hwy 69. Take Hwy 11. Follow Hwy 11 all the way to North Bay. When you get to North Bay, there is a little jog through part of the city. Just follow the Hwy 11 signs. Then drive north all the way to Cochrane. Hwy 11 turns west at Cochrane. Follow Hwy 11 west all the way to Longlac. Drive about 15 minutes past Longlac and you will see a sign for Hwy 584 North to Geraldton. Drive through Geraldton and 40 minutes north is Nakina. As you drive into Nakina, you will stop at a stop-sign. Go straight one block and turn left on Quebec Street (someone keeps stealing the Quebec Street sign so look for the airport sign and follow). Drive about 2 miles to Cordingley Lake. You will drive past the airport, which has a landing strip. Go to Cordingley Lake where there are multiple float plane bases. Pull into Nakina Air Service as they fly you out to the outpost. 19 hours drive.

Directions from Sault Ste. Marie (Printable .pdf file saultstemarie.pdf)

Cross the border and take Hwy 17 (Trans Canada Highway) north to Wawa. Go past Wawa to White River. Take Hwy 631 north to Hwy 11. Turn west on Hwy 11 and drive all the way to Longlac. Drive about 15 minutes past Longlac and you will see a sign for Hwy 584 North to Geraldton. Drive through Geraldton and 40 minutes north is Nakina. As you drive into Nakina, you will stop at a stop-sign. Go straight one block and turn left on Quebec Street (someone keeps stealing the Quebec Street sign so look for the airport sign and follow). Drive about 2 miles to Cordingley Lake. You will drive past the airport, which has a landing strip. Go to Cordingley Lake where there are multiple float plane bases. Pull into Nakina Air Service as they fly you out to the outpost. 8 hours drive.

Directions from Grand Portage or International Falls (Printable .pdf file internationalfalls.pdf)

  • From Grand Portage cross the border and take Hwy 61 to Thunder bay
  • From International Falls, take Hwy 11 to Thunder Bay.

    From Thunder Bay, take Hwy 17/11 to Nipigon. Just past Nipigon take Hwy 11 North. About 45 minutes after you go through the town of Jellicoe, you will see a sign for Hwy 584 north to Geraldton. Turn north on 584. Drive through Geraldton and 40 minutes north is Nakina. As you drive into Nakina, you will stop at a stop-sign. Go straight one block and turn left on Quebec Street (someone keeps stealing the Quebec Street sign so look for the airport sign and follow). Drive about 2 miles to Cordingley Lake. You will drive past the airport, which has a landing strip. Go to Cordingley Lake where there are multiple float plane bases. Pull into Nakina Air Service as they fly you out to the outpost. 5 hours drive.

    Crossing the Border

    What you are allowed to bring into Canada

    You are allowed, per person, 40 ounces of alcohol or 1 case of 24 beer, 1 carton of cigarettes, up to 4 days supply of food, along with personal clothing and fishing equipment.

    What you are not allowed to bring into Canada

    You cannot bring into the country live bait in water, worms packed in earth, hand guns and unregistered firearms.

    DUI Charges and Other Issues

    Our Canadian Immigration and Visitor regulations restrict persons with convictions that would be considered criminal charges in Canada to enter Canada. If you have had a DUI (driving under the influence) charge against you, any time in the near or far past, and if it shows up on your records in the US (which can be accessed by our Customs & Immigration officers through co-operative agreements between the US and Canada) then you may be denied entry to Canada. Random checks are common.

    A one-time application can be made at the Canadian border for approximately $200 Cdn., taking up to 4 hours to complete, or a permanent application for visitor entry can be made through the Canadian Embassies in the US for a lesser amount ($35 Cdn.); however, this process can take up to 16 months. Some visitors with such convictions have been successful by pre-arranging their border crossing application and carrying letters from their home police force, clergy, etc. indicating their compliance with the rules over the past few years (at least 5 years). We suggest you communicate with a Canadian Immigration office prior to your planned trip if you have such a past charge.

    Border Crossing Times

    Slow time at the Pigeon River Crossing (Minnesota/Ontario) is 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

    The slow time at the Sault Ste. Marie Crossing (Michigan/Ontario) is 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Waits during the slow period are usually less than 30 minutes.


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