Below is a helpful list of common items guests bring on a fly-in fishing trip.
Packing Tip: Try to freeze milk, sauces & meats to extend your cooler ice. Fill plastic pop bottles with drinking water and freeze for ice packs. The ice lasts three times as long and when it's melted you have cold water to drink. Once you are in camp, you can move all your food to the refrigerator and use your ice packs and coolers to keep drinks cold. Find a cool place for your cooler and keep it out of the sun. Save weight by using drink mix instead of bottled pop.
All fly-in camps have a satellite phone for emergency use only.
All cabins are equipped with propane stove, propane refrigerator, dishes, pots, pans, plates, cups, cutlery, beds, inside table and chairs, gas for the boats, most have BBQs and all have a wood burning stove for heat. Ara Lake and Dusey Lake have a small generator capable of running indoor electric lights and charging the battery system, which runs an electric water pump. The pump sends water to the kitchen sink or the shower. The water is heated by a propane "on demand system". The other camps do not have this yet.
Guest are restricted to 115 lbs. per person. Overweight charges will be levied at $0.50 per pound.
Sun Tan Lotion: The farther north you go, the thinner the atmosphere gets and the higher the UV index gets. With this in mind, if you are used to SPF 8 at home, then you will get the same results with SPF 25 in Nakina.
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 $250 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.
DO NOT BRING OPEN ALCOHOL IN THE BOAT or DRIVE THE BOAT WITH ALCOHOL IN YOUR SYSTEM: Ontario has the most strict alcohol laws in North America. If you are driving the boat and you are over .08% or have open alcohol in the boat, you will be arrested and flown back to Nakina and your fishing trip is over. It's a minimum $600 fine, 10-year criminal record, and a lifetime offender registration. Your driver's license will be taken away (right then and there) for 15 months automatically. Other states and provinces will honor these charges. Between .05% and .08% is a 3-day license suspension and a $150 fine. ZERO OPEN ALCOHOL IN YOUR BOAT OR IN YOUR BLOOD!
A police officer from the Ontario Provincial Police and a game warden from the Ministry of Natural Resources do fly into remote lakes and taxi right up to your boat to check for any illegal activity whether it's drinking on the boat or being over your fish limits. These guys are very very serious and do not show any compassion. You have been warned.
Please read the fishing regulations carefully.
Lets all have tons of fun, catch lots of fish, but save your drinking for around the campfire.