Northwest Ontario
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Fly in 185 air miles north of Red Lake, Ontario to one of our remote outpost cabins, located in the spacious grand wilderness of the Opasquia Provincial Park. Big Hook offers the most remote housekeeping outpost cabins in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Avoid the crowds and enjoy an entire classic Canadian shield lake to yourself.

Big Hook Camps is a remote Canadian destination that is perfect for those who want to escape the high tech world. Located in the boreal forest, the Opasquia Provincial Park, 1.5 million acres of true beauty, is a unique, unspoiled, road-less area. We are the only operation in the Park. No cars allowed, the only way to access this unique park is via float plane. As a matter of fact, the nearest road is over one hundred and fifty miles away.

Among the spruce and birch trees are bald eagles, black bear, moose, osprey, otters, wolves, minks, martens and of course, an abundance of fish. Also, the wolverine is rare species that inhabits the Opasquia Park. Numerous biologists have visited to study and analyze this territorial animal. Sparse sightings of woodland caribou have been documented throughout the years.

Witness a natural environment that has been virtually untouched by man. During the evening hours, listen to the hypnotic cry of the loon and view dazzling Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) dancing in the night sky. These undulating ribbons of light shimmer in the sky for hours and are best viewed during the late summer.

The Opasquia Park is a great place for a photographic safari. You have the freedom of exploring many miles of pristine shoreline and experiencing the beauty of various waterfalls and rapids. If you are the adventurous type, portage lakes are convenient too.

Choose from one of 7 secluded outpost cabins strategically located on pure, clean wilderness lakes where your fishing party will be the only group on the water. Walleye, northern pike and perch are abundant in every lake throughout the Opasquia Park. Averaging over six miles in length, our lakes offer diversity of structure and habitat, providing anglers plenty of bays, channels and open water to explore. From photo worthy waterfalls to scenic terrain each lake grants fisherman unique opportunities. Enjoy the camaraderie of preparing a classic Canadian shore lunch. Fresh fish has never tasted so good.

  • Burnt Lake Outpost – The most remote Big Hooks outpost camp offers excellent northern, walleye and perch fishing.
  • Central Lake Outpost – The hub of Big Hook Wilderness Camps provides its guests with continuous electricity
  • Cocos Lake Outpost – Fed by the Sagawitchewan River and provides over 12 miles of navigable waters with superb trophy northern and walleye fishing
  • South Lake Outpost – South Lake is a long slender lake of 13 miles, always produces the largest walleye of Big Hook’s outposts every year
  • South West Lake Outpost – Southwest Lake is Big Hook Wilderness Camps second largest body of water and offers excellent Northern, Walleye, & Perch fishing
  • West Lake Outpost – West Lake is situated in the center of the Opasquia Provincial Park, offering exciting Northern and Walleye fishing

Our housekeeping outpost cabins are adequately equipped for a pleasurable wilderness experience. All staple foods are supplied and all cabins have hot and cold running water, with showers. All cabins have communications to the main camp. Our outposts are open from mid-May to mid-September. Screened in porches at the camps allow guests to enjoy the scenic views.

Fishing conservation is important to us. Dating back since 1991, Big Hook Wilderness Camps has continued to strengthen the fishery with a NO TROPHY take out policy. All walleye over 18″ and northern pike over 27″ are released. Catch and release trophy fishing insures every fisherman will have successful angling and will continually improve our waters for generations to come.

Utilizing green technologies has been a focal point for Big Hook. Our goal is to have a minimal carbon footprint on the delicate ecosystem within the Opasquia Park. In 2000, Big Hook was one of the first remote operations in NW Ontario to harness the power of the sun and wind. Three 1 Kw Bergey windmills and 18 solar panels were installed to power our base camp at Central Lake. Our outposts are also outfitted with solar powered water pumps and lights. Furthermore, Big Hook is transitioning to clean, efficient and quiet Yamaha four stroke engines.

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Contact Info

Steve, Evie & Nathan Hartle – Big Hook Wilderness Camps

We would like to welcome you to our camps. May you enjoy the Northwoods for as many years as we have.


P.O. Box 510465
Milwaukee, WI 53203


P.O. Box 1342
Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0

Telephone: 920.893.3525
web page:


FLYING NORTH: From Red Lake, Ontario, Canada, you will be flown out of the Red Lake District Airport located on Highway #125 close to the town of Cochenour.

From International Falls , MN
Proceed through Canadian Customs in Internation Falls; take Hwy #11 east out of Fort Frances, ON for approximately 17 Miles, turn left onto Hwy #502 into Dryden, ON (502 will end, but it is faster to drive into the town of Dryden) proceed on Hwy #17 West to Vermillion Bay, ON turn North onto Hwy #105 towards Red Lake, right on Hwy 125 towards the Red Lake District Airport. Follow airport signs, the airport is on the right hand side of Hwy #125 heading towards the town of Cochnour .

100 lbs per person
50lbs per child ( under 12yrs. old )

This includes all of your gear, personal groceries, pop, and beer. Excess baggage will cost you an additional $1.75 per lb (up to 100 lbs). The next 100 lbs is $2.50 per pound. With exceeding airline costs we cannot guarantee excess baggage will be on your same flight. Please do not pack and carry in staple foods that we provide.

It is imperative that we meet the weight limits and have less waste going out.

Flight Information

Wasaya airport office phone
Ph: 1.807.662.1119
Fax: 1.807.662.1144

Office/Sandy Lake Seaplane
Ph: 1.800.361.9946 (in Ontario only)
Ph: 1.807.774.4421 or 1.807.774.1219
Fax: 1.807.774.1281

NOTE: If your vehicle breaks down and you will be late or unable to make the morning charter flight, please contact the airline as soon as possible.

With Wasaya Airways as soon as you arrive in the Red Lake area to reconfirm your departure time and weigh-in.

Weigh-In (One hour before your flight!)
The airlines cannot wait for you if you do not check in one hour before flight departure. Please place bag Big Hook baggage tags on each piece of your luggage, tackle boxes, rod cases, coolers, etc. and make sure your name and address and lake destination is visible.

Departure time
A departing time will be emailed to your party leader a couple of weeks before your airport arrival. Our time schedules are for Saturday mornings. Please call us if your arrival time will be later.

Flying north
Your will be flying via Wasaya Airways from the Red Lake Airport to Sandy Lake Airport . Sandy Lake is situated on a dry Indian reservation (no liquor or beer allowed). Please have all liquor and cases of beer concealed in black garbage bags. The chief at Sandy Lake knows that some of our guests do carry liquor, so he asks us to conceal it. Absolutely no drinking alcohol while at Sandy Lake . You and your party will be flown out by float plane via Sandy Lake Seaplane to your outpost camp, approximately 40 air miles north.

Return flight
We will begin moving guests out of the camps, starting at 6:00 a.m. , weather permitting. During the week the pilot will leave a notice of an approximate Saturday fly out time or you can call into the main camp on Friday night prior to your departure. Sorry we cannot plan an exact outgoing time schedule weeks in advance, but have your gear on the dock and ready to early. Make sure all the boats and motors are clear of the of the dock front, so the plane can taxi and tie up safely.


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