Whitewater, Watercolours and Walleye


This past week we hosted a total of thirty-four guests(not all at the same time!), with every group here for a different vacation experience. It was a perfect example of the various reasons our guests choose Two Moon Lodge.

It is no surprise to have guests come here for the fantastic mid-summer fishing. Fishing is, after all, the traditional reason many visit Lake Kipawa year after year. And again this year, the first week of August did not disappoint. Fishing the drop-offs and near-shore humps for walleye in twenty to fourteen feet of water worked well. Jigging leeches was the ticket for the most successful anglers, with a few nice walleye taken trolling as well. Groups were able to eat as much fresh fish as they wanted, take home a few fillets and release a bunch of fish to catch again next year.

But not everyone was here for the fishing. One couple arrived with the intent to do nothing but relax. That meant to get away from it all, to sleep in, get lost in a book, putt-putt the shoreline in a boat, take pictures, chill-out. It’s hard to imagine a better place to do that.

DSCN0260On the other extreme, we had a couple join me for a few days of exciting whitewater canoeing on the Kipawa River in our new Quebec Provincial Park, Parc National d’Opimican. The Kipawa River is a world-class whitewater river and a signature experience of this new park. The park itself covers much of the land between the town of Temiskaming and Laniel, Lake Temiskaming to the West to Lake Kipawa on the East, including some of the islands of Lake Kipawa. The Kipawa River sector is open this year and features backcountry camping, structure camping, hiking trails and scenic lookouts overlooking Grand Chutes on the Kipawa River and cliff-top views over Lake Temiscaming. A mere $8.30/day gives visitors access to this park and should be included as part of your trip to Two Moon Lodge. The park office is located at the town dock in Laniel.38674409_10212674571801776_2554008856686493696_n

Of course, summertime is family time. A number of families extended their Canadian long weekend and turned it into a short getaway. The fishing required a little effort over the weekend, given the hot, humid days and thunderstorms which rolled in each afternoon. Still, those who persisted were able to find a few fish and figure out the trick to landing some nice walleye.

What else did we do here this week? A class in watercolour painting taught by a professional artist and instructor, group lawn games, a fish-fry for sixteen, trips to the beach, cliff-jumping, drone-flying, wine-tasting, corn-roasting, pizza-eating, a guided expedition to pre-dawn jigging…

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