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Welcome from your Hosts
Welcome to Diamond Key Lodge, located on the Georgian Bay, in Northern Ontario - Canada. My name is Peter, and together with my wife Karen, we purchased Diamond Key Lodge from the Powell’s in 2008. Great fishing, beautiful scenery and lots of laughing. The camp has been in business since the 1940s, and we are proud to continue the tradition of providing a relaxed fishing camp experience.
At Diamond Key, we have the fish and scenery, but that is only part of the story. We offer six very clean house keeping cabins, all with a very relaxed atmosphere. During the fishing season, The Lodge is a nice old Cedar Pan-Abode with a real camp feel. We’ve also upgraded some of the windows, purchased a communal BBQ (great one), a games room, upgraded mattresses, a beautiful walking trail, some new Lund Boats and Yamaha Engines … but nothing will compare in importance to the welcome and fun feeling at Diamond Key.
Please come expecting to relax and have a good time.
Lodge & Cabins
Our Lodge is at the mouth of the Key River, in the French River Delta. The range of fishing is outstanding, with Northern Pike, Muskie, Walleye, and Bass all around us. The scenery in northern Georgian Bay is famous; artists often paint the sunsets and the rock and pine tree backdrop are at every turn. The Lodge property faces due West, with views into the islands. The stars at night jump out and the sunsets are some of the prettiest in the world. We like to say that we offer the feel of a fly-in camp, but with the convenience of boat access. We are located 3 ½ hours North of Toronto, but have a real feeling of being in the wilderness.
While we hope the goal is to get away from it all and enjoy fishing, hospitality and the scenery, we do offer free wi-fi internet access, by satellite, so that you can stay connected if need be. Our sincere goal is that you will be busy relaxing, fishing, walking, kayaking or paddling. Relax and have fun, we like to laugh and have fun – we laugh a lot.
Fishing & Season
Specifically, we are in the Georgian Bay 30,000 islands with access to the Key River, Sand Bay, Henvey Inlet, Pickerel River, Fox Islands, French River and the Bustards. Famous for producing big fish, we tend to fish for Northern Pike, trophy Walleye, Small and Large mouth Bass and Muskie. Set within the islands, we are blessed to have incredible structure ranging from deep weed beds to thousands of miles of shoals. This type of habitat and low density provides for a wide variety of species. If you can view our photo gallery at http://www.diamondkeylodge.smugmug.com, you will see pictures of fish from our guests; you will see some smiling faces!
We are lucky that our season opens at the beginning of May (we are located outside the Key River in zone 14 and do not fish the river in May). We get incredible action for Walleye and Pike, early in the spring when many areas are still not open. We fish in the georgian Bay islands rom May through to the first week of October. While May and June and September are the dominant fishing months, July and August can also produce some real surprise catches. Some groups have been travelling from the U.S. for decades – the fishing and relaxed ambience has helped earn their annual pilgrimage for an Ontario road trip; we are always happy to welcome back as we consider them friends. We would be pleased to provide references, or you can view our testimonials section. One of our proudest moments was when we had four generations of a family fishing together; that is pretty cool.
Bass fishing starts on the 27th of June and our shoals are a perfect structure for hiding really larger fish; and many of them. These are a favorite for kids and provide great action and a ton of fun. The abundance of bait fish provide for some real lunkers and lots of action.
Bob Izumi and Real Fishing at Diamond Key
We are pleased that Bob and his team came to visit us at Diamond Key Lodge. They filmed for a future episode on t.v. For more information about Bob Izumi, please see http://www.realfishing.com. In addition to be a great fisherman, Bob is also involved in a wonderful organization called http://www.fishingforever.ca, which we support. For those of you who know Bob, he laughs about as much as we do – so it should be a great fit. All kidding aside, we are excited to bring more awareness to the diversity and size of the fish in this part of the Georgian Bay. For the record, they are not eligible for the Fishmaster contest as that would be unfair.
Fishing and Photography Contests
We offer a yearlong fishing tournament (Fishmaster contest) and best picture contest (sunsets, kayaking, fishing, family … no rules). While many guests bring their own digital cameras, we have six loaner spares, so that if you want to borrow one to capture the moments, please go ahead. At the end of the day, we have a high speed computer, connected by internet. So, you can upload your best pictures and trophy catches and they will instantly update so that we world can see – and you can brag when you get home.
While we love the wood Giesler Boats (they are great), we have begun to purchase new Lund fishing boats (with floors). We have also started to purchase new 4-stroke Yamaha 15 HP Engines. The debate on wood vs. aluminium fishing boats will continue (laugh). Some preferred the wood boats for their warmth and historic feel, some preferred the new Lunds. Either way, Please rest assured the boats and engine are all in great running form.
See you soon
We would like to thank you for considering Diamond Key for your next fishing, kayaking or family trip. We hope you will explore our site and come to visit us.
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