Because we are located in the heart of the Canadian wilderness, there is always a chance that a curious bear may wander into camp. We rarely have problem bears that linger around camp because we make a strong effort to keep the camp clean of garbage or accessible food. We also have two young dogs that do an excellent job of chasing out any unwanted bears. Black bears by their nature are very docile creatures. They are usually more afraid of us than we are of them. If you always make your presence known when walking, carry a flashlight a night, and keep all food and drinks in your cabin, you should have little to worry about.
There is not a public phone located in camp.
In the event of an EMERGENCY we do have internet and a phone we can use. We DO NOT give out our phone number or internet password. We have it to be able to keep in contact with our guests easier and for emergency weather updates or issues that may arise.
If you are needed to be reached by a family member while you are at camp due to an emergency, they are to email us and we will take proper actions to get you to a phone or email back if needed. We do check our email often, but don’t want camp to turn into Starbucks and have everyone on their phones and computers. You are here to get away from it all! Rest assure our system has never failed us.
If you need to contact someone back home just to touch bases, lots of cell phones work out on the big waters or some at the top of the trail. There are also public phones located in the nearby Town of Red Lake and you may rent a computer at the public library for $1.00/hour. If you just want family/friends to know you arrived safely to camp we can always send the an email for you.
Yes, there is a hospital located in the Town of Red Lake. The hospital is approximately 25 miles from camp which takes 40 minutes by car.
The weather up here can vary from day to day. Typically you can expect the afternoon temperatures to be around 65-85 degrees and the evenings to be around 40-50 degrees. May is typically the coolest month; in June the weather starts to warm up; July is usually quite warm; and August has very pleasant stable weather. The only predicable thing about the weather up here, is that it is unpredictable. Come prepared for a wide range of conditions.
No, we do not allow our customers to bring their dogs or pets to camp.
Black Bear Lodge is a drive in outpost fishing camp located 250 miles north of International Falls, Minnesota. It is about 20 miles west of the town of Red Lake, Ontario. Click on Map/Directions above to get exact directions.
Black Bear Lodge has always been a wilderness outpost camp, and to maintain its original feel we do not have indoor toilets in the cabins. Instead, we have 2 separate outhouses throughout the camp, similar to the ones the pioneers used when the camp was founded more than 60 years ago. We do, however, have a shower house with hot and cold running water for you to use at your leisure.
There is a parking area located at the top of the trail to our camp. Please Do Not drive into camp without calling us on the walkie talkie left at the top of the trail under the bucket. You can always have one or two people walk down the trail into camp to let us know you have arrived also. Once we have permitted you to drive into camp to unload your gear please do so and then return your car to the top of the trail parking area for the remainder of the week.
No. There are hot showers in the shower house. Both showers have locks on the doors so the can be used by men or women.
Each log cabin has bunk beds with foam mattresses, table and chairs, oil burning stoves, and battery opperated lights.