We just wanted to say 'Thank You' again for the wonderful hospitality! Had a great week at Bear's Den Lodge. We love it there….. Morning Glory It’s so peaceful and beautiful and you are all wonderful to be around. You make it like a home away from home. We already miss it...we keep saying where is the peace and quiet and beautiful waters; something to look forward to next year! We are hooked now! Repeat customers for sure! Furthermore, the weather was favourable and the fishing was good by our standards. https://www.facebook.com/bearsdenlodge/photos/a.674697355883547/2509366255749972/?type=3&theater We caught several French River Fish including: 17 Pike (Largest 24 inches) 6 Pickerel (Largest 2 at 18 inches) 3 Bass We extend our sincere thanks to all the staff and look forward to our return next summer! https://youtu.be/o9S213RVtigREAD MORE >
We did not have too many highlights this year, but here are a few photos from our 37th year. The first 2 photos are of the biggest pickerel caught (and released), a 23", by my boat partner, Terry. The next 2 are of Eric and his battle in heavy current to hook & land a rare species called a 'Rock Fish' (or a chip off the old Canadian Shield block). Weighing in at approximately 2 lb., this epic battle ended with expert netting by his boat partner, Murray. Terry is a little upset, as he had held the previous 'Rock Fish' record! However the 'Rock Fish' had the last laugh as it somehow managed to eat his minnow! The last 2 photos are of pan-size pickerel caught by Carl & Adam.Thanks for another great stay at Bear's Den & see you next year!- Carson.READ MORE >
Dear Brenda, Art, Joe and Mike: We just finished the long drive home to Western Massachusetts and, thanks to you, our canoe camping trip to the French River ended on a positive note. I wish there was a better way to convey our gratitude for your kindness, concern and in the end, rescue! Most importantly, we are all fine, including Rob, whose finger was stitched up in the Parry Sound Hospital last night. Starting from the beginning, here is our story: We arrived at the Bear's Den on Wednesday evening via Joe's boat shuttle and after meeting Brenda, Art and Mike, spent a quiet evening sorting our gear. We knew that heavy rain was predicted on Thursday and happily opted to spend two nights at the Den rather than getting drenched camping on the river. A morning paddle amid the islands and rocky coves around Wanapitei Bay increased our anticipation for exploring more of theREAD MORE >
On his first trip to Bear’s Den Lodge, 10 year old Tommy L. caught this 24 pound, 47” musky on a white spinnerbait. In addition, a total of 131 pike were boated by the group in 3 days of fishing with his father and grandfather on the French River. A trip that Tommy will never forget! Will you be next?READ MORE >
"Some People come to fish for a fish, I fish for fish. It's not a contest, big small and in between. I just fish for fish. It didn't count my muskie I caught on a spinnerbait, it was just another fish." - Jim Johnson 53 years fishing the French River at Bear's Den Lodge. [caption id="attachment_2461" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 1966 of Jim Johnson fishing from a cedar boat[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2460" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Jim Johnson's 53 year with a largemouth bass[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2462" align="aligncenter" width="243"] Dr. Robert M. Johnson fishing from the main dock at Bear's Den Lodge.[/caption]READ MORE >
Bear's Den Lodge has been operating for past 32 years under the ownership of Art & Brenda Barefoot. We owe much of our success to fantastic groups that have wanted to return on a yearly basis. Montie Pattillo and his family are one such group we wanted to thank with this short post for the National Family Week as they were some of our first clients that helped us grow and become part of the Bear's Den Family. To see them every year is like a family reunion for us as now three generations are enjoying the French River bass fishing, swimming, scenery and much more! They even sport their own custom Bear's Den Lodge jackets with stripes of 31 years! See you next year! Make family memories in Northeastern Ontario! Authored by Joe BarefootREAD MORE >
I must say that Alicia Moir-Raytrowsky and I have really enjoyed our time at #BearsDenLodge on the French River. Today I managed to catch my first musky! After searching all over for one... I finally caught one right off the dock. He came out from under the dock and t boned my swim bait. He was probably the fish that took Alicia's little pike she caught on our first night here. We weren't able to land him then because he wasn't really hooked and we didn't have a big enough net at the time to grab him. A couple days later and he was ready for another "meal"! - T.J. Raytrowsky [caption id="attachment_1572" align="alignright" width="400"] T.J. measuring his French River Trophy. Photo Credit: Alicia Raytrowsky[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1573" align="alignleft" width="400"] Elusive, but only a cast away.[/caption]READ MORE >
Our party of four from various parts of Pennsylvania (PA) traveled north for a week of fishing on the French River Delta near Hartley Bay, Ontario. Our destination was Bear's Den Lodge which we had been introduced to over fifteen years ago by members of the Johnson Family, who have been coming to Bear's Den for fifty-one years. We began the week of July 17, 2016 on a positive note with Bob Griffith, State College, PA catching a 52 1/2 " Muskie, his personal best ever. Optimism was high as we fished through the week with several smaller muskies caught. Then on Thursday, July 21, I caught and released a 40" Muskie after a thrilling fight. We fished the next day, Friday, July 22, our last day of this trip, with some nice pike caught, but no muskies. We agreed after a mid-afternoon meal to not fish late (10:00 PM normally) and be back to the lodge by 9:00 PM to pack for our tREAD MORE >
TECHNOLOGY IS NOT THE MASTERY OF NATURE BUT OF THE RELATION BETWEEN NATURE AND [HUMANITY]—Walter Benjamin NATURAL RELATIONS TECHNOLOGICALLY TRANSFORMED University of Waterloo - Architecture students venture to the great Canadian wilderness of the French River to explore the classroom for inspiration. During their stay, their project was to document two feet cubed of nature then build a model that would fit snugly inside a two foot cubed container. The model material should be sourced from the Cambridge Rona or Home Depot. As suggested by their professors, it is worth considering that all matter is of the earth. It is also easy to conceive of the two feet cubed that you have documented as nature. While it is more difficult to conceive of the materials of the model as also natural, they are merely natural relations technologically transformed. The natural relations of tREAD MORE >
Welcome to the Bear's Den Lodge Blog. Bear's Den Lodge posts will take you on a journey from the history of the French River, to stories, nature, fishing tips, great food, adventures and just pREAD MORE >
It was a 1967, Canada's centennial year. Our neighbor, Ross Hoover, was selling real estate. He had a listing for fishing lodge on the French River. Ross, his wife Pat and my husband, Don, were all avREAD MORE >
Bear's Den Lodge would like to say thank you to all our valued customers and friends who had the opportunity to share your experiences with us this past season! May your seasons be merry with tight lREAD MORE >
Bear's Den Lodge, a "historical" museum, was built in 1925 for a New York Banker, H. Martin. Mr. Martin hired Bud West, local tourist lodge operator, to build a lodge on the property were an old loggREAD MORE >
"It hit in three to four feet away from the boat. It was raining. The muskie gave me a real fight, it ran three times taking my black and chartreuse eagle tail under the boat. What a fight!" WiREAD MORE >
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