Fishing Smith Lake Mattawa Ontario Canada



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Fishing Smith Lake in Mattawa Ontario at Buckeye Camp

latitude. 46.233411117°, longitude. -78.916286484°

Beth & Bill Harris invite you to Buckeye rustic family fishing camp on scenic Smith Lake in Mattawa Ontario. Rated as one of Mattawa's good fishing lakes for Walleye, Northern Pike, Small Mouth Bass and Large Mouth Bass. Smith Lake is approximately, 4.7 Km in length (East to West) and 1.6 Km wide at its widest point at the East end of the lake. Smith Lake itself is 30 + meters deep at its deepest point, with a deep trench running for 2.8 Km along the South shore. A high ridge runs along the South side of the lake, where the deepest water can be found, while the North side of the lake is more shallow, with a gradual slope to more level land and several other small lakes. At the South East end of the lake, The Eau Claire Gorge drains The Amable du Fond River into Smith Lake. The Amable du Fond is the major North flowing River from Algonquin Park and is a popular for Speckled Trout. Buckeye Camp is located within 1000 Meters of the Eau Claire Gorge, at the East end of Smith Lake.

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Accommodations at Buckeye Camp

Buckeye Camp has five cozy housekeeping cottages for rent and a few camp site rentals nestled among mature pines along the 1000 foot shoreline of Smith Lake in Mattawa.

Each cottage has a well equipped kitchen complete with electric stove and fridge also a wood burning stove. The cottage has an electric heater, outside the cottage there is a porch and picnic table with a barbecue, and the use of a fire pit.

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Spring Summer Fall and Winter at Buckeye Camp

Buckeye Camp offers unlimited opportunities to savour the four-season delights of Northern Cottage Country, great fishing, trails for exploring and canoe routes for tripping, a remarkable diversity in flora and fauna, and frequent encounters with a variety of wildlife.

Boating at Buckeye Camp

Guests may rent a boat and motor at the camp. There are local outfitters that will rent canoeing and kayaking gear and even provide guided canoe trips and ATV tours. Limited complimentary docking and beaching of watercraft is available to our guests.

Activities at Buckeye Camp

Fishing » » Smith Lake » » nearby lakes » » for » » Walleye, Pike, Bass and Trout » » Canoeing » » Kayaking » » Hiking » » Riding » » Skiing » » Bird Watching » » Wildlife Watching » » ATVing » » Snowmobile Riding » » Ice Fishing » » Winter Camping » » we have lots to do at buckeye Camp.

Our Rates at Buckeye Camp

All Cottage Rentals are for a three day minimum.

3 Bedroom Cottage, sleeps 6. $125/day - $750/week.

2 Bedroom Cottage, sleeps 4. $100/day - $600/week.

Tent Sites (single parking included, 5 person limit). $35/day.

Boat and motor rentals. $60/day - $350/week + Fuel Costs.

Please note:-
a) Taxes PST & GST applied as required.
b) $30/psn/day fee for cottage occupancy above stated limit.
c) Rates are expressed in Canadian funds.
d) Reservations to be confirmed with a non-refundable deposit of $100.
e) Balance is due upon arrival.
f) Normally, Sign in is 2:00pm and Sign out 11:00am.

Drive right to the door of your clean non-smoking housekeeping cabin rental. Get fishing right away no matter what the weather is at Buckeye Camp.

Bring your camera, you never know what you'll cross paths with a Moose, Bears, Beavers, Eagles, Loons and a beautiful Mattawa landscape that will make a lasting impression. You'll reminisce about Buckeye Camp for years!

We are dedicated to making your vacation getaway as relaxing and memorable as possible. So please don't hesitate to call, write or e-mail us for more information on a great family fishing vacation in northeastern Ontario Canada.

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Buckeye Camp
Beth & Bill Harris
625 Hwy 630
RR 2
Mattawa Ontario
P0H 1V0 Canada

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History of Buckeye Camp

At the foot of the thundering Eau Claire Gorge, our location has served as a camp site for paddlers, loggers, fishermen, and hunters for over a century. More recently, the camp has served as a base for: tree planters, naturalists, ECO tours, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, ATV excursions, bird watching and simply relaxing and getting back to nature.

Buckeye Camp was officially founded in 1946 by Ohio sportsman Mr. E. J. Rodebaugh. Rody and his is wife ran the camp until 1960.

Mr. J. Sparks purchased the camp from Mrs. Rodebaugh in the Fall of 1960. The Sparks family continued operation of the camp until 1996, when an offer to purchase the business was accepted by Mrs. Sparks.

On April 1, 1997 the sale of the camp to Beth and Bill Harris was completed and the new owners moved in and began preparing the camp for the 1997 season.

Many of the current guests at "Buckeye" have a long association with the camp and return regularly. It is common to have as guests, several generations of the same family. There is a subtle atmosphere about the camp which appeals to independent spirits, who want to experience and enjoy "the North" in a personal sense.

Location of Buckeye Camp

Buckeye Camp is located to the north of Algonquin Park, between North Bay and Mattawa in Calvin Township Mattawa.

Turn South off Highway # 17 onto Highway # 630 (Kiosk Road) and proceed South for 5 Km, Buckeye Camp will be to the West side of Kiosk Road at emergency locator # 625.

Phone (705) 744 2206 for further directions.

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Local Attractions

Rutherglen, Fuel, Groceries and most cottager's needs including licences and alcohol are available at Gagne's General Store (10 minutes)

Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area
Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area Calvin Township, 396.5 acres Day Use Recreation Area

Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area - waterfalls and hiking trails just 5 minutes away.
The Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area is located on the Amable du Fond River. The most spectacular scenic feature is the Gorge itself, where the Amable du Fond flows between steep rock walls in a dramatic series of rapids and waterfalls. A log slide and dam were built on the property in the 1870's for the Mackey Lumber Company, in order to transport the huge pine logs around the fast water. Remnants of these structures are still visible. Directions: From Highway 17, travel east towards Mattawa. Turn onto Highway 630 and follow the signs. The entrance to Eau Claire Gorge is on the right hand side. A mixed forest covers most of the property with self-guided interpretive trails available.

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Timber Train » » Travel through time and nature aboard The Timber Train. Departing from Mattawa, Ontario this one day rail excursion travels along the scenic Ottawa River Valley and through the Majestic Laurentian Foothills to the quaint garden town of Temiskaming, Quebec. Upon arrival, passengers will enjoy a 3-hour stop-over before the return trip. An informative on-board guide narrates throughout the excursion, explaining the ecology, geography and history of the region. Take a journey on the Timber Train and learn about the rich history of the area’s aboriginal people, early explorers and other adventurers. For more information on the Timber Train, please call 1-800-648-4446 / (705) 744-0148, write to us at P.O. Box 1100, Mattawa, ON, P0H 1V0

Kiosk » » Algonquin Park's North gate access to Kioshkokwi Lake just 20 min. away. The Kiosk Campground is located on the north end of the Park on a beautiful lake named Kioshkokwi (which means Lake of the Gulls). Kiosk is 31 kilometres south of Hwy 17 on Hwy 630, which is 45 kilometres east of North Bay and 19 kilometres west of Mattawa.

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Smith Lake Walleye Fishing in Mattawa Ontario

Best Fishing Techniques  by   Bill

When it comes to fishing Smith Lake in Mattawa Ontario for walleye the best advice is to use a jig. A skilled angler with a great sense of feel that notices the delicate bite of the walleye can catch a lot fish with a jig. Right before the walleye begin to spawn they seem to feed a lot more. Their hunger makes them more aggressive than usual and you can be very successful when using the technique of trolling. Night trolling on Smith Lake is the best because this is the main feeding time for walleye.

Since many walleye can be found in weeds and structures deep in the water of Smith Lake during the summer this is a good time to fish with jigs. Get down into the deep pockets and you should have a lot of success. Using a slow trolling system can also be very beneficial. Of course, you will want to use a lightweight line when fishing in the shallows and increase the weight as you go out to deeper areas of Smith Lake.

You do need to remember that walleye can be very stubborn at times when it comes to eating. Normally, they are not a picky eater but sometimes they will only eat what is convenient for them. For this reason you may have to change your tactics regularly to keep up with their moodiness. One night they may be swimming everywhere searching for their favorite food to eat and the next day, lie around lazily waiting for their meal to literally swim to them.

Smith Lake walleye fishing has so much to offer anyone that loves this sport. Not only do you have the opportunity to enjoy some great fishing but you have excellent scenery to relax in while waiting for that big one to strike. Fishing for walleye on Smith Lake will be a fishing trip that you will not soon forget and that one should offer you many great stories to pass along.

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