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Drive-in Fishing Cottages: Hidden Gems in Algoma East

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The New Fly Fisher with a big smallmouth bass catch.

Anglers from neighbouring states in Michigan and Ohio, as well as Ontarians from Southern Ontario are catching on to Algoma’s best kept secret. These anglers are heading north to find world class fishing at drive-in cottage resorts! Extending along Trans Canada Highway 17 East,  these trophy smallmouth bass and northern pike reside in secret lakes and rivers between Sault Ste. Marie and Spanish, Ontario. These big bass and pike provide a strong fight for anglers of all experience levels. Traditional rod and reel anglers will enjoy many bites an hour, while fly fishers will love the way a smallmouth bass and northern pike snatch a fly before it even hits the water. Practice your best fly techniques and be ready to show them off at one of Algoma’s lakeside cottages!

These cottages offer daily, weekend and weekly rentals. Cottages are equipped for home cooking and provide electricity, full bathrooms, hot and cold water and all the comforts of home in a peaceful lakeside cottage. Depending on the property, cabins can accommodate singles or groups of 2-10 people. For bigger groups, bachelor & bridal parties, weddings, reunions or other events, multiple cottages provide the perfect environment to relax and celebrate any occasion with friends and family.

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Birchland Cottages – Iron Bridge, Ontario

Birchland Cottages is located directly off Highway 17 between Iron Bridge and Thessalon. These cottages offer a unique experience for friends, family and anyone looking to for a quick getaway. With eight well appointed housekeeping cottages, this is the perfect place for a family vacation that includes some time on the beach, trails and of course on the water. Boat rentals are available as well as canoes and Kayaks. The cottages are situation on peaceful clear lake, which is developing a reputation for amazing smallmouth bass fishing. Regular catches above 6 lbs are common. Get in on the fun before the secret is out! Pack your gear and come up to the lake for some of the best fishing you will ever experience at Birchland Cottages.
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Birch Lake Resort – Thessalon, Ontario (Highway 129)

Birch Lake Resort located less than half an hour from Trans Canada Highway 17 and is the ultimate place for bass hunters. Six lakeside cottages, boat rentals and some true north hospitality have guests returning year after year. The Ontario record for a bass caught on a fly rod at this very resort, and was released back to grow bigger for the next lucky angler. Do you think you have what it takes to catch the next great bass? A seasonal treasure open May – October with great fishing available throughout.
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Bruce Bay Cottages & Lighthouse – Bruce Mines, Ontario

At Bruce Bay Cottages & Lighthouse find a new way to enjoy a fishing experience on Lake Huron. All you need to bring is the clothes on your back and big smile. A guide and boat, rod and reel and the North Channel of Lake Huron await you to enjoy a few hours of fishing for Northern Pike and other surprise species is just what the doctor ordered! A great way to try fishing for the first time, or a nice add-on to a housekeeping cottage vacation for some family fun. Book your stay and  select the fishing package add-on to your stay for a great new experience in nature!
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Waterfalls Lodge – Spanish, Ontario

Waterfalls Lodge offers three, four and seven day packages with three different meal options. Every fishing package includes a full loaded boat and motor rental to get you off the road and on the water with ease. Of course you are welcome to bring your own boat and receive a discount. Housekeeping plans allow you to pack your own food and beverages for the duration of your trip. American Plans include 3 meals daily including a well stocked lunch for your day on the water. Evening meal plans offer guests an amazing dinner in the lodge while giving them the freedom to structure the rest of the days meals however they wish.
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Brennan Harbour Resort – Spanish, Ontario

Brennan Harbour Resort is a world class fishing resort located in Spanish, Ontario. A full service fishing lodge packages include cabin accommodations, boat and motor rental and three meal plans available at your choice. Housekeeping plans allow you to pack your own food and beverages for the duration of your trip. American Plans include three meals daily, including a well stocked lunch for the boat. Evening meal plans offer guests an amazing dinner in the lodge. The resort also offers the same accommodations and hospitality at overnight rates. A great location with two great fishing opportunities, the Whalesback Channel of Lake Huron and the Spanish River. Only minutes from HWY 17, this resort offers treasures of walleye, northern pike, small-mouth bass, lake trout and perch. Don’t wait, get here before the secret it out!
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Wakomata Shores Resort – Thessalon, Ontario

At Wakomata Shores Resort is home to a variety of fish species including Lake Trout, Small Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye and White Fish. For those anglers interested in Speckled Trout or Rainbows there are a number of rivers, creeks and back country lakes to explore. The lake features over 30 miles of shoreline with exceptionally clear water, long sand beaches, islands and coves.
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Lakeside Cottage Rentals with Fishing

For a full list of cottage rentals or to learn more visit the Cottage Resorts page.

About Erik Bringleson

An avid golfer and outdoor enthusiast, it wouldn't be a surprise to find me on one of Algoma's awesome trails in the summer, fall, winter or spring. Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, and proud to show off just how much the Algoma region has to offer.

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