Lake Life

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Swim, Paddle, & Play.

The Lakeside Essentials
Melwel Lodge on Big Basswood Lake
Freedom & Comfort

Enjoy the freedom, comfort, and privacy of lake life that has all the wonders and room of a provincial park with resort amenities and the ease of activity-rich and relaxing days.

Melwel Lodge on Big Basswood Lake
Melwel Lodge on Big Basswood Lake
Peace of Mind

With the safety and proximity of the grounds and the gradual change in water depth along the beach, parents have a clear line of sight to their children. They can settle in and relax while their kids explore and play.

Experiences to

From our beach-stocked canoes, kayaks and paddleboards to pickleball and shuffleboard, our renowned fishing, the adventure of the Voyageur and on-site trails, to an afternoon of cannonballing and the quite of campfire-filled evenings, the Melwel experience is truly one that families, couples, and friends will remember.

Melwel Lodge on Big Basswood Lake
Paths & Trails
Walk, Stroll, Hike
& Explore.

Walk, hike and explore the paths and trails that make their way through Melwel or venture out onto the Voyageur Trail and explore a forested and riparian landscape that passes through scenic vistas, lakes, creeks and rivers.

The Desbarats-Huron Shores section of The Voyageur Trail is a 77km segment that can be trekked in short out-and-backs or through-hiked. It’s a short stroll from Melwel and makes for a morning, afternoon, or day of adventure.

Learn more about
The Voyageur Trail

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Natures Rythyms
Ever changing sunsets
& truly dark skies.

Experience sunsets, and truly dark skies that turn evenings into star speckled wonders.

Since our founding in 1946, watching sunsets shimmer into the lake has grown to become a much-loved tradition, and a bit of secret passed from one generation to the next.

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Boating & Angling

Big Basswood Lake

Lake Trout
Salvelinus Namaycush
Also known as mackinaw, namaycush, lake char, touladi, togue, grey trout, and sometimes called siscowet, paperbelly or lean in Lake Superior.
White Fish
Coregonus Clupeaformis
Other names include Otsego bass, Sault whitefish, gizzard fish, eastern whitefish, Great Lakes whitefish, humpback whitefish, and inland whitefish.
Yellow Perch
Perca flavescens
A freshwater perciform native to much of North America this fish is commonly referred to as perch, striped perch, or American perch.
Esox Lucius
A big fish known simply as Pike in most of North America it's also called Jackfish, Brochet in French, Cinosa in Cree, and Ihok in Inuktitut.
Rock Bass
Ambloplites rupestris
Other common names for this freshwater native of Big Basswood Lake are rock perch, goggle-eye, red eye, and black perch.
Smallmouth Bass
Micropterus dolomieu
Its common names include smallmouth, bronzeback, brown bass, brownie, smallie, bronze bass, and bareback bass.

The Catch

8 Plus Species
27 sqkm of Fishing
235' depths
Big Basswood opens up into a very large, deep spring-fed, cool lake, renowned for producing big fish.  A testament to the water clarity and rich phytoplankton the fish feed off of.
This is the type of lake that produces double-figure Lake Trout, Whitefish, Smallmouth Bass, Perch, and Northern Pike.

May is prime Whitefish season. June is when the Trout come up to feed before going deep again. In late summer, the Smallmouth Bass become active with catches ranging from 6-inch kids’ specials to 5 lb keepers. And if you’re up for Salmon fishing, late August and into the fall is when 20lb Kings and iridescent Pinks make their run through Lake Huron and Superior.

On-site Launch

Guests have exclusive access to our onsite boat launch and 90’ dock for small craft docking & watercraft access.

Fishing licenses are required and local, full-service guides are available on a prearranged basis.

Visit the Ministry of Natural Resources for more information: Ontario Fishing

Nature Gallery

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Explore & Uncover.

Nature & Ecology

Experiencing nature is magic at any age. If you're 75, 15, or 5, don't be shy about bringing or signing out a pair of binoculars or a magnifying glass to observe nature up close or out far. Our kid-friendly microscopes make the simple act of leaf, rock, or flower finding a marvel.

Sign out a telescope from the Nature Station to see stars and planets up close and enjoy the star-speckled wonder of our natural night skies.

Our mixed forests and inland lakes are home to abundant wildlife and a flourishing forest ecology of hemlock, mountain maple, pine, northern starflower, and moss-covered granite dotted with red winterberry and yellow sorrel.

Experience the diversity of songbirds, waterfowl and raptors ranging from merganser and mallard ducks to downy woodpeckers, song sparrows, and ruby-throated hummingbirds.

If you've yet to try birding, pick up one of our birding books in the lodge, sign out a pair of binoculars and head out for a look.

Sports & Recreation
Slide, Ring, & Hoop.
Pickleball courts at Melwel Lodge on Big Basswood Lake
Shuffleball courts at Melwel Lodge on Big Basswood Lake
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Shoot hoops, grab a racquet and some pickleballs, a cue and discs or a set of horseshoes and enjoy our full-sized pits, shuffleboard deck, pickleball and basketball courts.  

Board Games

In the lodge you’ll find camp classics like Yahtzee, Uno, and cribbage alongside chess, Monopoly, Balderdash, and Scrabble. Feel free to play them in the lodge or take them to your cabin and enjoy a lakeside tradition.

Melwel Lodge on Big Basswood Lake
Play Spaces

Whether they're accompanied or old enough to explore on their own, we've created a dedicated play area with clear site lines and room to let your young ones run, swing, climb, and slide.

Nature at your doorstep

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