FAQ

 

Where is Lloyd Lake?
We are in northern Saskatchewan. The nearest town is La Loche.

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How do the flights to and from the lodge work?

Flights to the lodge leave on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Check-in:
2:00 PM at McMurray Aviation (located a short distance from the main terminal)

Departure:
3:00 PM

Lodge arrival:
4:00 PM

Return to McMurray Aviation:
Approximately 5:00-7:00 PM

Before and after your flight to Lloyd Lake Lodge:
We recommend that guest travelling from out of town arrive in Fort McMurray the day before their trip begins. We also strongly recommend that guests book their return flight from Fort McMurray for the day after their trip ends as unpredictable weather occasionally delays flights from the lodge to Fort McMurray.

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How much luggage can I bring?
There is a 50 lb per person total maximum luggage allowance. Please limit individual pieces of luggage to 30 lbs. Soft duffle bags are preferable. We encourage you to be sure that your own rods and reels are suitably packed.

Please keep all medication with you when travelling. Do not pack it in your checked luggage.

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What kind of plane am I flying in on?
You will likely fly to the lodge in a Cessna Grand Caravan either on wheels or floats. If we have a group of 3 or fewer coming, you may fly in on a Cessna 206.

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How long is the flight?
Depending on the wind, anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour.

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Who flies guests to the lodge?
We use McMurray Aviation. They fly out of a hangar next to the Fort McMurray Airport.

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Can we fly in on our own plane?
Yes. Land on our private airstrip or if you/re on floats, on the lake and pull up to our dock. You’ll receive a $200/person discount on our standard rates. Fill out our contact form on the right and we’ll get in touch to answer all your questions.

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What is the easiest way to get to Fort McMurray?
Drive and park at McMurray Aviation, the company who flies our charters.
Fly in on WestJet or Air Canada. Both have regular daily flights to Fort McMurray. Walk over (or hop in a cab for 2 minutes if you have too much gear), and you’ll be at McMurray Aviation.

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Can we drive in?
No.

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How are the bugs?
Not nearly as bad as you imagine. We are in a mostly bug free band. If you head 80 km up from Lloyd Lake, you’re battling horse flies and mosquitoes. At Lloyd, there’s almost nothing. Bring your bug spray, but more than likely, you’ll be taking it home more than half full.

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Can we drink the water?
Yes. The lake water is cleaner than most of what you drink at home, but we chlorinate it just to make sure.

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Can I buy a Saskatchewan fishing license at the lodge?
Yes.

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Do you sell alcohol?
No.

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Can I buy tackle at the lodge?
Yes. We stock a good selection of lures and bait in our tackle shop.

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Do you sell snacks at the lodge?
Yes. We have pop, chips, and candy bars for sale in the tackle shop.

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How long are your fishing trips?
We offer 3-day, 4-day, and 7-day trips.

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Why do you charge extra for groups with an uneven number of guests?
Each boat seats 2 anglers, so we still have to supply a guide for you even if there’s only 1 person in the boat. The extra money we charge covers that wage and also the gas for the boat.

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Can we guide ourselves?
No. Your safety is important to us. Lloyd Lake is large and it is possible to get lost. The river has dangerous rapids. The guides know the best and safest spots. They also know where the fish are. You really are better off fishing with them.

What should I bring for clothing?
Weather conditions can vary significantly from day to day or even morning to afternoon. It’s far better to be overdressed and able to take off a layer than it is to be cold the entire time.

Must-haves:

Clothing for all weather conditions—temperatures range from 0 C to over 30 C (32 F to over 86 F)
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Camera
Rain gear

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What fishing gear should I bring?
Fishing options are unlimited here. Fly fish, spin cast, troll, or jig your way to fishing heaven. We can spend all day on this topic. The fastest way to get some answers is to contact us.

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Do I need fishing experience?
No. From the trophy angler to the first-time fisherman, everyone will have a great time. Our guides are also good teachers. Just ask them for the best techniques and you’ll be catching more fish than you thought possible.

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How many lakes can I fish?
We offer 4 lakes. Most anglers never leave Lloyd Lake, and if they do, it’s for a short drive out to Big Fish Lake because they want to catch lake trout.

Lloyd Lake

The lake that gave the lodge its name is large and beautiful. Fish in secluded back bays, rivers or around our islands. You’ll never compete with another angler. Catch walleye, northern pike, and arctic grayling. The fishing is usually hot, and in summer, there are great swimming spots too. There are 4 rivers leading out of the lake, as well as islands and a small waterfall. Even though this is the lake that sees the most anglers each year, it is unpressured.  Because it is so large, when the weather gods turn against us, there are always quiet spots on the lake where you’re still able to fish.

Big Fish Lake

The name says it all. Anglers head to Big Fish Lake where they hook into big northern pike and trophy lake trout.

Big Fish is a short drive from the lodge. Surrounded by pristine white sand beaches, it's home to a famous northern pike spot called "Gator Bay."

Preston Lake

Many anglers fall in love with the scenery as the boat gently meanders between the reeds on the way to Preston. From the lodge, it's a relaxing, hour-long cruise. The trip is a great wildlife-watching opportunity. 

While the lake has good northern pike and walleye fishing, it's best known for fantastic early spring and fall lake trout fishing.

Langley Lake

In the dog days of summer, head to Langley Lake for exceptional lake trout action. Getting to this lake provides some adventure for thrill seekers and outdoor enthusiasts—it takes a bit of work.

Langley has loads of lake trout and offers a great opportunity to catch bigger fish. The lake also produces trophy northern pike, which can be caught all season.

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Why do all boats have a guide?
No boat leaves the dock without a guide aboard. The guides ensure your safety. They also know the spots where the fish always bite. Catch fish after fish all morning long; then choose a couple and sit back while your guide fires up shore lunch.

When does the lodge open in the spring?
The lodge opens in the last week of May. The ice is usually off the lake by then.

Is the lodge open in winter?
No.

What happens if there’s an emergency?
Lloyd Lake Lodge is a 45-minute medevac flight from the nearest hospital. Desi and Derrick both have first aid training. There is a satellite phone available.

We hope we never had to deal with an emergency situation, but if we do, we’d rather be prepared.

All boats have life jackets, and we don’t allow boats to leave the dock unguided. Lloyd Lake is large. Our guides know which areas to avoid.

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