Cranes Lochaven Wilderness Lodge

Welcome to an unforgettable island retreat on the French River.

Crane's Lochaven Wilderness Lodge is an American Plan island fishing lodge located on the beautiful, historic, French River in Ontario, Canada. Part of a private 4 square mile island accessible by boat 6 miles from our landing, Crane's is located just 3 1/2 hours North of Toronto, offering great fishing on the French River for Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass and Muskie. Enhance your fishing experience with our optional fishing guides.

We're a first class operation that has been family owned and operated since 1973. We pride ourselves on top-notch service, outstanding accommodations, tantalizing cuisine and of course the incredible fishing that Ontario's French River is known for.
Access Method:
Drive To, Fly-in
Fish Available:
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Smallmouth Bass
Canoes, Hiking trails, Paddle boat
Game room
Snooker Table
DVD/VCR/Satellite TV
Sun Deck
Recreation Center
Board Games
Outdoor Fish Fry
The French River is rated as one of the top Walleye areas. Lunker sized small mouth bass, tackle smashing musky and northern pike are being caught in increasing numbers and size. The ... moreearly spring season is best for volume of walleye and pike. Late spring and summer bring the added challenge of small mouth bass and muskie. Anglers can also land sturgeon, whitefish and a variety of pan fish such as perch, etc. Grappling with a Channel catfish in fast water is also a challenge and they make great appetizer at our Fish Fry.

The comfortably furnished cabins have automatic heat, at least one four piece bathroom and daily maid service to ensure a relaxing stay. Cottages range in size from one bedroom with sitting area to 6 bedrooms with 2 living rooms.

Fishing is a sport, not a science and a satisfying fishing holiday can always be enhanced with the help of a professional guide. One of the highlights of a guided fishing trip is the shore lunch that goes with it. We also offer a ready to go shore lunch if you want to have one on your own. All you need to add is the freshly caught fish.

During the last 18 years, the Wolseley Bay Walleye Ponds, in co-operation with the Ministry of Natural Resources have been very actively involved in a Walleye rearing and stocking program. Eleven years ago, the association introduced a slot size program where you catch and release the breeders of each species. The results of these programs are now showing up in growing numbers. Since these are ongoing programs it certainly bodes well for future fishing in our area.

Releasing fish within the slot limits means you are releasing the breeding fish. This photo shows one bass under the 13″ limit and one bass over the 17″ limit. Any Bass that are caught between these two sizes must be released.
Lodging, Fishing, American Plan
Camp Cabin
Accommodation Inclusions:
Meals, Maid Service, Towels and linen, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 4 Piece Bath, Supervised Parking, Water Taxi to & from the Lodge, Snooker Table, Fireplace, DVD/VCR/Satellite TV, Sun Deck, Recreation Center, Karaoke, Darts, Board Games
Access Method:
Boat To
Transportation Included:
Fishing Inclusions:
Fishing equipment, Fish packing / freezing, Bait, Swivel Seats, Bait Buckets, Anchors, Landing Net, Life Jackets, Cushions, Boat Towels, Portable Fish Finders, Fish Cleaning
Fish Available:
Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye
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