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French River fishing lodge resort - Ontario cottages. Bear's Den Lodge a Canada trophy fishing resort and hunting lodge with cottages conveniently located in the French River Delta with access to the remote, scenic unspoiled French, Pickerel, and Wanapitae Rivers, and Northeast Georgian Bay. Fishing Canada walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappies, and muskies for trophies. Canada Muskie fishing is our specialty. Bear's Den Lodge offers modern, electric accommodations with American Plan meals, Housekeeping cottages, boat motor rentals, canoes, and experienced guides. French River Delta offers fishing, excellent canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, black bear hunting, fish adventures and eco tours. The French River Delta, Georgian Bay area provides one of the highest quality adventure wilderness outdoor experiences in all of Ontario, Canada. Ontario fishing. 

Thank you for joining us on the French River in 2015 for our 30th Year Anniversary as owners of Bear's Den Lodge, French River Fishing, and for being a part of our French River history of 90th year Anniversary of Bear's Den Lodge! Also, we celebrated the 400th Anniversary of Samuel de Champlain traveling the French River in Canada! A new Fisherman Memorial Plaque was unveiled in 2015.  Don't miss out in 2016! What are you doing for spring walleye opener? Book your premier Thanksgiving Holiday at Bear's Den Lodge for 2016!

Create a Fishing Package Gift for that special fisherman or outdoorsman consider a gift for Mother of Father's Day! Book your American Plan Meals Lodge - availability May 2016. Prepare your own meals or do it yourself cottages. New Packages - Tours, Culinary, Arts, Photography, and Culture History Tours. Call to book. Open through Thanksgiving until October 2016.  French River Cottages dates available May 2016 - fishing French River.  French River Cottages, most dates booking quickly. Call now to book your fishing trip at Bear's Den Lodge cottages - dates available. Northern Ontario Fishing
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Walleye 28" caught in 2015, 19" walleye were caught off Bear's Den Lodge dock Sept.14, 2015. Average walleye 22- 26".  Reports logged of 10 muskie  in one week. 52" Muskie released June 17, 2015. A 127# Sturgeon Released! Measured 6'3" - what a fight! Bass, Pike, Muskie, Crappies await fishermen. Bass are shallow off rock points and weed edges. Fall colours are in their prime on the French River. September produces great landscape photos, wildlife viewing, and great fishing. Space available during the season.  American Plan meals. Fishing lodge. Canadian Fall fishing is a great time to go fishing. 2014 Walleye 27", Pike 39" and 40", and many bass released. 2013 - 9# 4 oz. walleye October 20, 2013 by fisherman from Fenwick, ON. 30" walleye released. 6 walleye released during last 3 days. 11 walleye released opening day, some almost 20". Pike are hitting on silver Countdown Rapalas.  60 walleye in 3 days for 7 fisherman May 31, 2013 - largest 24.5".  French River Muskie 57" released 2014.  50", 45", 40" released October 10-11, 2013. 52.5" muskie released Sept. 12, 2013 plus 40" and one over 50". 52" & 46" muskie released July 22, 2013. 52.25" muskie released July 12, 2013. 42", 38" and 32" Muskie released June 8 and 9, 2013. August 2, 2012 - Two 50" Muskies released 3 more 50" Muskies released October 2012, 3 - 44", 43" plus more.  Muskie 2011 - Fisherman report 27 fish released over 4 days including a 29" and 30" Walleye.  57" Muskie released August 28, 2011 then raised another fifty inch.  51" Muskie released August 23, 2011 after hunting for monster fish for 32 years. 49" Muskie released June 5, 2011. July 2011 - 6.9 lb. smallmouth bass released. French River pics and scenery. Catch of 83 fish released week of June 29, 2010. Same week, 6 muskies released by other return guests and a 9.75 lb walleye reported in the log books. In July 2010, fishing produced more walleyes, along with a 48 and 47.5 inch muskie, loads of bass, and a 40" pike was released. French River Productive fishing will continue as the water levels drop to normal summer levels.  French River Walleye fishing tip: Use minnows or worm harness with cool water temperatures this spring. Worms are enticing walleye as water temperatures increased this June.

Bear's Den Lodge offers Canadian family vacations in roofed accommodations inside Ontario Park, French River Provincial Park, Northern Ontario, corporate retreats, or holidays which can be enjoyed with excellent home cooked family style meals served in the main lodge dining room with a cozy family inviting atmosphere. Bear's Den Lodge cottages are superb accommodations. Remote Ontario cottages, excellent service, an international reputation for angling experiences, plus, well known as the hosts for TV fishing shows, outdoor writers and featured on radio shows – Outdoor Journal Radio Show - just is past Saturday with Reno Viola, Fishing Facts, Musky Hunter Magazine, Ontario Out of Doors, Chicago Tribune, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, Outdoors Canada, In-Fisherman, Muskie Inc., Esox Angler Magazine, Musky Hunter's Almanac: Larry Ramsell Bill Hamblin and many more. Canadian Filming aired on TV with Babe Winkelman, Good Fishing. Fish TV  filmed in French River at Bear's Den for the French River Resorts Association 2010 and 2011. Fishing, Relaxing and Scenery on the French River! Bear's Den Lodge, Fish TV Leo, Ron and Nik Antropov fished the French River for Smallmouth and Walleye. Video Link on Walleye Page - 2015 episode is airing now!

Bear’s Den Lodge, French River. French River, Delta is located 4 hours north of Toronto, just a short drive. An hour north of Parry Sound and south of Sudbury and Killarney. Access is limited by boat or float plane - Canada fly in trip. A quick 5 minute boat ride from Hartley Bay Marina. There is easy access to Alban and surrounding golf courses, Science North in Sudbury, art gallery, gifts and shopping. Go fish Canada, play, you can get lost and relax in the scenic French River, located in Northeastern or Northern Ontario, Canada. Canada fishing resort.

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Your hosts, Art & Brenda Barefoot

Bear's Den Lodge
Hartley Bay, R.R. 2, Site 3, Box 10
Alban, Ont. P0M 1A0
Tel: (705) 857-2757
Winter Address:
124 Shagbark Rd.
Alum Bank, PA 15521
Tel: (814) 839-2443


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Smallmouth bass, Largemouth bass, pike, crappies; Fish French River, Georgian Bay, Pickerel, and Wanapitae River. Angling and adventure tour guides are available to add to a special relaxing getaway vacation in the Ontario wilderness. Fishing Canada bass.
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French River Walleye, pickerel river fishing at its finest! French River Delta is the spawning beds for Georgian Bay and the Great Lakes. River fishing areas of 110 feet deep to shallow weed beds, eddies, shoals, a fisherman's paradise. Fish French River for an adventure in Canada. Fishing Canada walleye.

Canada Fishing American Plan, World Class expert outfitters- French River, Ontario, Canada with 31 years of experience specializing in the Canadian outdoors including, trophy fishing Canada for northern pike, fishing Canada walleye, Ontario fishing largemouth bass, Canada smallmouth bass, muskie, catfish, sturgeon, black crappies, salmon, perch, and other pan fish. French River cottages, boating, canoeing, kayaking, wildlife viewing, fishing, trophy black bear hunting, water fowl, game birds found only in the remote, natural surroundings of the Cambrian Shield, Canada. Bear's Den Lodge is excellent for the avid fisherman, canoeists, landscape photographers, outdoor adventure, ecotourism, a relaxed getaway, team building, corporate retreats, or respite care for the professionals. Bear's Den Lodge, a very popular French River lodge and resort, offering experienced fishing and hunting guides, boat motor rentals, canoe rentals, guided fishing adventure tours and wildlife viewing, area information, and "fully pampered" American Plan Meal Packages. Bear's Den Lodge resort is a remote, Canadian wilderness resort and lodge with roofed modern facilities, cottages, and American Plan meal packages located in the French River Delta. The only full service Lodge in the Delta offering meal plan packages. Home of the 14 lb. Line Class World Record Muskie - Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. A must see. A Bear's Den Lodge guest released the #2 Muskie for Muskie Inc. 2005 and awarded #1 Lunker of the Month, Muskie Inc. 2005. 57" muskie released 2014. 60 inch muskie released October 16, 2009 - measured, witnessed by 4 others , and released. 58 inch muskie released late June 2009 while walleye fishing with 12# test, 55 inch muskie caught August 22, 2008 - weighed 42.6 lbs. and August 29th another 55 inch muskie. A 54.5 inch muskie released June 21, 2008. A 54 inch muskie was caught and released on August 19, 2006. #1 Muskie in Muskie, Inc. club of 800 members. 40# Muskie released by 75 year old female while 1st time freshwater fishing - September 18, 2009 - photo and story in Muskie Hunter Magazine, 56 1/2 inch muskie released fishing French River, September 9, 2006 - New 70 lb. Line Class World Record Muskie Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and this year he released a 54.5 " muskie September 7, 2007.  Fishing Canada.  2007 - 40 inch muskie released on May 28th - potential 60 inch muskie lost. 52.5 Muskie released in June 2007. 38" pike released. Try fly fishing on the French River, catch a muskie. Teen catches first Muskie 48" on September 11, 2007 while making memories with dad.

The cozy main lodge - Bear's Den Lodge, a "historical" museum, was built in 1925 and we is celebrating 90th Anniversary. Above the massive white quartz fireplace in the main lodge on display is the 59 lb. 11 oz. muskie along with other fish replicas, skin, and fur mounts. Fish photos, scenic photos, and bear hunting photos are displayed throughout the camp along with historical documents and photo albums. We encourage you to step back 90 years in time, breathe the fresh air, listen to the birds sing, watch the bears play, or stop to smell the lilies and flowers in the flower and rock gardens throughout the grounds. Join us in the nature and great out of doors in Ontario! Breathe-taking outdoor experiences await you during your next Canadian fishing adventures. Share your old photos, stories and history of Bear's Den and the French River.

Bear's Den Lodge reports news of seeds and twigs carbon dated to 9000 years ago found in the French River! More information on Report!  Bear's Den Lodge previously assisted Ministry of Natural Resource with walleye netting and stocking program, muskie research and tagging, slot size allocations for the French River which included data collection of fish, surveys, and public input, bear management & research, supplied an elk horn specimen to the Royal Canadian Museum which assisted in the DNA classification of a separate herd of elk for our area thus, more elk were introduced to the French River.  Bear's Den Lodge is a member of the French River Resorts Association, NOTO (The Voice of Nature & Outdoor Tourism in Ontario, Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters, Northeastern Ontario Tourism, a Trustee of the French River Delta Association, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and the French River Delta First Responders and Volunteer Fire Crew. Bear's Den Lodge rents boats for camping French River. French River Maps for Canada fishing are available at Bear's Den Lodge, Canada Fishing Lodge for $2.00. Free Wi-Fi available at lodge, just bring your own computer! 

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Operator Card or Boat side Checklist - Canadians and visitors operating Bear's Den Lodge, French River motor boat rentals are required to have an Operators Card or Boat Side Checklist completed and carried with them while operating boat as proof of competency.

Ontario Tourism Family Week - July 2 - 10, 2016 fish French River. Book your Father's Day Trip June 19, 2016! Fishing Canada in September is a great idea for that special Dad or family members. What are you doing for Thanksgiving?  Want a great getaway with your family or friends in June? Give Bear's Den Lodge a call for your Canada Day holiday plans today! Open for fishing May until mid October. Give a Bear's Den Lodge Gift Certificate for a Holiday.

Project Clean Up "U Protect" an Eagle Scout Leadership Project was completed by Joe Barefoot in conjunction with the French River Delta Association 2006.  A special thank you goes out to Bear's Den Lodge guests and staff, neighbors, cottagers, members of the Delta Association along with the Association for providing the funding to pay for the Marina barge, food and landfill costs. Joe received the NOTO Conservation Award 2007 for "U Protect" project. Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters recognizes one person in the industry for their efforts in Conservation - first time a youth received this prestige's award. French River Delta Association continues this conservation project! July 2017 - Book your Give Back Getaway at Bear's Den Lodge, volunteer tourism. Great fun!

FishTV  endorses Bear's Den Lodge! Hosts, Leo Stakos, Ron James and, Jeff Chisholm filmed fifth time on June 23, 2014.
 Follow our Facebook page. Previously, Bear's Den Lodge hosted filming of  - "Lower French River" in July 2009 in conjunction with the French River Resorts Association and additional sponsors-Municipality of Killarney, Municipality of French River, Lambac, Economic Partnership of Sudbury East and West Nippissing, Flat Rapids, and Hartley Bay Marina. Fish TV airs on TV Tropolis,  Outdoor Live Network (OLN), Rogers Sportsnet, TV Tropolis, WFN, Wild TV and the Outdoor Channel USA.   Check dates, times and networks in your viewing area about Bass fishing French River. 

The Interstate Sportsman's hosts Don Kirk & Brock Ray interviewed Art Barefoot live on Voice American Network on Road Dog Trucking Sirius Radio Channel 147 in 2010. Fishing in Ontario and Bear hunting were discussed with expert outfitter, Art Barefoot from Bear's Den Lodge. 

Ontario Fishing Regulations 2016 - Zone 10 - French River,  Zone 14 - Georgian Bay,  Zone 15-Pickerel River. 
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Non-Resident Outdoor Cards are required with fishing or hunting licenses - part of fee.  For more information call 1-800-383-7011. This toll-free number works from all of North America, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Card is valid for 3 years including year of purchase and will be mailed to your home address before year end.
Catch a memory, reconnect with family during Ontario's Family Fishing Week July 4, 2016.  Canadian residents are permitted to fish anywhere in Ontario license-free. Fishing Canada Lodge.

 French River Visitor Centre, Ontario Backcountry Parks is a great family fun day to learn about the history and culture.  Visit the museum.
  French River Centre -  May - October,  2016. French River Provincial Park. Get outdoors!

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Muskie fishing, Canada fishing at it's best in the French River, Georgian Bay- Rainbow Country, Northern Ontario, Canada! World Record fish await anglers. Cottages, American Plan meal packages, guides, and boat rentals for river fishing in Canada all offered at Bear's Den Lodge. FREE Wi-Fi available to our guests - just bring your own wireless laptop!  Guest Testimonials from their visits see us on TripAdvisor.
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A Georgian Bay Muskie released after a fish photo. These memories were made during one of the annual family guided fishing trips at Bear's Den Lodge and Resort French River. History of 16 - 50 inch musky fishing French River or Georgian Bay July 2013.  51.5 inch muskie added to his release record July 13, 2005, 54 inch muskie release August 19, 2006, plus two 55 inch 2008! Ontario fishing. Geological anthropology data of French River.  Babe Winkelman fished and filmed at Bear's Den Lodge- see fishing page. Create your Fishing Gift Certificate for Fishing French River.
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Huge tackle smashing muskie produce another dream come true for angler in the French River Delta! Go fish in Canada, be yourself, have fun, enjoy fabulous scenery, wide open space, peace, quiet, and serenity. Take an adventure tour on the French River! A premier Canada fly in fishing lodge or boat access. Let Bear's Den Lodge and resort plan your corporate getaway or fishing adventure. Explore. Holiday Greetings at bottom of page.

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