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OUR LOCATION - PINE CLIFF LODGE
CANADIAN FISHING LODGE IN NORTHWEST ONTARIO

GPS Coordinates: N 49 degrees 52.097, W 092 degrees 21.036

This section explains our location, travel information, and what to pack for your Ontario, Canada fishing vacation trip.

HOW TO REACH PINE CLIFF LODGE

Pine Cliff Lodge is a remote drive-to Ontario fishing lodge with 2 lane, paved highway right to our entrance and 400 yard long gravel driveway. It amazes our guests that a lake as large as Sandybeach Lake can be so remote and so easy to access for our guests and not accessible to the general public.

Most of our guests drive to our Ontario fishing lodge, located 150 miles north of International Falls, Minnesota. Once you are in Ontario, Canada, the scenery is low hills covered in rocks and trees with numerous lakes. The glaciers that moved through this region every 10,000 years have left over 80,000 lakes that make northwest Ontario the most popular choice for a fishing adventure in North America.

Some of our guests reduce their driving by flying most of the distance to our Ontario fishing lodge. Guests with their own aircraft can fly direct to the Dryden Airport. Guests flying commercial airlines can fly into Dryden's airport via commuter flights out of Winnipeg, Manitoba or Thunder Bay, Ontario. The costs of these commuter flights generally cause guests to look for alternatives. If our schedules allow, we will pick up guests at the Dryden airport. The other option is renting a car or paying a taxi for the 35 mile trip from the Dryden airport to our Ontario fishing lodge. Other options are flying to International Falls, Minnesota and renting a car and driving 3 hours; flying to Minneapolis, Minnesota and driving 8 hours; flying to Thunder Bay, Ontario and driving 4 ½ hours; or flying to Winnipeg, Manitoba and driving 5 hours to our Ontario fishing lodge. Contact information for Dryden Airport is:

Dryden Regional Airport
P.O. Box 817
Dryden, Ontario
P8N 2Z4
Mr. George Friesen, Manager
(807) 937-4959
cyhd@dryden.ca
www.dryden.ca/city_services/dryden_regional_airport/

Some fishermen ask about shipping some of their fishing gear (rods & tackle boxes) when they fly into International Falls, Minnesota. Border Boxes will accept shipments, if they are used to ship the items back at the end of your trip. Their contact information is:

Border Boxes
231 4th Avenue
International Falls, MN 56649
(218) 283-8666
borderboxes@frontiernet.net

GOOGLE MAP DIRECTIONS
Warning: Google's directions may not give you the quickest route to our Ontario fishing lodge by directing you to take HWY 71 instead of HWY 502. If you follow my directions below from International Falls this is the quickest way to come to our Ontario fishing lodge. Always be careful and drive safely as there is a lot of wildlife running across the roads.


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DIRECTIONS FROM INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MINNESOTA
TO PINE CLIFF LODGE

After Customs and Immigration at the border, take Mowat Street to the next light "Business District" and then a right at the light onto 11 East. It is 19.4 miles to 502 North and then 94.7 miles to 594 East. A right onto 594 East will take you into Dryden and to 17 East in 5 miles. A right onto 17 East and in 17.4 miles you will take a left onto 72 North. In 0.4 miles take another left to stay on 72 North and look for Pine Cliff signs on the right in 15 miles. These signs are maintained by the Highway Department, and located on the shoulder of the road, you will not miss them.

DRIVING DISTANCE FROM:

City

Miles

Driving Time

Chicago

750

14 hours

Denver

1325

22 hours

Des Moines

700

12 hours

Indianapolis

950

17 hours

Kansas City

900

16 hours

Louisville 

1050

19 hours

Milwaukee 

700

13 hours

Minneapolis/St. Paul

450

8 hours

Nashville

1225

21 hours

Omaha

800

14 hours

St. Louis

1025

19 hours

Tulsa

1150

20 hours

Wichita

1100

19 hours

THE BORDER CROSSING

The drive into Canada and to our Ontario fishing lodge is easy. At the border, you will typically be asked three questions: 1) What is your purpose in visiting Canada? You will tell them you are going fishing. 2) Are you bringing alcohol into Canada? You are allowed one case of beer or 40 ounces of liquor per person duty free. [An extra case of beer will incur an approximate $13 duty and extra liquor will have an approximate duty of 150% depending upon alcohol content.] 3) Are you transporting firearms into Canada? If you are, declare them and remember, handguns are not allowed.

If you have a D.U.I., D.W.I., or felony, you may be denied entry into Canada. (Click here for more information.) http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/inadmissibility/conviction.asp  

Passports are required. Check the expiration date of your passport.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PASSPORTS:

http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html


FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ENTERING CANADA:
http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/gbi-rgf-eng.html

Canada Customs: (888) 226-7277

TO RENEW OUTDOOR CARD OR PURCHASE LICENSES ONLINE:

www.ontario.ca/page/fishing


FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OVERCOMING CRIMINAL INADMISSIBILITY:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/inadmissibility/conviction.asp

WHAT TO PACK:
  • U.S. cash, traveler's checks, or cashier's check to pay balance of bill
  • Bath towel and wash cloth
  • Clothing for any temperature (hot or cold)
  • Rain gear and waterproof footwear
  • Fishing gear and tackle
  • Food & beverage (groceries in our area are very expensive, so plan accordingly)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm
  • Flashlight
  • Sunglasses and hat or cap
  • Camera
  • Paper products - paper towels, napkins, etc. (toilet paper is supplied)
  • Bug repellent
  • Ontario Fishing Outdoors Card and current Ontario fishing license - buy on-line
  • Passport (have ready to present at border crossing)
  • Please Note: We no longer sell licenses at our location. Please purchase on-line or in town before coming to Pine Cliff Lodge.

    DO NOT BRING INTO CANADA - handguns, stun guns, mace or pepper spray, radar detectors, live bait such as minnows or leeches.

    FORGET SOMETHING?

    If you forgot something or just want to buy groceries and supplies once you are closer to Pine Cliff lodge, you have a choice of Extra Foods, Safeway and Walmart. Kaylene makes a trip to Dryden on Tuesday and she will gladly pick up items you may need. If, while northern pike fishing or smallmouth bass fishing, the big one gets away with your lure, we have an $8,000 selection of lures for sale at our Ontario fishing lodge.

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