Kenora, Ontario is located on the north end of Lake of the Woods. Lake of the Woods has 65,000 miles of shoreline and over 14,500 islands. Lake of the Woods is known for its variety of fish as well as the quality of fishing. You can fish for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, muskie, crappie and lake trout. There are several resorts and lodges to choose from on Lake of the Woods. You can drive to many of them, or for a real secluded place, try a boat-in resort on one of the many islands dotting the lake. Families will love the area - you can cruise the lake and stop for a dip at one of the numerous beaches around. Coney Island and Scotty's are two fantastic beaches to visit.
Besides Lake of the Woods, there are many other lakes surrounding Kenora such as Andy Lake, Black Sturgeon, Dryberry Lake, Hawk Lake, Highwind Lake, Longbow Lake, Richard, Separation and the Winnipeg River.
Kenora is home to many air services that will fly you into northern outpost cabins or full-service lodges for your fishing trip. You can fly into outpost lakes such as Brown Bear, Carroll, Chase, Craven, Delaney, Duck, Fletcher, Gordon, Hammerhead, Joe, Kilburn, Lount, McCusker, Nance, Norse, Obukowin, Pickerel, Roger, Scenic, Snowshoe, Trapline, Treeline, Wallace and the Gammon and English Rivers. You can also fly into American Plan lodges from Kenora. Some of theses resorts are on Delaney, Fletcher, Lount, Maynard and Rowdy Lakes.
There are many camping vacation options in Kenora. You can camp at a private campground, at an RV resort or at Rushing River Provincial Park. Rushing River Park is a short 20 minute drive from Kenora. The majority of campsites in Kenora are along the shores of Lake of the Woods or surrounding lakes such as Longbow Lake or the Winnipeg River. If you are planning on camping and fishing in the area, many resorts also have RV parks. These resorts have fishing boat rentals and fish cleaning houses.
Whether you are staying in a trailer, R.V. or tent, you'll find campsites in Kenora. You can stay right in town on Lake of the Woods or on the Winnipeg River. Go north on Highway 658 from Kenora and you'll find the secluded Separation Rapids Campground. You can also stay in a Yurt in Minaki if you want to try something different. If you head just 10 minutes east you'll find some campgrounds on Longbow Lake. Longbow Lake is 8 kms long and is ideal for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, skiing, tubing, or just a relaxing boat ride. You can easily access lake of the Woods on a boat lift. If you head east to the Highway 17/71 turnoff and go south on Highway 71 you find campgrounds along various lakes straddling the highway. You can camp at resorts on Andy Lake, Blindfold Lake as well as Dogtooth Lake. Richard Lake and Williard Lake has found along Highway 17 between Vermilion Bay and Kenora.
Rushing River Provincial Park
When you pull into Rushing River the first thing you see from the highway in Rushing River cascading over rock gouged by ancient glaciers. The park is one of the best Provincial Parks in Ontario. There are 217 campsites including 75 of which have electrical service. The park can be reached at 807-548-4351 in the summer and at 807-468-2669 from October to April.
Getting Around Kenora
Getting around Kenora is fairly easy. Many of the shops and businesses are located within walking distance of each other. You can even drive a boat up to the public docks at the Kenora Harbourfront and park while you shop downtown. Many of the other businesses have docking as well. Imagine picking up your groceries from Safeway in your boat.