Northern Saskatchewan, Canada

Cree River Lodge

Northern Saskatchewan, Canada

Cree River Lodge

Why We Like It

Cree River Lodge offers exceptional pike and walleye fishing in the untouched Canadian north. While staying at Cree you’ll enjoy a quiet and comfortable lodge, a crew that welcomes you in as part of a team, and fantastic meals throughout your stay. This can be your pike fishing experience of a lifetime. Here’s why: Solid action throughout the day with the chance to land a 45-to 50-inch monster pike on any given cast; experienced fly-fishing guides who put you on fish and even poll you in the shallows “saltwater style” if conditions are right; this is the only fishing operation on the Lake Wapata section of the Cree River, which ensures you’ll have an enormous amount of water to yourself; shore lunches consisting of fresh walleye and pike.

Season

March - November

Species

Grayling, Pike, Walleye

Accomodations

Main lounge/dining area with bar. Walkways connect five cabins (two bedrooms, one bathroom) to the lodge.

Occupancy

Twenty guests, four per cabin.

Lodge Features & Amenities

Beginner Friendly

Conventional Options

Family Friendly

High Value

Masterclass Guide

Remote Location

Wi-Fi

The Cree River Lodge Experience

Tucked away in a quiet bay on Wapata Lake, Cree River Lodge offers world-class northern pike fishing in the Canadian north. The staff at Cree River Lodge is extremely helpful on and off the water, making your stay as comfortable as possible and feeding you high quality home-cooked meals. The guides here can get you on fish even if it’s your first time holding a fly rod. A typical stay for a group is three-to seven days.

The staff at Cree River Lodge do their best to get you out on the water as soon as possible. On the day of arrival you’ll make a quick bag dump at the lodge and then head straight to the boats. On your first full day of fishing, however, breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., with an 8 a.m. departure for fishing. You can start fishing right in front of the lodge, but most mornings there is anywhere from a 10-to 20 minute boat ride to your first fishing spot. For an additional $300/day you can embark on what is known around the lodge as a “River Trip”. You will depart an hour earlier, grab a bagged lunch, and take a longer boat ride (hour and a half most days) upriver to another fishing location that produces bigger fish on average. We highly recommend this option. Regardless of where you choose to fish, you will spend the whole day fishing with an hour to an hour and a half taken for lunch. Lunch is served at an outdoor kitchen with freshly caught fish on the menu. You’ll fish the rest of the afternoon and typically return to the lodge around 5 p.m. Evening fishing can be arranged.
Boats and Equipment
Cree River Lodge runs 18-foot long Lund Alaskans with 25 hp or 40 hp motors, or a tunnel-hull style Alumacraft with a 40 hp motor. These boats fit two anglers and a guide comfortably, and are equipped with a casting platform at the bow. Nine and 10-weight rods with an intermediate sink-tip are recommended for pike fishing, but don’t forget a 5-to 6-weight with floating line to fish “the rapids” for Arctic grayling. Medium-to large streamers are recommended for pike and walleye. You should bring your own flies. The lodge offers a very nice selection for sale. Make sure to bring 20-to 40-pound leaders with a steel tippet. These big, toothy critters can snap monofilament with ease.

Guests stay in small, cozy two-room/one bath cabins complete with showers and in-wall heaters. Cabins are connected to the main lodge and outdoor gazebo area by wooden boardwalks, making going to and from the lodge a breeze. The main lodge is comfortable and offers a couch, tables, chairs and a bar. The bar is set up on an honor system—grab a drink and mark it on your tally.
Cuisine
Breakfasts and dinners consist of home-cooked meals served in a traditional family style—everyone come and grab a plate. With the exception of river trips, a shore lunch of fresh caught pike and walleye is served fish and chip style.
Connectivity
Very limited. A cell-phone booster provides some reception. Satellite internet should be in place for the 2022 season.

Cree River Lodge offers black bear hunting as well as fishing. Another big attraction is going upriver to “The Dunes”, a one-mile-square sand eskar in the middle of the landscape. The dune is visited on the river trip add-on.

Guests fly from Edmonton International Airport or Saskatoon International Airport to the small northern town of Stony Rapids. From there guests take a quick shuttle ride from the airport to a float plane base, followed by a 30-minute flight to the lodge. If the weather isn’t cooperative for float plane access you will take a one-hour shuttle ride to the river and load your gear into boats. After a quick 15-minute boat ride you’ll arrive at the lodge. You will need to overnight in Edmonton or Saskatoon on your way to the lodge. On the trip home, guests should be able to reach most major Canadian and U.S. airports same day.

All prices per person, CDN
Rates based on double occupancy/two anglers one guide per boat
3 Night/3 Days $3,295.00 CDN per person
4 Night/ 4 Day $3,695.00 CDN per person
5 Night/5 Day $4,095.00 CDN per person
6 Night/6 Day $4,495.00 CDN per person
7 Night/7 Day $4,895.00 CDN per person
River Trips $300.00 CDN per person

INCLUDED
Meals
Cabin and bedding
Boat, motor, gas and guide
Round-trip transportation from Edmonton (or Saskatoon) to the lodge

NOT INCLUDED
Gratuities
Taxes
Confections
Liquor
Fishing license
Airfare/travel expenses from home city to Edmonton (or Saskatoon)
Flies and fishing equipment/gear

Bookings are confirmed with a 50 percent deposit, made no later than seven days after booking a trip. Balance must be received no later than 90 days prior to the first day of the trip. Notification of cancellation must be received 90 days prior to the first day of the trip in order to receive partial or full credit for an alternate date. All payments are final and nonrefundable, with the exception of a medical or family emergency, deemed reasonable at GFFI’s discretion.

Booking a trip or making a deposit represents that the client accepts all terms and conditions. GFFI’s terms are in addition to any terms and conditions of each individual lodge that GFFI represents. Please read those terms carefully—lodge terms, which may differ from GFFI’s terms, supersede any agreements between GFFI and a client.

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