Our work at Indian Head begins in mid May, a month before the official Season opens. We fly in and land on the frozen sleepy lake with our Operations Manager and all the supplies he needs to last until the ice leaves around the second week in June. The work starts right away with the opening of the buildings and getting the indoor plumbing up and running. We get the three generators going so that once the guests arrive we have electricity 24 hours a day.
There is still a lot of snow on the ground in May and we’re visited by a few of our furry friends. By the middle of June the days are getting longer and warmer and the snow is almost gone. When the ice begins to leave the bay, the work really starts. It is time to get the docks back in the water as well as ten 20’ Alumarine fishing boats, the 25’- 10 passenger pontoon boat and the 30’ crew boat. Then of course all of the outboard motors, radios and electronic fishing gear must be put on each boat. After that’s finished and the lake is free of ice it’s off to Fort Chipewyan, Alberta – a 15 hour, ninety mile one way trip in order to get our fuel and other supplies for the season, which was brought there on the ice roads over the winter. The ice is several feet thick allowing the vehicles to drive across the frozen lake. Fort Chip is only accessible by plane after the ice road melts. We fly in over 1800 kg (4000 lbs) of fresh and frozen groceries and supplies to our local air strip at the beginning of each season. The closest gravel road to Indian Head is in Stony Rapids, Saskatchewan, which is 201 km (125 miles) away by water. It is 578 km (360 miles) from there on bad gravel to the first paved road.
We welcome our first guests mid June and the new season is on. Up at sunrise to see another beautiful day at Indian Head and get our guests out on another great day of fishing. Guests return to the lodge around six PM with many fish stories from their great day on the Lake. They set down to a fabulous supper spread, more fish stories by the fire pit and off to bed. All of our twin bedded rooms and cabins have a half bath with hot and cold running water, electricity and heat.
After being at Indian Head for a week we feel like you are family and we hate to see you leave. But the season comes to close the end of September as the weather get cold and the lake gets rough. It is time to put everything away for the long COLD winter. All the boats come out of the water, the docks gets removed and the buildings get winterized. The generators get turned off for the last time. We leave Indian Head like we found it in the spring, quiet and asleep for its long winter nap.