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Gow-Bush-Kon Lodge

12 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $500 to $750 Per Person
  • Access: Drive In Camp

Gow-Bush-Kon Lodge is one of Northern Ontario's oldest lodges on Gowganda Lake. The drive is about 6.5 hours from Toronto, and the Lodge sits just off the 560 highway, just south of the West Montreal River Provincial Park.

Guests of the lodge stay in rustic cabins that offer clean and comfortable accommodations. There are nine cabins in all, and all offer screened porches. Some cabins have private baths and others use a shared system. Expect outstanding food and plenty of opportunities for a wonderful fishing vacation.

Fishing with Gow-Bush-Kon Lodge

Gowganda Lake offers over 38 miles of shoreline. This is a mostly a shallow lake with a bottom depth that ranges from 27-30 with holes that reach 170 feet. There are plenty of underwater structures here that offer good fishing opportunities.

Gowganda translates from the Ojibway to mean "The place of large Pickerel." Pickerel being Walleye. As such, people come to fish the large Walleye population. They also may target Jumbo Perch, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Lake Trout.

Beyond Gowganda Lake, guests have access to the Wapus River, which is the western branch of the Montreal River and empties into Penassi Lake. The Wapus River is a good place for Walleye and Northern Pike fishing. Anywhere you find the Northern Pike you are likely to find the Jumbo Perch.

Other Water Options include Stumpy Lake, Hangingstone Lake, Obushkon Lake, and Elk Horn Lake. If you are a Smallmouth Bass fanatic, then Elk Horn Lake is your paradise. Obushkon Lake offers excellent shore fishing, especially for Northern Pike.

Many of the lakes have boats on them for guest use. The lodge uses 16 foot Sylvan boats with 25 hp motors. Boats feature split bench and pedestal cushioned seats with a live well and fish finders. Guests are also welcome to bring their own boat.

Overall, expect a well maintained, clean and comfortable lodge. The lodge is ideal for families and groups.

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Reviewed By on October 31, 2021
  • My wife and I and our bird dog spent a wonderful week with Steve and Lydia, gracious owners of Gowbushkon lodge this fall. This was our first trip to northern Ontario and we were mesmerized by the...
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Reviewed By on July 22, 2020
  • My third trip to Gowganda and Gow-Bush-Kon Lodge, this time with my father-in-law. We had a great time. Cabin was superb (don't expect luxury as it is a hunting and fishing camp) and my...
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Reviewed By on July 28, 2019
  • I recently stayed here with my father and father in- law. When we arrived Steve was right out to welcome us to GBK. His friendly personality was a warm welcome after a 9 hour drive. We purchased the...
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