Come and visit us at TOTEM POINT LODGE in the picturesque FRENCH RIVER COUNTRY. A beautiful drive in lodge, offering Housekeeping and full American Plan packages. Family owned since 1972. One of the cottages was built in 1927 as we located a newspaper with that date between the walls of the cabin we replaced. There are other cottages built with full logs as well, I imagine these were built prior to the one that we tore down since that one was built out of half logs. The age of a cottage doesn’t matter, our priority is comfort and cleanliness, which is a must.
All cottages are fully equipped, have indoor facilities with hot and cold water and a 3 or 4 piece bath, all bed linen is supplied. Towels are supplied to guests on the American Plan, Housekeepers bring their own towels. All cottages have kitchens with a standard stove, fridge, dishes, cooking and eating utensils, pots, pans, toaster, microwave and drip coffee maker.
We have been visited by several celebrities such as Spence Petros from the “In Fisherman” who stated he felt the next world record Musky can come from the French River, “The Dime Store Fisherman”, “Ron James and Leo Stakos from Fish TV. We have also been visited by outdoor writers from “Ontario Out of Doors” and the “Cleveland Plain Dealer”.
There is no sandy beach, however, swimmers can dive into the river at the end of the dock, water is about 30’ deep, where there is a ladder which helps swimmers come out of the water, or go in off a rocky ledge at the dining room and swim towards the dock.
One can be at the dock by the boat house reading, visiting and listening to the soothing sounds of our waterfall, sounds like you are beside rapids.
There is a Games Room in a separate building from the cottages, open 24/7. One can find a pool table, dart board (darts in the office) and a TV connected to a satellite for one's pleasure. A small library of books is available. A pay phone is located here as well. Phone cards are available at the office.
We cater to the fishermen and their families.
Our guests have come from different parts of the continent, California, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconson, and Michigan as well as several areas of Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Other guests have come from China, Switzerland, France, Germany, and England. One gentleman from England has come for 25 yr. while a couple from Switzerland has come about 15 yr. We had one gentleman come from West Virginia for 56 consecutive years. Unfortunately now in his early 80’s cannot come due to ill health.
There was also a gentleman coming from Ohio for 54 years, unfortunately, he was in the hospital one year which would have been his fiftieth, that didn’t go over very well with him at all, all he thought of during that time was the French River.
We also have 4th generation families coming to Totem Point Lodge as well.
All licenses and Topo maps are available and for sale at the office.
Guests help themselves to ice, free of charge, from our ice making machine.
There are 14’ and 16’ aluminum, Starcraft boats powered by 15 hp Yamaha engines supplied daily with a tank of gas and equipped with Gov’t safety equipment. Our dock hand oversees the dock area ensuring that your needs are looked after. He is very helpful in pointing out areas for fishing, areas of sandy beaches and places where one can jump off cliffs into the fast moving water at rapids or other areas where the water is calm.
We have an annual fishing contest, whoever catches the largest, legal fish in the 4 species, Walleye/Pickerel, Northern Pike, Small mouth Bass and the elusive Musky wins a free week accommodation for the following year. We’ve had Walleye over 30”, Pike over 42” Small mouth Bass over 24” and Musky around 54 1/2” long caught in the previous years. We have won the “Resorts Ontario Big Fish Trophy “ for two years.
There are Sturgeon in the water as well, I was fortunate in catching a 50 pounder, both my dad and brother caught one that same year as well. I heard stories where people tell us they had something on for an hour or so and then got away, no doubt a Sturgeon.
Live bait is available at the boat house.
There is a fish cleaning station with running water and a freezer where fish can be stored.
Guide service is available at prevailing rates.
Our main goal is to ensure your comfort, relaxation and to enjoy your vacation at Totem Point Lodge. Our attentive staff is available to assist you with your needs.
We hope to see ya soon!
~ Owner~ Totem Point Lodge