5 Best Fishing Lodges In French River, Canada - Updated 2024

Plarlene Juliane
Plarlene Juliane 
Contributing Writer
| 3 min read

French River takes pride in being a family-oriented community and having friendly residents. On top of that, it is home to gorgeous parks and trails. Moreover, Mashkinonje Provincial Park and Pickerel River top the list of nature parks you should explore for camping or hiking. You can treat the kids to Hungry Bear Restaurant if you’re traveling with your family. The restaurant is prevalent in this small town and serves delicious ice cream and blueberry pancakes. French River Trading Post has you covered if you need to snag some delectable cream and butter fudge or souvenirs. Note also that this town is well known as a haven for fishing enthusiasts and has a river of the same name. It is home to fish species, including walleye, northern pike, and smallmouth bass. If you’re here for fishing, check out our list of the best fishing lodges in French River, Canada.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) host status, recent guest reviews, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and a location with easy access to fishing spots. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on July 12, 2024.

1. Lakair Lodge

Throughout your stay in Lakair Lodge, you can enjoy fishing because the lake is just a few steps away from the door. The lake is also ideal for boating, and a motor boat is available for rent. Meanwhile, if you feel cold after enjoying some water activities, you can cozy up inside and use the heater.

Situated on Lake Nipissing’s west arm, this superb cabin is surrounded by scenic waterways and white pines. As for the other things to do, you can also try canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. There’s also a barbecue area where you can grill some fish while unwinding at night.

Stayed at this property?
French River, Ontario, Canada
37.83 km (23.6 mi) from Grundy Lake Provincial Park
6 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cabin 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
dennis and denice were very friendly and accommodating the cabin was extremely clean and modern
dennis and denice were exceptional hosts and provided us with everything we needed for a great trip
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2. Lillie Cottage (from USD 165)

Stay in this charming cottage for small families or groups for a relaxing break in the French River. It includes everything you’d want in a perfect home away from home, including WiFi access and a dedicated workspace. You can also stay here for an extended period.

The property boasts access to Lake Nipissing, where you may try your luck at fishing for walleye, perch, bass, musky, and pike. While fishing, you can also use the rowboats or kayaks provided by the host. Apart from the lake, the closest attraction in the area is Mashkinonge Provincial Park.

Stayed at this property?
French River, Ontario, Canada
36.34 km (22.6 mi) from Grundy Lake Provincial Park
39 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable living room w two recliners and a sofa facing beautiful stone fireplace
judi’s cottage is the perfect canadian cottage escape it’s absolutely gorgeous cozy private and feels like home
the cottage was much more spacious than we expected from the photos clean quite comfortable and well-equipped
if you want to be in nature from the comfort of a comfortable cosy cottage this is your place
highly recommended to anyone who enjoys the natural environment but needs to be comfortable
very clean and well equipped with all appliances and bbq working great
cottage is beautiful and super clean
hosts were friendly and attentive and the cottage was very clean and cozy we would definitely visit again
the cottage is very clean and beautiful with privacy perfect for a couple or two
judi was a fabulous host and was quick to answer any questions
host responds quickly and the place is very well maintained
judi was very responsive and helpful with answers and directions
i have reached out to the owner and am hoping she can clear up this issue
thanks judi for being a great host
the location is serene
amazing location on a private point with beautiful old growth pine
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3. Charming waterfront cottage in a quiet location

Nestled in Noëlville, this fishing lodge is set in seclusion and boasts views of Wolseley Bay. While here, you’ll have access to the lake. Fishing within the area is open all year round. Moreover, the host provides a kayak so that you can use it while fishing. If you are up for a barbecue session, a grill is available so you can enjoy your fresh catch for dinner.

Apart from fishing, you can also try numerous water activities such as paddle boating, canoeing, and swimming. Note that paddles and life jackets are provided in this rental.

Stayed at this property?
Noëlville, Ontario, Canada
30.84 km (19.2 mi) from Grundy Lake Provincial Park
62 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 4 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
stunning views very cozy cottage
great spot muskoka room has an awesome view of the water
it's very private and the cottage is very comfortable
the muskoka room was amazing and was one of the highlights of the cottage
clean and well maintained
very clean and has everything your need
cottage was very clean and check in was extremely easy
well maintained and clean
the cottage was spacious and clean upon our arrival
well laid out homebeautiful viewsvery clean and inviting place to stayrob and michelle were great hosts
beautiful location right on the lake
definitely will have to try this place out in the summer
this was a wonderful place to get away and spend time as a family
i would highly recommend rob's place to anyone looking for a very secluded getaway
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4. Great Escape Cabins: Cabin 2 (from USD 139)

Great Escape Cabins: Cabin 2, located along the Murdock River approaching the French River, allows guests to fish year-round. Using the boat launch on the property, you can quickly get to the river if you want to bait fish. The cabin also offers boat rentals and ice hut rentals. Moreover, you can try ice fishing and snowmobiling if you’re here during the winter.

This waterfront accommodation has a full kitchen, so you can quickly transform your fresh catch into a tasty meal. Or you can use the outdoor barbecue grill if you’re craving grilled fish. Pets are allowed here; if you’re bringing one, don’t forget to take it with you while fishing.

Stayed at this property?
French River, Ontario, Canada
14.77 km (9.2 mi) from Grundy Lake Provincial Park
2 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cabin 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
the cabin was incredibly clean
mike and caitland were amazing hosts
caitland and mike were the most lovely hosts
they were very attentive and make their guests feel very welcomed
incredibly kind and thoughtful
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Nearby fishing lodge

5. Rustic cabin in a semi-remote area (from USD 129)

This property is located in Dokis, which is more than an hour’s drive to the French River. You will wake up to beautiful views of the upper French River, which provides swimming and fishing options. A boat launch is available within the property. You can also request kayaks. After fishing or kayaking, you may enjoy the lush greenery. There’s also a private patio where you can unwind in tranquility.

The well-stocked kitchen is yours to use if you want to whip up hearty fish recipes. Take out the barbecue utensils from the kitchen and grill your fresh catch in the outdoor barbecue area. After a long day, you may laze on the plush couch and browse the internet.

Stayed at this property?
Dokis, Ontario, Canada
48.19 km (30.0 mi) from Grundy Lake Provincial Park
36 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cabin 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very cozy cabin with great fishing and a scenic views
fully quipped with comfy beds sofas and a beautiful open-concept kitchen
we arrived and had a special note about our anniversary and some lovely fresh flowers on our table
the cabin was comfortable for our family of 4
clean and well appointed
cabin was spotless and clean
very clean vivid protocol followed to a t
the place was super clean when we arrived with a very detailed note
clean and nice cabin friendly people what more do you want
the host were great they responded to questions very quickly
great host and very nice cabin
great spot right at the marina and extremely close to some good walleye and muskie spots
perfect location if you're looking to get away from people and city noise
anne and gerry's place is affordable and really well located
great location to explore the area or just relax
super helpful and friendly beautiful cabin and fantastic location will totally be back
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Experience fishing in the French River

French River is a superb small town with a lot to offer its visitors. It provides something for practically all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts, whether they are interested in hiking or kayaking. It also boasts magnificent waterscapes, so you won’t have any problem choosing fishing lodges for your well-deserved vacation. To make sure you’ll have a great experience and a memorable stay, book one of these best fishing lodges in French River, Canada.

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