Experience the great wilderness with friends and loved ones by visiting Nordic Lodge. Nestled in a sheltered bay on the southern shores of Reindeer Lake, 150 miles north of La Ronge, Saskatchewan.
Our fishing guides are Woodland Cree who are native to the area. They are experienced in guiding our guests to whatever species of fish they are looking to catch.
Reindeer Lake is well-known for its world-class fishing for Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Walleye, and Grayling. You are sure to enjoy the spectacular scenery, relaxing pace of the unspoiled north and the fragrant fresh air. If you are interested in history, you can view the historic native pictographs and an ancient meteorite crater in Deep Bay.
Reindeer Lake's History
Reindeer Lake was named for the herds of barren ground caribou. During their winter migration, they would often go as far south as this lake. However, they do not come this far anymore, but some of the older local Indians remember seeing them.
There is a legend about a monster in Deep Bay which ate a reindeer as they fell through the ice. Some local people, and also some of our guests, have reported seeing this monster, or one of its relatives!
Some rock formations in Reindeer Lake are of volcanic origin. They are Precambrian, which is the oldest on earth. Of more recent origin is Deep Bay. It is the product of a meteorite which struck about 140 million years ago, leaving a huge water-filled crater. There is evidence of the glaciers which passed through, the most recent melting only about 8,000 years ago.
Reindeer Lake and the Reindeer River, which are about 3 miles from camp, form part of historic fur trade routes that reach from the Far North and the Rocky Mountains to Hudson Bay. In fact, the two huge rival fur-trading companies, the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) and the Northwest Company (NWC), both had trading posts within 12 miles of our present-day location.
The HBC's post, known as South Reindeer House, was established in 1800. However, nothing remains of it today. On the other hand, the NWC's post was established in 1794.
David Thompson, an NWC clerk, is better known as an explorer and mapmaker, probably passed through this area in 1795 to 1797 on some of his extensive expeditions. This led him as far south as the Missouri River and as far west as the Pacific Ocean. The Thompson River in British Columbia is named for this explorer.
The two fur-trading companies merged in 1821, retaining the name of the Hudson's Bay Company. It existed until recently as a Hudson's Bay store at the village of Southend, near the site of the original Northwest Company trading post. This store is now operated by a latter-day Northwest Company.
As the fur traders came in, so did the Woods Cree Indians, pushing the original Chipewyan Indians northward, so that now, the southern part of Reindeer Lake is occupied by the Crees.
Meanwhile, the northern part is occupied mainly by the Chipewyans. There are several rock paintings in the area, which are considered as testimonials to the spirituality of these people. These pictographs date from the early 1900s to as much as 2,000 years ago.
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