Timber Edge Camps is an easy to drive-to destination, only three hours away from the border crossing at Fort Frances. It is located 12 miles south of Sioux Lookout, Ontario on Butterfly/Minnitaki Lake, with access to several lakes including famous Lac Seul. There are 2,600 miles of shoreline accessible from Timber Edge Camps⁠—that’s plenty of opportunity to find the fish!

This is an affordable stay for families or groups that want to cook their own meals, in spacious cabins without the expense of an American Plan. If you need anything from a store, the close proximity to Sioux Lookout in a big bonus.

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The morning sunrise each day on Butterfly Lake is worth getting up for. Next to the main dock, there is a launch ramp with numerous spaces to dock during your stay. There are also boats to use if you choose to drive up without one. The 16-foot aluminum boats are equipped with late model Yamaha 25 hp motors, two swivel seats, anchors, paddles, nets, life jackets, and a minnow bucket. It’s just a short boat ride to Minnitaki Lake from the camp. The lake is filled with great walleye and smallmouth bass for fishing! You also have the option for big pike and lake trout. Other options are Abram and Pelican Lakes to fish without a single portage.

Timber Edge Camps dates back to the mid-1950s, when the first cabins were built amongst the tall majestic pines overlooking Butterfly Lake. In 2016, the Wittlief family purchased Timber Edge and have continued outfitting some of the best fishing and hunting adventures Ontario has to offer. Overall, we had a great time exploring and fishing in Minnitaki with owner Clint and his two sons. The lake is loaded with islands and channels. Everything looks fishy! We caught some great walleye!

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Another great option for staying here is their RV sites, nine in total. Each site has full hook-ups, water, and 30-amp service, along with a picnic table and a fire ring. A central shower house and washrooms with flushing toilets are also provided for your convenience. Perfect for a week-long adventure. There was a group that drove up from Texas while we were there. They brought a boat too, and with plenty of dock space, it makes great sense. We stayed in one of the cabins, with an amazing view each morning. These are complete with comfortable double and single beds, linens, three-piece bath, hot and cold running water, full fridge and freezer, stove, pots, pans, mi-crowave, coffee maker, lawn chairs, and a BBQ gas grill.

The waterfall experience is a must for any stay at Timber Edge. You can catch your shore lunch-size eaters in the current pretty easily. In fact, the fish we had cooked up came directly from the water below the falls, including an easy northern pike I caught. If you haven’t had fresh Ontario pike fillets, please try them on your next trip up. When they are prepared the same with walleye, it’s tough to tell the difference in taste!

A new option available for 2020 lodging is located on Twin Pine Island, in the heart of Minnitaki Lake. The cabins include solar power and propane stoves, refrigerators, and water heaters. If you like to be away from it all, this is the place for you! More details will be coming soon, check with Timber Edge Camps for more information.

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