Explore Melwel Lodge


Of land & Lake... Exploring the good nature of Melwel Lodge

Big Basswood Lake shoreline is one of the cleanest and largest inland lakes in Ontario, and consistently ranks Number 1 by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for water clarity. The lake is about 7,000 surface acres, 300 feet deep, with 30 miles of shoreline. You can drink the water right from the lake (which to our way of thinking is the way water should be!). Approximately 75% of the shoreline is in its natural uninhabited state including majestic granite bluffs, as well as secluded sandy beach coves.
The voyageur trail passes right beside the property.
Packed or shore lunches are available on a prearranged basis.

Fishing at Melwel Lodge

With its unsurpassed water quality, Big Basswood Lake is home to an abundance of native trout, whitefish, smallmouth bass, walleye and brook trout. Local guides can take you out on the lake to catch these prize fish or our Melwel Lodge guests are welcome to use the Melwel boat ramp. (This is not a public boat ramp)
The lake is so clear that fisherman say they can see the fish 30 feet below the boat!

The month of June is prime time when the trout are feeding on the surface. As summer approaches, the lake trout go deep and smallmouth bass become active, from 6 inch kids’ specials up to 5 lbs! Late August and the fall is when our salmon runs occur, and 20+lbs Kings and ever iridescent Pinks provide lots of action.

Local, full service guides are available on a prearranged basis.
$120 per day if you supply your own boat and
$200 per day for all inclusive guides.

Fishing licences are required in Ontario:
Visit the Ministry of Natural Resourses here.

Paddling at Melwel Lodge

Paddling at Melwel Lodge

Guests of Melwel Lodge enjoy unlimited use of our paddleboats, canoes and kayaks. The calm waters of Big Basswood Lake and the tranquil setting along the forested shoreline will relax your senses, creating a memory that you will cherish forever.  Discover some of Big Basswood Lake's hidden sandy coves, view the rugged granite bluffs - and don't forget your camera!


The lodge property consists of 30 well forested acres and 3,800’ of lake frontage. Here you will find:

  • A 90’ dock for small craft docking & watercraft access
  • Swimming / snorkeling / scuba / boating / fishing / tubing – skiing
  • 1/4 mile private sandy beachfront for volleyball, tanning, reading, nightly campfires and star gazing and Northern Lights
  • A recreation field, athletic court and horseshoe pits
  • Endless wilderness for mountain biking, bird & wildlife watching, driftwood and rock collecting
  • Two Golf Courses within 15 minutes of the Lodge
  • Fishing for trout, salmon & bass
activities at Melwel Lodge
activities at Melwel Lodge


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Our Cohabitants at Melwel Lodge

The wild life is abundant here at Melwel; we share our space with creatures great and small

Bear behavior and deterrent practices are posted in each cabin and all are wise to review upon arrival

Weddings and Event Facility

Weddings, Family Reunions, Corporate Events - Melwel Lodge can do it all!

Cottage Rentals Melwel Lodge

1, 2 & 3 bedroom cabins are  located on the shores of  Basswood Lake in Northern Ontario

Melwel Lodge Facilities
Private waterfront, dock, kayaks, canoes and more!