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.

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!

Activities at Melwel Lodge

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

Our Cohabitants

  • 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

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