The road to owning Big Hook Wilderness Camps has been long and winding for Ryan - seemingly one of destiny, however. A long-time ski patroller in Colorado, Ryan always sought to find something he was as passionate about as the mountains. Working for several summers as a river guide and then owning a property managment business in Northern Minnesota, Ryan set is ambitions further north - hoping to make a life in the Canadian Wilderness he remembered so fondly from father/son trips as a child. After pursuing a commercial pilot's license and flying in Montana and Alaska, Ryan returned "home" to the Canadian Shield after meeting the former owners of the business, Steve, Evie, and Nathan Hartle. With only 4 owners since it began operation in 1974, many improvements have been made since Big Hook's more "rustic" beginning. Some of the more recent upgrades include:
- Solar and wind power
- Screened in porches
- Generated power at South Lake
- On demand solar water pumps
- A washing machine (Evelyn's favorite addition. Previous operators washed clothes in a five gallon bucket. "Now, if we could only get a dishwater..." she says.
- Continually upgrading the boat fleet to efficient 4 stroke motors
- Hot and cold running water and showers. Original cabins lacked both of these features.
- A privately operated air plane.
Every year new projects are planned and implemented to improve the resort.
"To all our of our current guests and future customers whom we have a pleasure to do business with, we would like to extend a thank you for your choice to visit us at Big Hook Wilderness Camps."
"Come enjoy the trip of a lifetime, time and time again." — Ryan
Our goal is to offer guests a unique and remote Canadian fly-in fishing experience. We are committed to a customers hassle free vacation, providing quality goods and amenities at a reasonable price. To maintaining a minimal impact on the surrounding resources, allowing guests to witness an area that has been virtually untouched by mankind. To provide a service that you would recommend to your friends and family. Finally, to thank each guest for the opportunity to serve them.