Great Manitoba Fishing
From our lodge docks you can boat into 5 different lakes. Covering over 50 miles of water the fishing and scenery just doesn't come any better. Rarely lose fishing days due to strong winds.
Lake Trout, Walleye and Northern Pike are our most sought after species but we also have Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout available.
Most of our guests have been returning for over 10 years and some for over 20 and 30 years. References available upon request.
Boat Access Lakes
First Cranberry Lake
Home to Caribou Lodge Outfitters. Caribou Lodge Outfitters sits on a private 10-acre peninsula on the west end of First Cranberry Lake. First Cranberry Lake is the gateway to all of our boat accessible lakes.
Renowned for its fishing quality versus quantity, First Cranberry is the hardest of our immediate lakes to fish. But when you do catch a fish in this lake it will likely fall within the master angler program.
Second Cranberry Lake
A ten-minute boat ride from the Lodge, Second Cranberry Lake is approximately 7 miles long, 2 miles wide and up to 150 feet deep. This lake supports the following fish species; Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Burbot, Whitefish, Walleye and Perch. A natural sandy beach located at the south end of this lake is a very popular spot for our young guests and their parents.
Third Cranberry Lake
A short 20-minute boat ride from the Lodge. Third Cranberry Lake is approximately 5 miles long, 1.5 miles wide and up to 40 feet deep. This lake supports the following fish species Walleye, Northern Pike, Whitefish, Burbot, Perch and even the odd Lake Trout.
The last lake, and furthest distance away from our lodge on our boat accessible chain of lakes is Elbow Lake. To get to Elbow Lake one must navigate the waters of First, Second and Third Cranberry lakes followed by a very scenic 10 miles of the Grass River. A one-hour boat ride from the lodge, it is approximately 7 miles long by 3 miles wide. This lake supports the following fish species; Walleye, Northern Pike, Whitefish, Burbot and Perch.
Boat access is from the east side of Second Cranberry Lake. A 25 minute boat ride from the lodge, it is approximately 12 miles long by 2.5 miles wide and up to 54 feet deep. This lake supports the following fish species; Walleye, Northern Pike, Whitefish, Tullibee and Perch.
A short 3-minute drive from the Lodge, lies Lake Athapapuskow, a world-class trophy Pike and Lake Trout lake. The Cree word, meaning "rocks all around", simply does not adequately describe the serene beauty of this Fisherman's Paradise. To add to your outdoor experience nearly 2,500 km of shoreline, more than 1,100 islands, and several beautiful beaches are there for your exploration and enjoyment.
A twenty minute drive south brings you to this stocked lake. Barbe is stocked often with Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout. The Manitoba record Rainbow Trout was caught in Barbe Lake it measured 30 inches. Master Angler Rainbows are very common in Barbe Lake
A 40 minute drive. A truly awesome lake to fish for multi species. Located within the Grass River Park. A favourite for many ice fishing anglers
Another world class Lake Trout lake, Clearwater lake is a mere 40 minute drive from our lodge. Our guests fish it year round
Another awesome fishing multi species lake located a short 30 minute drive South from our lodge . Rocky Lake's main fish attraction is the stocked Smallmouth Bass a population which has exploded in recent years.
Once arriving at the lodge you have a choice of fishing destinations, some are drive to and others you can snowmobile straight from the lodge
Caribou lodge is centrally located among dozens of High Quality Management Lakes in Northwestern Manitoba.
In Reed Lake ( 45 minutes)you can catch Master Angler Lake Trout, Walleye and Northern Pike through the same fishing hole! Some of our fishers have caught five different species through the same hole in one day!
Clearwater Lake is 45 minutes from the lodge and offers world class Master Angler Lake Trout.
The Lodge is situated on The Cranberry Lakes which offers Walleye , Northern Pike and Lake trout. You don’t have to go far to catch Lake Trout. First Cranberry Lake is full of these typical deep water fish who have migrated from connecting lake such as Simonhouse and second Cranberry to feed on the abundance of bait fish. You will not have a shortage of all sizes, from good eaters to masters angler size fish Typical size of lake trout is 27-31 inches, but over 40 inch fish are not un heard of.
Just a short snowmobile ride gets you to Athapapuskow ( Athap) Lake where master angler Lake Trout await for you.
Want to catch a Master Rainbow Trout or Brook Trout? Then Barbie Lake is the lake you must go to. Just a short 25 minute drive from the lodge brings you to the shores of Barbie Lake. This shallow lake has produced world record brook trout and you can catch master angler rainbow trout daily.
Amphipod Lake is accessible by snowmobile from Third Cranberry Lake. This lake has been recently stocked with Rainbow Trout .
We are always asked why the fishing is so good in Northern Manitoba and the reasons are simple. Firstly, most of the lakes we fish are e situated in the Grass River Provincial Park. Under the protection of the Provincial Park Umbrella we have more stringent fishing regulations. All trophy fish MUST be released. (high quality management lakes). For many many years the province of Manitoba has been BARBLESS.
Advantages of Caribou Lodge
The lodge has a fully equipped heated workshop is available to our guests for repairs on their snowmobiles and equipment. Drying racks available for wet clothing in the shop.
We are centrally located to all the hot spot lakes in Northwestern Manitoba We are minutes off of Highway #10 in the community of Cranberry Portage We are connected to the SnoMan groomed trail system Leave your snow machines parked outside of your room We have stocked bait including jumbo minnows, ciscos and crawlers (in season ) Room and board is available with notice Master Anglers in a variety of species of fish Winter accommodation is in our MOTEL which has a variety of rooms One wheel Chair Accessible room
We will work hard to give you locations where the fish are biting we want you to have a great time and to return year after year We want you to arrive as a guest and return as a friend!
Our lodge and motel are located one mile east of Cranberry Portage on the shores of First Cranberry Lake. The motel consists of eight rooms with a total of seventeen beds. The motel has five regular hotel rooms, two kitchenettes, and one wheel chair accessible room with a wheelchair accessible shower.
The motel has a full length deck overlooking the lake and is equipped with BBQs. All rooms have satellite tv and wifi and there is full cell service. All rooms have a micro wave, a Keurig coffee machine and a small fridge. There is ample parking for large vehicles including semi trailers.
Vehicle plug ins are easily accessible.
Patio chairs, tables are provided in the summer. A fire pit is close to the motel overlooking the lake
Large Freezer space is available on site.
Rotary and fixed wing aircraft amenities are available year round.
We are open for contractors, forestry, mining, diamond drillers, snowmobilers, fishers and visitors to the community.
The dining room is located at the office and meal plans are available with notice.
We are the only lodge/motel open year round with winter accommodation in the Cranberry Portage area
The motel faces to the east and south and offers spectacular sunrises as you have your morning coffee
The location of the motel on the shore of the lake gives you the chance to catch a variety of fish. At certain times of the year, fishing from the motel deck is as fantastic as anywhere on the lake. If the weather prevents you from getting out on the lake, there is still shore fishing while in sight of your motel room! You don’t need always need a boat to catch fish at Caribou Lodge! One year we caught seventeen master angler walleye while shore fishing near the motel in June!
Cranberry Portage in the aurora oval so watching the northern lights is common during the clear winter nights. Caribou Lodge is a great place to view the northern lights because of our location, the distance from town and artificial light sources. Northern lights are not visible during our summer nights due to the long daylight hours.
Massive Lake Trout!
Watch Crazy Aggressive Laketrout @ Cranberry Lakes
What Our Guests Say
"What can I say about the experience up at Norms other than a great host that goes out of his way to ensure that you have a once in a lifetime experience each time you come up. Pristine, uncluttered waters with all the amenities that you could ask for at the lodge. Where else can you catch 30” Lake Trout from a lawn chair in front of your cabin. Couple that with a host and staff that go out of their way to make sure you have a wonderful experience. I anticipate the next trip as soon as we leave."
"I have been going to Caribou Lodge for over 30 years. I have always found Norm to be welcoming and always ready to help with whatever I need. One time my boat motor developed a problem 10 miles out. Norm answered my call and was towing me in within 20 minutes, arranged for service and I was back on the water the same day. Speaking of being on the water the fishing is great for walleye, lake trout and pike. You just know when you step out on the large deck and look out over the lake (which is 20 feet from the deck) that you are in for an experience that you will cherish for a lifetime."