Marten River is a hamlet of about 100 people 45 kilometres south of Temagami. On the south end of Lake Temagami, the town is largely dependent on forestry and tourism, and is home to a number of lodges and outfitters.
Marten River Provincial Park has camping, hiking, and a replica 19th century logging camp. Every July there is the annual Logging Days Festival. It is also home to the obligatory “some big weird thing” that each town in northern Ontario seems to have – in this case, it is what they claim is Highway 11’s biggest fish, though Nipigon might have something to say about that. (Sorry, Larder Lake, you’re disqualified. You’re not on Highway 11 at all.)
There is a gas station in town, Marten River Outfitters, and a few little places to eat, including the Rock Pine Motel and Restaurant.
There are three lakes near Marten River – Marten Lake, Ingall Lake, and Jumping Caribou Lake. The lake is stocked with fish and there is also hiking at the local crown game preserve.
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I have gone up to the Land O’ Lakes lodges right off Highway 11 in behind Trappers at Marten River, for years now. As a teenager with my parents and now my own kids come along. Can’t beat the prices if you don’t mind being a little rustic in a cabin. Nice little beach, good fishing (lots of sunfish and perch for the little ones to practice) and it’s not too far from North Bay or Temagami. We know when we pass the big fish we’re right around the corner!
Does anyone know anything about the Tildenmere Camp/Lodge on Tilden Lake?Our family were good friends of the Ellsmeres and we started staying there in the late 1940s
have driven bye the fish many time s stoppe d once and had my nephew who loves fishing stand in a postion with his fishing pole so as to look liek he had caught this big fish hahaha