Smoking and Drinking
Smoking is not allowed in any of our units, nor on the porches of the prospector tents. It is permitted outside and we ask that you use the ashtrays provided. Please refrain from smoking or drinking in areas that are shared with other guests (dock, playground, outside showers, etc.)
Check-in is between 3 pm and 9 pm. If you will be arriving later than 9 pm, let us know and we will make arrangements for a self check-in with a letter and map.
Check-out is by 11 am. Gear must be loaded into vehicles by 11 to allow us to clean the tents before the arrival of our next guests but you are welcome to stay on-site until later in the day.
The Mullein Cabin is wheelchair accessible and is located next to the shower building which has an accessible shower and washroom. Due to our topography it is not possible for the waterfront or walking trails to be accessible.
We hope you will unplug as much as possible during your stay as such none of our units have television, wifi or phones. The prospector tents and cabins do have a plug for charging cell-phones, cameras, etc.
Bedding and Towels
We do not provide bedding or towels except dish clothes and dish towels. You will need to bring your own pillows, bath or beach towels and sleeping bag or blankets.
There is a three-season pay shower available for those guests wishing to shower during their stay. The cost is $1 for 5 minutes which allows us to cover the costs of providing this service. The shower house is open between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm and requires loonies.
You are welcome to have up to 2 visitors per day while staying. Visitors may stay until quiet hours and we ask that you keep in mind that the canoes, kayaks, SUP’s, are shared by all guests. If you wish to have more than 2 visitors please contact us and we can discuss what it would look like. An additional day rate may apply per additional visitor.
Quiet Hours, Music and Noise
Quiet hours are between 10:00pm and 9:00 am. When talking choice of language and volume should be mindful of other guests (don’t worry: kids having fun is different then profane language). Also please let us know if other guests are loud or using inappropriate language.
We are a small camp and have the ability to maintain a quiet camp. Music is strictly limited to inside cabins and the camper at a volume that can only be heard in the unit and is not allowed in tents or outside units.
The log cabins come equipped with a wood stove as their heat source. There will be a fire going in the wood stove when you arrive. If you have questions about operating the wood stove we are happy to help. Firewood for heating the cabins is included with cold-season rentals. Prospector tents are 3-season and do not come with a heat source.
Log cabins have an indoor kitchenette and prospector tents have an outdoor kitchenette on the porch. Both include propane cook-top, ice box, dishes and separate water for drinking and washing. Neither the cabins nor tents are plumbed so all wash water must be emptied into five-gallon pails provided.
Log cabins and prospector tents come with all dishes for cooking and eating. Dishes are expected to be clean when you check-out or additional charges will be applied.
Firewood is available to purchase for outdoor bonfires and is $10/bag. A crate is enough wood for 1-2 bonfires. Please respect our forest and do not scavenge wood for fires from it.
We do not permit fireworks to be used on-site.
Canoe/ Kayak / Stand Up Paddleboard
We have six canoes, two kayaks and two SUPs available for guests to use. You may also bring your own. We also have paddles and life-jackets available in a variety of sizes.
Minimum Night Stay
Minimum stay is two nights except on summmer weekends (July long to September long) as well as long weekends when the minimum stay is three nights. We will make an exception and allow a one night stay if it within a few days of when you wish to stay and the unit is still available.
In order to reduce water usage we exclusively offer composting toilets. Prospector tents have two shared public toilets located nearby. Log cabins have a private toilet in each unit. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet located in the public shower building and another public toilet on the path to the dock.
What to Bring
All you need to bring are the clothing, bedding, toiletries, towels and food you need for your stay although a good book and a game or two are also highly recommended. We also recommend bringing a flashlight in case you need to go anywhere during the night. If you are planning to use the shower or purchase firewood, you should also bring cash and specifically loonies for the shower.
All units are accessed on foot, and some require traversing uneven ground and climbing staircases. Prospector tents are up a double staircase and are 70 meters from the tent parking lot. Log cabins and retro campers are between 10 and 30 meters from their parking lot. Tiny cabins Milkweed and Aster are up a staircase and are 30 meters from parking. Tiny Cabins Cattail, Fiddlehead and Lichen are 30 to 50 meters from parking. We also have an upper parking lot available for visitors and those guests wishing to park boats, trailers, etc. For winter rentals we require all wheel drive for getting in here. Only Hawthorne is available for winter rental and the shower building will be closed.
Unique Health Considerations
Kenora has deer legged ticks that carry lyme disease. More information on lyme disease and prevention.
Kenora also has a fungus in the soil (Blastomyces dermatitidis) in some areas that can cause symptoms ranging from subclinical (minimal) infection up to chronic pneumonia. It is rare in humans but more common in dogs because it is soil born. Prompt treatment is important as it can be deadly for dogs. More information here.
Dogs are permitted to stay in the cabins. All other types of pets are not. Dogs must be well-behaved, reasonably quiet and on-leash at all times when outside. Dogs must be kept off the furniture and cleaned up after both inside and out. Dogs must not be left alone in the cabins or on the porch unless kenneled. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in additional charges. Also please consider when deciding whether to bring your dog, that we have a German Shepherd/ Collie cross named Austin and a Boxer mix named Dandelion who are not leashed and are very friendly to both people and other dogs. If your dog does not respond well to friendly dogs, please do not bring it.
We do not have a boat launch on-site. Part of what drew us to Mink Bay was the quiet body of water with very few motorized boats and how ideal it is for human-powered recreation and we hope our guests will take the time to get out on the water with a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board and discover what it has to offer. If you do wish to bring a motorized boat to use elsewhere you may park it in our upper parking lot. There are several boat launches nearby which will get you into either Lake of the Woods or the Winnipeg River.