2019 Lodge News and What’s new in 2020.
Reflecting on last summer’s season, and it brought a smile to our faces. After 36 years of providing quality fishing & hunting opportunities to our guests, we are already anxiously looking forward to 2020; our 37th year!
The Weather Picture From 2019
Last spring’s weather started out normal and enabled us & our staff to get all the yard work and winter-created work done. Those willows I planted 20 years ago are great shade trees, but the trade-off is the 5 dump trailers full of leaves we get rid of each spring.
As the summer went on, it became very dry and warm. We had very pleasant temperatures, although the lack of moisture brought on many long-lasting forest fires. The smoke some days became very thick and caused many coughs and red eyes. We were lucky that none of the fires threatened the lodge.
One early evening during the middle of the summer we had one heck of an in-line wind run through during a thunderstorm. Within 2 minutes we lost 28 trees and loads of branches and debris. Our large highway sign just down the road also blew over. This all created tons of extra work and that’s not what we needed during the middle of a full summer. Staff members Oliver, Curtis & Braden stepped up to the plate and we all went the extra mile to get it all cleaned up in about a week or so. Hopefully we don’t see that again any time soon.
As we entered the fall season we got continuous rain. We received so much rain that the solid cribbed docks that connect the floaters to the shore, were under the water by up to a foot. Never have we seen that before. We got up every morning and got used to pumping the boats without blinking an eye. This was the year that if you cheaped out on your rainwear it showed! In all the years here I have never seen the lakes in the area that high at freeze-up. We sure hope the winter snow and spring rains are on the low side.
This spring, we removed and replaced all the carpets on each and every boat in our fleet. It took about a week of group effort to accomplish, but sure made a difference in the appearance. In 2020 our fist “big” job is replacing all the wooden seats and swivel seat receivers. Good maintenance keeps our fleet fresh, current and hassle free.
This fall we tackled some building projects including new roofing for several of the cottages, and a couple of interior renovations. 2020 will see some fresh coats of paint where needed, improvements to more cottage interiors, and more new mattresses for the cottages, to mention just a few things. We never stop improvements to Rainbow Point Lodge to make sure you have the best vacation possible, and we sure appreciate so many guests noticing our efforts.
Memorable People and Events
We were honored to host a few big groups this summer, along with the many extended family groups that stayed with us. Special mention to the Boyle Family from all over the US and Canada, the Burgess group from Ill, the Hilbert Family from WI, the Gamber Family from KS, the Burns Family from NE, the Jaeger Family from Ontario & Alberta and the Wondra Family from AR and IA, were just some of the special groups that gathered at Rainbow Point for their special occasions, semi-annual fishing trips or family reunions. We are proud to be able to share in your special memories!
Looking back at the season with respect to fishing, it was another quality fishery showing itself. Generally throughout the summer I heard comments about all the larger quality fish that were being caught and released. Many of the long-time guests, and ourselves, comment that the numbers and quality just keeps getting better and better on Perrault Lake.
Congrats to Sam from NJ who caught the big walleye for the season at RPL, right in front of the Lodge docks! There were countless trophy walleyes caught and released in the 28-31 inch class, and we have seen a tremendous upward trend in trophy northern and muskie. The Perch continued to be a tremendous fishery this year, as were the crappie. It’s great to have a lake to offer our guests to fish that has such fabulous variety and quality.
Check out our website photo album for some of our great Lodge photos & ones shared by our guests from their vacations this summer.
Gale and I don’t get to do much fishing during the summer, but do a fair amount in the fall after the majority of our guests are done for the summer. This fall we fished a few days later fall with Mike & Lori from WI (in the snow, rain and wind). We were dressed for it and, was it ever worth it! We boated walleyes (biggest 29”), bass, northern, and tons of perch & crappie. When the water cooled down after the turn-over, the fishing really turned on. Live bait was the ticket and the bigger the better was the norm.
On a personal note, we were thrilled to join the grandparents club this June, with the birth of our 1st grandchild, Cassie (daughter to Karla and Kyle). We also welcomed a new son-in-law with the marriage of Amanda to Ken. With these two big events happening in May and June, it really made for a very, very busy summer for us!
I am not going to rattle on much longer but we just want to thank all of our guests for your continuing support and the friendships we have made over the years make this life of ours a memorable and enjoyable one.
Gale and I are going to be in Green Bay at the All Canada Show in January from the 16th to 19th. If you can make it in to say hi, or would like to promote Rainbow to your friends or family, please stop by. Remember we have a referral promo credit for you should someone book because of your reference.
2020 Fishing & Hunting Schedule
Next season is booking up very quickly with some weeks full already. If you are planning a trip for fishing or hunting in 2020, contact us soon to schedule your stay. Check out the webpage for current prices, new pictures, and info often.
Once again, we hope you have a great Christmas Season, and that your travels in 2020 bring you to Bob & Gale’s Rainbow Point Lodge.
Bob and Gale