Reilly Lake Outpost
Reilly Lake outpost is a do it yourself outpost with all the amenities. If you are the do it yourself adventurer, amazing fishing is waiting for you. Give us a call or drop us a line and we'll hook you up. (pun intended)
Reilly Lake meanders through 23 miles of rock cliffs, weedy bays and numerous islands until it flows into Reindeer Lake’s Vermillion Bay. Reilly Lake is a very unique lake in the sense that it is part of the huge Reindeer Lake water shed. It is a tributary of Reindeer Lake with two major rivers flowing in and one flowing out. The lake has many islands, hidden bays and small hills making for great scenery and countless protected areas for fishing on windy days. Reilly totals about 70 square miles.
Leaving the camp and going south the lake is narrow for the first half and then opens up a little wider for the second half with a few less islands in the second half. It is still manageable on windy days. About little less than half way down the lake, about 7 miles from the camp after winding around pretty little islands and some unique shoreline you enter the narrows where the Wathaman River comes in from Spalding and Greenbush lakes. There is some serious Pike habitat in this area as well as in many of the bays around Reilly. You can travel for about a mile in this area before you actually get to where the river enters the lake. The Wathaman River is about 15 to 20 feet deep by about 60 – 70 feet wide. It is a fairly fast current for a river with depth. Take your boat up this river and see where it will take you.
At the very extreme south end of the lake the Oliver River comes in winding down from Oliver Lake. You take your boat and weasel it in through the narrows almost a mile and you come to the Reilly Lake falls where Walleye and Pike are waiting for you. This coupled with the sheer beauty of the place makes for some excited fishing.
Back to the north side of the lake when you’re standing on the dock to your left approximately half a mile is where the Wathaman River exits Reilly Lake for Reindeer Lake. The river divides in two around a good sized island, a giant rock looks like it was placed by itself at the entrance to the left side of the outlet, great walleye fishing right there. You can wind down the river with nice rock outcroppings and only a mile and a half downstream you enter Vermillion Bay on Reindeer Lake. Reindeer Lake is a world class Pike and Lake Trout fishery and Vermillion Bay is known for its giant Pike since it was discovered in the late 1950’s. Vermillion Bay is also known for great Walleye fishing. A good spot is right where you enter the bay on the Wathaman River. This bay is approximately 14 miles long. It has its share of islands as well as hidden Pike bays just waiting to be explored.
There are all three main species of fish at Reilly Lake. The fishing speaks for itself. Northerns to 35 lbs, Lake Trout to 30 lbs and Walleye to 9 lbs. Vermillion Bay on Reindeer Lake has Pike, Walleye and Arctic Grayling
The camp is located on a very scenic spot on a square peninsula located on the north end of the lake across from an island called Craig Island. The setting is old growth mixed Pine, Birch, Spruce and Willow trees with a sandy shoreline around the whole peninsular. Facing the lake at the dock and depending on the water level for that year, you can walk to your left along the sandy beach and end up on a straight sand point jutting out into the lake. The camp is also located approximately 18 miles west by air from Reindeer Lake Lodge. Reindeer Lake Lodge is our full service lodge and can help support Reilly Lake with tools, equipment, extra food if you forget your tartar sauce or tooth paste, etc.
The camp comprises of two big very well built 18 X 24 foot authentic upright rustic log cabins which can accommodate up to six people in each cabin. The cabins are an open concept with a big airtight wood stove in the center. Kitchen/dining facilities are at the front of the cabins while sleeping is at the rear. The cabins are built with upright logs because in the far north the trees are too short to build any length of horizontal walls. Each cabin will have big propane grill/barbeques positioned on the front deck for those famous steak nights.
The camp is supplied with bedding, towels, pots and pans, cooking utensils, plates and everything else needed to make your stay an enjoyable one.
Behind the cabins are the duplex washroom facilities. This building comprises of two separated washrooms complete with sink, toilet, and hot showers.
The camp also has a little shop/storage building, generator building, and an out of the way camp attendant cabin.
There are six boats Alumarine boats available for use at Reilly Lake. Very strong and durable Canadian made boats built for northern camp use and rugged northern lakes. All boats have casting decks and VHF radios so you can keep in communication with your buddies or the camp attendant if you need to. Typically we have enough boats for two fishermen per boat. Four 16 and two 18 footer boats are available. Motors will be 20 and 30 horsepower Yamaha’s. The 20’s are brand new for the 2018 season. Boats are equipped with nets, fish tubs, paddles, pliers and jaw spreaders etc.
Transportation to Reilly Lake is out of La Ronge Saskatchewan on a floatplane. It's approximately an hour and twenty minute flight to the camp. Alternatively guests can come in on our private charter to Reindeer Lake Lodge and boat into Reilly Lake. The trip is about an hour going through Vermillion Bay into Reilly Lake with some fantastic scenery and great adventure.
Reilly Lake outpost camp is simply remote and wilderness fishing at its finest. Because our outfitting license gives us the rights to operate anywhere on the world renown Reindeer Lake, our guests have a double bonus of being able to fish Reilly and Reindeer Lake only a mile and a half from the Reilly Lake camp. These features give the fisherman/adventurer a literal lifetime of fishing and exploring with trophy fishing many just dream about.
Testimonial – Reilly Lake June 8-15, 2018
It was with some trepidation that our group of 10 accepted an invitation to Dave’s Reilly Lake Camp following the complete loss of our original destination to his Pipestone Lake Lodge from the 2017 wild fires. We need not have been concerned!!
Given the Reilly Lake camp had not been open for several years, there were obvious concerns with the state of the facilities and equipment…. again we need not have been concerned! Upon arrival it was obvious Dave and his staff had put every effort possible into having things ship shape with all new appliances, dishes, bedding, food supplies, well equipped boats including the very handy VHF radios and with the added bonus of separate facilities for hot showers and flush toilets! To compliment these great facilities, camp attendants Dan and Joy quietly and efficiently went about looking after us magnificently all week!
The fishing??….absolutely fantastic and beyond all expectations! Our group mainly targeted Pike with almost everyone getting numerous trophies (40 inch plus) with upwards of 100 trophies taken during the week….the largest measuring in at 46 inches; taking the black jacket prize for one of our “rookies”! We simply lost count of the hundreds….yes hundreds…of 36 to 39 inch monsters that became routine to release boat side after a couple of days! We quickly came to fully appreciate the 100% barbless hook regulations (especially on day one when the first finger was stabbed to the bone!)
We were a bit early for Walleye but easily managed plenty for a fish fry and a very tasty taco night! A few in our group managed to get into some really nice Lake Trout with some hefty 30 inchers caught and released. A nice treat as none of us are experienced laker fishermen.
If you are reading this and considering or actually have a trip planned to Reilly Lake, make sure you do yourself a favour and make the trek up into Vermillion Bay on Reindeer Lake and to the Oliver River falls at the extreme southern end of Reilly Lake as well. Magnificent scenery, loads of wildlife and some very nice pike just below the falls and even managed to find a couple of lake trout holes that kept us busy along the way! Along the way south you can take in the Wathaman River inlet into Reilly…some monster pike to be had!
On the logistics side, we would be remiss if we did not give a huge shout out to West Wind Aviation (Saskatoon to Lac La Ronge) and Osprey Wings (Lac La Ronge to Reilly Lake) and return….absolutely the best service we have ever had in our ten plus trips throughout Northern Canada! Professional and efficient in every sense….job very well done including the great staff at the Saskatoon Airport Marriott who took very good care of us.
Dave….on behalf of our group, please accept our sincere thanks and appreciation for what turned out to be a true trip of a lifetime. With a bit of luck and aligning of the stars we hope to do a return trip in the future. An absolute pleasure to work with professionals who delivered well beyond our expectations…which were high to begin with!! Good luck with all your future endeavours…including getting your beloved Pipestone Lake Camp back in operation. Reilly Lake Camp is a true gem and a magnificent contribution to the northern Canadian experience!
Nova Scotia, Canada