June 2014 trip

It’s hard to believe that two weeks have passed since we were at camp.  We all had a great time working on the camp, and still had time to go out and catch limits of walleyes on several days.  The fishing was outstanding!!  We also had time to eat well, and as my cousin Eric would say, “laugh like only you can at Em-Kay”….

Some of the things we got accomplished this week were: building a new deck, lifting cabin 3-4, put a new floor in cabin 3-4, installed pex piping throughout the lodge, installed a new shower, and added an RV pump to our water system.  Now we can take real showers instead of a “drip”.  We reassembled an old chicken coop that will be our new boat house.  We affectionately call it “Ray’s Coop”.  We also had to repair the dock which didn’t hold up to the brutal winter.  Last but not least, we put up a flag pole to fly the camp flag in memory of my grandmother Alice, who passed away in the fall of 2013. 

Now for a few pictures of the trip… enjoy!


Getting a good start on the new deck.  You can see the outline of the old deck.  The new deck is more than twice the size of the old one.  When seeing it at this stage, I could hardly wait to see it completed!!



This next picture shows all of the joist’s installed, sure hope everything is level at this point!!



Hey, the new deck is completed!  It didn’t take long to begin using the added space to store coolers, totes, and a couple of chairs, so we could sit down and take a load off after a hard day’s work!!  It really turned out nice!!





The cabin measures 16′ by 30′ and was sunken into the ground.  We needed to dig down a foot so we could set the jacks to start the lift.  It took railroad jacks on the corners and a dozen handy man jacks to get this ‘ol girl off the ground.



Below is a mid-lift view of how many jacks we had on one side of the cabin.  It was very helpful to have a few extra handy man (red) jacks for this lift.



We are almost there……



The lift is over.  We needed to get the doors on it, but we are close….. 



New floor looks good!!





It was glorious!!!!





Great job boys!!





Setting it in place, making sure it is plumb….



The raising of the flags, in memory of Grandma Alice Taylor, what a great moment!!!



A picture of part of the gang under the newly installed flag pole.  A great addition to the camp!!




I thought I would end with this panorama shot that my brother took.  He was standing on the bluff at the camp one morning looking south.  It is a great picture that could be turned into a postcard.  It must have been awesome to hear the north woods come alive that morning.  Until next time, keep your rod tip up, line tight, and we’ll see ya up north…….
































Shore Lunch

Shore Lunch

This photo makes me smile! It doesn’t get much better than this! Fresh walleyes pulled out of the lake, filleted, dragged through spices, and cooking in a little peanut oil over a camp fire on an island! Heat up a can of Bush’s baked beans and you have a meal fit for a king!! It’s making me hungry.

Classic Camp Photos

It’s hard to believe it’s already December.  The good thing about that is, it means we are one day closer to the walleye opener in the spring!!!  Can you tell that cabin fever is starting to set in???  LOL

I decided to post some camp photos from the past (40+ years ago).  It is interesting how fast time flies…

Below is an Em Kay Camp brochure printed in the 70’s:

EmKayBrochure_Front        EmKayBrochure_Back

The next photo (early 1970’s) actually made it to the brochure, but is in color.  Ben Taylor the camp owner is the guy on the left helping hold up that big northern…

The next camp photo is really old!  I’m guessing late 1950’s, early 1960’s.  In this one my grandfather Vernon “Ben” Taylor is at the wood stove cooking sliced potato’s.  Doc Holland is behind him with Swede Pearson in the background.  They are in cabin 5, the shelf behind Swede is still hanging on the wall!!


The next photo (1970’s) is showing Grandpa “Ben” on the right with Bud Lesan tending to some meat on the grill and the main lodge as the backdrop.


The final picture (mid to late 70’s) is showing Ben Taylor (in hat) crouching in front of a mess of northerns with his hand around his beloved husky “Chinook”.  I am old enough to remember uncle Ben owning that dog .  Chinook loved to be petted and usually got a lot of attention from folks in the camp.


If you have any other classic Em Kay Camp photos, send them on to me to post on the blog.


2013 fishing

It is amazing that we are already into November of 2013.  Where did the year (summer) go??  As always we are all looking forward to the 2014 fishing on the English River near Ear Falls, Ontario.  Here are a few pictures to hold you over until headed to the Northwood’s next year….

Below is an undated photo (may be 2012) of the guys holding a big stringer of Walleye’s…

spring 2012


Here is Corey Bisgard, the Spring Sheriff with a 27 inch walleye:



Below is Kevin Henter with his 27 incher!


Here is Josh and gang (Randy seated, Daren behind Josh) with a nice 40+ northern!  Great job Josh, you look worn out after bringing that one into the boat!



Below is Michael Henter’s big slab of Northern.  It’s almost as big as he is (And Michael is a BIG (tall) guy!)

Micheal Henter big northern


Another Northern taken, caught by a friend of Eric’s

Big Northern Canada


Now, who put this picture showing the walleye poster boy’s 23 incher?!?!?  LOL

VT 2013 wedbed


Every trip we take to Canada, we vow to take more pictures of each event.  Maybe this will motivate some to take more pictures (including myself taking more).  I am planning on doing just that next June!!

The fishing was excellent all year long.  The best I have seen it in the months of August and September.  Until next year, keep your rod tip up, line tight, and don’t hog’em in…  VT

Finishing up limits to go home

Cabin 5 Upgrade

It’s been a few weeks since I have updated the blog.  I was in Canada recently for a little R&R (and some work) and fantastic fishing for a hot August!!  We saw temps in the 90’s with humidity.  I thought I was back in Iowa.

A few years back, the family made a decision to update the camp.  It had been several years since anything major had been upgraded.  I call the upgrade a labor of love, some would call it something else (crazy comes to mind).  The group has spent countless hours procuring materials, hauling them to Canada, then across a few miles of water to the camp, pulled up the hill and finessed into their final resting place.  I will post a couple of pictures of the trailer loads at a later date.  Below is the “before” picture of cabin 5.  The bottom logs were sitting on the ground and starting to rot.  The floor on the inside was what they call a friendly floor…it had a wave to it…

cabin 5 before2

The next picture shows cabin 5 in the mid-lift position.  It took some effort to get it up to this height.  We used railroad jacks on each corner and many handy man jacks to help re-set the railroad jacks when they ran out of “jack room”.

cabin 5 mid-lift

Finally, here is the cabin lifted, re-chinked, and painted, complete with a new roof.

Cabin 5 finished

The cabin currently serves as our bunk house with several beds stacked into it.