The Haliburton Highlands is a special part of Ontario, and is considered by many of those seeking to experience the outdoors, to be Ontario's premiere destination. Its countless lakes, streams, trails, and dense forest provide the backdrop for many of Ontario's favourite outdoor recreational activities ... Fishing ... ATVing ... Kayaking...Snowmobiling ... Hiking ... Skiing,..etc. And just like the famous Algonquin Park that it borders, Haliburton has steadfastly resisted any type of development that could take away from its unique natural beauty. |
HALIBURTON'S COTTAGE RESORT "WITH A DIFFERENCE!"
WINTER at KASHAGA LODGE
Haliburton County is the District of Muskoka's eastern neighbour. And this unique and and breath-taking section of the Canadian Shield is bordered to the north by Algonquin Park, with it's population centred mostly around just a handful of small villages.
While most lakefrontage on Haliburton's biggest lakes is being swallowed up by developers, and turned into condos, Kashaga Lodge Cottage Resort remains the only "housekeeping" resort near the village of Haliburton. No swimming pool, no weight room, no sauna, no tennis court, no hot-tub, no room service, no spa, no banquet room, no "service" fees, no air conditioning, etc to inflate the cost of enjoying all those wonderful ACTIVITIES that Kashaga Lodge, the Canadian Shield, Lake Kashagawigamog, and the nearby
village of Haliburton have to offer. The cottages are quite privately located and have fully-equipped kitchens, decks, BBQs, cable TV, firepits, picnic tables, WiFi, and 5 acres of open tree-lined lakeside property, on glorious Lake Kashagawigamog. All surrounded by trails, trails, and more trails. These are cottages, and fully-equipped housekeeping suites, not motel rooms. Units rent by the weekend or week so that guests can have the comforts of home while enjoying all those unique experiences that Haliburton has to offer.
Check the Kashaga Lodge RATES page, add 13% HST and the cost of your groceries, pack your sheets and towels, and prepare yourself for one of Central Ontario's best lakeside cottage vacation values. YEAR-ROUND!
FIRST WALLEYE OF LAST WINTER's HARDWATER SEASON:
Iced Thurs Dec. 13, 2012 in 19 fow on 4" of black ice, just 400 yards from the cottages
Dec 26, 2012
Iced Wednesday Dec. 26, 2012 in 25 fow on 8" of ice, about 600 yards from the cottages. BTW, Han and his Korean friends (with their brand new Marcum LX5 flasher) also iced a 25 incher in 35 fow, but no photo yet unless he emails it to me. C'mon Han, you promised! Where the hell is it?
Dec 28, 2012
Iced Wednesday Dec. 28, 2012 in 16 fow on 8" of ice, about 300 yards from the cottages.
Jan 4, 2013
Iced Fri, Jan 4, 2013 in 27 fow on 8" of ice, about 250 yards from the cottages. Actually, the first weekend of the new year was not particularly rewarding for Kashaga Lodge ice fishermen, but Chris and his 3 buds managed to ice (and release, thank you very much) this 4 lb 9 ouncer just a stone's throw from the cottages. And surprisingly, this walleye was actually iced at 11:00 am. Apparently, Mr. Walleye had slept in and missed his usual sunrise feed (as did most of the "so-called" ice fishermen on the property.)
KASHAGA LODGE FEATURES:
| The resort includes a separate off-site 2-bedroom cottage right on the Crown land SNOWMOBILE/ATV trails. |
| A wide VARIETY of accommodation types. |
| On Lake Kashagawigamog just 4 KM from HALIBURTON VILLAGE. |
| A huge well-treed property with lots of PRIVACY. |
| FREE THURSDAY or Sunday night with a non-summer weekend. |
| Several PET FRIENDLY cottages. |
| One Lakeside 6-BEDROOM COTTAGE perfect for an extended family or other large group. |
| Haliburton County's only WALLEYE ICE FISHING operation |
| Located at the "hub" of Haliburton County Snowmobile Club snowmobile trails |
| Haliburton County's most comprehensive ATV TRAIL PACKAGE including custom maps and directions. |
| All cottages and suites have FULLY-EQUIPPED KITCHENS. |
| 1.5 km drive (or jog) to Tim Hortons |
| Excellent BASS, MUSKIE and WALLEYE fishing right in Kashaga Bay. |
| 2.5 km to Supermarket (and beer store) |
| DIRECT ACCESS to Haliburton ATV Club and Kawartha ATV Club ATV trails. |
| Free WIRELESS INTERNET coverage. |
ICE FISHING AT KASHAGA LODGE:
ICE UPDATES FOR THE 2013/2014 HARDWATER SEASON
On Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, the lake was completely frozen over and covered with a 2-inch layer of fresh snow. The operator took advantage of the pleasant weather to auger a bunch of test holes.
Within 200 feet of the shore in front of the cottages, the ice was no less than 3 1/2 inches thick. Normally he does not put the huts out till after Christmas, but it looks like the coveted 'first ice' walleye bite could kick in very early this winter. He likes a minimum of 6 inches of good ice before towing the huts out. But realistically, for the "open air" fisher-persons, the walleye season on Lake Kashagawigamog, at least in the quiet bays, is open NOW. And yes, the walleye on Kash' is open for licensed fishermen throughout the month of December.
To be sure, unlike most species, the feeding patterns of the wiley walleye are somewhat 'unpredictable.' But most would agree that there are four general constants associated with their strongest feeding urges: SUN-UP, SUNDOWN, FIRST ICE, and LAST ICE.
Presently the accommodations at Kashaga Lodge are heavily booked for most weekends in January and early February 2014. But be aware that, unlike some other districts in Ontario, walleye season is open on 'Kash until March 15. This year, there will be no less than 3 weekends in March to try to outsmart Ontario's most sought-after game fish.
The County of Haliburton is Algonquin Park‘s southern neighbor, and as such, shares almost all the same unique geographical characteristics of the Park itself. Perhaps the most
striking characteristic of this largely undeveloped chunk of the Canadian Shield is the number of lakes, rivers, and streams contained within its borders. To be sure, there is no lack of angling opportunities.
During the hardwater season, Haliburton County offers arguably the best ice fishing in Central Ontario for most species of fish. Mr. WALLEYE is perhaps the most sought-after game fish in Ontario,
and Lake Kashagawigamog possesses the largest walleye population in the County. And Kashaga Lodge Cottages is located right at the north end of this lake just a short ice-walk from some of the best walleye fishing in Central Ontario.
The resort situates 8 huts at various locations nearby according to time of season and apparent feeding patterns.
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The town of Haliburton is the hub of the Haliburton County Snowmobile Association, the grandaddy of all snowmobile clubs in Ontario. Due in part to the elevation, the Haliburton Highlands has a reputation for getting snow sooner, and keeping it longer, than any other region in south-central Ontario. And KASHAGA LODGE is the closest cottage resort to the town of Haliburton., just 5 minutes by sled or car from fuel, restaurants, sled parts, groceries, beer and liquor stores, coffee shops, and banks. And the town of Haliburton prides itself in serving up old-fashioned hospitality.
Kashaga Lodges wide open spaces allow truck and trailer parking right beside your cottage, and sled parking at your door.
HALIBURTON SNOWMOBILE TRAILS:
Haliburton County is legendary within Ontario for providing a unique snowmobiling experience for its visitors. Haliburton County’s southern border with Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes roughly defines the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. And the village of Haliburton is quite centrally located within this region of forests, lakes, streams, rock outcroppings, and breathtakingly beautiful vistas, all interconnected via trails, trails and more trails.
Kashaga Lodge is ideally located for sledders, less than a 5 minute snowmobile ride from the
hub of the Haliburton County Snowmobile Association trails where the famous Haliburton / Victoria railtrail from Lindsay, and the hydro cut trail from Algonquin Park converge right in the village of Haliburton. After a day on the trails, note that Kashaga Lodge is only a 3-minute sled-ride to the gas station, grocery store, and the Beer Store, (without running the road.)
At Kashaga Lodge, riders can park their trucks and trailers right beside their cottage, and park their sleds right by their deck. And Lake Kashagawigamog is 15 km long, and provides a natural winter “extension” of the lodge’s 5 acres.
From Kashaga Lodge there are two access routes to the trails; head out onto Lake Kashagawigamog, or cross the road to the power line trail. Either route gets you to town as well as the rest of the HCSA trail system. Some of the most scenic and varied sledding in Ontario starts from Haliburton. The quick way out
of town is via the rail trail, but for those who would prefer to savour the forest landscapes of the unique Haliburton Highlands, the trails heading north or east out of town provide some of the most memorable riding in Ontario. Hardcore sledheads might want to try Haliburton through Algonquin Park to Whitney and return by way of Lake St Peter and Bancroft as a day loop. And the best part, the trails in this part of the Highlands are never abused by heavy traffic.
Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Centre, is a 50,000 acre Park bordering Algonquin Park which is open to snowmobilers. Every winter, enthusiasts come from as far away as Europe to experience the 300 km of extraordinary trails of the Haliburton Forest. This is the only trail system in Ontario which actually makes snow on the trails. Its a 45 minute sled ride to the Haliburton Forest base camp from Kashaga Lodge, but the trails that lead there are almost as incredible as those of the Forest itself. Kashaga Lodge is one of the closest cottage resorts to the Forest.
ATVING From KASHAGA LODGE:
Kashaga Lodge is arguably the best location in Haliburton County for accessing the ATV trails without trailering. The trail inventory accessible from your cottage deck varies from railtrail to the infamous "Goat Trail," Greens Mountain, and everything in between.
But more importantly, Kashaga Lodge offers hands down, the most comprehensive and unique ATV trail riding package in the area; and at a rate that facilitates participation in the sport of recreational ATVing by everyone.
Perhaps Kashah=ga Lodge's most unique ATV touring feature is its off-site 2-bedroom cottage near Gooderham, surrounded by Crown land trails...NO road running and with access to hundreds of kms of trails.
Park your trucks and trailers at your cottage, and your bikes right beside the deck.
Restaurants, TIM HORTONS, groceries, beer/liquor, fuel, ice, hardware, etc, all within a 5-minute drive.
Customized maps with detailed landmarks and written directions for all individual routes.
Up-to-date trail conditions, destinations of interest, and complete trail descriptions.
Emergency bike pick-up on trail for break-downs.
ATV tire repairs and replacement nearby.
Power washer on site.
Free use of fully-equipped on-site garage and tools for ATV repairs.
All cottages have kitchen, cable TV, 4-pc bath, firepit, BBQ, and use of beach and boats.
For more info on Kashaga Lodge's ATVing Package go to the
ATVING Page of this website.
KASHAGA LODGE FISHING:
And speaking of Mr. Teeth, that same weekend, these guys drove all the way from from Ohio for their annual assault on Central Ontario's unsuspecting walleye population.
What they discovered was that Canadian pickerel are a lot smarter than their Michigan, Ohio, Wisconson brethren. All of their classic walleye lures that work south of the border, such as their favourite #3 red & white Mepps dressed in a white skirt only amused Kashag's highly discerning pickerel population.
But Kashag's MUSKY population is much less particular, and has a reputation to attack anything that moves whether they're hungry or not. By the end of their three (mostly wet) days of fishing, these six hardcore American anglers, fishing from two boats, actually landed and released no fewer than an astounding 25 musky. Here are a few of their own photos.