Big River is situated 120 miles Northeast of Goose Bay in a truly remote, wilderness area of Labrador which is accessible only by float plane or helicopter. In this pristine setting, Big River offers exceptional fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon, Sea-Run Trout, and in mid August, Arctic Char. Guests can enjoy the option of the easy wading pools directly in front of the lodge, travel the scenic routes to the mouth of the river by boat, or take a short ATV ride or hike to the many other remarkable pools further up the river.
The lodge at Big River is situated at the first rapids on the river which is approximately five miles from the North Atlantic Ocean. This rapid area is the first obstruction encountered by the Atlantic salmon, Sea-Run Trout, and Arctic Char after navigating the five miles of relatively slow flowing river from the ocean. While the Atlantic salmon and Sea-Run Trout continue up stream for several miles to the spawning grounds, the first rapids is the extent of the up-river journey for the Arctic Char. The Salmon and Trout usually begin the journey into the river early July and continue up stream in great numbers until late August or Early September. The Arctic Char do not enter the river until mid-August.
The original fishing camp at Big River was first established by the late Robert Skinner in the late 1960’s. In recent years, we decided to upgrade and build a modern lodge to meet the ever changing expectations of our guests. After a successful day on the river and a fabulous meal prepared by our chef, one can relax and share stories of the day’s events, all while enjoying the general comradery within the lodge.
Throughout the years Big River has and still proves to provide an extraordinary angling experience to anglers of all ages. In addition to the fabulous fishing and state of the art accommodations, we are unique in that we are the only lodge located on Big River, allowing guests to enjoy “unpressured” pools, which makes for an angler’s paradise!
Along with our individual/smaller groups, we also pride ourselves in providing corporate retreats for those who are looking to expand their Team Building Strategies, in the midst of mixing business with pleasure!
“Fishing in the Canadian wilderness at it's finest” Vince H., NY
“Just a note to thank you for the great fishing trip. Fishing and hospitality surpassed our expectations.” M Earle, CB
“Excellent fishing and outstanding accommodations and hospitality in beautiful wild surroundings!” William P USA
“We enjoyed our stay – fantastic fishing, food and outstanding service”!! Eric B – Montreal
Big River Camp is accessible only by float plane or helicopter. Our marshalling point for travelling into Big River lodge is Goose Bay, Labrador. Our change out day for guests arriving/departing Big River Lodge is on Friday's. We suggest guests arrive in Goose Bay no later than Thursday evening, which allows for an anticipated early departure into the lodge on Friday. In turn, we suggest guests plan to depart Goose Bay on Saturday, following their Friday departure from the lodge. We would have a representative meet guests at the Goose Bay Airport upon their arrival, and take them to the hotel in which they have confirmed. We would then meet guests at the hotel Friday morning for the early departure into the lodge.
Goose Bay Airport is a major international airport and handles an average of 95,000 passengers a year. Serviced by Air Canada and Provincial Airlines, the Airport has scheduled flights arriving daily from most major cities. For those travelling from abroad, Air Canada has direct flights from Halifax, NS and connector flights through Montreal, QC as well as Deer Lake, NL and St. John's, NL. Clients are required to arrange their own flight to and from the Goose Bay Airport, as well as any hotels in Goose Bay if they so desire.