The Ogoki Reservoir is located about 40 miles north of Lake Nipigon. The reservoir is a vast body of water that was created by a dam that was built during the great depression. Ogoki looks like a long skinny lake on a map, but the widest areas are miles across. The character of the water, the land and the forest is totally different than what I am accustomed to in Wisconsin.
The river that fills the reservoir enters on the north west end. Where the river enters is called “Eight Flume Falls”, but it’s not really water falls, it’s more like rapids. The water is a stained color from tannin that is washed down from the swamps that fill the river. The depth of the water varies greatly. Where the original river channel was it is very deep, but other areas are shallow and full of stumps and rocks. The water is full of stumps from trees that grew there when the area was flooded over 80 years ago. It would be a good idea to bring a depth finder for the rented boat. A depth finder might avoid running up on rocks with the boat.
The land around the reservoir is a mix of alders, gravel and sand but mainly rock. The spruce trees grow in between the rocks, then die and fall over creating virtually impassable areas of dead falls. I was determined to make my way inland during my moose hunt. It is possible to climb over trees and get inland, but if hunting, the noise will spook any moose in the area. Another characteristic of the land is the moss. The moss grows so thick over the rocks it’s like walking on pillows. The vibrant green of the moss is an amazing site.
The wildlife was why I went to Ogoki. I went to hunt moose and there are moose in the area. There is also Woodland Caribou, wolves and bears. The small game in the area include grouse and ducks.
I had an amazing time on the Ogoki Reservoir. If anyone is looking to make it up that way, you won’t be disappointed.