The Lodge Experience
The Restigouche Lodge features comfortable accommodations for up to 12 anglers, as well as a spacious lounge with a panoramic view of the Restigouche River and the surrounding Chic-Choc mountains which is part of the Appalachian Mountain chain. Our chef prepares three meals each day for a dining experience unmatched on the Gaspe Peninsula. In the past, the Lodge operated as a private retreat – it was a well-kept secret. The Restigouche River Lodge is now being run under the present owners as a full service Atlantic salmon fly fishing lodge and you are now able to book your trip here to fish this historic river.
From the time the partners acquired this salmon camp on the Restigouche River we have been focused on a gradual transformation of changes and upgrades to the structures and grounds. RRL guests returning each season are witness to these changes. Though the years we have and will continue with the projects and upgrades that will enhance the visits of our guests and owners alike.
The accommodations at the Restigouche River Lodge offer these features. A main dining lodge, a premier guest lodge, a two bedroom cottage and a three bedroom guest camp. With the different layout of the camp buildings we are able to offer our guests, family or group bookings many lodging options.
A Typical Day at the Lodge
Your day begins with your choice of a big country breakfast from 7:00 to 8:30 in the morning. The guides are ready to head out for fishing at 8:00 am and you can fish up till 12:45 pm. The lodge’s main meal is served at 1:30 pm sharp. The chef and staff work very hard preparing this meal so please try to be on time. Afternoon hours can be spent tying flies, taking a nap, sightseeing, heading into town or enjoying the outdoor activities provided at the lodge. The RRL guides are prepared to head for fishing at 5:00 pm until dark. There could be a change of an hour for the morning and evening hours of fishing. This could be due to weather or daylight conditions. The evening meal is then served at 9:00 pm. after fishing.
The RRL Main Lodge
A special dining experience is served three times daily in our main lodge, said to be the best dining on the Gaspe. At the Restigouche River Lodge we are fortunate to benefit from the gradual building changes that has left a unique footprint to this salmon camps layout. Our main lodge serves not only as a dining lodge, it is a place for our guests to mingle. Mingle 24 / 7 coffee, tea, cold drinks and baked delights are always at hand. When a guest wants some quite time he or she needs only to stroll back to their cottage for some personal time. In the lodge you can relax with a choice beverage and warm up by a crackling fire. Take in the beauty of the Restigouche River, a spectacular upriver view of Home Pool is on the canvas from the screened veranda.
Restigouche River Lodge guests now have an enhanced way to enjoy their stay on the Restigouche River. Sitting on a bluff overlooking the Restigouche River is a new four bedroom single occupancy lodge located on the downriver side of the RRL property. Our guests booking trips in this camp will enjoy views of the river and the surrounding perennial gardens.
Centered in this camp is the rod room, which features a twelve rod rod rack, individual open guest lockers and a heated drying closet. Rooms are located on either side of the rod room, right and left, two per side. Off the entrance hall to your room is the bathroom and large guest closet. The bedrooms furniture is all custom built from local white cedar logs and live edge slabs. For your comfort a queen size bed, open shelf dresser, desk with USB charging outlet, wet bar with under counter fridge and many other amenities. Exiting your room through the river side door you enter the screened in veranda that is shared with the other guest on that side of the camp. Between the two screened verandas is an open section of porch with a door to the rod room and steps going down to the trail leading to the river.
The partners of the lodge have taken on a huge project in constructing this camp. We are delighted to be able to provide the opportunity for other Atlantic salmon anglers to enjoy this magnificent river in grand style.
A short walk across the foot bridge brings you to the Lodge. This cottage is believed to have been constructed in the late sixties and has served as the owner’s camp for the prior owners.
We are pleased to announce that one of our two guest cabins has been recently renovated. While keeping the historic charm alive we have used tongue and groove pine in our interior walls and decorated using the relics of the river. Featuring two double occupancy rooms, and a newly renovated bathroom to make your stay with us comfortable, and relaxing. It is the perfect family accommodation, in our Head Camp, we have a kitchenette, and fridge for your use as well as a common area for all occupants. There is a screened porch that serves for rod storage and as a changing room to get in and out of wet gear.
This camp features and unparalleled view of our home pool, and the majestic Restigouche. There is certainly something to be said to wake up to fog lifting and fresh Atlantic Salmon breaching morning through to the evening.
A short walk from our Head Camp is our oldest building on site, which is currently slated for renovation in the coming years. From the time of King Grants this section of water had been leased to others by a succession of owners. The camp was constructed when one of the unknown prior owners began fishing this section of Restigouche River water. The camp has gone two major construction additions over the years.
This quaint, comfortable and charming building has the very same view as Head Camp. Here, three rooms are available, two double occupancy and one single occupancy room(s) are available, which include bathrooms for each room. Included is a common room, and small kitchenette area.
What it may lack, if anything; it surely makes up for in historic salmon fishing culture that we aim for. This accommodation option is offered at rates less than our Head Camp and Highland Camp.
The Grounds and Gardens
We like to think that our grounds are part of our guest’s accommodations. Inside or out your stay with us is a complete experience, from when you wake, till you lay your head on the pillow at night everything the RRL has to offer is yours. Aside from all the Atlantic salmon fishing spend some time in the tranquility of gardens at the Restigouche River Lodge.
It is our quest to bring the true Atlantic salmon lodge experience from yesteryear to our guests. We have surrounded this camp with perennial gardens, beds of roses, peonies and other fragrant flowers. Stroll the winding gravel pathways through this garden. Your journey from the upriver side of the Highland Camp brings your through this hillside garden.
Walking the path through the garden you will cross a small bridge and a babbling brook on the way to the dining lodge. Stop and take in all that nature has to offer at one of the garden benches along the way. On your way you might stop to meditate by the lower pond, watch the birds and let your hectic life dissolve into the peaceful surroundings of the Highland Camp Hillside Garden.
Our fire pit is ablaze pit and greets you in the evening after fishing. Take few moments and warm you soul before joining the rest of the guests for our late “lite meal.” It is our mission to enhance every minute of your stay with us at the Restigouche River Lodge.