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Second trip with GrayWood….top notch outfitter with access to great lakes. Will definitely be planning another trip.
Response from the owner: Thank you for your review!!
This is my 4th trip with Gray Wood. I've been to all their lakes now. Each cabin was in good shape, fish hut was in tact and it was great to have a shower after a long day of fishing. Boats were good and had no problems with the motors. Already looking to lock in another date.
Response from the owner: Thanks Jeff look forward to talking, and booking 2023!Much appreciated!
At Gray Woods outfitters. We had the trip of a lifetime catching trophy pike and walleye in Beteau lake. Steve our camp guide was as great as they get. Did everything to keep us comfortable. Above and beyond.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for your positive feedback!!! Hope to have you in camp again soon. GWO
Excellent Camp and Services. Steve was great at the camp and everything at Beteau Lake was great. Although we did not have good weather and the water levels were at an all-time high, we were still able to catch good numbers of walleye each day. The pike fishing was tougher due to the high water and cool water temps, but we were able to catch a decent amount each day.Looking forward to our next trip to one of Gray Wood's camps.
Response from the owner: Thanks Bill. The one thing that has stopped surprising us is what Mother Nature can do. It’s always something. lolGlad you had a great trip and chat soon. GWO
Just got back from Beteau Lake, and fished opening week 18-25 May. The weather was a bit cold but we still were able to find the fish. This is our 2nd year coming here and Adam, Andrew, Ben, and Ivers are great to work with. I was able to catch a 38" Pike and a 26" Walleye in the same afternoon. The biggest Pike I caught that week is a 40". We are already planning next year's trip.
Response from the owner: Thank you Tommy! Appreciate the review. I’ll be in touch with you guys this week. All the best and glad you had another great trip. GWO
Had a great time definitely worth the trip and was amazing to have the whole area all to our selves. camp accommodations were very comfortable despite how remote they location is. All staff were very knowledgeable and never left one question unanswered. coming back for that 70”+ legendary bull thanks gusy 🍻
Response from the owner: Glad you had a great time!! Look forward to hosting you again.
Had an absolute blast at the Beteau Lake outpost where we were able to shoot a 40” bull day one and the fishing there should really just be called catching! The pride they take at there camps making them the best they can be is incredible and Andrew and Simon were both amazing guides! Can’t wait to get back out with Gray Wood Outfitters again!
Response from the owner: So glad you had a great time. Appreciate the 5 star review.
Excellent amenities. The guide was friendly, competent, and taught me a lot! Definitely planning another trip!
Response from the owner: Thanks Howie. It was a fun although challenging hunt. Maybe next time we can find some fall weather 🥵🥵
Great trip to Blackbirch lake. Started with Nakina air first class flight. Second year at the camp many updates from last year It just gets better. Fishing was fantastic endless supply of walleye and many large pike. Thanks again Graywood outfitters
Response from the owner: Thanks Gary!! 2024 can’t come soon enough!
Great people, good communication, fantastic experience!
Response from the owner: Thanks James!
Awesome week at Beteau Lake with Gray Wood Outfitters! Never had a trip with such a consistent supply of LARGE pike and walleye. From the flight, the camp and our host Doni the entire adventure was fantastic! Thanks again.
Awesome week at Beteau Lake with Gray Wood Outfitters!!! Never had a trip with such a consistent supply of LARGE pike and walleye. From the flight, the camp and our host Doni the entire adventure was fantastic! Thanks again.
Response from the owner: Appreciate the feedback!! Glad you had a great time and hope to see you again soon.
Wow what a great time we had on black birch lake. Caught a lot of walleye and and a lot of pike including a 39” Pike. Gray Wood has done a lot of improvements since last year. They seem to keep improving their Outposts. Can’t wait to see the new 15hp Yamaha motors next year. Next year we will be fishing at Lake Beteau.
Response from the owner: Thanks Paul looking forward to you guys coming again next season!!Appreciate the continued business and kind words.
We had a very enjoyable week. Great time with great friends. Thank you to Gray Wood Outfitters for a nice cabin and Camp sight!
Response from the owner: Thanks John!!
What a wonderful week at Beteau Lake with Gray Wood Outfitters! The fishing was amazing none the less and the camp was just perfect. A big thanks to our hosts Benny and Doni.

Our group Troy, Gaston, Michel , Richard and myself enjoyed every minutes of our trip in this beautiful wilderness.

Also a big shout out to Bruce our pilot and all the staff at Nakina air service. These man and woman are amazing and work really hard to make theses adventures perfect.
Already can’t wait to go back!
Great business. Cabin was great. Equipment is well maintained and works well. 18th fly in trip and I can tell you that Gray Wood does it right. Fishing at Blackbirch was tremendous. We are already booked for next year to return.
Response from the owner: Thanks!! Appreciate the review and return business.
Beautiful! Great accommodations! The best fishing I've done in 20 years. Beteau outpost is very a beautiful location. Would love to come back again.Highly recommended for those addicted anglers!
Response from the owner: Thanks Troy!! Glad you guys are having a blast up there!!
We just had a wonderful family fishing adventure at Blackbirch Lake with four of us guys. Our family has been hunting and fishing for over 100 years and we have been on a dozen trips to Michigan and Canada over the last 50 years. John and Phil are avid fishermen, owning their own fishing boats. John has fished all over the US, in Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Of all of the fishing camps and locations we have enjoyed fishing, Blackbirch Lake has, overwhelmingly, been the one that stands out for it’s far-above-average abundance of fish. The camp was well-organized and comfortable for us, with hot water showers, electricity, and a new satellite internet connection that worked well.

The water levels were low when we were there in late July, and we had to watch out for big rocks in numerous places. The prop guards worked very well at lowest speed in forward and reverse. It took us 2-3 days to learn the lakes, by which time we were able to catch near 100 fish per day between the four of us. We mostly targeted Pike, catching many pike over 2 ft. and up to 40 in. We also caught plenty of Walleye and had more than enough to eat each night.
Mistassin Lake had a rocky, but passable connection, and was the most productive. We tried the south end of the portage lake 2 times, saw some perch, but had almost no hits or bumps, though the habitat looked great. We hooked a big 40+ inch Pike, but it got away on a barbless lure. While that was disappointing, there are enough fish to catch that barbless is a good idea to keep the Pike mouths healthy, even if a few are lost before reaching the boat. It’s a good idea to take an extra small gas can in the boat for the portage lake; just don’t leave it there for the bears.
We were fishing the deeper (3-10 ft) weed beds, the rocky shores with drop offs to deeper water, and the rocky points to get both Pike and Walleye. Phil had a portable Garmin fish finder with GPS that was effective in locating fish depths, and mapping mid-lake humps that produced a lot of fish, especially Walleye, up to 25 inches. For baits, we tried a lot of different types of baits from jigs with twister tails to jerk baits, swim baits, spooks, buzz baits, spinner baits, and spoons. Everything worked on both Pike and Walleye.
So we certainly loved our trip to Blackbirch Lake and would strongly recommend Gray Wood Outfitters to prospective clients. We hope to return soon.
Had an absolutely amazing time at Blackbirch. The entire experience was more than we could have asked for. Adam and Andrew and their wives were so responsive throughout the booking process and were patient with my endless questions leading up to the trip would definitely recommend this outfitter and we can’t wait for our next trip. Best fishing trip ever!!!
Response from the owner: Thanks Henry!! Glad you enjoyed your trip.
What an incredible week at Blackbirch lake. Amazing flight in to start our journey with beauty all around. Once there we found every we would for our week including spares of everything just in case. The fishing was incredible and we are already planning to return in the very near future!! Thank you Adam and the whole GrayWood crew! Incredible communication and the addition of the Starlink system makes staying in touch easy. Look forward to visiting you again!
Response from the owner: Thanks Don can’t wait to see you guys again. Thanks for the kind words!!
Windsor Lake, July 7th to 14, 2023, group of 8Our group has over 40 fly in trips under our belt. Nothing compares to Windsor Lake. It is a river system with fast moving water, some interesting rapids and rocks. Driving the boats requires 100% concentration. Water depth means nothing as there could be rocks 10ft ahead!The camp and facilities are 5 stars. Located so far north…5.5 stars. Nothing like a hot shower after being out in the rain all day. The deep fryer was much appreciated. Besides great fish we had homemade onion rings daily.Unlike a lake it took a while to figure out the water. We never got to explore it all. There is endless water to fish. It would take several trips back to see it all. Catching fish, lots of fish is a given. Caught nearly a 1000 without really targeting the walleye. We expected more big pike, but the timing (July) and water conditions were a factor. Pilot said he has never seen the water so low. However, the Walleye are big and plentiful. Many over 20”, biggest was 29”. The surprise was a 51” Sturgeon and a 6Lb sucker. Even caught 2 walleyes came while trolling topwater’s. Never experienced so many Walleyes and Sturgeon jumping out of the water.! Our #1 lure on this and many trips has been the Mepps Cyclops.We saw Bears, Moose and even a surprise wolf!The Woods and Grays were great hosts and accommodating. If you want and outrageous fishing trip book Windsor Lake. Our Party has rebooked for next year.
Response from the owner: Thank you Rainer and looking forward to hosting you again in 2024!!
Our adventure was on Blackbirch lake, GrayWood's most northern outpost camp and it did not disappoint. The accommodations were as expected and the added starlink internet made it even more like home, proving us the ability to share some of our catches with our family back at home. The access to Mistassin Lake also provide additional fishing opportunities for full day outings with our group. Our group boated over 1,500 walleye for the week and some amazing Northern Pike in the 35+ inch range. We hope to be back next year!!
Response from the owner: Thanks Paul! Let’s chat soon to set that date for 2024. 👍👍
Recently visited Windsor Lake Outpost for my first ever trip to Canada. What an incredible experience!!You’ll begin your journey with Nakina air. Their staff and pilots are friendly, helpful, and efficient. Our flights were comfortable and most importantly done safely.The amount of amenities at Windsor Outpost Camp is truly remarkable. Gas stove, coffee pot, toaster, generator strong enough to power everything, and an on demand water heater which worked great.The aluminum boats were in good shape, had boat seats, and were equipped with 4 stroke Mercury 9.9 hp.It didn’t take much exploring to land on the fish and start catching. Whether your after pike or walleye you will find an abundance of both. On the last day of our trip my father-in-law and I boated 129 walleyes!! Of those 129 only a handful were under 18 inches. The average size walleye in Windsor is incredible.If you need a break from fishing and want to go explore there are many sandy beaches, which were great for swimming, and cool rock formations scattered all throughout Windsor lake.Windsor Lake outpost exceeded my expectations and I truly believe it will yours as well! Thanks Gray Wood Outfitters for an amazing experience. Can’t wait to come back!
Response from the owner: Thanks Nate for the kind words and we are all thrilled you had a great time. Hope to see you again soon!!GWO
Recently visited Windsor Lake Outpost for my first ever trip to Canada. What an incredible experience!!

You’ll begin your journey with Nakina air. Their staff and pilots are friendly, helpful, and efficient. Our flights were comfortable and most importantly done safely.

The amount of amenities at Windsor Outpost Camp is truly remarkable. Gas stove, coffee pot, toaster, generator strong enough to power everything, and an on demand water heater which worked great.

The aluminum boats were in good shape, had boat seats, and were equipped with 4 stroke Mercury 9.9 hp.

It didn’t take much exploring to land on the fish and start catching. Whether your after pike or walleye you will find an abundance of both. On the last day of our trip my father-in-law and I boated 129 walleyes!! Of those 129 only a handful were under 18 inches. The average size walleye in Windsor is incredible.

If you need a break from fishing and want to go explore there are many sandy beaches, which were great for swimming, and cool rock formations scattered all throughout Windsor lake.

Windsor Lake outpost exceeded my expectations and I truly believe it will yours as well! Thanks Gray Wood Outfitters for an amazing experience. Can’t wait to come back!
Wow what a trip! We had a group of 4 of us travel to Gray wood for a week long trip. Ivars our guide put us on fish and we caught them all week long. Very professional experience Would highly recommend trying Gray Wood Outfitters for your next trip!Thanks again, Adam, Caroline, Ivars
Response from the owner: Thanks Austin! Hope to see you up there again sometime soon.
Our group of 4 just returned from Lake Beteau. This was our first trip with Gray Wood Outfitters, and we'll definitely be back. The camp was excellent, and the fishing was even better. If you're looking for a trip of a lifetime, give Adam a call, and you won't be disappointed.
Response from the owner: Thanks Troy and we look forward to hosting you all again soon!!
We got back from Beteau about a week ago. I have been doing this over 2 decades and this is the best outpost I have been to by far. Camp manager Ivars was outstanding and really made the trip. He was accommodating in every way, whether it was gassing up our boats, lake knowledge, bait selection, or general conversation. What an asset to Gray Wood Outfitters. The entire experience was top notch. The fishing was also good as expected.
Response from the owner: Thanks Steve! Appreciate the kind words and recognition for the work we have put into the camps. Hope to see you again soon!
Was an excellent well equipped camp, with world class Pike and Walleye fishing. My second Gray Wood experience, looking forward to more.
Response from the owner: We are looking forward to hosting you again soon. Thanks for another great trip report.
I have fished my entire life, mostly locally. I have gone on two long distance fishing trips previously but this was my first Fly-In fishing trip.

This is the farthest north I've ever fished. It's safe to say that the bar has been set incredibly high for any future fishing trips.

I want to commend Nakina Air Services for their excellent team and service. The flights were fantastic and made the overall experience even more enjoyable.

The fishing was simply unbelievable. After exploring the lake, the first few days we were successful in finding the best spots and understanding the fish's behavior. On the third day we started hammering the Walleye. With three boats and six guys, we caught over 1200 Walleye and 500 Pike in just one week.

The facilities were also impressive, as noted by the veteran fishermen in our group.

Thank you for providing such an incredible experience.
I have been using Outfitters for about 30 years to chase down BIG NORTHERS this year we chose to try out Gray Wood Outfitters. My son and I had two of the best days on the water we have ever experienced. One morning we caught 20 fish over 35 inches before 11:00 am. My son and I had 8 fish over 40 inches with the largest being 44.25, our group boated 17 over 40 inches for the week. It might be a few hours farther North than most Outfitters but it’s worth every minute. By mid-week my son said Dad it looks like we are done with all those other Outfitters, this place is legit…. Damian
Response from the owner: Thank you all for your support and booking for 2024! Can’t wait to have you back. Congrats on the great week at Beteau Lake!
Just returned from another amazing adventure with Gray Wood Outfitters at their camp on Blackbirch Lake. The fishing there is nothing short of amazing. Mark, Ray, Jim Valeriote and myself are still wore out from all of the fish. The pike and walleye fishing here is on the next level. Get in touch with Adam Wood or Andrew Gray to book a fishing trip of a lifetime with Gray Wood Outfitters. Here are a few reasons why we have already rebooked….
Response from the owner: Thanks Erick! You guys are always welcome and looking forward to hosting you all for years to come. GWO
This was our first trip to Bateau Lake. It was a great experience. We have been to several outfitters in Canada. This trip was made awesome by THE best camp manager we ever experienced. Ivars made this trip great. As a bonus I caught a 43.5 inch pike and my husband caught a 30.5 walleye. The boats were well taken care off, engines ran smooth no problems. The lake was way higher than usual which made it a challenge to find the fish. But we had a good time in spite of that and caught a lot of fish.
Response from the owner: Thank you for the kind review! We agree we have some incredible staff, Ivars being one of them. Running this outfitter business is a team effort in every way. We look forward to hosting you again next season. GWO
This was our first trip to Bateau Lake. It was a great experience. We have been to several outfitters in Canada. This trip was made awesome by THE best camp manager we ever experienced. Ivars made this trip great. As a bonus I caught a 43.5 inch pike and my husband caught a 30.5 walleye. The boats were well taken care off, engines ran smooth no problems. The lake was way higher than usual which made it a challenge to find the fish. But we had a good time in spite of that and caught a lot of fish.
Response from the owner: Thank you!
what a GREAT experience our group had at Gray Wood Outfitters. The fishing was excellent, we ate lots of fish and still took home our limit. Camp was great, clean tidy, comfortable and well maintained. Our hosts were exceptional, Great sense of humour in all of them. fit right in with our crazy, awesome and amazing family. there service was much appreciated all around our group. The scenery was breath taking. I came out of there seeing 1st hand how rugged and beautiful this part of our province is. Any other adventure like this, will be measure against this trip for sure. I can't say Thank you enough! Thank you, thank you, thank you guys for a fun filled week of Hunting and Fishing. I must add their knowledge of the area was a HUGE advantage to our day on the water. Thanks again
what a GREAT experience our group had at Gray Wood Outfitters. The fishing was excellent, we ate lots of fish and still took home our limit. Camp was great, clean tidy, comfortable and well maintained. Our hosts were exceptional, Great sense of humour in all of them. fit right in with our crazy, awesome and amazing family. there service was much appreciated all around our group. The scenery was breath taking. I came out of there seeing 1st hand how rugged and beautiful this part of our province is. Any other adventure like this, will be measure against this trip for sure. I can't say Thank you enough! Thank you, thank you, thank you guys for a fun filled week of Hunting and Fishing.
It's an experience you won't forget. While some people might not want to travel the distance to Blackbirch Lake - the accommodations were the best we've ever had at an outpost. And, with their conservation policy, it means you'll be catching A LOT of fish. We were landing walleye 18+" and pike 30+" - with 3 caught over 40"! - at 1:00pm on a sunny afternoon. On an overcast, windy day the lake is still navigable and you'll want to be out there. And for a bit of adventure - you can always make a trip out to Mistassin or Portage Lakes. The Grey Wood outfitters have done the heavy lifting and were really helpful in making the most of the trip. We've been outposting for 45 years and will be back!
Spent 6 days at the Blackbirch Lake camp. We all had a great time fishing and caught more walleye and pike than we could count. Biggest pike was 42.5". The camp was well stocked with kitchen supplies, two fridges, stove/oven, on-demand hot water, generator and a wall mounted propane heater. All the boating supplies were there and worked well. The bunk beds were comfortable and the cabin was very clean. The sky and sunset views were great as well as one night of northern lights! Would definitely recommend!
Response from the owner: Thanks Paul!
Best cabin I've experienced in 18 fly in trips. Equipment is well maintained and works great. Fishing at Blackbirch was tremendous. Already booked for next year.
Great experience. Highly recommended.
Response from the owner: Thanks Stefan
Our group of 4 spent a week at Gray Wood blackbirch outpost. What an amazing trip, these guys really aim to please. Adam is a gem , helpful right from the first phone call. The cabin was clean and tidy and very well stocked. Best I’ve seen. The weather wasn’t the best ( rained 4 days) but didn’t stop us from getting out there. Landed hundreds of pike and walleye. Simply put these guys have one of the best fisheries around.
Thanks Adam and the rest of your team at gray wood. I’m sure we will be talking soon.
If you are into catching lots of fish these people can provide that for you! All dealings from start to finish was flawless! 100% recommended! Great outposting!
just spent a week at blackbirch with 3 other guys. conservative estimate of 800 walleye over the week...unbelievable fishery!! the walleye are all between 18 to 21inches..but we caught many over that with the biggest at 24.5 in. too many double headers in each boat to count!! lots of pike to..only one over 40 (41 in) but plenty in the mid 30's, and they are mixed in with the walleye ao you never know what you'll get. Mistassin and its creeks are loaded with fish. the portage lake had numerous big pike..but weeds were still down so was tough to figure out initially..but when you do you wont be disappointed! cabin was great, nothing better than hot shower at end of day. propane heat, stove and barbecue all worked great. Had shorelunch, bugs not bad at all during day,just early morn and dusk. 37 walleye caught off the dock doesnt get better than that!
just got back from a week of fishing at Windsor lake. Lots of fish caught lots of wildlife seen. Excellent camp everything worked great. Adam and the rest of graywood were very good to deal with. I would highly recommend graywood outfitters to anyone
I spent last week at Beteau Lake. The facilities were excellent and Andy, caretaker, was very helpful. The boats were fine and the motors run perfectly. I was by myself, so I didn't venture that far from the base camp. There were six other gentlemen from Canada at the camp. The caught several pike over 40" and many walleye over 25 inches.
Our group quite enjoyed our trip. The boats ran well with absolutely no issues. Everything in the Cabin functioned properly. We caught over 1100 fish in a week. Everyone had chance at large pike. We caught 4 at 39 inches and numerous others above 30 inches. One member caught a sturgeon at 46 in. Walleye were numerous averaging between 18-23 in.

Lots of animals seen, moose, bear, eagles.

Nakina Air flew us in and were very professional and easy to deal with.

Overall a fantastic trip, I would highly recommend Gray Wood Outfitters.
Exceptional fishing! Great people to deal with. Highly recommend.
Response from the owner: Thanks Mike for review. That is music to our ears. Looking forward to next season with you all.
great week the set up was good fishing started slow finishing great can't wait to get back
This was a trip of a lifetime with lifelong friends, and I don’t say this lightly. I have been coming up to the Attawapiskat River and surrounding camps for 10 years now. Adam and Andrew put in a ton of work at the camps. Clean and comfortable is an understatement. Beteau has everything you could want on a remote fly in, hot shower, internet, great equipment including new motors, generators and propane heaters in the cabins. Now let’s get to the fishing. Our group was at Beteau from May 21-28. Ice out was very late this year and we were greeted to record high water levels. The great thing about this river system is that there are lots of different options depending on the conditions. The main channel was extremely challenging with fast current, stained water and debris, but the nearby creeks were absolutely loaded with pike and walleye. It was non stop action with multiple low to mid 40” pike and hundreds of walleye. Just an incredible experience all around. Ivars was fantastic around camp making sure everything ran smoothly and everyone was taken care of. Not to mention he’s just a great guy all around and a pleasure to be in camp with! Thank you to Graywood Outfitters for an incredible trip. For anyone considering a trip here I can’t recommend this place enough. Adam and Andrew will make sure it will be a trip you will remember for the rest of your life!
Response from the owner: Thank you Matt for your kind words. I really hope you guys make this an annual trip, not for business but because we now consider you all friends. It was a pleasure having you all in camp, and it would be an honour to welcome you all back. Not to mention with the high water you guys went to places people have never been, and your intel was great.All the bestGWO
Finally getting to post a review after our trip to Beteau Lake, last week and first I want to thank Adam, Andrew and Evars for a great time. While the record high water levels and weather made for some challenging fishing, the efforts of these three made our trip a success. Based on prior trips to the Attawapiskat River system of which Beteau is part, I had high expectations for this trip and while we didn't get any forty-inch pike we did manage three over thirty-eight, five thirty-seven plus and several over thirty-five. Given how fat river pike are, they were all quality fish ranging in weight from the low to upper teens. Walleye fishing improved as the week progressed with nearly three hundred boated. No ten's, which the river has produced for me in the past but lots of quality fish. The camp itself is very comfortable and improvements continue to be added. The wi-fi is a great addition and saves several hundred dollars that I often spend for a rental satellite phone and provides phone and internet service. I have been very fortunate to take many fly-ins over the years, this was number thirty-four and this is by far the best value that I am aware of. You have a reasonable shot at a forty- inch pike and walleye in the eight to ten pound range at a cost that is about half for comparable fishing. I am sure that it will only improve as these guys improve their camp and learn more about the waters they fish. I can't wait to get back, hopefully later this summer or fall and make this an annual trip.
Response from the owner: Thank you Mike. It was a pleasure having you all in camp. I appreciate your recognition for the quality of the camp we have worked hard to make it a special place.Some good laughs were had for sure and even the historical water levels did not stop you guys. Congrats on a good week.We would love to have you back and hope to see you again soon.GWO
windsor lake....walleye and pike...all around great trip. also had shower system
Guys at Gray Wood were awesome to deal with. We had lots of questions that were answered immediately.Amazing clean and comfortable accomodations. We had crazy high water and bad weather for most of the week and still managed to hit many pickerel and 4 pike over 40 inch. Windsor lake was incredible. Lifetime of memories in 1 week! Thanks again guys and look forward to next time!
Response from the owner: Thanks Mitch and glad you were all able to join us this year. Very much hope to see you all again next season.All the best and keep in touch!!GWO
When I die, I don't want to go to heaven. Instead, I want to go to the Attawapiskat River and stay at the Gray Wood Outfitters camp on Beteau lake!We had an amazing time on our recent fishing trip in late May 2022. Adam/Andrew were extremely accommodating and easy to work with, the cabins were clean, boats and equipment were in good working order and everything went very smoothly for us. I also wanted to give a shout out/thanks to Ivars who took great care of us and the camp while we were there!The beautiful scenery, sunsets and wildlife were eclipsed only by the amazing times our group spent on the water fishing. Despite extremely high water levels due to recent ice-out, we still managed to catch hundreds of walleye and several 40"+ trophy pike.What a spot, and what a great team at Gray Wood!!! I'll be going back for sure!
Response from the owner: Ted you and your group were absolute gentlemen. We loved having you in camp and thank you for your kind words. Beteau Lake is indeed a special place and we love hearing from guests like you that see it the same way we do.Look forward to seeing you up there again soon!!GWO
Second year in a row for us at Graywood Outfitters. I highly recommend Graywood for anyone who wants to go on an amazing Moose hunt.Adam and the crew are great to deal with. The communication is excellent. Any questions or concerns you may have leading up to and after the trip are answered quickly and easily.The first year, we harvested what I thought was a once in a lifetime bull. Fast forward to this year and we got a second “once in a lifetime” bull.The fishing is incredible. I’ve caught more pike and pickerel on one of the Graywood trips than I’ve even come close to in a lifetime of fishing.The cabins are clean and organized. The boats and motors are top quality and very reliable.If you want a great adventure, enjoy hunting and fishing, Graywood outfitters is definitely worth it.
Response from the owner: Thanks Barrett!! We appreciate your endorsement. Can’t wait to see another bull of a lifetime next year!!!
We had a wonderful experience with Gray Wood Outfitters. They are a top notch Outfitter. Communication was fantastic from the beginning through the end. Everything was as they promised. We felt like the owners and crew went out of their way to make sure our trip met our expectations and that all of our needs were met. I have been highly recommending them to all my friends.
Response from the owner: Thanks Kevin. You and you dad were great company and committed hunters. Everyday rain or shine you guys were out there. Job well done and congrats on the successes. Hope to have you both back again soon.
I want to give Graywood outfitters the highest reviews reluctantly, because I do not want share this hunting paradise. For two straight years the entire team at Graywood have been outstanding to deal with and everything has been exactly as promised. Last year we spent our hunt at the Richter lake camp and this year at Blackbirch. Both hunts we were successful in harvesting Bull's and this year added a blackbear. I now consider Adam and Andrew friends and can hardly wait for 2022. So many fish, walleye and pike it becomes annoying removing the hooks and deciding which ones are super. Truly a first class outfitter!!! Thanks for the great memories.
Response from the owner: Your group is welcome anytime Andrew. You are all gentlemen and have become friends. See you again next season!
By far the best outfitter I ever hunted with.
Camps are great ,hunting and fishing is excellent ,and the staff are exceptional, as they really work hard to make sure their guests have a amazing vacation.
If you are looking for a hunting or fishing trip you will remember forever I highly recommend Gray/Wood outfitting , you won’t be disappointed
I can’t wait to return
Scott Kennedy
I read some reviews and will try not to repeat the same comments about how truly memorable and exciting this trip was and how Gray Wood made it the best fishing trip of my life. We followed the preparation instructions which were key to our prep. The Nakina Air service was professional and gave me confidence of a safe flight in and out in my first float plane experience. Black Birch Lake camp facilities were comfortable and we did not want for anything important. Warm showers, fridges, freezer were a great part of the comfort of this remote camp. We were prepared for damp weather conditions but none of it could dampen the excitement of boating hundreds of big fish all week . I caught my personal best 38" Northern Pike right off the dock!!!!Potential for big moose and bear was evident from hunters coming out of our camp. If you can get the chance, put this at the top of your bucket list as The trip of a lifetime!!! Well done Gray Wood Outfitters.
Response from the owner: Michael we are all thrilled that you had such a great time. Reading your words makes us all smile. Thank you so much for your review and recommendation of Gray Wood Outfitters. We hope that everyone who joins us for a week of adventure has the same experience that you did.Thanks again!!GWO team.
an exceptional outfitter with all the amenities of home, excellent hunting and fishing. while enjoying the remote outdoors to yourself. Gray Wood Outfitters cares for the clients without exception. Well done Adam, Andrew, Monika and Caroline
very comfortable accommodations. great experience and would highly recommend going for moose hunting and fishing. also adam was very knowledgeable and made us feel right at home.
Adam and the entire Gray Wood team were great. This was our first moose hunt and we had many questions and they were very responsive and helpful. The cabin was more than we expected and made our stay very comfortable, we are accustomed to staying in a tent out west elk hunting so having running water and shower was great. Fishing was great and we ate walleye every night. Weather was warm so the freezer was a must when we harvested a 48 inch moose. This was a bucket list trip and we couldn’t ask for a better place or outfitter. We will be making a return trip
Response from the owner: Thank you for the review!! It was great working with you both and thrilled you were successful. Look forward to hosting you again soon!
My dad and I Spent the last week of September at bateau lake. The camp is remote but has everything a hunter needs and way more. The cabins were clean and the propane heaters kept them nice and toasty. Hot running water and wifi was a bonus ! We saw a cow and calf moose and harvested a beautiful young bull on the 4th day of our hunt. The chest freezers that graywood have at camp came in clutch as the day time highs reached temps of 20 degrees C. The fishing was was unbelievable !! the best I’ve ever experienced. We caught hundreds of walleye and the biggest northern pike of our lives …45 inches long !!! It was a father son trip neither of us will forget! All Thanks too Adam and his team of professionals. I highly recommend checking them out!
What a fantastic trip! The six of us stayed on Blackbirch Lake the second week of September 2021. The outpost cabin was great - clean, spacious and comfortable. The recent updates and upgrades were also very welcome, including the on-demand water heater and gas wall heater. Definitely much appreciated during our cold wet week!

As for the fishing....it was incredible! You want to catch Walleye all day long pretty much anywhere on the lake? No problem. Big pike? You will get them even if you don't want to! I cannot recall catching as many large incidental Pike as we did on Blackbirch on any other trip I have been on. The amount of water available to fish is just perfect as well. Blackbirch itself is a fairly substantial lake with a lot of varied structure to fish, including the long outflow at the north end. The ~3km (2 mile) ride into Mistassin Lake was easily navigable and opened up a vast amount of additional fishing opportunities. On top of all of that, there is the portage lake that is teeming with big Pike! So much to explore!

The only negative is how sore your shoulders and arms will be at the end of the week.

Thanks to Adam, Andrew, Monika and Caroline of Gray Wood Outfitters for having us and doing a fantastic job with communication and helping organize our trip!
Everything about the trip was great. The camp was really well maintained and had a supply shed second to none. Interactions with the staff we are professional and pleasant and you could tell they really care about their guests. Then there is the fishing, of the scale great. All the walleye you feel like catching, easily 100+ fish days for them. The pike were plentiful as well with good numbers in the 30-40” range and we landed a decent number of 40”+ fish. All this during 7 days of continuous rain in September. Weill be booking again for the spring bite, can’t imagine how could it will be.
Last week good friends Rick Filman and Erick Hodgins joined myself and 3 other buddies on a fly-in fishing trip outta Nakina with Gray Wood Outfitters.
The camp was in spectacular shape with all the amenities needed including an indoor shower and electricity for all our needs.
There are endless opportunities to explore new areas and even with 6 fishermen we left water untouched.
The fishing was absolutely stellar for this time of year with water in the 55 degree range all week.
We jigged all week for the eyes and casted for northern when we targeted them, although many incidentals were caught jigging.
We absolutely pounded on walleye all week in the 2 1/2 to 3 pound range while jigging 6-15 fow with bigger fish in the mix now and then.
All the pike you wanted casting to deeper cabbage weeds at the mouth of bays in 6-10 fow.
I believe our group landed 19 or so pike over 40 inches and 35- 39 inch fish were everywhere!
Funny part was some pike were very thick bodied while others long and snakish like they were just startingto feed up heavy for the fall, but all were very healthy specimens.
Despite rain off and on all week it was an amazing week with the highlight for me being able to see a couple huge moose!
Erick and I were fishing our way into a long narrow bay that had a burned over area on our near shore. This giant cow with a massive bull following her sauntered by along the burn, Erick stopped him with a grunt and he turned to face us- easily a 50 inch plus rack in the sunlight! Unfortunately cameras were buried and he turned to continue following his girl before we could dig out a camera.
The group that flew in as we were leaving were moose hunters from Sudbury and they were jacked when we told them where and what we saw, hopefully they have success.
A huge tip of the hat to Adam and the crew at Gray Wood Outfitters for setting us up very comfortably in a remote but gorgeous part of our great country!!!
We will be back!
Air travel to Beteau Lake, provided by Nakina Air Service was great for our trip, which ran from 27 AUG - 4 SEP 2021.The camp itself is accurately depicted on the web site and cabins were clean, appeared well maintained & laid out to easily accommodate at least 8, although there were only 4 in our party. All the appliances, including full size frig, stove/oven, freezer & propane heaters in the kitchen & cabins worked well, along with the satellite TV. Wifi also worked. Elec power was provided by Honda generator & worked flawlessly. Shower caused a problem toward the end of the trip but a new pump was installed by Wayne (Camp Caretaker) & issue was resolved. Although he just arrived at Beteau, Wayne was, in a word, incredible! He is a "jack of all trades" & master of many!. A real "keeper"!! Boats were 14-foot Lunds or equivalent with new 15 HP Mercury motors and were excellent.

Now to what you are wondering. HOW WAS THE FISHING???? In a word AWESOME!!! The river was VERY low, which created some challenges, but also probably served to “consolidate” the fish some. Anticipate that higher waters in the spring would open up lots of additional water to fish, especially bays which during our stay had only a foot or two of water & were essentially not fishable (but don’t think there were many fish there anyway).We caught 450+ Northerns & 250 Walleyes. Had we targeted Walleyes, I'm sure those numbers would be reversed. Additionally, If anything, these numbers are conservative as it is very hard to keep track of things like this, but we did our best. The walleyes averaged ~17+ inches, with the biggest at 24.5 inches. Lots of 19s thru 22s. We caught most of them within no more than 5 minutes from camp & primarily fished for them when we had fish on our menu. The majority of the fish were caught within about 5 minutes or so from camp. We caught 8 x 40”+; 5-6 x 37”+; a bunch in the 34”+ range as well as many over 30”. Within 2 hours the first afternoon, I caught two 40"+. I’ve been on 15+ trips to Canada without a 40"+ & I got 4 myself! Both the Northerns & the Walleyes were exceptionally healthy-looking fish, especially heavy for their length & put up fantastic fights. Perhaps that comes from living in & fighting the river current vice living in a lake?? I have no idea of how many fish we lost but there was a bunch & some were real monsters too! All the Northerns were released in accordance with Camp policy, which has always been our policy as well. Adam Wood of Gray Wood Outfitters, texted several times to ensure that all was going well & see if we needed anything. His level of interest is commendable & I'm confident that if a quest needs something that he & the other owners will expend whatever is necessary to resolve any issue(s) that may arise. Overall, this was BY FAR, the best fishing trip that I & my 4 fishing partners have ever had! Thanx to all. We will be returning in the spring!!
We had an excellent experience with Gray Wood Outfitters Oct.3rd to Oct.10th 2020. First rate service from initial consultation to getting us to Blackbirch camp and back. We got a beautiful Moose and more fish than we could count! I would not hesitate to recommend Adam and his team for your next Fly-In trip.
Response from the owner: Thank you for all your kind words. All of us at Gray Wood work so hard and comments like that make it all worth while!! Glad you had a great trip!SincerelyAdam, Caroline, Andrew, and Monika.
What a great fishing trip we had on Beteau Lake. Weather was a bit tough, but the awesome fishing and cozy accommodations more than made up for it. Lots of big pike, with 2 over 20lbs, and some impressive walleye in the 26-28 inch range, and constant action for smaller ones + as a bonus, moose, bald eagle, osprey and river otter sightings!Cabins and boats were great, especially when considering just how isolated the camp is. Already talking about planning another trip.
Response from the owner: Thanks Daniel we can’t wait to see you again. You will always be welcome at GWO. Keep in touch.
Thank you Gray Wood Outfitters! Awesome Fishing trip, great outpost cabins and our guide/host Simon. Looking forward to next year ventures.
Response from the owner: Thank you Monika Can’t wait to host you again!
Had a lifetime memory trip to this very remote but comfortable and up to date camp. Unbelievable Walleye fishing with numerous catches in the 2 to 7 lb range & several monster Pike in the 38" to 42" range. Our host Simon never stopped working at making sure we were looked after. Can't wait for next year. Thank you Adam & Simon
Response from the owner: Thank you Jim we are very happy you had a great time and look forward to seeing you again next year!
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