Map of Rugby Lake
Max Depth: 25 feet
Average Depth: 11 Feet
Surface Area: 2440.3 Acres
Elevation: 1177.52 Feet above Sea Level
Latitude: 49.95675 N
Longitude: -92.95825 W
Main Water Inflow: Ladysmith Creek, Twenty Mile Creek, Fenn Creek & Lorne Creek.
Main Water Outflow: Pelican Creek
Water Clarity: Slightly stained in most areas to a darker Walleye Wine
Fish Species: Walleye, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Perch & Crappie
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There is more information about the area below the map.
Rugby Lake is located in the wilderness region north of the Trans Canada Highway in Northwestern Ontario. The steep shoreline, which reaches quite high, protects the lake from adverse weather and also supplies our guests with breathtaking scenery. Only in the very worst weather conditions will it be difficult to find a quiet sheltered bay. Combining this with the fact that Rugby Lake is stuffed to the gills with Walleye makes it an outstanding fishing destination.
After finding a geological survey from 1896 in the township's record office we have learned that Rugby Lake's original name was Pelican Lake. Pelican Creek and Pelican Rapids kept their original names. Being the largest lake within Rigby Township it was later renamed Rugby Lake.
There are numerous small creeks that flow into Rugby Lake, with the largest being Ladysmith Creek, Twenty Mile Creek, Fenn Creek and Lorne Creek. Ladysmith and Twenty Mile creeks flow into the most northern arm of Rugby Lake. This most northern portion is also a designated Fish Sanctuary, closed to all angling April 1 to June 14, to protect the spawning Walleye. Fenn Creek flows from Wickens Lake through Fenn Lake and into Rugby. Fenn Lake is accessible depending on water levels with small watercraft. Lorne Creek flows from Lorne Lake however the lake is not accessible by watercraft due to it's shallow flow and logging road crossing. However it is accessible via logging road a short drive from camp.
Water flows out of the southern portion of Rugby Lake via a small waterfalls into Pelican Creek, eventually flowing into the Wabigoon River System. This scenic waterfall is only a minute's boat ride or a short hike down the trail from camp.
This constant supply of fresh nutrient water is why this lake is such a fantastic fishing lake. The amount of water flowing through the lake during the winter keeps nitrogen levels down to a safe level thus increasing a fish's ability to survive the winter.