Sioux Lookout, ON – With walleye season set to open next weekend, local boat launches will become very busy places. The Municipality of Sioux Lookout would like to remind all users that permits are required to park, launch a boat, or fish from the dock at any of the boat launch locations. These include:

  • Superior Junction
  • Sturgeon River Road
  • West Point Cove
  • Abram Lake Mile 5
  • Botham’s Bay on Big Vermilion
  • Hudson Boat Launch
  • Big Vermilion West of Hudson
  • Butterfly Lake
  • Deception Bay

There is a boat launch at Ojibway Provincial Park, but please note that this location is NOT covered by a Municipal Boat Launch Permit.

Boat Launch Permit fees for 2021 remain unchanged from last year. They are $7.00 per day, $25.00 per week, or $50.00 for the entire season. They may be purchased from the front desk of the Recreation and Culture Department between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, once the provincial lockdown is lifted and the department can open to the public once again.

Until then, permits are also available at Abram Lake Resort and RV Park, Anderson’s Lodge, Deer Path Lodge, DJ’s Gas Bar, Mascotto’s Marina, Moosehorn Lodge, Nutts Country Cabins, River’s Edge Outfitters, and the Travel Information Centre (curbside pickup only) during their regular business hours. Other permit locations may also become available. Please check our website for the most current list of locations. Payment can be made by cash or cheque, payable to The Municipality of Sioux Lookout.

We would also like to remind everyone that water levels this spring remain low in area lakes. Because of this, extreme caution is advised when launching your boat and extra attention should be payed to underwater obstacles that may not normally be a problem. Please note that the boat launches at Deception Bay, Mile 5, and Superior Junction are currently not closed, but are ‘use at own risk.’

Also due to low water levels, docks will not be going in at all boat launch locations at this time. Some areas have been blocked off and are inaccessible. Please respect the barriers that are in place, for everyone’s safety. The situation will be reviewed throughout the spring, as water levels change.

For more information on Municipal boat launches, permit prices and locations, and an interactive map of all Municipal boat launches in Sioux Lookout, please visit the Boat Launches page on our website at:


For more information, please contact:
Brian P. MacKinnon, Manager of Corporate Services/Municipal Clerk
807-738-2170 or [email protected]

**Updated May 10, 2021 to add Moosehorn Lodge as a permit location.**

PDF version available to download at link below.