What to Pack

How much can I bring?

Ottertooth Outposts use the services of NDK Air, who diligently follow the Transport Canada guidelines for weight and balance on board their floatplanes. We ask our guests to please pack no more than 125 pounds (56.7 kg) of gear per person. If you would like to bring a heavier load, please let us know in advance and we can arrange to transport the extra baggage at an additional cost. This may include organizing a separate charter flight.

Please visit our Flying With Us page for information on which items you should let us know you have in your luggage so we can ensure a safe flight for everyone on board.

What should I bring?

Each of our rustic cabins is equipped with a full kitchen that includes an electric fridge and freezer, cooking utensils (including pots & pans) and a propane oven with a 4-burner stovetop. We recommend that you bring the following with you:

  • First aid kit & flashlight
  • Bottled water
  • GPS
  • Matches
  • Bug spray
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen & toiletries
  • Sheets or sleeping bag
  • Towels
  • Fishing equipment
  • Hand & dish soap
  • Rain & cold weather gear (it can get cold unexpectedly!)

Keep in mind that while there is running water at our camps, it is not potable, so we ask that you ensure you have enough bottled water with you to last for the duration of your trip. Please let us know if you would like assistance arranging this in advance.

Pillows are provided, though many of our guests like to bring their own for the most comfortable sleep. We also provide propane BBQs, life jackets and 14’ Lund boats, complete with swivel seats, motors and gasoline.

Food & drink

Thunder Bay has many grocery shops, some of which offer the ability to pre-order items online and pick them up at the curb. If you're arriving from the US, we recommend that you purchase all groceries and alcohol after crossing the border into Canada. Be sure to check out our local guide for information on places to shop nearby.

Remember to also be aware of the baggage weight limits when you are purchasing your groceries. If you would like to bring in extra items, such as multiple cases of beer or canned goods, we are happy to arrange an extra flight to take them to your camp at an additional cost. Please give us at least 3 weeks’ notice to organize this.

We know it can be difficult to plan meals for a multi-day trip, so we have organized a sample menu to help you out:

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Coffee or Juice
Pancakes & Fruit
Coffee or Juice
Egg & Potato Skillet
Coffee or Juice
Oatmeal & Toast
Coffee or Juice
French Toast & Bacon
Coffee or Juice
Beef Jerky
Trail Mix
Protein Bar
Baked Beans
BBQ Chicken
Chili Dogs
Chips & Salsa

Keeping in touch

You may have cell service at the NDK Air base, depending on your phone and carrier. Our outposts do not have Wi-Fi or cell service – you are in the wilderness! However, we care about your safety, so each outpost is equipped with a Spot X which provides 2-way satellite messaging so we can keep in touch with you. We will also show you how it works when you arrive for your flight.


Internet service in Armstrong Station can be unreliable, so to avoid any issues we ask that you arrange your fishing licenses before you arrive. Canadian residents can apply online by clicking here. Non-residents of Canada can apply for a fishing licence via this link.

If you have any further questions, feel free to call us: +1 (807) 583 2625.