Highway 389 and Manic 5

Wow, we are already in March, the temperature is slowly rising and the snowmobile excursions are much more pleasant. Thanks to a great team of volunteers, we just cut 12 cords of wood at the Facolli Fall site!!! We have also purchased two new aluminum boats for Trophy Lake and will be replacing those at Hasté Lake as well. We now have to deliver this equipment, along with a year’s supply of gasoline and propane to each of the sites during the months of March and April. Afterwards, it won’t be as safe to travel on the frozen lakes between Fermont and our fishing sites, especially with heavy loads.

Enough about the winter. Surely you must start thinking about your fishing trip this summer. If you haven’t already booked, now is the time to do so. We still have some availability left at Lac Justone Outfitter but it’s going fast.

If you’ve already done so, congratulations! It’s now time to plan your trip. As our fishing offer starts in Fermont, you will have to get there first. The city of Fermont is located in the province of Quebec, 1,200 km northeast of Montreal. It’s connected to the Canadian road network by Highway 138 to Baie Comeau, and then Route 389 from Baie-Comeau to Fermont. The distance to travel from Baie Comeau is approximately 580 kilometers (https://goo.gl/maps/AzjqWvVcgQXQzpR68). About half of the distance on the 389 is paved and the rest is smooth gravel with a few more challenging sections. The trip requires approximately 8-9 hours of driving at a safe speed. A word of advice: when a vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction on a section of gravel road, reduce your speed and favor the right to leave more space between vehicles. This way you could avoid getting a rock in your windshield.

You will drive across the Quebec hydroelectric mega-project of dams supplying Quebec and some states of the American Northeast. The largest, Manic 5, offers guided tours. It’s very popular and must be booked in advance (http://www.hydroquebec.com/visitez/cote_nord/manic-5.html). There’s also a motel/restaurant at Manic 5 (https://www.motelenergie.com) if you want to split your trip in 2 days.

If you prefer to get to Fermont faster, two airlines PAL Airlines and Pascan Aviation offer daily commercial flights between Montreal/Quebec and the Wabush Airport (YWK). The airport is in the neighboring province of Newfoundland and Labrador, 30 km by road from Fermont. We can pre-arrange your transportation between Wabush airport and Fermont if you wish. You can also do all your food and drink purchases in Fermont on the day of your arrival.

Let us know if you have any questions.
We are looking forward to welcoming you soon!

François

Winter Stays at Facolli Fall

Hello and welcome to this second edition of the Lac Justone’s Outfitter Newsletter. When you received this message, you were probably expecting information about this summer’s fishing season.

However, this time we will be talking about snowmobile excursions to Facolli Fall during the months of March and April. This year, we have decided to offer winter stays of a few days at Facolli Fall site. Here are the details of this offer:

  • The Facolli Fall site will be open in March and April 2022, according to demand and in compliance with health measures concerning the pandemic. The maximum capacity of the site is 8 people. A reservation is required.
  • On site, you will have access to many interesting activities: ice fishing, small game hunting, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and wildlife observation. Last winter, we observed several small herds of caribou on Opiscotéo Lake in front of the camp.
  • These stays are offered to groups of self-guided snowmobilers with their own snowmobiles, clothing, sleeping bags, safety device (Spot), gasoline, food, and satellite phone to communicate with Facolli Fall and with the Fermont Emergency service if required. We also strongly advise you to notify a relative of your itinerary before your departure and to confirm your arrival at Facolli Fall with that person.
  • You will use the federated snowmobile trail between the town of Fermont and Germaine Lake. This trail is maintained by the Club des Lagopèdes of Fermont. Please plan for the payment of your trail access right. A marked snowmobile trail is maintained between Germaine Lake and the Facolli Fall site. The entire trail between Fermont and Facolli Fall covers a distance of 140 km and the total duration of the one-way trip is approximately 4 hours.
  • At Facolli Fall, the main lodge and the three secondary bedroom lodges will be heated throughout your stay. A shared winter bathroom with a running-water toilet and hot water shower will be at your disposal. A camp attendant will be on site to ensure heating of the buildings and make sure that everything is in working order.
  • Guests will bring their own food and cook for themselves in the fully equipped kitchen. If you wish, an additional package including meals could also be provided.

Please contact us if you would like more details on this winter stay offer, to find out the cost or to make a booking.

Regarding the upcoming fishing season this summer, bookings are going very well and it’s really time to contact us if you want to secure a spot for your group this year.

Thank you and looking forward to welcoming you soon!
François

Lac Justone Newsletter 2022-01

Hello and welcome to this first edition of the Lac Justone Outfitter’s Newsletter.

Let me begin by wishing you Health, Happiness and Prosperity for this New Year 2022!

I know it may be a little difficult to think about summer fishing in January when it’s bitterly cold out there, but we are only a few months away from spring and summer 😊. In this first edition, I would like to share our business model and introduce our facilities, especially for those who may not be existing customers.

Our Mission: the Quality of the Fishing Experience

In order to preserve trophy-size fish for future generations to enjoy (and for your next fishing trip), fly fishing and catch-and-release are mandatory in rapids, except for a few fish to be eaten during your trip.

We also actively manage the fishing pressure on our territory by limiting the number of groups at each site during the season and leaving gaps between groups. We are therefore not trying to maximize the number of anglers but rather aim for a limited number of customers who will all (hopefully) have a memorable fishing experience.

Our Facilities

Our three fishing sites, Facolli FallTrophy Lake and Hasté Lake, are located on tributaries of the Caniapiscau River, world famous for its wild territory and its large catches of speckled trout, native salmon (ouananiche), northern pike and lake trout (bull trout).

The Trophy Lake and Hasté Lake sites can each accommodate groups of 4 self-sufficient anglers with the ability to navigate waterways in 14-foot outboard boats. Especially at Trophy Lake, you also have to negotiate medium-speed rapids if you want to fully enjoy the territory, but it is easy to do so in a safe manner (training will be given to you upon arrival). At these two locations, there is no staff on site but a satellite phone will allow you to reach the outfitter if required. You will have to bring your own food and prepare your meals. The camps are equipped with an electric power source, full kitchen, running water, hot water shower, dry toilet, and wood stove.

Facolli Fall, our third site, offers a more luxurious welcome to groups of 6 people. A camp attendant is on hand throughout your stay to answer your questions and resolve any issues that may arise. You will enjoy a large guest lounge, dining room, full kitchen, three secondary camps each sleeping two or more people, toilets with running water, and even wireless Internet access! A housekeeper also takes care of cleaning the premises every day. In the basic package, customers must bring their own food and prepare their meals. Fishing trips are also self-guided, the same as Trophy Lake and Hasté Lake. However, it’s possible to add meals and the services of a guide to your Facolli Fall package.

Treat yourself, it’s about time

If you want a unique experience at Lac Justone Outfitters this summer, now is the time to book. There is still some availability for groups at each of our three sites but don’t delay!

Best regards,
François Jinchereau

Flashback to 1986

François Jinchereau, co-owner of Lac Justone Outfitter, has been around this amazing landscape near Fermont, Quebec for many years! Here’s a photo of him dating back to 1986, with 75 marten furs strung over his ultralight plane on floats/skis used to move around his trapping line.

Archeological find at Facolli Fall

If you have been on a fishing trip at Facolli Fall in the past, you certainly know Jean-Louis as he’s always on site helping customers and managing the facilities. What you probably didn’t know about him is that Jean-Louis found a pretty amazing artifact while working on the 4-wheelers trail many years ago.
The article is only available in French but click on English translation to see Google Translate’s work.

Thank you for a great 2021 fishing season

We would like to thank all of our clients for the 2021 fishing season, at Facolli Fall, Trophy Lake and Hasté. Large catches were numerous and the catch-and-release practice will allow us to continue to offer you memorable fishing experiences next season and in the years to come.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you again next summer,
Francois

Exceptional landlocked salmon fishing at Facolli

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We have openings for an exceptional landlocked salmon fishing period in June, which is highly coveted and normally never available because it is booked several years ahead!!

Hurry if you want to take this opportunity for a unique fishing experience. We are offering our American plan at Facolli for only three groups of 4 people (5 night stays) from mid-June. The cost is $2,495 plus taxes per person. Contact us through our website at http://lacjustone.com/en/info-request/ for all the details and to book your group now.