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Creating Memories for a Lifetime


Learn the history behind Nonacho Lake Fishing Camp and its owners.

MERLYN CARTER (1934 – 2005)

In 1952, at 18 years of age Merlyn became a pilot to assist his father George with their commercial fishery

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Weekly rate - per person includes: Air Transporation, Unlimited Use of Boats

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Fuel, Showers, Cabins complete with light house-keeping facilities, Freezers & Ice

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There are 6 cabins which can accommodate groups of up to six or eight people.


The cabins have been set back from the sandy beach in order to offer privacy as well as a scenic view of the lake.

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Nonacho Lake Fishing Camp is located 165 air miles east of Yellowknife NWT.


Whether by plane, boat, or vehicle. We are easy to find!

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Canadian World Class Fly In Fishing

Nonacho Lake Fishing Adventures offers world class fly-in fishing near the map’s edge in Canada’s spectacular Northwest Territories from mid June until early September.

Are you looking for a fishing experience among the most secluded, pristine and abundant lakes anywhere on earth?  Then you’ve come to the right place.  Sixty miles long and nearly two hundred miles from the nearest highway, Nonacho Lake is a fly-in via floatplane only experience.  There are no telephones or televisions here. No one lives on Nonacho Lake or within nearly 100 miles of our fishing camp.  Just nature as it was meant to be.  Millions of Lake Trout, Northern Pike and wildlife.   Don’t expect to see any other boats fishing on this lake except friends in your own party.

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More About Nonacho Lake Fishing Adventures

Lake Trout between 20 and 40 pounds are common with a lake record (near world record size) of 60 pounds. The lake abounds with Lake Trout in the 4 – 10 lb. range.  Northern Pike are also abundant and provide wild action out of the shallows.  It takes a big lake to grow big fish and Nonacho is big.  But unlike many big lakes in the Northwest Territories, the beauty of Nonacho is its abundance of bays and isolated coves that make fishing possible even on windy days.

Nonacho Lake is a naturalist’s dream where wildlife proliferates.  Migrating caribou by the thousands pass through during the winter months.  Bald eagles, osprey and loons nest here.  For photo lovers, day trips by float plane may be arranged to visit the tundra just seventy miles east and enter the habitat of  musk ox, barren-land caribou herds, arctic wolves and tundra swans in an awesome subarctic landscape seen by few humans.  The month of June at Nonacho Lake offers you 24 hours daylight. The month of August brings some spectacular northern lights displays that illuminate the night sky.  An adventure of a lifetime awaits you.  Don’t miss out on it.

Merlyn Carter (1934 – 2005)


Your Fishing excursion will begin in Yellowknife, N.W.T. Situated on the north shore of Great Slave Lake, this modern city of 18,000+ people offers every convenience. Yellowknife is easily accessible from the south with daily scheduled airline flights from either Edmonton or Calgary. Should you choose to travel by car along the scenic Mackenzie Highway, driving distance from Edmonton to Yellowknife is about 950 miles. The flight from Yellowknife to Nonacho Lake is made in float- equipped aircraft and your return trip is included in the package price. Nonacho Lake is located 165 air miles east of Yellowknife.

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MERLYN CARTER (1934 – 2005)

Seen here in the cockpit of his DHC-6 Twin Otter, C-GKAZ, Merlyn and his wife Jean started Nonacho Lake Fishing Camp in 1962. A lifelong bush pilot for more than half a century, Merlyn was an aviation and tourism pioneer in the Canadian north and arctic where he accumulated more than 25,000 flying hours. All lumber and building materials used to construct the buildings at Nonacho Lake Fishing Camp were flown there in Carter Air Services airplanes. Merlyn flew all boats into Nonacho Lake by tying them onto his Single Otter and Twin Otter aircraft as external loads. Please go to the history page to see the rest of the story about Merlyn Carter.
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Amazing Highlights To Build Awesome Memories

  • A fishing experience among the most secluded, unpolluted and rugged location anywhere on earth.
  • Millions of Lake Trout, Northern Pike and wildlife.
  • Lake Trout between 20 and 40 pounds are common, with a lake record of 60 pounds – near world record size.
  • Included in the package price are 16 Lund boats with 25 hp Honda 4-stroke outboards.
  • Cabins can accommodate couples or groups of up to eight people
  • We offer meal catering too, because we care about your experience as much as you.
  • Canoe adventures on remote, beautiful nearby rivers may also be arranged.
  • For photo and nature lovers day trips by float planes may be arranged.