About your hosts: Dave and Marg McLeod

For the past thirty three years Howey Bay Resort has been owned and operated by Marg’s parents, Bev and Linda Cheney and ourselves, Marg and Dave McLeod. In 1980 Bev retired as a bank manager of a local bank and started working full time at the Resort. A few years later in 1986, Marg and I moved to Red Lake with our two young children, Sarah and Peter, where Marg assumed a teaching position and I assumed the position of Director of Education of the School District. A number of years later Marg and I retired in order to operate the Resort on a full time basis.

Sarah is a Registered Massage Therapist who works in her thriving practice in London. She has twin six year olds who love to visit the Resort . Pete is self employed in the aviation industry. After finishing university he was chosen to qualify to race in the Red Bull World Championship air race circuit. All the years Pete spent flying with me and then for our Resort as he went through high school and University helped shape his career interests.

Our family have always been avid out doors enthusiasts who try to leave our environment in better shape than we found it. We strongly believe in utilizating conservation practices that will ensure that our grandchildren will have access to the kind of environment and resources that we have been so fortunate to experience throughout our lives.


Conservation Practices

A decade ago we decided to make a strong commitment to adopting solid conservation practices and encouraging our guests to voluntarily use fishing techniques that would support conservation.

As a result of these beliefs and practices and continued great ideas and support from our guests, fishing has never been better! We now have strong confidence that future generations will have great fishing experiences.

At Howey Bay Resort we provide free Conservation fishing licenses to encourage fewer fish being taken home, we encourage guests to release the larger fish and eat the smaller fish, and we encourage guests to utilize effective techniques for fishing and handling fish.

At our fly-in outposts, with the exception of one lake, guests can eat fish and other fish must remain in the lake. No fish can be taken home which results in the larger fish being thrown back to reproduce and further improve the fishery. Many of our guests voluntarily use barbless hooks, are very careful when handling fish and don’t even measure larger fish. A quick picture and back in the water is the rule for many people!

Our guests, Ministry of Natural Resources biologists, and ourselves are continuously working together to refine existing practices and develop knowledge and mechanisms to ensure that the fishery keeps improving. We feel everyone is on the right track and we are proud of what has been accomplished. However, we realize that all users of the resource must continue to look for new knowledge and techniques to not only sustain but to improve that which we have.

We have developed a wide range of conservation practices in respect to hunting moose and bear. These range from limiting the numbers of hunters on a yearly basis, being associated with hunters who are educated about hunting and the animal they are hunting and have developed the skill set to effectively harvest the animal, and establishing guidelines that are designed to not only sustain but to grow our resource of animals.

About Red Lake

Visit Howey Bay Resort at Red Lake and experience the best in Northern lifestyle – past and present. Red Lake consists of six smaller towns located in the heart of a lake-studded, boreal forest region in Sunset Country. There are many activities to enjoy including golf, squash or swimming. Most people still visit Red Lake for its natural beauty, to see the abundant wildlife, and to experience incredible wilderness fishing and hunting.

Red Lake is the commercial hub of the district, so take some time to do some shopping or dining. The town has adopted the title of “Norseman Capital of the World” and the annual Noorduyn Norseman Festival celebrates this historic bush plane and its role in the development of the area. Visit Norseman Heritage Park and see a full size model of the Norseman. You can even take an aerial tour of the town in this venerable aircraft.


Legend has it that two native hunters saw a large moose on the shore of the lake and attempted to kill it.  After several attempts the hunters fell to their knees and sang their war songs to the “Master of Life”.  Regaining their strength the hunters attacked the beast again.  Wounded, the creature sought escape by diving into the lake.  Blood coloured the lake red, thus the name of the lake became “MISKWA SAKA IKAN”, or Blood Red Lake.

The lake has also been called “ONIMINI SAKA IKAN”,  or Red Ochre Lake.  Red Ochre was a traditional pigment used by the local Ojibway and Cree peoples in their artwork.  Found in the rusting iron formations around the lake, the rock was crushed and then mixed with oil or grease.  Pictographs (rock art) found in the area were created using this pigment, having survived the elements for hundreds of years.


For those who are taking a break from fishing and wish to round out their day there are a number of ‘things’ to do in the Red Lake area. Many of our guests relax by sitting on their deck and enjoy the view of the bay. Those who enjoy aircraft have the opportunity to see quite a few landings and takeoffs on the bay.

A five minute walk from our Resort takes you to the Howey Bay Motel’s restaurant for a great meal and refreshments. Well within a ten minute walk are other restaurants, grocery stores, a variety of other stores, the Norseman Park where visitors can view a restored Norseman aircraft and read about its development and use as the aircraft that ‘opened’ Canada’s north, a skateboard park and the museum.

A ten minute ride takes you to Balmertown where you can visit the Town Office and view the world recognized Earl Crull rock collection and a pictorial collection of local mine history. Adjacent to the town is a great 18 hole golf course where our guests have complimentary green fees.

On the way back from Balmertown you can visit the local “zoo” ( town landfill site ) on selected days and see huge bears close to your vehicle.

Depending on the time of summer you may even be able to get Marg to tell you where to pick blueberrys!