David K. Joyce Minerals

Recent Activities -July, 2005 and March and May, 2006 Trips to Red Lake

I have been to Balmertown twice, so far, in 2006. I always enjoy these trips, NOT just because I get to handle and prepare all kinds of superb high grade gold and specimens but also because I have lots of friends and acquaintances there that always make the visit enjoyable with camraderie and fun activities away from the mines. Here are some images of the last few visits, one in the heart of summer, one in the heart of winter and the other in the heart of spring!!

 

Campbell Mine Headfram from LakeRecent Activities -July, 2005 and March and May, 2006 Trips to Red Lake

Campbell Mine Headfram from Lake
The various headframes of new and old gold mines dominate the skyline around the Red Lake area. Even out on the tranquility of Red Lake you can catch glimpses of work. The building by the lake is the golf club.

Cochenour and the Cochenour MineRecent Activities -July, 2005 and March and May, 2006 Trips to Red Lake

Cochenour and the Cochenour Mine
The Mine at Cochenour is no longer in operation but the town is a beautiful place to live. Right by the water.

Red Lake Float PlanesRecent Activities -July, 2005 and March and May, 2006 Trips to Red Lake

Red Lake Float Planes
Red Lake is the "end of the road". From here, the main mode of transportation to further points is float plane. I'm sure that Red Lake has more Cessnas, Norsemen, etc., than any other town. It has been called the "Norseman Capital of the World". There are many dozens scattered thoughout town, on the waterfront.

Fillet SlavesRecent Activities -July, 2005 and March and May, 2006 Trips to Red Lake

Fillet Slaves
We didn't even have to ask! The guys just grabbed their fillet knives and filletted our pickerel ready to prepare for supper. We used Donny's (prominent in the picture) excellent beer-based batter to prepare supper that evening.

Friend Jean at the TillerRecent Activities -July, 2005 and March and May, 2006 Trips to Red Lake

Friend Jean at the Tiller
Jean Marier is one of the more hospitable people of Balmertown. He is always quick to help a friend or take them out fishing. We spent a great day on the water with another friend Melissa.

Lots of LoonsRecent Activities -July, 2005 and March and May, 2006 Trips to Red Lake

Lots of Loons
It is pretty difficult to be out on Red Lake and not run across loons regularly. Beautiful bird.

MacKenzie IslandRecent Activities -July, 2005 and March and May, 2006 Trips to Red Lake

MacKenzie Island
One of the older settlements in the area is on MacKenzie Island. The people here rely on a ferry or their own boats to get across during the non-frozen months. For several months per year however, an ice road is constructed from the island to the mainland and people drive their cars from the end of the road in the picture onto the ice and into Cochenour or Red Lake. There are just a few days in the early winter or early spring when they can't get back or forth easily!

McKinley MineRecent Activities -July, 2005 and March and May, 2006 Trips to Red Lake

McKinley Mine
The McKinley was another in a long list of gold mines in the Red Lake area, all clustered around this fabled lake.

Read Lake Mine Headframe from Red LakeRecent Activities -July, 2005 and March and May, 2006 Trips to Red Lake

Read Lake Mine Headframe from Red Lake
You can even see the new Red Lake Mine headframe from the water.

Pickerel !Recent Activities -July, 2005 and March and May, 2006 Trips to Red Lake

Pickerel !
The fish of choice, in Red Lake, is the pickerel, or as Americans call it, the walleye. We caught a number on this trip.

Melissa Kisses Minnows!Recent Activities -July, 2005 and March and May, 2006 Trips to Red Lake

Melissa Kisses Minnows!
A very strange custom, indeed. Melissa always kisses her minnow before baiting her hook. I seemed to catch as many without kissing my minnows.