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“Disappointing place to stay and fish”

Spencer's Riverfront Cottages
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Spencer's Riverfront Cottages
Reviewed 22 July 2012

We rented a 2bedroom cottage for 2 days starting july 18, 2012. This place has 5 or 6 similar cottages, all build in the 70s according to a worker who was repairing the rotten wood structure. The cottage we stayed in has 2 small rooms, a kitchen equipped with a gas stove, a fridge, a toaster but no microwave. There is also a very small area about 12 by 6 ft with a sofa a tv and a dinner table with 2 chairs. Every thing is quite old. The bed are comfortable.

We pay 170$ a day for the cottage and also rent a motor boat for which we pay 140$ a day. But there is a catch. The owner told us that we have to return the boat on the second day at 5pm unless we pay for another half a day if we want to fish late into the evening. As the fishing is best at dawn and dust, we reluctantly paid the extra amount. Now best part is she told us that even if their website advertises a free gas tank is included with every one day rental that applies only if we use the boat from 8:00am till 5:00pm. Otherwise guests have to pay for a second tank of gas (40$). We felt we were trapped because we believe too much in the web ad of Spencer's Boat and Lodge Rental. The boat has a old 2cycle 25hp motor.

Even this property sits on a small bay, the bay is very dirty with lots of weed. After 2 days of fishing almost every corner within a 5 miles radius, i can tell that the area has no bass at all, we caught many yellow perches and a pike but that's it. We also saw a couple catching a walleye at 80 ft dip. May be Gananoque area has bass years before but they seem to not exist now.

I will never return again to Spencer's Boat and Lodge Rental.

S.L

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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fishingGananoque, Owner at Spencer's Riverfront Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2015

We are sad that this client did not catch the fish they were expecting. The St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Islands area is world known for the fishing. There are many bass tournaments held in the area each year. The last world record muskie was caught only minutes from us in 2008. Our office closes at 6pm each night so we can have supper and go to bed as we are back at work by 7 am to have the office open at 8 am. If a client wants to keep a boat longer than 5 pm, they pay an additional charge, and we will check the boat in by 9 or 10 am the next day, This provides the client with many additional hours to fish in the evening and again in the morning. But we do not provide many extra hours of use on the boat and motor for free, we have a fee. This client was mistaken about the gas with the boat rentals. We provide one free tank of gas with the boat rental, not each day, so they would not have recieved a second free tank of gas. We do offer gas for sale, for their convenience, or they can take the portable gas tank to town and fill it there. The gas we have on the property costs more than the gas in town as we have a private tank that we pay a higher price to have filled. It is more of a convenience for us and for the client.
We encourage this client and anyone else not to give up on fishing. It is a great past-time. It isn't something that is going to happen right away. Fishing is a skill... but it will come. We will provide fishing advice and tips as we fish ourselves. We sell the Ontario hunting and fishing licenses and have a small tackle store. Consider taking one of our guided fishing tours. We can show you some spots and some techniques for the area.
We offer housekeeping cottages and boat rentals, or bring your own boat, we have a launch ramp and docking that are free with the cottage rental. Boat license NOT required for the rental boats.

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Reviewed 11 June 2010

We stayed in the 3 bedroom cottage (I thought of them as bungalows since I stayed in the Catskills Mountains as a child for the summer) with 6 adults and 1 toddler. Beautiful views of the water and clean. The 3 bedroom needs updating (which will be done soon). The two bedroom that I took a look at was done very well with an amazing view of the water. Overall, if you are into fishing this is a great place to be, as it is right on the water in a quiet area of the St.Lawrence. If you are not, this is still a great place to stay, you can rent a boat for the day (with a %20 discount) or drive/bike into Gananoque only 3 miles away. Kingston is about 15-20 miles west and it is fairly easy to get to the 401 (Canada's version of the Interstate).

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Spencer's Riverfront Cottages

Address: 4607 Hwy 2 | RR # 3, Gananoque, Ontario K7G 2V5, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Gananoque
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Gananoque
Price Range: £61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
St. Lawrence River waterfront cottages in the heart of the famous 1000 Islands, full kitchens, cable TV, wireless internet, launch, docking, boat rentals, guided 1000 islands fishing charters. ... more   less 
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Spencer's Riverfront Cottages Gananoque, Canada - Ontario

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