Communities: Eagle Lake First Nation

Fishing, Wildlife, Wilderness


Ancestors of the Eagle Lake First Nation people, called the Salteaux Ojibway people, first inhabited this region, located between Kenora and Dryden in Northwestern Ontario. The Salteaux Ojibway's livelihood consisted of fishing, hunting, trapping, gathering, harvesting wild rice, and horticulture. Towards the end of the 18th century, they entered into the fur trade with the Hudson's Bay Company.

Today, the Eagle Lake First Nation people's economy is based primarily on trapping, forestry and manufacturing. The Service sector employs a large majority of workers, between government and other industries. Eagle Lake has also become recognized as apremier fishing locale, boasting muskies over 60 lbs.

A distinct and truly awe-inspiring landscape of lakes and islands makes Eagle Lake a prime tourism hotspot. Located 150 miles from the border crossing at International Falls, MN, many US residents come to Eagle Lake for camping and fishing, helping to boost the area's tourism.

Eagle Lake has a community elementary school, while secondary students are bused to nearby Dryden. There are various recreational activities and facilities to benefit its many residents.