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Being some slight account and
some few pictures of an idea
and its realization—all rendered with fidelity to the truth
—for the penetrating eye of
the true sportsman. The Lodge and Breakwater
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T/ie   nimrod   who   started
all this—James D. Dole PENNASK LAKE CLUB
THE love of fishing—and of Nature—led an Isaak Walton
disciple to British Columbia—in 1919. Each year since
then he has returned—to leave business behind—to live
for a few weeks that other life exalted of sportsmen. Nature un-
trammeled—fish and game untamed—climate that feeds the
nerves and brings blessed sleep—drew him ever again to the
magnificent province—-each visit giving stimulus to plans for the
next—to fish new streams—explore new lakes—revel in new
An idea was born one day—to possess was better than to
wander. One spot of perfect beauty—-one lake of perfect (protected) fishing—one region teeming with attractions—which he
and his friends and their friends—could call their own. That
was the idea. Other parts of it were—good beds—-pleasant quarters at the day's end—good food—good boats—good guides-
good comrades. Profits—for no one; satisfaction in all its aspects,
at cost—for those within the group. The group itself to be
limited to a comfortable number—of comfortable companions-
free to come and go from early spring to late fall—with family
or friends—always sure of sport and of the facilities that make
it ideal.   The idea was typical of the man.
Now to find the spot, the lake, the region that fitted the idea.
More inquiries, journeys and explorations pointed ultimately to Pennask Lake—where the great essential, that is, certainty of
good fishing on every visit—seemed possible to insure. Within
the knowledge of man, it was a natural habitat, never stocked,
of the Rainbow. This trout—so distinguished in the annals of
fishing—abounded here under conditions that kept it prime in
color, firmness, freedom from lice, and gaminess. Purchase of
the land surrounding the lake, together with cooperation from
the Fish and Game Commission, and suitable local regulations
acquiesced in by the interested group, promised to preserve it
undiminished. Two annual visits for careful observation of the
region, the fish, and the game, confirmed Pennask Lake as the
fulfillment of the idea.
Action followed fast. Speaking to a few friends of his idea
and of its answer in Pennask Lake, he concluded from their
response that there were enough men similarly minded to insure
rounding out the project. Without waiting to form the group,
and with funds from his own pocket, he began to turn the idea
into reality. A capable and influential firm of lawyers, headed
by a former member of Parliament and of the Cabinet, was instructed to secure the property around the Lake. This was begun
in 1927. Another group was to develop a lodge site, build a
lodge, a wharf and breakwater, together with power plant, elevated tank and barn; to provide cows, saddle horses and other
appurtenances of the complete fishing and hunting haven. A
third group opened up eight miles of virgin road that would make
the lodge directly accessible by motor. These and similar preparations were virtually completed by September, 1929. Early members of the interested group which has been forming visited Pennask Lake in the Autumn of 1929 to marvel at the accomplishment and to revel in the fishing and shooting.
Today, the idea—"alive in the flesh," you might say—
vibrant with fascinations for men who like an idea of this sort,
and who would fit agreeably into it—awaits their sharing.
The man who has done it is James D. Dole of Honolulu.
Born in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts, of old English stock, in
1877, graduated from Harvard in 1899, he went to Hawaii at
the instance of his father's cousin, Judge Sanford B. Dole, who
was first President of the Republic of Hawaii and first Governor
of the Territory of Hawaii. Mr. James D. Dole's career in "The
Islands" notably in the development of the pineapple industry,
is consistent in vision, sound judgment and initiative with his
course in connection with Pennask Lake. In the Pennask undertaking, he has been actuated by simple sportsmanship. Though
his outlay there is some $50,000 of a present total of $65,000,
it is not his desire to control Pennask. He conceives that the
control and ownership of Pennask Lake Club should be vested
in its members, preferably on an equal basis, and that among
these members present and future, he is simply one. He will
accept no profit or honorarium on the ground of prior initiative,
effort or investment. He has but one desire in connection with
Pennask—to see it, as soon as may be, possessed and controlled
by such a group as will enjoy its rare pleasures and join in maintaining them. He has suggested that a diversified membership
has both advantages and attractions. It is interesting to note
that in the group already assembled are gentlemen from New
York, San Francisco, Honolulu and British Columbia—and that personal overtures to some outstanding men of the Provinces
have brought warm responses of welcome for such a club, and
of cooperation with its desires for a properly protected domain.
In the present view, fifty members would comprise the group,
and this number would be judiciously added to, only if it were
found that it could be done without crowding the club's facilities.
Comfort, convenience, congeniality, are among the basic ideas.
Crowding is not—nor is profit. There are eleven finished and
furnished bedrooms on the second floor of the lodge now, and
more can be quickly provided on the third when necessary.
Operating costs as calculated on the experience of Autumn
1929, indicate that one person can be accommodated and fed
for approximately thirty dollars per week. Charges, at cost, for
boats, boatmen and guides would prevail. It is Mr. Dole's desire
that all regulations and details affecting all aspects of the Club
be determined by committees of members.
It was a grand spot beside
this dead monarch  ^ Always  a  boat for  the
solitary disciple
Area 2335 acres—elevation at water
level 4500 feet—open water reaches
of 2 to 4 miles—many bays great
and small—16 islands of varying
size—the whole of great beauty.
Mt. Pennask from a
Lodge window The Lodge
Altitude about 4500 feet—mostly
forest of jack pine—30 lakes within 8 mile radius of Pennask Lake—
many of them now known for good
fishing—others yet to be tried out-
some containing trout as large as 5
pounds—ducks and geese abundant
in season—Mount Pennask some 8
miles distant—altitude about 7500
feet—its base a haunt of bear and
deer—all parts of the region accessible by trail and guide.
She holds a cargo of
beauties caught before
lunch We broil for luncheon
from the morning's catch
Spring—sharp and clear, some rain.
Summer — pleasantly warm days
and cool nights—clear weather prevailing — water permitting good
bathing. Autumn—clear, invigorating weather—many warmish days
—nights cold. (October 16th, 1929
—flannel shirt comfortable until 4
p. m., then sweaters).
Do you admire islands? The LODGE
Log construction and finish inside
and out—three stories, two finished:
main floor, large sunny living-room
with giant fireplace; spacious main
hall; large dining-room; well equipped kitchen: second floor, eleven
outside bedrooms; electric lights
center and bedside; running water
hot and cold; ample supply warm,
woolly blankets; comfortable spring
beds; two bathrooms, men's and
women's: third floor, same area as
second floor to be divided into single rooms and dormitories as needs
of Club indicate. Lodge close to
lake, wharf and boats—fine views.
Arriving at the Lodge
He who rides sees more
of this region than he
who doesnt Lodge—wharf—boats
The days begin like this
and never end with disappointment
Rainbow trout averaging a pound—
clean, bright, firm, lice-free—very
gamy—take dry fly in spring—wet
fly all the time—fly-casting the rule
—bait, spinners, trolls contrary to
Club regulations — Club limit 20
fish daily — fish very fine flavor.
Some members report exciting fishing in nearby lakes—much larger
trout being caught in some of them
—though no lake seems to yield
trout in finer condition than Pennask. Good fishing grounds are so
numerous in Pennask that "crowded fishing" need never occur. A
mainland and island shoreline of
25 miles affords plenty of good
spots. Eastward from the Lodge
Kamloops, B. C, by C. P. R. or
C. N. R. is the railroad point. The
lake is about 40 miles S. S. E. of
Kamloops, B. C.—83 miles by automobile—of which about 50 miles
are good highway—25 miles across
the ranges of Douglas Lake Cattle
Company on satisfactory roadbed—
8 miles over virgin road built by
Club—4^/2 hours comfortable riding from Kamloops — much of it
very interesting. From Merritt, B.
C, the drive is about 30 miles.
Write or wire Henry Cunnington Taxi
Kamloops, B. C, who will take best of
care of you Kamloops to Pennask. At
Kamloops—Hotel Leland. For inquiries or reservations at Club write Mrs.
R. S. Cowan, Pennask Lake Club,
Quilchena, B.  C.
"Colonel" Flint — erstwhile fly-casting champion of California—who
hasnt forgotten how This goose was all "Alec",
a native son, claimed for it
No one enjoys Pennask more
than he who planned it
Ducks—Mallard,   Teal,   Northern,
Spoon  Bill,  Widgeon,   and
Geese—Honkers, Wavies.
Grouse—Blue, Willow, Franklin
Mule Deer
Bear—Black, Brown, Grizzly
Detailed information can be had by
writing Chief Game Warden, Victoria, B. C.; or Mr. Bryan Williams,
Provincial Fish and Game Commissioner, Vancouver, B. C. Mr. Williams is the author of "Rod and
Creel in B. C." published by Scrib-
ners. Glimpse from the Lodge
Fishing—May 15-Nov. 1
Ducks—Sept. 15-Dec. 31
Daily bag—20
Grouse—Sept. 14-Oct. 15
Geese—Sept. 15-Dec. 31
Daily bag—10
Bear—Sept. 1-June 30
Buck Deer—Sept. 1-Nov. 30
Doe Deer—Nov. 15-Nov. 30
Fly fishing usually good from June
1st to Nov. 1st.
(From 1929 Regulations)
"The day returns" and
with it high hopes to be
fulfilled Ws0
Creels never return empty
Fly rod—4 to 5 ounces for Pennask
—up to 7 ounces for the larger fish
in nearby lakes. A few flies standard for the region will be carried by
the Club. 2x Hardy leaders can be
had at Kamloops about $6 per dozen. Special flies tied to order by
Harkley and Haywood, 101 Cordova Street W., Vancouver, B. C,
who can also advise—very reasonable. English tackle much cheaper
in Canada. Both wet and dry fly
fishing. Number 8 size seems generally best.
Where   the   stories   are
told at eve Projects that have
been mentioned
To secure acreage on certain of the
nearby lakes which afford good fishing of different character from that
of Pennask Lake.
A small lodge erected near Mt.
Pennask would provide a base both
for fishermen and hunters, this being probably the best game section
of the immediate region.
A telephone connection at the
Lodge, to be ready in 1930.
Outside cottages and tent stands to
be provided when and if the need
and desires of members so indicate
—and similarly, an increased supply of saddle horses.
A little nearby lake filled
with big ones — ducks too
The useful barn Members of Pennask Lake Club
as of November 1, 1920
James D. Dole
R. R. Flint
James Irvine
H. E. MacConaughey
C. M. Seymour
A. G. Budge
F. C. Atherton
John Waterhouse
J. H. Worrall
J. P. Cooke
H. E. Merseles
F. J. Ross
John M. Hancock
J. W. Kieckhefer
Alexander Philip
F. S. Cowan
Box 3380
125 - 14th Street
Crocker Building
215 Market Street
405 Montgomery Street
Care Castle & Cooke
Care Castle & Cooke
Care Alexander & Baldwin
Box 3380
Care Alexander & Baldwin
3019 Graybar Building
Honolulu, T. H.
Pacific Grove, Cal.
San Francisco, Cal.
San Francisco, Cal.
San Francisco, Cal.
Honolulu, T. H.
Honolulu, T. H.
Honolulu, T.H.
Honolulu, T. H.
Honolulu, T.H.
New York City
New York City
49 West 45th Street
Care Lehman Bros., 1 William Street
New York City
Kieckhefer Container Co.      Milwaukee, Wis.
Kamloops, B. C.
Kamloops, B. C.
Information concerning Pennask Lake Club can be obtained by
speaking or writing to one of the following gentlemen, whose location may be the most convenient:
James D. Dole Box 3380 Honolulu, T. H.
H. E. MacConaughey 215 Market Street      San Francisco, Cal.
F. J. Ross 49 West 45th Street New York City
The Club—officially called "Pennask Lake Company, Limited"—is
being incorporated in Canada under the "Companies Act."
Its authorized capital is $100,000 consisting of 1,000 shares with a
nominal or par value of $100 each.
The Company is a non-profit organization and it is the desire of
Mr. Dole that the accession of members up to the present limit of
fifty shall so reduce his investment in the Club (due to advances already made by him and described in the booklet) as to put control
of the Club fully in the hands of its members.
Membership in the Club requires approval of the Membership Committee, and the purchase of not less than ten shares of the stock of
Pennask Lake Company, Ltd., for which $1,000 shall be paid.
All members enjoy equal privileges. Printed in U. S. A.   49 West Forty-Fifth Street
xh 12, 1950.
Dear Mr. Hancock:
The booklet enclosed, it is hoped, will bring
you pleasurable recollections (if you have been
to Pennask) - certainly pleasurable anticipations.  Members who have visited this outdoor
paradise are going again.  The Pennask appetite is one not to be denied.  Members who have
not yet visited Pennask have much in store.
The booklet will bring to you some useful information, and it is hoped that you will find
it helpful in attracting some desirable members.
Should you need any eztra copies, Messrs. Dole,
MacConaughey and myself have a supply on hand.
Just apply to the one of us who is nearest to
you.  5Tou wiU find our addresses on the membership list in the booklet.
Cordially, your fellow-member,
Mr. John M. Hancock,
Care Lehman Brothers.,
1 William Street,
Hex York.
P.S. This should be a fine year at Pennask.
Everything at the Lodge is in perfect shape for
members*, their families or guests.  And the
fish and game are waiting. PENNASK  LAKE  CLUB 


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