Matthews Little Portage Camp, is now owned and operated by a continuing "Matthews" heratage Me, "Johnny" and my son & partners Scott Matthews and my Grandaughter Leneath "Scotty's daughter"
It was established around the 1930s by my Dad & his brother (my Uncle Harry) with one little log cabin as an outpost cabin used for lake trout fishing by guests from their already established tourist camp on Pine Lake.
Back in the thirties the Camp was only accessable by water from a landing at the head of the lake.
After my Dad's passing in 1959, Mom, a very young widow, and I, at the age of 16 (know-it-all at that age) operated the camp until my marrage in 1964. I am now 81 years old and not nearly as smart/"know-it-all" as I was at the age of 16. Me & my wife, Judy, with our 4 sons operated the camp until our divorce in 2008. We put the road into camp in the late 60s. Since 2008, Scotty, my son & camp co-owner/partner & I have been operating the Camp. As of last year my grandaughter Leneath became a full partener of MLPC
Since its conception in the thirties the Camp has seen a lot of changes. The transiction from cole oii lights to Hydro in 1952 was a major change From outside toilets to carry your own water from the lake.change to flush toilets was the next big change From the "wood fired cook stove" to moderen "electric stoves" was inevitable. From a "water access" to a full 4 season drive to your front door Camp was the nessary final magor change We a not done with changes Changes as we speak are "A work in progress"
In 1982 we were instrumental in establishing a very succesful pickerel hatchery @ MLPC. It is still operating and producing 1 million pickerel every year which enhances the already abundant pickerel population.
There are eight (8) cottages on five (5) acres of land with slight to modest elevation, access to lakeshore frontage with docking and boat launches on both sides of the lake. The 5 acre camp, is on a narrows called an isthmus (like Panama), which has has connecting water on both sides giving us the advantage of close proximity to good fishing spots. This also allows plenty of open water for safe water skiing and other water sports,on the north & south side.
My job here at the camp, besides cutting the grass and taking out the trash, is to make your vacation as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. “A satisfied customer” was always my parents' policy and it's also mine and my new parteners . I guess that's why we have clientele and friends returning to our camp year after year for 2, 3 & 4 generations.
The camp now is a 3 person operation with lots of help from my other 2 sons and some of the 8 grandchildren. If you need anything, there's always someone to help. I can’t change the weather, nor can I make the fish bite, but I’m quite certain I can handle the rest.
Many thanks to my granddaughter (Leneath) and long time friends & customers "Sandra Mason" "Lisa Alton" for putting this website into action - a whole new experience for me! I look forward to meeting new friends and clients. If you're interested and need more information about me or the camp, it's best to send me an email message since I am usually outside during the day. It will be a pleasure to answer your questions and talk to you.
To have you stay at the camp as a guest would be the Grand Finale!