Imagine travelling off the beaten path to a private retreat with spectacular marshlands and tree-lined walking trails. Rich, black earth farmland order a section of the property. Tranquil mornings. Breathtaking sunsets. A winding river weave their paths through the landscape. Birds in flight. And at day’s end you marvel at the charm of the century-old willow trees shading a magnificent pond that serves as your view from the comfort of the property’s graceful lodge.
What I’m describing only begins to
touch on the experience of connecting with the natural beauty of a local gem known as the historic Mud Creek Club.
The portion of Chatham-Kent that would become the Mud Creek Club began its existence in 1807 when King George the III deeded approximately 2,000 acres on the North East side of Lake St. Clair near Mitchell’s Day to the Earl of Selkirk.
The club itself was formed in 1877 as a hunting destination, complete with the charm of a rustic clubhouse for the founding
members and guests who travelled from across North America during the hunting and fishing season.
During the late 1960’s the old clubhouse was replaced with the current lodge by then-owner Henry Ford II. The new lodge was designed to offer top-notch accommodations while maintaining the warmth and comfort of a countryside retreat.
In the spring of 1977, ownership changed hands when Chatham residents Sileno and Maria Corsini purchased the property from
Henry Ford II. Today their son Carlo and his partners are the proud owners of this incredible lodge and property.
One of the prized legacies of the club is the guest book, which was first introduced in August 1877 as a journal to record the number of fish and birds taken daily by sportsmen. By 1881, the guests themselves began entering personal comments with fond memories of their experience. The tradition continues in the original guestbook to this day.