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connor96
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01/06/2018 10:09AM
Hello All,

My friends and I (6 college age males) have made BWCA trips for the last 3 years, and this year we are set on upgrading to a Quetico trip. We are heavily focused on fishing, and generally base camp, staying at 2 sites per 8 day trip. Since the Quetico is a whole new ball game as far as trip planning, any advice on an 8 day trip that preferably doesn't involve a tow or any unnecessary expenses would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
 
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marsonite
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01/06/2018 10:15AM
The most economical Quetico trip is to drive across the border and enter from the north. Saves you the cost of a remote border crossing permit and you will pay a lower nightly fee for camping. Beaverhouse would be my recommendation.
TomT
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01/06/2018 11:08AM
marsonite: "The most economical Quetico trip is to drive across the border and enter from the north. Saves you the cost of a remote border crossing permit and you will pay a lower nightly fee for camping. Beaverhouse would be my recommendation."

Agreed! Just please be responsible with the fishing. Try not to kill breeders (mature fish). If you need a place to stay in Canada the night before you enter check out The Quetico College. Very reasonable motel like rooms.

dentondoc
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01/06/2018 10:44PM
marsonite: "The most economical Quetico trip is to drive across the border and enter from the north. Saves you the cost of a remote border crossing permit and you will pay a lower nightly fee for camping. Beaverhouse would be my recommendation."
Of course you will need a passport (or card).

There are no drive to EP's on the south side. There are several (including Beaverhouse, Nym and French Lake) on the north side where you can drive to or near the lake, although the actual EP is one lake beyond.

Quetico College is closest to French Lake, which is on the eastern end of the north side. Dawson Campground and a Park Ranger station are also located at French Lake.

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connor96
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01/07/2018 12:54AM
Thanks for the insight! Right now I am leaning towards entering at Beaverhouse and working towards Jean as a basecamp spot, since I hear the fishing is quite good there. Any advice on a place to stay the night before that is within reasonable driving distance of the Beaverhouse parking lot? And as far as permits go, do we have to check in at the Ranger Station the day of?
billconner
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01/07/2018 06:19AM
You can stay in Atikokan - several hotels and Canoe Canada Outfitters; and pick up permit at Park office day before. Around 1 1/2 hour drive.
TomT
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01/07/2018 09:33AM
I was able to get my permit for French Lake the day before. Going to Atikokan is what I would do. I would make reservations very early to reserve a bunkhouse or motel.

billconner
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01/07/2018 05:54PM
No experience but quite a few folks speak highly of http://indiaonta.com. Quite close to Beaverhouse park access (it isn't an entry point really). They may still be able yo issue a permit but the park superintendent has said he will be ending that practice.
OldFingers57
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01/07/2018 09:09PM
connor96: "Thanks for the insight! Right now I am leaning towards entering at Beaverhouse and working towards Jean as a basecamp spot, since I hear the fishing is quite good there. Any advice on a place to stay the night before that is within reasonable driving distance of the Beaverhouse parking lot? And as far as permits go, do we have to check in at the Ranger Station the day of?"


We did Beaverhouse to Jean last year around Labor Day. Easy portages and short. Lots of great campsites. Didn’t see too many people.
Jackfish
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01/08/2018 07:44AM
As others have said, arriving in Atikokan in the afternoon the day before your entry date allows you to stop at the ranger station and pick up your permit so you're ready to go first thing the next morning.

We've been entering Q at Beaverhouse for 30 years and for a large portion of those years, we've stayed at the White Otter Inn. It's clean and comfortable enough, around $100 per night per room, and there's a restaurant attached. There are also a couple pizza places downtown and probably some other establishments that we haven't bothered to experience.

The White Otter Inn is conveniently located just down the street from the Atikokan ranger station so it's on the south end of town. The Souris River canoe factory is between the two.

I've timed the trip from the White Otter to the Flanders turnoff toward Beaverhouse Lake at about 25 minutes. From that point southward, you're on a gravel road. At almost exactly 10 miles, you'll turn left onto the final four mile stretch to the Beaverhouse parking lot. (A large sign will direct you. You won't miss it.) Those last 14 miles should take you about 30-35 minutes now. So, from the White Otter to the Beaverhouse parking lot, plan on roughly an hour.
01/08/2018 10:51AM
We've stayed at Indiaonta Resort when we go into Beaverhouse. Very nice cabins not bunkhouses, restaurant and reasonable prices. It is located right across the street (hwy 11) from Flanders Road. I don't think you could stay closer to the parking lot at Beaverhouse. Good luck.
dbpmw3
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01/08/2018 12:18PM
Last year we used Michelle with Voyager Wilderness Programmes. She picked us up at the Nym entry point landing. She took us by pontoon to their island half way across the lake. They have very nice rooms and marvelous dinner and breakfast. Next morning we pushed off from their dock all ready halfway to the portage. Got showers and a haul back to the entry point after the trip. 1st class people.
mapsguy1955
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01/12/2018 06:28AM
White Otter is easy and affordable. Restaurant is good with huge portions.
01/12/2018 10:30AM
Much good advice given, do not want to sound the Scrooge on this but make sure you have clean records as Canada Customs will check. A bit of research will indicate many dismissed and misdemeanor charges in the US are felonies in the eye of Canadian law. You do not want to find out about such when crossing the border.

Beaverhouse is probably the best recommendation. Not a long drive from the border, short paddle to the Beaverhouse Station to pick up permits, lots of travel options, and less expensive than stations on the border like PP or Cache Bay.

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