Two easy portages. Can use portage wheels on both of them. The first portage is around a dam, the second around Pipestone Falls. They are NOT navagible. Good fishing in Pipestone bay, lots of boat & motor noise & traffic.
Yes both very easy...could almost drive a car over them. I usually dont fish Fall or Newton lake. But just start fishing the shoreline below Pipestone Falls. Lots of boats and lots of people but the fishing is great.
There is a small shortcut from Newton to Pipestone. You can get to it if the water is high enough. You go alittle past the landing on the right theres a small trail. Very rocky for BWCA, but almost a normal portage for Quetico.
Very easy paddle from Fall to Pipestone. As mentioned above, the portages are necessary. Fishing below Newton Falls is pretty good but I never found much around Pipestone Falls that was very deep to hold fish later in the year. Nice campsite directly across from the Newton-Pipestone portage, but you will see a lot of people. Picture of Pipestone Falls..
I have made this trip about 10 times, sometimes with 1st timers and some with wives. All the things the guys before me have told you is right on the money. I prefer to go up to Lewis Narrows near the northern part of Pipestone for some deeper water and good campsites. Easy trip generally around 3 1/2 hours up to the Narrows area, if you stay near Pipestone Falls probably 2 hours or less. One last thing, I always thought about fishing Newton but never have and as we were paddling out last year we watched an older guy bring in about a 7 pound walleye near the last bend before you hit Newton Falls coming back in. Newton may be worth a try if you can get a campsite, but there will be boat traffic.