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03/04/2014 01:20PM
Our Thanks to Tumblehome (Tom) for Compiling this information!

2015 Quetico permit fees. Customs and border crossing info. Fishing fees and licenses.

>>Summary of required documents and fees for a Quetico trip per person.

US passport or other approved credentials listed below
Remote Border Crossing Permit (RABC) if entering from the southern region $30
Camping fees per person, per night $21.47 (varies based on entry point)
Ontario outdoors fishing card $9.68
Ontario 8 day conservation fishing license. $29.97
Overnight BWCA permit fees if camping in the BWCA prior to Quetico

>> Ranger Stations, Entry Points and Daily Quotas:







If you are entering Quetico from the Northern region(Atikokan, Dawson Trail, Beaverhouse Lake, the costs are:
Ages 6-17 are $6.50 per person, per night.
18+ are $14.97 per person, per night

If entering Quetico from the Southern region (Basswood River, Sarah Lake, Kahshahpiwi Lake, Kings Point ~ Fly In Only, Agnes Lake, Carp Lake,Knife Lake, Man Chain Lakes, Falls Chain Lakes, Boundary Point Saganagons Lake, Cache Bay ~ Fly In Only) costs are:
Ages 6-17 are $8.48 per person, per night.
18+ is $21.47 per person, per night.

If entering Quetico via Lac LaCroix (Three Mile Lake, Maligne River, McAree Lake, Bottle River) costs are:
Ages 6-17 are $6.50 per person, per night.
18+ is $16.95 per person, per night.

>>Obtaining a permit:

Reservations are made through Ontario Parks here and can be made up to five months in advance of your trip. When making reservations, a $110.00 minimum deposit is required. Overpayment, if any, is reimbursed upon arrival via a credit to your CC. Permits can be picked up from nearly any outfitter serving Quetico park or from a Quetico ranger station located on Beaverhouse Lake, Lac LaCroix, Prarie Portage,Cache Bay or Quetico Park Headquarters in Atikokan. Bring your reservation with you when you pick up your permit.

Quetico rules and regulations

>>Day use permits to allow travel into Quetico without overnight camping:

From The Assistant Super of Quetico:
You can use a Seasonal or Annual Day Use Vehicle permit along with a RABC to enter Quetico along the Border Waters as the canoe is technically your “vehicle”. As long as you have the permit on you when you are in the park and you return to the US to camp overnight, this is a perfectly acceptable way to utilize the park. The cost is $95 for a seasonal pass plus taxes. Buy your day use permit here

Single day pass is available for $12 and can be purchased from any ranger station.

-Jason Blier
Assistant Park Superintendent – Quetico Provincial Park
Ph: 807-597-5005

>>Credentials required for entering Canada:

US citizens entering Canada must possesses a valid US passport or documents that comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI . Canada does not require this for entry into their country but the US does upon your return and therefore Canadian customs will require it.

When entering Quetico from the Northern region, you will clear customs through either Ft.Francis (International Falls border), Pigeon River (Grand Portage), or Crane Lake. If you are entering Quetico via the southern entry points with access through Prairie Portage or Cache Bay you will not clear customs via these locations and therefore must possess a valid Canadian Remote Access Border Crossing permit otherwise known as an RABC . This permit allows you to enter Canada From the US without clearing customs but is only permitted in specified locations along the border.

The cost of an RABC is $30 US for each individual and their direct dependents under 18. Permits are handled through the mail and take approximately 30 days to process. An RABC will likely be denied to you if you have had a criminal violation within the last ten years which includes DUI. It should be noted that a RABC is only required if you do not clear Canadian Customs via any other means. Ranger stations where you pick up your permit are not Customs stations and visa versa.

>>Travel Between Quetico and the BWCA:

If you start your trip on the US side and travel through the BWCA to reach Quetico, you must be in possession of a BWCA day use permit. This is a self-issued permit and there is no cost. These can be picked up at your entry point or at most any permit issuing station. The same holds true if you are returning from Quetico and will travel through the BWCA to return to your car. If you are camping overnight in the BWCA before or after your trip, you must have a valid overnight BWCA permit.

If your trip starts in Canada and you exit via the BWCA, and you are camping in the BWCA, you must possess a valid BWCA entry point permit #71 which allows overnight camping in the BWCA accessed from Canada. If you camp overnight in the BWCA, travel to Quetico, and return to camp again in the US, the same permit that was issued to you in the beginning of your trip is still valid for the last US leg of your trip.

>>Fishing:

An Ontario Fishing License is required for fishing in Quetico. Prior to the purchase of a fishing license, you must already have purchased an Ontario Outdoors Card which is valid for three years. This can be purchased online. A fishing license can also be purchased online at the same time as the Outdoors card. An Ontario Outdoors card is $9.68.

>>Fishing license fees for non-residents are:

One-year Sport Fishing License Tag $ 81.57
One-year Conservation Fishing License Tag $ 50.52
One-day Sport Fishing License $ 22.44
Eight-day Sport Fishing License Tag *** $ 52.41
Eight-day Conservation Fishing License Tag *** $ 29.97

***A conservation fishing license permits a lower catch and possession limit per person, per day.

Quetico prohibits any live or dead bait. No leeches, worms or minnows. Only artificial bait is legal. Only barbless hooks are permitted. Barbs must be pinched back when on a line.

"Non-Canadian residents under 18 years of age may fish without a license if accompanied by a person who has a valid Sport Fishing License. Any fish kept are part of the catch and possession limit of the person who holds the license. As another option, non-Canadian residents under 18 years of age may purchase an Outdoors Card and fishing license tag to have their own limits."

>>Returning to the US:

You must clear US customs upon your return from Quetico either at International Falls, Grand Portage, Ely, or Duluth. You can also apply for an I68 Form which allows you to call in your return and clear customs via the telephone.
 
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02/16/2015 09:26AM
Thanks Tom for the 2015 update/validation
Gritt
 
03/09/2015 11:09PM
Thanks Tom, one question
If you enter through bwca from the South and have a RABC do you have to stop at a ranger station or customs on the lake? Or any where else for that matter?
tumblehome
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03/10/2015 07:25AM
quote Gritt: "Thanks Tom, one question
If you enter through bwca from the South and have a RABC do you have to stop at a ranger station or customs on the lake? Or any where else for that matter?"


Once you posess an RABC, you have essentially cleared Canadian customs and do not need to visit customs in Canada again.

If you enter from the south with an RABC you still need to stop at a ranger station to pick up your permit. The RABC is only for clearing Canadian customs. Keep in mind that customs and Quetico rangers could care less about each other and their duties are completely separate from each other. There is no Canadian customs anywhere along the Quetico border except:

There is a Canadian customs on Crane Lake so if you enter Quetico from the far west side, you do not need an RABC since you will clear customs there. That said, you STILL need to pick up your permit from a ranger station after that. You cannot do both at one stop either at customs or a ranger. Clear as mud? Good.

Tom
billconner
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03/10/2015 11:53AM
There are a few other options for picking up a Q permit, but they seem to involve additional cost and/or travel. Check out the Quetico100 site if interested. Otherwise my research and experience says tumblehome is right on.
VoyageurNorth
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05/08/2015 04:42PM
For now, Prairie Portage & Cache Bay - technical problems with issuing fishing licenses for now.

Email I got is below:
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Hello,

This message is intended for all outfitters using the Cache Bay and Prairie Portage Ranger Station entry points of Quetico Provincial Park. As usual, start up and Ranger Station opening has it’s challenges in these remote locations. At present we are experiencing technical difficulties with our Ontario Fishing Licence Issuing Systems at Cache Bay and Prairie Portage. Please advise all of your clients to obtain Ontario Fishing Licences in advance of their trips at www.Ontario.ca/fishing.

I will send an update when we have resolved our technical issues.

Please be advised that we still do not have the capability to issue Ontario Fishing Licences at Lac La Croix or Beaver House.

Thank you, and have fantastic and safe paddling season,

John Bartol
A/Interior Operations Specialist
Quetico Provinicial Park
807-929-2571 ext: 229
807-598-1508 Cell
807-929-2123 Fax
Pinetree
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05/06/2016 09:26AM
Thanks
05/07/2016 08:01PM
tuscarorasurvivor
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12/31/2016 10:58AM
How does it work if I wasn't to enter Quetico on May 18 next year? It seems I can only reserve an entry starting on May 19.
Pinetree
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12/31/2016 11:03AM
quote tuscarorasurvivor: "How does it work if I wasn't to enter Quetico on May 18 next year? It seems I can only reserve an entry starting on May 19. "

You self register at your entry point station before that date. Check but some stations may open up a little earlier. You still need your remote border pass on you.

I think they usually open with a Ranger present a few day before their walleye season opener.
VoyageurNorth
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12/31/2016 12:59PM
If you put the self issuing envelope in their box and can enter a credit card number for the fees, then you will automatically get the exchange rate when the charge goes through. Otherwise if you leave cash or a check, it needs to be the Canadian amount but in U.S. funds.

Same thing when you enter when the Ranger station is open.

Just food for thought. :-)
tuscarorasurvivor
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12/31/2016 04:23PM
quote Pinetree: "quote tuscarorasurvivor: "How does it work if I wasn't to enter Quetico on May 18 next year? It seems I can only reserve an entry starting on May 19. "


You self register at your entry point station before that date. Check but some stations may open up a little earlier. You still need your remote border pass on you.


I think they usually open with a Rcanger present a few day before their walleye season opener."


I shouldn't need an RABC if we enter from the north though, right? I'm considering Baptism Creek entry on May 18th. That date just works best with my boys college summer breaks and internship schedules. Walleye opener looks like May 20th. I can reserve an entry on May 19 on the web site. So would I be able to self register on the 18th at the Dawson Trail Ranger Station? Is there any chance I would get there and not be able to self register?
Pinetree
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12/31/2016 05:06PM
quote tuscarorasurvivor: "quote Pinetree: "quote tuscarorasurvivor: "How does it work if I wasn't to enter Quetico on May 18 next year? It seems I can only reserve an entry starting on May 19. "



You self register at your entry point station before that date. Check but some stations may open up a little earlier. You still need your remote border pass on you.



I think they usually open with a Rcanger present a few day before their walleye season opener."



I shouldn't need an RABC if we enter from the north though, right? I'm considering Baptism Creek entry on May 18th. That date just works best with my boys college summer breaks and internship schedules. Walleye opener looks like May 20th. I can reserve an entry on May 19 on the web site. So would I be able to self register on the 18th at the Dawson Trail Ranger Station? Is there any chance I would get there and not be able to self register? "


As of now and in the past you would have no problem self registering for 2017 on May 18th.
You can always call the online registration phone number for verification. Always been friendly in the past.
As normal you will need proper ID at the border crossing but no RABC required.
Pinetree
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02/15/2017 09:52AM
Just sending in for my RABC permit. The price has been he same for a very long time. That is a good thing.
Pinetree
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02/26/2017 09:42AM
Got a call yesterday from RABC people,I forgot to give my expiration date on my credit card,nice friendly conversation,now waiting for my RABC.
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04/11/2017 06:49AM
"If you camp overnight in the BWCA, travel to Quetico, and return to camp again in the US, the same permit that was issued to you in the beginning of your trip is still valid for the last US leg of your trip."

Not true per USFS. If you enter the Quetico, you have left the BWCAW and that permit is no longer valid.
TominMpls
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07/07/2017 10:43PM
quote billconner: ""If you camp overnight in the BWCA, travel to Quetico, and return to camp again in the US, the same permit that was issued to you in the beginning of your trip is still valid for the last US leg of your trip."


Not true per USFS. If you enter the Quetico, you have left the BWCAW and that permit is no longer valid."


Sorry to resurrect a thread, but my daughter wants to do Quetico next year through the bwca so I asked at the Kawishiwi ranger station in Ely, and the ranger there told me that if you enter the bwca on a valid permit and cross into Quetico on a valid permit through the bwca, both permits are valid - you can stay at sites on both sides of the border on alternate nights, and your bwca permit will still be valid to leave after you exit Quetico. She said the water entry point from Quetico is only for trips that originate in Quetico, not for the last stage of a bw- Quetico- bw trip.
 
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