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bmu92
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04/28/2019 02:48PM
I'm in the process of planning a 7 day 6 night trip to the Quetico.

I'm thinking about northern entrance unless theres a better one further south. We will for sure have 1 canoe of our own plus all gear, if I can get others to join us we may have to rent more canoes but I would assume we will not have to rent/purchase gear there so with that in mind which entrance and outfitter would you suggest for getting our permits, parking and such handled?

Our trip would be June 8-15th. Would like to hit lakes with multi species specificly Walleye, smallies, northerns, and lakeres in that order.

Would like solitude and a challenge such as bushwacking to a small secluded lake or with long/difficult portages so if there are any no-name lakes with good fishing we should check out on a route let me know!

Our group will be guys in good shape under 30.

Thanks!
 
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QueticoMike
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04/28/2019 03:25PM
I've always used the Beaverhouse entry point and go through the ranger station on that lake. If you want good grand slam fishing for all 4 species, I would go to Jean Lake. Never used an outfitter up there. Plenty of other lakes to explore if that's what you are into.

You can reserve your permit over the phone or internet and pick it up at BH ranger station. They have parking at the BH entry which does not cost anything. An outfitter will not be needed.
bobbernumber3
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04/28/2019 03:46PM
Your other post says "first Quetico trip". Have you and your group made any previous canoe-camping trips?

A northern entrance will be a longer drive, but your camping will be a little cheaper and you skip the expense of a RABC permit... don't forget your passports.

Do your research before bushwacking to small secluded lakes to ensure there is something there to fish!

We take a long/difficult portage from Saganaga to Saganagons (Dickie's Portage) at the end of our trip when we are high on muscle and low on weight. Doing this fully loaded on day 1 or 2 would not be my definition of fun.
billconner
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04/28/2019 03:49PM
I can't say I've ever been disappointed by a trek in the Q but I'm with QM that Beaverhouse and especially Quetico Lake are among the top. I've not used them but Canoe Canada outfitters in Atikokan have good reputation.

Pictographs, falls, burn areas, sandy beaches, and 5 star camp sites all make it wonderful - and by all reports great fishing. (I don't so can't personally atest)

Northern entry avoids RABC cost and bother as well.

bmu92
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04/28/2019 06:28PM
QueticoMike: "I've always used the Beaverhouse entry point and go through the ranger station on that lake. If you want good grand slam fishing for all 4 species, I would go to Jean Lake. Never used an outfitter up there. Plenty of other lakes to explore if that's what you are into.


You can reserve your permit over the phone or internet and pick it up at BH ranger station. They have parking at the BH entry which does not cost anything. An outfitter will not be needed."


I've been leaning towards the Beaverhouse entry. Been looking a Jean as well but being that I haven't been up there I'm having a hard time determining how big of a route we can comfortably fish and paddle in the time we'll be there.

Thanks for the info on permits and parking! The other reason for the outfitter question was in case we get more people to come who need to rent canoes.
bmu92
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04/28/2019 06:34PM
bobbernumber3: "Your other post says "first Quetico trip". Have you and your group made any previous canoe-camping trips?


A northern entrance will be a longer drive, but your camping will be a little cheaper and you skip the expense of a RABC permit... don't forget your passports.


Do your research before bushwacking to small secluded lakes to ensure there is something there to fish!


We take a long/difficult portage from Saganaga to Saganagons (Dickie's Portage) at the end of our trip when we are high on muscle and low on weight. Doing this fully loaded on day 1 or 2 would not be my definition of fun."


I've canoed multiple times here in Wisconsin and have been doing fishing/camping trips to Canada for over 10 years. We used to portage 14' aluminum boats(some had wood and carpet flooring in them) with 25hp motors on our Canada trips....not light by any means...the kevlar canoes should be a breeze haha.

Any advice on how to find out if the no-name lakes are worth it?

How is Saganagons?
 
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