I will be going up in a couple weeks, entering at Beaverhouse. Are there any reports regarding the black fly situation this year? I am hoping the peak will be over by late June.
"How hard can it be? It's just 320 rods."
I got out on June 9th after a week. The first three and a half days were exceptionally wet and cold with few bugs. (The night time lows just above zero.) The second half of the fourth day the sun came out with a mid 70’s temperature and the bugs started to arrive. The fifth and sixth day were hideous with temperatures in the high 80’s. Even though I camped on a windy point on day 5 the black flies were awful and were troublesome on the water in windless areas. It is not fun living in covering clothing above 80. On day 6 the wind was even stronger and there were no blackflies or mosquitoes. But there swarms of ankle biters that were landing on any exposed surface. There were so many I had to run into the water for my swim as they were all over me. To get into the tent I ran in a circle and over fifty still got into the tent. When I added water to my soup there were over 15 floating in it. The last day was no problem because I was paddling into a really strong wind.
Just finished a week on the Turtle River northeast of Quetico. Only had one lunch stop at Horse Falls at which we experienced a lot of black flies, otherwise not too bad. Don't know if we just missed them or just beat them. Good luck!