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Lotw
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05/19/2024 02:08PM  
Does anyone know if the ranger station is staffed this year?
 
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Jackfish
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05/20/2024 08:36AM  
It's staffed every year, but if you want to hear it from them, the park headquarters phone number is (807) 597-2735.

We used to stop at the BH ranger station every trip, but started driving to Atikokan and stopping at the ranger station there. (They're open until 4:00pm.) Then we'd stay overnight in town and head into the park in the morning.
Lotw
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05/20/2024 09:57AM  
Last year it wasn’t, at least early in the season when we went, we checked in by phone which was awesome.
Driving to atikokan isn’t worth it to me but I have stayed at seine river and they picked up my permit.
This year my son will most likely be working until midnight or later and then leaving early……. I wonder how happy he will be?? lol
He can grab a couple hours of sleep on the way there .
campnfish
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05/20/2024 12:25PM  
From the Facebook page last week. I will be there this Saturday.

https://www.facebook.com/QueticoPP
Lotw
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05/20/2024 12:52PM  
Thanks, I might see you there
campnfish
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05/20/2024 03:27PM  
Lotw: "Thanks, I might see you there"

What's your destination?
Lotw
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05/21/2024 04:49AM  
campnfish: "
Lotw: "Thanks, I might see you there"

What's your destination?"

Jean
campnfish
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05/21/2024 07:39AM  
Nice, we will be going through there as well.

05/21/2024 07:53AM  
campnfish: "From the Facebook page last week.
I will be there this Saturday.

https://www.facebook.com/QueticoPP "




They can post the hours all they want but I believe last year the staff was, at best, intermittently dependable on manning the office.
Lotw
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05/21/2024 07:58AM  
I’ve seen that in the past as well.
campnfish
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05/21/2024 09:07AM  
Always wondered what to do in that case, self-permit?
Marley
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05/21/2024 02:16PM  
I just got a phone call from the Atikokan Ranger station and was informed that they won't have staff at the Beaverhouse Ranger Station until next week. You can either stop at Atikokan or call the day before to check in.
Lotw
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05/21/2024 02:47PM  
Marley: "I just got a phone call from the Atikokan Ranger station and was informed that they won't have staff at the Beaverhouse Ranger Station until next week. You can either stop at Atikokan or call the day before to check in."

Perfect, I’ll expect their call!
campnfish
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05/21/2024 03:01PM  
Strange, Jordan told me this morning they would.
05/22/2024 06:00PM  
Curious if anyone has ever had the experience of paddling to the Beaverhouse ranger station and finding no one there during normal hours?

Clearly, paddling back to the launch and driving back to Atikokan in such a case would be onerous to say the least.

I've never been checked by a ranger once in 4 trips to the Q, but given how friendly all the people at the stations are, I have a hard time imagining them giving someone a hard time about continuing on a planned, reserved trip in such a case.
Lotw
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05/24/2024 08:48AM  
Just got of the phone with HQ, there was some debate on wether there would be anyone there. I said that I would like to know before I paddle in there, he then said “yes, there should be someone there” ??

Marley
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05/24/2024 09:06AM  
Lotw: "Just got of the phone with HQ, there was some debate on wether there would be anyone there. I said that I would like to know before I paddle in there, he then said “yes, there should be someone there” ??


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Lotw
Which day are you entering at Beaverhouse? Our trip got pushed back from yesterday to Sunday. I was told that they might have staffing next week which I guess would mean starting on Sunday.
"Should be someone there" doesn't give me a lot of confidence though.
tumblehome
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05/24/2024 09:34AM  
Many years ago we had a permit to pick up at Beaverhouse ranger station.

The wind was out of the south and blowing so hard we could not paddle the canoe across the lake. Even with three people in an empty canoe. It was too dangerous and the boiling rollers were coming over our gunwales.

We ended up not getting our permit and instead went on with our trip through Cirrus.

A few weeks after our trip I received a letter from Quetico Park lambasting me for not cancelling my permit and not picking it up. If they only knew how hard we tried.

The Beaverhouse ranger stations is a little gem in the woods but still something to think about as you plan your trip.
Tom
Lotw
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05/24/2024 10:51AM  
We are entering Saturday.

There’s not a lot of confidence on this end either. I really liked just checking in by phone last year.

05/25/2024 09:44PM  
It’s surprisingly easy to paddle right on by that ranger station if it’s a glorious calm sunny September day and you aren’t paying attention. ;).
Lotw
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06/02/2024 07:42PM  
Interestingly I had a voicemail from Saturday midday asking me to do a phone check in.
Jackfish
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06/02/2024 10:56PM  
Lotw: "Interestingly I had a voicemail from Saturday midday asking me to do a phone check in. "

Guess that answers the question right there. We'll be stopping at the Atikokan ranger station on Friday afternoon and I'll ask about it.
Marley
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06/03/2024 10:17AM  
I got a call from Atikokan when we were in Fort Francis on our way up the morning of Sunday the 26th. We were able to check in by phone.
I did see a boat going back and forth to the Beaverhouse ranger station on our way out so I'm guessing Beaverhouse now is being staffed.
06/08/2024 02:28PM  
Same here on the phone checkin: got a call from a friendly ranger who went through quite a few details and warnings for my entry tomorrow (weather's been bad, water levels are back up).
 
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