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Moose to Agnes (Quetico) Trip 2013
by tnthekids

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 07/08/2013
Entry & Exit Point: Moose Lake (EP 25)
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 9
Trip Introduction:
This was a trip sponsored by a local youth group. We took seven middle school girls on their first BWCA/Quetico trip where they were able to learn about the wilderness that we all love.
Day 1 of 7
Monday, July 08, 2013

We woke up the girls at 7 am, packed our gear, enjoyed breakfast and made our way to Moose Lake where we would paddle to the Moose Lake EP. The weather was beautiful with temperatures forecast to be quite warm into the day. We paddled Moose, Newfound and Sucker Lakes before crossing our first portage at Prairie Portage. This portage was the girls' first experience on a portage trail so there was some time spent talking about procedures to make sure our gear stayed together and that we used proper portage etiquette on the trail. Once across the portage, my co-guide and I gathered up all our paperwork to take to the ranger station to get our official ok for entry into the Quetico. The staff at the station was awesome and we were cleared to continue our journey in no time.

Back on the water, we paddled Inlet Bay and Bailey Bay in fairly calm waters before stopping for the day on the northern most campsite on Sunday Island. There are three sites on this island (my map showed only two). The site on the East side of the island is very small and not favorable. The site on the south west side looked like a great site but was already taken. Our site was very roomy and although there are lots of rocks and roots, there are plenty of options to put up tents. We found places for our three tents without too much searching. The girls were able to do some swimming while I worked on the bear hang (one of the few that we actually had success with on this trip).

After a peaceful sunset and the invasion of mosquitoes, we retreated to our tents for a well-deserved first night's sleep in the Quetico.