Boundary Waters Quetico Forum :: Group Forum: Wabakimi :: Bugs in Wabakimi
And those only were an issue for about an hour or two at sunset.
I have not been in Wab during June or early July.
August '06, Grayson River, few bugs,
Aug. '07 Grayson River, Dawn Lake and Slim River, few bugs, except on the portage from Dawn Lake to Slim River, hellious mosquitos in the damp air.
Aug. '08 up the Savant River, bad bugs on the portage to Redmond Lake and at sunset... worst mosquitos ever, for one night. The rest of the time, few bugs.
Aug.'09 Savant Lake bottom end, was a damp one, bad mosquitos, few other bugs.
Aug. '10 Smoothrock Lake, nice sunny weather, a few mosquitos, little else.
Aug. '11, Albany River, Miminiska Lake to Petawanga Lake, very few bugs.
Aug.'12 further down the Albany R. to Opichuan Lake, few bugs.
Late July '13, a few bugs early on the Atwood because it was very hot and dry, later on it cooled off a lot so not many.
Early July '14 on the Ogoki River, plenty of mosquitos as the river was 8 feet above flood. Bad portage from Mahamo L. to French L. ... 650 meters of horse flies and deer flies under the canoe in foot deep muck and water. An ordeal.
Late Aug. '15, two weeks on the Big River, a few mosquitos but no other flies.
Early Aug. '16, other end of the Big River, hot and dry, few mosquitos.
Early Aug. '17, Vale Creek south of the park, pretty dry except for 6 hours of thunderstorms one night, few bugs. Sunny with a breeze, ideal conditions.
Is there a trend? Probably... the later the better. Late August is usually the best time to go for bugs.
I do mainly June trips and haven't been too bothered by bugs, but some folks have told me that I have a weird tolerance... For what it is worth, haven't worn a headnet or bugshirt, though have been with folks who opted for those, on occasion. I certainly do use some bugspray, now and then.
I can remember most of the campsites I've been on too. I also have a tolerance for bugs. I rarely wear my bug jacket and only bug spray my hat, over the ears and under the brim.