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#1 Posted : Saturday, April 18, 2020 11:53:53 AM(UTC)

if the park is open this summer,i'm hoping to plan a 5to 7 day trip in quetico..my wife and i are intermediate paddlers. we are not sure if we should do north east area,french pickerel,beg bisk..or beaverhouse,quetico,cirrus.anything to help narrow the search. we would like to paddle 4 to 5 hrs. per day. im 60 years old but in fairly good shape..

Ben Strege  
#2 Posted : Saturday, April 18, 2020 11:27:13 PM(UTC)

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Can you tell us any of your goals or things you would like to see? Solitude? Fishing? Small lakes vs large lakes?

#3 Posted : Sunday, April 19, 2020 5:47:57 AM(UTC)

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There are so many great choices. If any entry point is an option, I have to think Beaverhouse is my first choice for objective considerations. Pictos, falls, easy portage options, grand slam fishing, burn areas, many great camp sites, and relative solitude.

For sentimental reasons a favorite, and a highly regarded route, PP to Kashapiwi, Trant, and S Chain back to PP is very nice trip. Easy 5 days.

If you have 6-7 nights, starting at PP (or at Cache Bay) Man Chain, Falls Chain to Wet, McEwen Chain to Louisa, and out through the Meadows Chain. Emphasis is on solitude, scenery, and adventure.

My top 3 but there are just so many.
Chris Hoepker  
#4 Posted : Friday, May 1, 2020 7:07:04 AM(UTC)

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The only thing I like more than trekking in Quetico is writing about Quetico.

Choice of entry point is important, especially if you have less than a week. In my experience going in at Prairie Portage or Crane Lake results in spending a day or so getting to the good stuff. On the other hand, going in at Stanton Bay (my favorite) puts you in the solitude just as soon as the bottom of the canoe gets wet. The Nym entry is good too but a little too civilized for my taste.

From Stanton you can make a really nice round trip to Russell without your canoe parting more than a couple km of the same water twice. My proposal: Stanton Bay (Pickerel) – Bisk – Beg – Bud – Olifaunt – Sturgeon – Russell – Sturgeon - Halliday – Elizabeth – Jesse – Maria – Pickerel and back to Stanton Bay. This route is simple to lengthen by going down Sturgeon to Lonely Creek and then take the Lonely – Walter route to Elizabeth – Jesse – Maria and back to Pickerel. Shortening is pretty simple too – from Russell, go up Sturgeon to the Deux Rivières and Dore and on back to Pickerel. If you feel up to a little more punishment and your marriage is on real solid ground, you could lengthen the trip by going from Russell all the way down Sturgeon and then head north on the Rouge – Burntside – Jean route to Quetico. From Quetico you take the Oriana – Jesse – Maria shot to Pickerel.

Happy Paddling!
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