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#1 Posted : Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:34:30 PM(UTC)

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I am embarking on my first Quetico trip come beginning of July, myself, my daughter and two friends!  so excited for an all girl adventure.  
Couple questions.  Consideration to bring my pup..  she's a 3 year old healthy (but three legged) heeler x kelpie..  yay nay?  
Backpack must haves (gel/alcohol stove, any good?)
Bears, what's been your experience?  if you saw one, was it easy to scare off?  in camp at night?

Also I have a heart condition.  It functions in extremes, I'm either really good, or really bad.  So on my good days, i am healthy as anyone else, on my bad days I don't move.  So we are sticking to an easier route, any suggestions on an easy first timers 3 night route?

And..  last, if I plan another trip in August is there a place for people to post looking for others to join .  Due to my heart I better not travel solo ever!


Ben Strege  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, February 26, 2019 1:50:54 PM(UTC)

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I'll answer the best I can.

Pup - Depends on the dog. I have seen plenty of dogs in canoes. I would never bring mine, though - I don't think she would sit still in the canoe. Then again, my kids have trouble with that, and I still bring them...

Gear list - this thread should give you a good idea of stuff to bring - https://www.paddleplanner.com/forum/default.aspx?g=posts&t=6603. Packing for a canoe trip is a lot more flexible than a backpacking trip. You can bring more and/or heavier things because most of the time is spent in the canoe, and it is easier to paddle than walk.

Bears - I've been going for over 25 years, and I have never seen a bear. They are a lot more secretive than most people think. There are "problem" bears once in a while, and that most often occurs where there are a lot of people (the bears have learned that people = food). Take care of your food properly, and bears most likely won't be a problem. 

Route - Easy routes usually equate to more paddling and less portaging. Routes like that abound in the Quetico. To offer specific suggestions, we would want to know a little more, like whether you want to travel every day or take a day off, whether fishing is important, or whether you want a specific type of campsite (e.g. sandy beach?). (FYI - Campsites are first-come, first-served, so that can never be guaranteed.) I will offer some general suggestions for entry points. Also note that most of these are large lakes, and wind can be a factor.

  • Pickerel Lake - It is 20 miles (32 km) from the put-in at French Lake to the western end of Pickerel, no portaging required. Plenty of variety and places to explore within that 20 miles. You can go as far (or as short) as you want. Fishing, sandy beaches, hiking trails, scenery - pretty much has it all. Just have to watch out for the wind since the lake can really get rolling.
  • Cirrus Lake - Three portages (medium length, but well-maintained) will get you to Cirrus Lake. From there you can go over 14 miles (23 km) without another portage.
  • Quetico Lake - Two portages (one medium, one short) will get you to Quetico Lake. It is 13.5 miles (22 km) to the eastern end of the lake, but you also have the option of going north. If you want a loop, you can go north on Quetico Lake, take one of the portages to Cirrus, and then head back towards the entry point. Or vice versa.

#3 Posted : Tuesday, March 5, 2019 6:32:17 AM(UTC)

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Ben's advuce is good. I especially like the Quetico Lake trip because it offers so many features - pictos, burn areas, falls, sandy beaches, and many great camp sites. Not too crowded either.

If you need to come from south, I'd suggest up Moose to Prairie Portage (I like to paddle Moose but a tow to Prairie Portage is popular) and to Burke and maybe Sunday or North Bay. Consider base camping on Burke or Sunday and do a day trip to Louisa Falls. Or spend three nights on North Bay and do a day trip to Isabella Lake - my favorite paddle through the lilly pads and reeds.
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allie_hera on 3/7/2019(UTC)
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