This route is a south to north journey across Quetico Provincial Park, starting at the Canada-USA border and going up to Dawson Trail Campground. It covers a vast amount of land and the route can be done with several variations. It is a flatwater route that covers 30-40 portages, the longest at 970 meters.
This route takes you through some busy and quiet parts of the park and an endless amount of beautiful campsites and fishing areas. From the big majestic lakes of Agnes and Pickerel to the small and peaceful unnamed lakes - there is something for everyone.
Trip Completed: May 2018
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Starting Point: Prairie Portage Ranger Station
Ending Point: French Lake Access Point
Total Distance:142 km
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
South to North of Quetico Provincial Park, on the Canada, US border. The closest town at the start is Ely, Minnesota and the end is Atikokan, Ontario. Note: If you are crossing an international border on this trip, extra steps need to be taken to allow remote entry.
Maps & Resources
Map: Quetico Chrismar map 2017 version
Campsite Reservations: None. There are no designated sites in Quetico.
Permits: Permits can be purchased at the Ontario parks website. You reserve based on your access point and the number of nights in the park.
Outfitters & Shuttles
LaTourelles provided the boat shuttle from Moose Lake to Prairie Portage. There are also several different outfitters in the Quetico and BWCA area on either side of the border. If you drive your car there is parking available for a fee at LaTourelles and parking is available at Dawson Trail Campground (French Lake) or Stanton Bay access point, with your park permit. Floatplane pickups or drop-offs are also an option and would prevent a border crossing
Day 1: Inlet Bay of Basswood Lake to Agnes Lake (25 km)
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