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s k
(skots) - F
October in Quetico on 01/16/2007 21:05:01 MST Print View

A little over three years ago we tried a September canoe trip into Quetico Provincal Park in Canada. Quetico, separated by a surveyor’s line from the adjacent Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota, roughly matches the BWCAW’s million-acre size, but attracts just a fraction of the visitors. Encountering few people and fewer mosquitoes that September, the autumn grabbed hold of us, and we started to plan an October trip; hoping for a fall color extravaganza. Well, we missed the peak color, but the loop route we followed, from Moose Lake in the BWCAW through Emerald Lake to Saganagons, and then back to the US via the Man Chain(A series of oddly named lakes)was a nine day pleasure. We saw a little snow, a lot of rain, spotted just two canoes during the middle seven days, and felt heavenly warmth from the October sun.

011 Carp Lake

Approaching the landing on the North end of Carp Lake.

054 Emerald Lake

Behind the campsite near here,we happened on a rather enchanting grove of mature cedar trees,and two small stands of old growth.

071 Birch Log

Many of the portages are a virtual carpet of mosses, lichens,and fungi. They thrive when the weak autumn sun leaves the ground damp.

086 Distant Portage

I’ll take a Hamm’s.

164 Grasses

These grassy shallows are fun to navigate,if they’ll float you.

186 Narrows

One side of the narrows near the south end of Saganagons.

282 Slate

This day was a repeating cycle of snow, rain,and bright sun.

460 Underworld

More Quetico Underworld.

494 Sunset

Sweet travels.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
October in Quetico on 01/17/2007 09:38:05 MST Print View

S K -

Thanks for the beautiful photos. Nine days would be a wonderful amount of time to spend up in the BWCA and Quetico. You were able to see a nice variety of terrain this way for sure.

I spent five days there this past fall as well and for the reasons you mentioned it is perfect. No bugs, fewer people, no permits (except you still have to pay $12 a night just to sleep on the ground in Canada!!!).

- sam_h

Erik Anderson
(PepsiMan) - F

Locale: Twin Cities
October in Quetico on 02/12/2007 07:30:35 MST Print View

Thanks for sharing! Here's a site I found with good Quetico/BWCA info: