Quetico -- Last of the Summer

Twelve days in the Park, catching the last of the summer. Water levels are relatively high, and the bugs are gone. There are fish. The portage crews have been through. The park had about 14 % burn last year, but there are currently no fires in the park. The plan is to seek the virgin forest in the park. From Baptism Creek to Baptism Lake to Cache, a rather long portage; if water levels are high, Cache River; if not, another long portage to McKenzie. Then over to Shan Walshe and back up through Kahshahpiwi/Chatterton and out through French.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Date(s) & Time: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 07:30
Registration Cut Off: 
Event Duration: 
12 nights in the park
Difficulty Rating: 
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Quiet strong types and anyone else who can pretend to be one.
Maximum Group Size: 
3 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
Itinerary description: 

Meetup at French Lake; Plan is to head in from Baptism Creek. Skirting newly burnt areas, the trip will visit the Virgin forest of Shan Walshe Lake, the old pines which survived the recent burn. Tentative: Baptism, Trouser, McKenzie, Kawnipi Lake, Agnes, Shawn Walshe, Kahshawpiwi, Sark, McDougall, Chatterton, Sturgeon, Lonely, Walter, Jesse, Maria, Quetico and out at French.

Required Items to Bring: 

It can get chilly in early September in Quetico, particularly when it rains. So it is important that cool weather gear be brought, although some summer conditions are also expected. Boats, paddles, food etc.. as per back country; there are rentals available near the park.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Fishing gear is a plus.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

French Lake is on Highway 11, about 14 hours from Toronto. Thunder Bay airport is possible, shuttle is possible for one or two with my car, or can be arranged with local outfitters It's an hour and half from the Park. There is a campground on French Lake, where a night can be booked before the trip. Cars are left there.

Carpool Info: 

Possible from Toronto for one or two. Gas is about 700 return, split however many ways.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Martti Paloheimo
416 882 1420