Quetico Park News
Mike made the long journey to
Some of you may remember the proposed changes for fishing in the
The Quetico will no longer allow any live, dead, frozen, or salted bait to be used within the Park. Only artificial lures will be allowed and hooks must be barbless or crimped back. Some anglers fear this will hurt their fishing experience but the Park is quite confident the fish will be more than willing to bite on artificial bait. The new artificial baits on the market do look quite convincing and get better every year so hopefully the success rate will not be impacted.
There isn’t anything better than a fresh meal of fish when you’re out on a canoe camping trip. The preferred fish to eat for many anglers is the walleye. The
One thing Mike learned at the meeting was in regards to traveling in the
Quetico Park when the Ranger Station is closed. We always thought canoeists had to physically visit the Ranger Station to fill out and pay for their camping fees. However, if preferred you can take care of overnight camping permits through the mail and not stop at the Ranger Station before or after the open season.
The recent passport laws have added some confusion to groups wanting to paddle in the
Quetico Park . Although a number of permits must be obtained prior to a Quetico canoe trip a passport is not one of them this year. If you were flying into Canada via a major airline then you would need a passport but paddling your way into Canada from the border of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness without a passport is fine in 2007.
The uniqueness of this wilderness area allows a person to cross into
Canada without checking into Customs. A Remote Area Border Crossing Permit allows a person to travel into Canada in this remote area and these applications can be downloaded from this website. The permit must then be mailed to Canadian Immigrations where it can take from 3-6 weeks to process.
An entry point permit is required to enter into the
Quetico Park and overnight camping permits must be purchased as well. The cost of overnight camping fees has been increasing and for the 2007 the rates are $20.00/person/night for guests 18 years of age and older and $8.00/person/night for guests 6-17 years of age. The price to reserve a Quetico Permit is $12.00 plus an additional $100.00 deposit is taken at the time of the reservation.