Quetico wilderness trip offers solitude, nice fish

Duluth’s Scott Neustel holds a 40-inch northern pike he caught on a lake in Quetico Provincial Park, just north of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Ontario. (Sam Cook photo)

Six of us — Scott Neustel, Mark Neustel, Wayne Bogen, Clint Moen, Terry Christensen and I — made an eight-day canoe trip to Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park this past week. Quetico Park is just across the Minnesota-Ontario border north of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We caught plenty of walleyes (up to 28 inches), northern pike (to 40 inches), lake trout (to 30 inches) and a few smallmouth bass (to 20 inches). Quetico is a spectacular wilderness park, very lightly traveled. We saw about nine other parties in eight days and saw nobody else on three days. Some rain, some wind, some bugs.

We released most of the walleyes we caught, but we kept a few each day for supper. (Sam Cook photo)

The crew in a rain-dampened camp. From left, Mark Neustel, Clint Moen, Scott Neustel, Wayne Bogen. (Sam Cook photo)

Just past sunset on a Quetico lake. (Sam Cook photo)

Red pines reflect in the water of a Quetico park lake at sunset. (Sam Cook photo)

Supper: Fresh walleye fillets and Clint Moen’s chutney rice side dish. (Sam Cook photo)

Boot-drying rack in camp. Day Two. (Sam Cook photo)

One thought on “Quetico wilderness trip offers solitude, nice fish

  1. You look around the world and see all the turmoil and than look at the BWCA or Quetico, we see how fortunate we have a place like these and double fortunate you and I are fortunate to be born where we were and to be able to utilize these resources in a wilderness setting. Also thank Canada for inviting us.

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