Three campers visit at their campsite.

Ask About. . .

Great folks from all over the country, and all over the world, come to visit the Boundary Waters and the Quetico. And they come in all sizes and shapes…. from the youngest children to the youngest senior citizens. Mostly they are made up of small groups of families and friends who get together annually to rekindle their friendships and family bonds. They come to fish, and paddle, and camp, and explore… but mostly they come to be together and share the quiet excitement of the greatest canoe country on earth.

. . .and Take Our Advice

A woman paddling through the weeds on a warm cloudy day.
We have found that a party of four to six people works best for ease of travelling and that most guests spend five to six days on their trips. We recommend the Boundary Waters for first timers and an easier trip. The Quetico is a bit more rugged and better suited for a more challenging route. If you wish, guides are available for both Quetico and Boundary Waters canoe trips; just ask and we will help set up a guide for your trip.

The cooler months of May and June offer the best fishing, with warm July promising plentiful smallmouth and trophy walleyes. August is generally very warm and ideal for catching those record smallmouth and pike. Refreshing September offers great smallmouth fishing plus the added splendor of nature’s beautiful fall colors.

EARLY RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED SO YOU MAY TRAVEL IN THE AREA THAT IS BEST FOR YOU. More permits are available during midweek. Party size is restricted to 9 in the Boundary Waters and 9 in the Quetico. Each party must have the correct BWCA Permits and/or Quetico Permits.

Avg. Day
Avg. Nite
1st Week 2nd Week 3rd Week 4th Week
MAY 66 45 ——Very quiet time—— Busy Memorial Day Holiday
Excellent lake trout fishing in Quetico Prime walleye fishing
Bald eagles return to nests —-Loons return—-
——–Moose calves born——–
JUNE 78 52 —————-Prime fishing time—————-Walleye, smallmouth, and northern pike                                                              –Quieter week before the 4th–
—Wildflowers in bloom—
—–Loons nesting—– Excellent topwater smallmouth fishing
JULY 80 56 Moderately busy 4th of July holiday Quiet time Busiest time
——-Excellent topwater smallmouth fishing——-
Good swimming weather
Blueberry and raspberry peak
AUG. 80 58 Busiest time Quieter time
Good swimming, few bugs Very stable weather
Good smallmouth and northern fishing
SEPT. 65 45 Busy Labor Day Holiday Very quiet time (few people, no bugs) Seagull
closed for
—Good smallmouth fishing—
First frost Fall colors peak
Moose mating season
Loons flocking up to leave
Good lake trout fishing

If you’re ready to book your trip and you’d like some guidance on route selection, particularly if this is your first trip, please fill out our Routing Assistance form, and send it along with your reservation. This will give us information we need to recommend the perfect route for you!

Note: this form is for use only by guests who are outfitting through Seagull Outfitters. Sorry, but we can’t provide routing assistance for self-outfitted trips.

Everyone must read and understand the Quetico Park rules and the BWCA rules. Even if you are a seasoned pro, the regulations have changed, please take time to review.