Looking for a last minute trip destination with the family & Perent looks inviting...but oddly isolated.
Big lake, tons of campsites, but are the only ways in really from the Perent River or Hog Creek? Given the burn area to the west, I'd be surprised if there was much traffic from that direction, & the Hog Creek permits are wide open for the dates we're looking at.
Finally, a question. Who's been to Perent? Is it going to be as quiet as I'm imagining if no one is going in at Hog Creek?
Been there once and it's a beautiful lake. Hog Creek is quite the zig-zag paddle but fun, nonetheless. Glare cutting sunglasses a must. Watch for submerged massive boulders just below surface on Perent. I 'parked' myself on one. ;-) I stayed at the campsite tucked on NE corner, which was nice and spacious for solo. Room for 3 tents. Folks claim the island sites are nice too.
I go there often because it's an easy destination for a short trip. If you want to paddle the Perent river you will be in and out of the canoe quite a bit. If the water is low there are some rocks that like to leave an autograph on the boat. Hog creek has lots of turns and is really a nice paddle. Fishing is good with plenty of walleyes and northerns. I stay either on the east side or south end depending on my itinerary for the trip. If I'm taking pictures on the Perent river it's south. Fishing it's east. Have fun and enjoy your trip.
Watch out for that rock!!!........ Oooo.... That's going to leave a mark...
the island sites are really nice. perent is where i did my first solo and afterwards, swore off soloing forever. from that trip i learned i cant basecamp when im alone...so it was a good trip afterall.
I also did my first solo to Perent, and like Kanoes, became very bored. I will solo again, but on small water and I'll move every day. That being said, the island site on the lower portion of the lake was OK. No great views from the site, but it is protected from the wind (while in camp). The downside of this island is that if wind kicks up, you're likely windbound since it's in the middle of the lake. This happened to me, contributing to my boredom. Nice lake, though, and the Hog Creek paddle is easy and enjoyable as long as you are expecting a few pull-overs and lots of turning.
Have some friends that just came back from Perent and they said it was packed. They literally grabbed the last available campsite, and they went in on a Wednesday. With schools getting going again it will probably slow down a bit though.
Was on Perent Lake this past Memorial Week. Very crowded. Hog creek was ok to paddle but gets boring after awhile. Would not go to this entry point again. I'df you are looking for an easy entry point I would look elsewhere.
Interesting that it was packed for your friends, though I'd imagine it'd only take a couple days of all the permits at Hog being taken to overrun the lake with humans & canoes. I'm hoping that because the permits are light it'll be quieter.
And between Hog, the big lake, & the Perent, that'll be plenty to keep my girls occupied for a few days.