tina and i want to go from boulder bay into LLC, thro bottle portage into iron lake and staying USA from there. we will only be crossing into canada to get thro bottle portage. do we need a permit to do this? or can we pass thro without any repercussions.
There is an agreement... however if you wanted to visit Rebecca Falls, Warrior Hill, or any of the sights on the Canadian side it might be wise to get a RABC. They are easy to get and do not cost but about $24.00 last time I got mine.
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I'm a little confused too. I've also read you need to pay for a day permit to enter quetico (min 4 days and per canoe), and this year might require a passport. I'd like to run over to Rebecca falls this year, but it seems like too many fees when Curtain falls is right on the portage. Does any body know if the day permit also applies? I think it might be separate government agency requirements. PS I love the spell check on this site
"Geography is just physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it." Terry Pratchett
Technically you will need RABC and day permit to Quetico to access Rebecca Falls as it is in Canada and not part of the treaty that allows us to use portages along the border lakes. I doubt you would need a passport as you would not be seeing customs officials and only Quetico park officials.
I do know of many paddlers who have accessed both sites without the proper documents and just took their chances. Most people believe the rangers would soimply lookthe other way, but in this day and age of increased concern about border crossings I'm not sure it is worth the risk. Stick to seeing Warrior Hill from the water and go and spend some extra time at Curtain Falls.
"When a man is part of his canoe, he is part of all that canoes have ever known."
Sigurd F. Olson
People have been fined for visiting Warrior Hill and Rebecca Falls. I think one was a memeber on this site? Anyway most people don't get the proper paperwork to do it legally and 99% of the time there is no problem. Mostly becuase nobody ever gets caught. So you can take your chances on visiting either area and have really minimal chance of having a problem (I'm not publically advocating that BTW :) )---just don't complain if you get fined--take your lumps for violating a foreign coutry's border illegally :) And for God Sakes don't have any fishing lines out, any live bait on you at all (even if not fishing) if you are obviously over the border. I don't know how much you'd have to pay before they let you go?