We Took this trip in the fall time of 2018. It was our last chance to get out. Kyla and i have never been to the BWCA side of the Quetico so we were intrigued to go. We had only a few days to spare including the 4 hour drive from Thunder Bay, Ontario down to Ely, MN.
Our friends at Boundary Water Outfitters hooked us up withe gear so we did not have to cross the border with much. It save a lot time and trouble for those international paddlers. They geared us up at their shop and boated us across Burnt side lake to the entry of the park. They provided everything from Fishing Licences to park passes and canoes.
The Portage trail was long but very well kept. I have never walked on an easier trail and it made the 1.6mil long Portage a breeze. There is a small flooded area during wet seasons you have to cross with knee high water.
Fishing is good and there are pleanty of camp spots. Most of the spots have exposed rock and tall pines. There are alternative ways to get into the access through a river on the west side of Crab Lake.