Chatterton Falls

Chatterton Falls is part of the "Poet Chain" in the central area of Quetico Provincial Park.  The Poet Chain is a series of lakes named after prominent English poets.  The Chain is part of the Maligne River and the Hunter's Island fur trade route.  Chatterton Falls is actually a  one-half kilometer long series of cataracts starting with a wide falls coming out of Chatterton Lake and ending with a narrow chute into Russell Lake.  The Falls are in the very middle of Quetico, requiring a lengthy, likely multi-day, canoe trip to reach.  Proper permits must be acquired prior to entering the Park.

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Latitude: 48.477871 Longitude: -91.445637 Elevation: 1290 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Chatterton Falls is part of a fairly popular canoe route.  There are unofficial hiking trails on each side of the falls to access good viewing and photo opportunities.  Walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike are common catches for anglers.  Somewhat rare, prehistoric looking sturgeon are also present.  

Seasons Accessible

Spring, Summer, Fall.  Winter access would be very difficult as it would require a long snowshoe hike.  The ice around the falls is likely to be unsafe due to the current.


Quetico permit fees vary depending upon entry point and residential status. Expect to pay between $10 and $20 per night in Quetico.

Accessibility Notes

Chatterton Falls is in a rugged landscape and many portages are required to access it by canoe.  Access for those with less mobility would be challenging.  

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed in the Quetico, but must be under complete control at all times.

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