Killarney Provincial Park in Ont.? From Central Ohio that would be a shorter drive and offer a similar experience to the BWCA. Its quite a bit further for me to drive there so, I've never been there - its on my "bucket list" - but have repeatedly spoken with rangers from that park at the Canoecopias I've attended and it sure looks good to me. And so perhaps it might to you - worth looking in to, anyhow.
One thing I have heard from those rangers, though, is that perhaps if great fishing is your primary goal there might be better locations. The lakes there are apparently nutrient poor, some acidic, and not huge fish producers.
BUT they're among the clearest waters in North America (along with Crater Lake and L. Tahoe) and some of the lakes have a white quartz bottom.
I expect permits and perhaps a schedule to let the rangers know where you are would be required, (and a passport is needed to go to Canada these days, I'm told) but that's getting to be "par for the course" in many of the larger paddling parks.
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