The pavement does end at Pickle Lake, but the aggregate surface is comparable to the run between Isabella and Grand Marias. I wanted to go further north on the aggregate (as I wanted to a couple years back north of Thompson MB), but my moto mates were on street machines (RT1200R Beemer and the CX500). Was really hard to hold my KLR back! Looking back, I should have changed my 50-50 tires out to a less aggresive knob (80/20 pavement/aggregate tire). The chip seal pavement north from Ignace to Pickle Lake ate quite a bit of life off my new tires.