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Saganaga Lake in the Boundary Waters

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"Wherever there is a channel for water, there is a road for a canoe"  Thoreau

Summer is Coming to the Gunflint Trail

     Spring has sprung and summer is near.  The snow is gone for another year and the cross-country skis have been replaced with canoes and kayaks.  In the closet went the snowshoes and out came the camping equipment and summer fishing gear.  The days are long, the nights are short and the visitors to the Gunflint Trail are flocking like the geese who flew by a month ago.  The grass is green, the trees have budded and the lakes are liquid once again. 
     When the ice went off of the lakes it didn't take long for the canoeists to come.  There were even a few here before the ice was off of the lakes.  They found themselves hiking instead of paddling but they were in the BWCA and that's all that mattered.
     May was an average month for temperatures with some years warmer and some years colder.  Our high temperatures averaged in the high 50's and the lows in the high 30's for May. Our precipitation for May 2011 was a little less than normal and we didn't receive any measurable snow according to the Gunflint Trail Weather Man. 
     Thankfully we had good snow cover and precipitation in April to provide the lakes with water.  Water levels are a bit lower than normal for this time of the year but they are much higher than last year at this time.
     We're looking forward to another summer season at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and hope to see you here.

Celebrating 50 Years of Promoting Wilderness Trips

      Don Enzenauer started Voyageur Canoe Outfitters in 1961.  He purchased property on the Seagull River and slowly made a business for himself at the end of the Gunflint Trail.  He later brought a bride to the Gunflint Trail and for years Don and Opal operated Voyageur Canoe Outfitters.  When she passed away things weren't the same so Don put his business up for sale.  Mike and I purchased the business from Don in the spring of 1993 and have been here ever since.
     We were just out of college when we moved to the end of the Gunflint Trail and Don loved to call us, "The Kids."  I guess we were kids when I look back now and compare myself to some of the "kids" we hire for the summer season. 
     Three of those kids who have worked for us are currently living out one of their own dreams.  They along with another paddler are making the voyage from Lake Superior to Hudson Bay as part of our 50 year celebration at Voyageur. 
     They departed from Lake Superior on the 23rd of May and hiked the Grand Portage to the Pigeon River.  They paddled the Boundary Waters along the border up to Saganaga Lake and from there entered the Quetico Park.  We've been watching their progress each day with the help of the SPOT Locator they took with them.
     It's an incredible journey that will take them to Lake Winnipeg and then north to Hudson Bay.   They have planned and prepared for months and will be out in the canoe country until mid-August.  You can follow their voyage on the website, read about their journey in the blog and help fund their trip by donating money or purchasing a T-shirt.
     We're proud to have these "kids" paddling this historical route as part of our 50 years of outfitting wilderness trips at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters.
I Saw a Moose Today

     There aren't very many people who can they saw a moose today on a regular basis.  I'm sure there are even fewer who can say, "I saw the little one today" or "the twins today" or "Malachai" today.  We're very lucky to live in a place we can see numerous moose on a very regular basis. Our guests are lucky too because many of them get to say, "I saw a moose today."  Come on up and maybe you can say it too.
Barely Any Bugs Yet

      I'm not sure if it's the recent cold temperatures that have kept the bugs at bay but whatever has done it we're thankful.  There are hardly any bugs out yet.  I seem to remember Memorial Weekend as having alot of mosquitoes and having to wear a headnet to go out fishing at night.  We've been lucky so far and while I've seen a mosquito or two I have yet to get bitten by one.  There are a few swarming flies/gnats but they haven't been bad at all.  Groups that have visited this season already have had basically bug free camping.  Maybe we won't have bad bugs at all this year, we can always hope.
Book a Cabin or Plan a Canoe Trip

      Why not plan a vacation that includes Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and the Gunflint Trail this summer?  There are trails to hike, a museum to visit, lakes to paddle and starry nights waiting for you.  Why settle for 5 stars when you can have millions at Voyageur?  Come visit Voyageur this summer.
Here Fishy, Fishy

     The fishing opener has come and gone and there are plenty of fish left to be caught.  With the colder than average water temperature this opener we thought fishing would be really slow.  We were pleasantly surprised to find our groups reporting better than average fishing for the opener.  Walleye, lake trout, northern pike and smallmouth bass were all biting and it's only getting better as the weeks go by.  The fishing is heating up with the warmer water temperatures so come on up to Voyageur and wet your line. Your reward could be a Walleye Dinner.
Always A Wonderful Voyageur Crew

     We are so happy to have so many wonderful crew members return for another season at Voyageur.  Jessica, Tessa, Kristi, Jennifer, Elsa, John, Kris and Ron are all back for another summer.  In addition to these awesome people we've added Victor, Erik, Jake, Jacob and Katie.  When you visit Voyageur you're in for a one of a kind experience where customer service is our Number One priority.  Our crew is ready and waiting to serve you this summer.