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Sunset in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Spectacular Sunsets in the Wilderness
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Video of Black Bear Cabin at Voyageur
loons in the BWCA
  Loons in the BWCA

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Bald Eagle Video by Amateur Videographer Josh Prom
Many Moose on the Gunflint Trail
Moose Munching Weeds
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sensational smallmouth bass fishing in the bwca
Smallmouth Bass Fishing in the BWCA
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 Sunrise on the Seagull River

"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."  Blackfoot

Paddling Season Upon Us

     The season is in full swing at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and the solstice has come and gone.  Like the flash of a firefly the month of June appeared and will disappear.
     With the 4th of July holiday drawing near a panic sets in amongst canoe trippers.  "It's already July and I haven't been to the BWCA yet!"  Don't fear, there is plenty of time left this season for paddling the beautiful canoe country.
     There are permits available for both the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness as well as the Quetico Provincial Park.  There are also openings in our cabins at Voyageur so start making your summer plans today.  If July or August don't work into your schedule then pick September, it's a great time to visit too.
     The weather has been cooperative with canoeists for the most part.  There were a couple of days with high winds, a few with downpours but primarily the paddling conditions have been perfect.  We've had sunny skies, flat calm lakes and mild temperatures during June.
     With a few days left in June things will change a little bit.  According to our local weather guy on Poplar Lake our average high daytime temperature is 66.47 degrees, average low daytime temperature 46.46 degrees for an average temperature of 56.47 degrees.  Our rainfall is a little lower than normal with 3.4 inches of precipitation but that too could change.  Overall it's been a nice June with very few bugs and great canoeing conditions.
        Hope to see you at  Voyageur Canoe Outfitter this summer.  

I Love Moose and More

     There are now more moose on Sag Lake Trail than there are year round residents.  There's Momma "Milly" with her two newborn calves "Mork" and "Mindy", Momma(could be "Malachai") with her newborn May, lonely "Misty" whose Momma passed this winter, then there are two yearling twins running around and a young bull.  I can't say who these guys are yet for sure as they have been named but possibly re-named.  All I know for sure is it's great to live in a neighborhood where there are more moose than people!
     Bear reports around Voyageur have been few and far between.  We haven't seen any at all but neighbors have reported a few sightings.  There aren't any BWCA bear reports on our end of the wilderness thanks to campers keeping their campsites clean.
     Loon chicks have been hatching and our guests have been seeing them.  It's so fun to watch a baby loon nestle into the feathers on its momma's back.
     Turtles are walking the Gunflint Trail and fox are trotting everywhere.  Rabbits, grouse, deer, beavers, eagles and more are making multiple appearances. 
     Travel slowly, take a look around and you'll be treated to the wonderful wildlife in our world.  
Celebrating 50 Years of Promoting Wilderness Trips

     I hope you have been following the adventure of former Voyageur Crew Members on their journey to Hudson Bay.  It's an epic adventure they started in May on the shore of Lake Superior at the Grand Portage.  They have paddled and portaged through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Quetico Provincial Park, Voyageur's National Park, Rainy River, Lake of the Woods and north to Lake Winnipeg.  They are currently on Lake Winnipeg and 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.
    They are helping us celebrate 50 years of outfitting wilderness trips at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and we hope you will too.
Cabin Guests Having Fun at Voyageur

      "There are too many things to do we can't do them all in a week!" That's what we like to hear from our guests when they are Vacationing at Voyageur.  If you like the great outdoors then you'll love your time at Voyageur.  The only thing you won't like is when you have to go home.  What is there to do as a guest of Voyageur?  Check out all of the possibilities.
Hiking the Border Route Trail, Magnetic Rock Trail, Centennial Trail, Seagull Nature Trail and more.
Fishing on Saganaga Lake with a boat and motor or guide.
Paddling into the BWCA for a picnic lunch and fishing trip. 

 Visiting Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Enjoying malts at a local restaurant
Paddling to a cafe for lunch
Swimming off of the dock
Listening to the loons sing
Seeing a moose, fox and bear

Got Fish? Not Without a License
 MN Government Shut Down=
No Fishing Licenses

     If you are planning a trip to Minnesota and want to fish then hurry up and purchase your fishing license. The State of Minnesota Government might shut down beginning July 1, 2011.  If this happens then we won't be able to issue Minnesota Fishing Licenses during this time.  Some people plan their entire Boundary Waters trip around fishing and we don't want anyone to be disappointed.  You can purchase your fishing license online so you can be legal to fish when and if the State of Minnesota decides to shutdown.
    The fishing has been quite good and reports from the wilderness have been positive.  Record numbers of smallmouth bass are being caught as well as walleye, large northern pike and plenty of lake trout.  A guest of Voyageur Canoe Outfitters recently caught a walleye over 30" in sizes.
      The fishing is great so come on up to Voyageur and catch some of your own.
Voyageur Crew Makes it Happen

We love our Voyageur Crew and so do you! Here's what folks are saying about our wonderful crew.
Your staff are some of the nicest, most helpful people I have ever met, and they are the reason that Voyageur Canoe Outfitters will be the only outfitter I consider for any of my future adventures off the Gunflint Trail.

News in the Northwoods

     It begins like any other story, "Once upon a time a father took his two adult sons on a canoe camping trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area." Unlike a fairy tale with a happy ending this story ends sadly, "The remaining son consoles his father as his brother's body is retrieved from the bottom of the wilderness lake they had been camping on." 
     There is more to the story but unfortunately the end cannot be changed.  For Ty Sitter, 23, from Janesville, WI the story is over.  His life ended on Swan Lake in 90 feet of water where he was last seen fishing from a canoe.  When his father and brother went looking for him they only found a canoe with a few inches of water in the bottom of it, a tackle box and a life vest.  They had to wait an agonizing week for Ty's body to be found and recovered from the remote lake. 
     I remember those books you could choose the endings for.  Two options were presented at different times during the story and depending upon which scenario you chose you could change the whole book.  I wish life was like that book where you could go back, put a life vest on a character and save their life.  Unfortunately for Ty and so many other people the wrong choice was made at the wrong time and they don't get to live happily ever after.

     Was it a choice made by a camper that started the Gaskin Lake Fire?  Most likely their campfire was not extinguished properly on June 13th and a hot spark started a fire on the peninsula of Gaskin Lake in the BWCA.  Luckily the fire was on a peninsula and weather conditions were not favorable for wildfire.  The fire only managed to grow to around 6 acres in size but had conditions been different this too could have been a very different story.
     There aren't too many people who love the BWCA and Gunflint Trail that could forget the Ham Lake Fire of 2007.  The acres and structures destroyed during that wildfire were many and could have been prevented.  Keep this in mind while you are out canoeing and camping in our amazing wilderness area.  A few extra minutes, a couple of extra gallons of water and a fire is prevented.