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"My finance and I just got back from our first trip to the Boundary Waters, and it could not have gone any easy and worry-free. The staff at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters was wonderful, experienced, and answered all our "first-timer" questions and concerns. I would recommend to everyone to use VCO for an excursion into the BWCA. They don't miss a thing for your trip. We already are talking about our return trip, and we will be using VCO. Many thanks to them for such a wonderful trip."

Swimming in the BWCA
Swimming Spots in the BWCA
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Gunflint Trail Canoe Races
Gunflint Trail Canoe Races
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Boundary Waters Bliss

"For 24 years I was a light canoeman. I required but little sleep, but sometimes got less than I required. No portage was too long for me; all portages were alike. My end of the canoe never touched the ground 'til I saw the end of it. Fifty songs a day were nothing to me. I could carry, paddle, walk and sing with any man I ever saw... I pushed on - over rapids, over cascades, over chutes; all were the same to me. No water, no weather ever stopped the paddle or the song... There is no life so happy as a voyageur's life; none so independent; no place where a man enjoys so much variety and freedom as in the Indian country. Huzza, huzza pour le pays sauvage! anonymous coureur-de-bois quoted by a Hudson's Bay Co. historian 

Summertime Bliss

     Life at the end of the Gunflint Trail couldn't be better.  Guests staying at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters have experienced wonderful vacations with numerous wildlife sightings, limits of fish caught and buckets of berries collected.  Canoe camping visitors have raved about blue skies, refreshing water for daily dips and nights filled with shooting stars.  There isn't anything better than a vacation with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters.
     The weather this July has fully cooperated to provide our guests wonderful expedition experiences.  Canoe trippers have loved the hot weather making it the 2nd hottest July in the past 11 years on the Gunflint Trail.  The average daytime high was 76.4 degrees and the nightly low temperature was 56.29 degrees, perfect for sleeping in a tent.
     Luckily we received rain along with the hot temperatures or our blueberry crop could have suffered.  The majority of the 6.35" of rain fell on the 20th of July with 4" recorded at mid-trail.
     We know the best is yet to come and we're hoping you will be here to enjoy it.  There are vacancies in our cabins, canoe permits available and our Voyageur Crew is ready and waiting for you!    

Camping in Comfort

     There are a few essentials I need for any canoe camping trip I go on. I need to have a map & permit, toilet paper is a nice luxury and a hammock is a necessity for my comfort. There's no better way to relax in the BWCA than in a hammock.
      Reading a book during the daytime or sleeping beneath the stars at night are both more enjoyable when done in a hammock.  You can find out why hammocks are good for you and vote on your favorite brand of  hammock on Facebook. 
     Plan to take a hammock along on your next canoe trip and you'll be camping in comfort too.  You can purchase an Eagles Nest Outfitter hammock from us by calling us toll-free at 1-888-CANOEIT and find more of my favorites for sale at our online Trading Post. 

Canoe Race Crew

     The Voyageur Canoe Outfitter Crew took home the hardware from the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races once again.  Representation across all divisions and the number of participants usually guarantees our success.  Everyone had a great time paddling but were disappointed when the broken paddle and gunwale pumping races were cancelled due to a threatening rain storm. 
     Voyageur Crew members Jennifer and Jake went above and beyond their normal call of duty by volunteering to take part in the cream puff eating contest.  While neither of them "won" they were both winners in raising money for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department
     The cabin and homeowners put on a great event and raised over $14,000 for the GTVFD.

Big Fish and Big Fish Stories

     Stories about the big one that got away keep coming in to our front desk on a daily basis.  There are stories of those caught and of those caught and released as well. 
     A 32" northern pike was caught by Lynn Lyon's 12-year old Grandson while on a canoe trip.  That was his largest fish caught ever.
    All Aidan Bomski wanted for his 9th birthday on July 22nd was to catch a fish.  His birthday wish was granted when he caught some nice smallmouth bass.
     Mark Peterson and his daughters caught a dozen nice walleye one afternoon fishing on Saganaga Lake.  They enjoyed their time spent in Voyageur's Water's Edge Cabin.
     There are plenty of fish to be caught out there and our canoe groups are enjoying their share of shore lunches.  Most of the fish caught are released back into the water for others to enjoy catching.
  Come on up and be a part of your own fish story.  
Celebrating 50 Years of Promoting Wilderness Trips

      The Voyageur Hudson Bay Expedition Crew is nearing the end of their journey.  In just a few days they will reach Hudson Bay after having paddled and portaged all of the way from Lake Superior. 
     Their journey has taken them through the BWCA, Quetico Park, Voyageur's National Park, Lake of the Woods, and Lake Winnipeg.  This 1300 mile expedition began in May and it's almost over.  You can follow along on the journey by reading the blog and celebrate their success with us on August 15th when they return to Voyageur.