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Autumn in the BWCA

October at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

Swimming in the BWCA

Swimming Fun

Voyageur Canoe Outfitters
Seagull River Serenity
Voyageur friendly fox
Voyageur's Friendly Fox
Voyageur Hudson Bay Bread
Voyageur Hudson Bay Bread
Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Paddling the BWCA

Canoe Country Wilderness

Boundary Waters Canoe Camping

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There's Cliff Jumping

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Then There's Cliff Jumping

"If I wished to see a mountain or other scenery under the most favorable auspices, I would go to it in foul weather, so as to be there when it cleared up; we are then in the most suitable mood, and Nature is most fresh and inspiring. There is no serenity so fair as that which is just established in a tearful eye." Henry David Thoreau

Blissful October in the Boundary Waters

Many canoe country enthusiasts were able to spend time in the Boundary Waters this October. The weather was especially wonderful during the first part of the month when temperatures were in the 70's during the daytime. There were some days when the sun felt as hot as a July day and I had to remind myself not to jump into the Seagull River to cool off. It would have done too good of a job at dropping the body temperature.

Very little precipitation was received on the Gunflint Trail during October. Just over an inch of rain was recorded and the water levels dropped considerably. With some winter snow and spring rain the lake levels will return to their normal levels for the paddling season of 2012.

Snow is on the ground, the lakes are freezing and winter has arrived on the Gunflint Trail. We hope you'll come visit us this snowy season and wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.
BWCA Cooperator Meeting with the USFS

Each spring and fall the USFS meets with the Boundary Water Cooperators. Cooperators are the folks who are allowed to reserve and issue BWCA permits to guests.

Sometimes the USFS asks the opinions of the Cooperators and sometimes they actually listen to our answers. This was the case at this year's Fall Cooperator meeting.

One item the USFS brought up was the BWCA Lottery. The lottery began during a time when there was not a computer reservation system and when there wasn't staff working twelve months out of the year processing permits. They held onto all of the BWCA applications and threw them into a box until the seasonal workers had returned from a long winter off. The workers would then pull an application from the pile and process the permit as they pulled it out of the pile.

The process wasn't so much of a lottery because basically all applications were fulfilled. The Gunflint Trail side of the BWCA has never had problems with not enough permits available. We have permits for our entry points long after the lottery and sometimes up until the day of arrival.

On the other end of the BWCA where the entry points are busier they didn't always have permits left after the lottery. Moose Lake and Fall Lake are heavily used lakes where permits are hard to come by because of all of the cabins and resort use. For these two lakes a lottery will still occur with applications being accepted from December 19th-January 19th, and permits processed on the 20th of January. The regular permit application process will begin on the 25th of January at 9am Central time.

Another item discussed at the Fall Meeting was the idea the USFS had about letting Joe Public print their own BWCA permit. Luckily the uproar of the outfitters was heard and only cooperators will be allowed to issue permits. This will help outfitters continue to educate users of the BWCA. Otherwise the important message shown in the video would not have been conveyed to the users.

Every once in awhile we're pleasantly surprised at the USFS's ability to listen to the BWCA Cooperators.

Got Fox?

We've got a family of fox living around Voyageur this fall. They have been entertaining our guests and annoying our dog and cat. They are bold fox who come up onto the deck looking for a hand out of food. As soon as they hear the dog barking or see the cat charging them they run off of the deck in disappointment but quickly return when the coast is clear. Our neighbors have seen up to four of them at one time and have reported there are two cross fox and two red fox.

What is a cross fox someone asks? According to Wikipedia; In physical conformation, cross foxes are identical to red foxes, though according to Teancum's Mammals of Utah (1922), they may be slightly larger with a bushier tail and with more wool under the feet. The cross fox derives its name from the vertical dark band running down the back, which is intersected with another horizontal band across the shoulders. The back and sides are yellowish rufous, which is more vivid on the flanks and the sides of the neck. Excepting the muzzle, the upper part of the head, the hind quarters and the outsides of the shoulders and thighs have dusky brown underfur and black outerfur. The flanks and sides of the neck are reddish yellow, while the muzzle, ears and underparts of the leg are black. The long hairs of the tail are greyish or yellowish red with black tips, though the tip of the tail is always white.

Red or black we sure love having fox around to watch in spite of the torment they cause our tame pets.

Love Voyageur's Hudson Bay Bread?

Order some Gorp or Hudson Bay Bread for Christmas!
If you're looking for a special gift for someone this Christmas then how about ordering some of our Hudson Bay Bread or Famous Gorp? We'll make some for you and send it out in time for Christmas if you're interested.

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If you have time and energy of your own then make a batch for yourself and enjoy!

Hudson Bay Bread

9 ½ C. Quick Oats

3 Sticks of butter at room temperature

¼ C. honey

¼ C. corn syrup

1 C. Sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp almond extract

1 C. sliced almonds

Cinnamon sprinkle to taste

1 C. chocolate chips

Mix all w/ hands. Spray jelly pan. Roll w/rolling pin over wax paper to press down. Press as much as possible.

Bake @ 350 for 30 minutes

Cool 5-10 minutes flip onto cutting board and cut into squares.

HR 1505
National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act

I understand the need for protection of our borders and I respect the folks who have signed up to do it. I don't however agree with the need to treat the border to the north of the United States the same as the border to the south of the United States. Canada and Mexico are two very different countries and the government should not make up laws that treat them the same.

HR 1505 would treat the Mexican border and the Canadian border equally. As a person who lives five miles from the Canadian border I do not have the same concerns as those folks who live five miles from the Mexican border. A wilderness area such as the BWCA does not have as much traffic as other areas along the Canadian border or along the Mexican border.

If HR 1505 becomes a law then the entire character of wilderness areas along both the Mexican and Canadian border could change drastically. Encourage those folks who love wilderness areas to speak up against HR 1505 and protect the BWCA.

According to a friend the following laws could be ignored if HR 1505 is pushed through.

1. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969

2. The Endangered Species Act of 1973

3. The Federal Water Pollution Control Act

4. The National Historic Preservation Act

5. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act

6. The Clean Air Act

7. The Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979

8. The Safe Drinking Water Act

9. The Noise Control Act of 1972

10. The Solid Waste Disposal Act

11. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980

12. The Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act of 1960Public Law 86-523 (16 U.S.C. 469 et seq.),

13. The Antiquities Act of 1906

14. The Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935

15. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

16. The Farmland Protection Policy Act

17. The Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972

18. The Wilderness Act

19. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976

20. The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966

21. The Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956

22. The Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act

23. The Administrative Procedure Act, Subchapter II of chapter 5, and chapter 7, of title 5, United States Code

24. The Otay Mountain Wilderness Act of 1999

25. Sections 102(29) and 103 of California Desert Protection Act of 1994

26. The National Park Service Organic Act

27. Sections 401(7), 403, and 404 of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978

28. The Arizona Desert Wilderness Act of 1990

29. The Food, Agricultural, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990

30. Federal Wetlands Regulation of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899

31. The Act Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of June 8, 1940

32. The American Indian Religious Freedom Act

33. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993

34. The Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974

35. The Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960