Voyageur Quote: "Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world."  -- Ada Louise Huxtable




Boundary Waters Bliss

All is Calm













 Weather- The beginning of June kept us wondering if the thermometer would ever show 70 degrees.  The mercury finally reached it on the 13th of June and the daytime high didn't dip below 70 degrees until the 27th.  After showing 60 degrees on the 27th the mercury stayed below 60 degrees for the daytime high for an entire week.  Temperatures dipped as low as 44 degrees, the wind blew and rain fell both day and night.  A total of 2 inches fell during the last four days of the month and then there was July.   

     July's weather is promising.  The weekend of the 4th of July was absolutely wonderful with sunshine and temperatures in the 70's.  Just enough of a breeze blew so bugs were minimal.

     The best paddling weather is still to come.  Don't miss out on this summer's paddling fun!     


 Moose on the Loose

Creatures Great



all creatures 

Creatures Small




Snapping Turtle

Old Turtle




 Mork & Mindy Moose

Young Moose








Wildlife Update-  Wildlife on the Gunflint Trail and in the canoe country wilderness is abundant.  A person can't travel more than a few feet without seeing some sort of animal or winged wonder.  I recently read an article that said wildlife in the Quetico Park was few and far between.  Either this individual was sight challenged or traveled the Quetico with a marching band.  I've never been anywhere except for at a zoo with more opportunities to view wildlife than the wilderness at the end of the Gunflint Trail.  

     Look up, look down and look all around when you're visiting the area and you're bound to see some spectacular things.  Bald eagles, hawks and turkey vultures soar through the sky.  They, along with seagulls & owls can be seen flying with their next meal in their talons or perched in a tree.  Canadian Jays, grouse, woodpeckers, chickadees and white throated sparrows can be heard throughout the forest. 

     Look more closely in the sky and you'll find other winged wonders.  Butterflies, damselflies, mayflies and more dot the horizon throughout the summer.  All are a part of the natural eco-system where black flies pollinate the blueberry plants and mosquitoes are the main meal for dragonflies and bats.  

     Inspect the earth to see more of nature at its best.  A family of fox, a chattering red squirrel, chipmunks and mice scurry around the forest floor.  Weasels, pine marten, groundhogs and beaver are busy as can be.  The bigger animals like black bears, timber wolves and deer are plentiful and even the Canadian Lynx makes an occasional visit.  

     The majestic moose are a staple of the Gunflint Trail and rarely a trip to town goes by without at least one sighting.  Momma Madge with her young calves, Mork and Mindy, hang out on Sag Lake Trail. Their older brother Malachai doesn't seem to know quite where to go and is never far away.  Moose dot the ponds and swamps of the canoe country and if you're eyes and ears are open then you'll most likely find one.

     There are plenty of other animals to see out in the canoe country.  Otters swim and play while loons sing their songs each day.  Fish jump from the lakes while nearby rests turtles, frogs and snakes.

     Maybe the saying, "few and far between" has a meaning I am not familiar with.  For in the canoe country I would say the wildlife is anything but few and far between.  Plentiful, abundant and populated are words I would use to describe our wilderness area, how about you?



  Wenonah Canoe

Plenty of Room in the MN III







Wenonah Canoe

 Kevlar makes portaging fun!






Made in America-  Anyone who visits Voyageur can easily guess our favorite brand of canoe.  Not only is it made in America but also it's made in Minnesota.  Wenonah Canoes are made in Winona, Minnesota and they are our canoe of choice.

     We stock a variety of Wenonah Canoes in both Kevlar and Royalex.  They come in all shapes and sizes for every type of canoe outing.  We've paddled other brands of canoes but haven't found one we like better than Wenonah.

     Our favorite family canoe for the canoe country is the Minnesota III made of Kevlar.  It is 20 feet long and has three seats; two in the stern and one sliding seat in the bow.  You can add an additional seat but since our kids are young and small they fit side by side in the middle seat just fine.  They take turns paddling and with three paddlers the 55 pound canoe moves quickly across the water as well as across the portages. 

     When our children get bigger we may need to use a Seneca on our BWCA canoe trips.  It's just a few inches shorter than the MN III, has higher gunwales and is wider.  This creates more space for both paddlers and gear.

     Once the kids are able to pull their own weight in a canoe they will be able to partner up with Mike or me or perhaps paddle and portage their own canoe.  The MN II would be our first choice for a tandem canoe.  They are 18.5 feet in length and only weigh about 40 pounds.  A delight to paddle and portage through the woods.   

     We love to paddle and portage Wenonah Canoes and know our guests will too.  It's the perfect canoe for the canoe country and since they are made right here in Minnesota it's all the more reason to outfit our guests with the best canoes around. 




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Still Time to Visit Voyageur- There are plenty of permits available for both the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park.  We can help you plan a route through the canoe country or you can look at maps and try our trip route planner. You can set up a base camp for fishing or travel through as many lakes as you wish.  Maybe you would rather experience the BWCA by day and sleep in comfort at night.  We have cabins open and we'd love to have you as our guest.  We know money is tight that's why we kept our 2009 rates the same as they were in 2008 and we're offering special deals.  There's nothing better than a vacation at Voyageur so plan yours today.


   josh in the BWCA

Fishing Fun







 Having Fun in the Boundary Waters





No Fish? No Problem-

     Over the past 17 years of owning Voyageur we have met all sorts of people.  There are those who fish all hours of the day and night and those who don't even bring along a rod.  There are fishermen who leave early because the fishing isn't good and those who leave early because they caught their limit.  Some practice catch and release while others eat all they catch. 

     Fishing isn't about the catching to me.  It's just a valid reason to head out onto the lake for the day.  If I tell someone I'm going out on Saganaga to sit at an island for awhile I get a strange look.  If I take along a rod and reel and say I'm going fishing then no one bats an eye.  In either case I would be out on the lake enjoying the day and most likely end up with the same number of fish in the live well.  

     Josh and I can go out fishing, never wet a line and have an awesome fishing trip.  There are islands to explore, rocks to throw, snacks to be eaten and swimming to do.  Sticks make great swords and pine cones are good grenades.  Ants carrying their food are fun to watch and baby loons are even better.

     We do make an effort to catch fish but sometimes it's more work than it's worth.  I spill the leeches in the pop cooler, get snagged on sand and lose an anchor after finally getting all of the knots out of the rope, letting it go and finding it hadn't been tied to the boat.  Once in awhile we get lucky and catch a fish or two but it doesn't seem to make a difference. 

     Fishing is just our excuse to get into the boat or canoe and explore the wilderness.  We have fun no matter what we catch and even if we don't catch a thing.


 Thank you for reading our newsletter.  We hope you enjoy it and tell others about it.  

  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew


 Teach a man to fish and you'll get rid of him for a weekend, teach a woman to fish and you won't be going fishing anymore.