Voyageur Quote: "October's poplars are flaming tourches lighting the way to winter."  Nova Bair




Northern Lights


Weather Report

It has been a beautiful fall on the Gunflint Trail with warmer than average temperatures.  September found highs in the 70's and even the last week of October produced temperatures up into the 50's. November has been warm and mild with many daytime highs reaching into the 50's as well.  There have been days of wonderful sunshine interspersed with days of rain and a few small snowshowers.  The leaves have fallen to the forest floor and the trees now stand bare.   The once liquid lakes have now started their freezing process and will remain calm until their spring thaw.  Winter is now fast approaching and before long the temperatures will dip and the snow will fly.  To keep an eye on Lake Superior and surrounding area snowfall check out this interesting website.





Snow Buntings









Snow Buntings- These little birds migrate each year, not from the Gunflint Trail but actually from the Arctic to the Gunflint Trail.  They arrive each November and find their way back to the Arctic in April.  The warmer climate of the Gunflint Trail seems to suit them and they can survive with temperatures as low as negative 40 degrees.  They burrow into deep snow drifts or in the shelter of rocks during the cold temperatures.  They are ground feeders and can be found in marshy areas along the Gunflint Trail.  They usually hang out in flocks of 10-20 birds and upon being startled will fly up into the air only to land a few feet from where they were to continue their feeding frenzy.  They are a small bird around 7" in length and have white patches on their wings and bellies that look like, yes, you guessed it, snow.  To learn more about these birds check out this site.



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Quiet Time- I apologize for the long delay since the last newsletter.  Although it is a slow time of the year and I have plenty of time to write I just couldn't force myself to sit in front of the computer to do it.  After the busy summer season it's nice to be able to get out and enjoy our beautiful surroundings.  I will hopefully start sending them out twice a month again after the 1st of the year.  We are all busy from Thanksgiving to the New Year enjoying our family and friends so hopefully you won't miss the newsletter too much!  We do want to wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season.

Fall Paddling- Mike and I did have the opportunity to do some paddling in October.  We were in Missouri for a Professional Paddlesport Association Meeting and it was held at Ozark Outdoors in Leasburg.  This is an outfitter that has rafting, canoeing and kayaking on the Courtois, Huzzah, and Meramec River just outside of St. Louis.  We paddled each of the mornings on the cool, clear waters as a mist hung over the river.  The scenery was beautiful as we made our way through the winding waterways past rock cliffs and scenic shorelines.  It was great to get out and paddle, even if it wasn't in our wonderful Boundary Waters.

The Northern Lights were in full force around the week of November 7th.  The lights danced across the sky for hours and produced a fabulous show of color ranging from green to pink to purple.  The Northern Lights are magical and one cannot help but get lost in their beauty. 




Metro Key Chain Companion





Product Review

Buck Knife- Are you looking for a Christmas Gift for an outdoor afficionado?  Look no further as Buck Knife has created a new keychain companion folding pocket knife.  It is small, lightweight and can clip to your keychain or caribiner.  The blade is only 1 1/8" in length and the entire knife is 2 3/4" in length and only weighs 1.5 ounces.  It has the quality of any Buck Knife and can even be used as a bottle or can opener.  If you are interested in purchasing one then check out their website or give us a call at 1-888-CANOEIT to find out what colors we have left.  We will ship one to you for $25.00.  








Sleeping Bag Storage- Sleeping bags can last a long time if cared for properly.  Be sure to allow your sleeping bag to air out after any outing.  This removes any moisture that may have accumulated during your recent camping adventure.  A sleeping bag should never be stored compressed or in a stuff sack.  Remove it from it's bag and either hang it up or lay it out open on a shelf.  This helps to keep it's loft which is what keeps you warm when you are inside of your bag.  Don't sacrifice your sleeping bag in order to save space, you will regret it on your next cold night in a tent.






Fishing Report  

With the lake turnovers complete and ice starting to form on the surface the open water fishing season is now officially over.  The summer fishing equipment is being stored away for the winter and in it's place the ice auger, tip up's, and sled have arrived.  Mike is preparing for the Lake Trout opener inside the Boundary Waters which is the 1st of January.  It remains open until the 31st of March and Lake Trout fishing outside of the BWCA is from January 15th-March 15th.  Come on up to Voyageur this winter and try your luck at fishing through the ice.