Voyageur Quote: "Nature has no mercy at all.  Nature says, "I'm going to snow."  If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough.  "I am going to snow anyway." Maya Angelou 





March on the Gunflint 



Weather Report

March treated us Gunflint Trail residents to some wonderful weather.  The temperatures were mild and daytime highs were anywhere from the teens to the high 30's.  The coldest night time temperature was on the 8th of March with a low of negative 14 degrees.  Not too much new snow fell although we did get almost an inch on the 10th and 7 inches on the 11th.  This snow along with the great base of over 40 inches will provide us outdoor recreation enthusiasts with enough snow to play well into April.  The forecast calls for more temperatures in the high 30's and low 40's and lows only into the upper teens, so come on up and enjoy the rest of winter on the Gunflint Trail.





Canadian Lynx 









Canadian Lynx:  Last year, while out snowmobiling, we encountered a beautiful Canadian Lynx on the trail.  In a past newsletter I talked about the study being done by the USDA, Forest Service, Superior National Forest and The University of Minnesota Duluth's Natural Resources Institute.  They have radio-collared over 18 adult lynx in Northeastern Minnesota and have been tracking them since 2003.  Last summer researchers found three lynx dens with kittens, the first time ever documented in Minnesota.  The lynx seem to be doing well here in spite of their Threatened Species classification in the United States.  Their existence and survival largely depend upon the snowshoe hare population.  The lynx also preys on red squirrels and other small species.  They are well equipped with snowshoe paws to travel easily on top of the snow in the winter.  They breed in late winter and females should give birth to 3-5 kittens in April or May.  We hope the lynx population continues to thrive in Northeastern Minnesota.  For more information on the lynx study check out this great website.




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What's New?

Canoe Trips- There is still plenty of time to plan a BWCA or Quetico canoe camping trip this summer.  Permits are abundant and the wilderness is waiting for you.  If you want to find a new route to travel then call us toll-free to discuss your options or check out our online route planner.  This program will help you determine a route for your group based upon what you want to do and see while on your canoe trip as well as show you a map of the route. 

Lake Levels- The lakes of the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park should have levels of above average this summer.  With all of the snowfall the Great Lakes are 7-17 inches above last year's level at this time.  Lake Superior is up seven inches from March of 2004. 

Spring Special- Want to really experience the solitude of the Gunflint Trail?   Come on up to Voyageur from April 10 to May 10th and enjoy a resort stay for half-off the published rates if you mention this newsletter.  The snow will be melting and there will still be ice on the lakes but you can enjoy the solitude of the area with a good pair of waterproof boots.  Walk in the woods, sit in the sun, listen to the birds and enjoy this quiet time on the Trail.




 Betsy Powell's Book





Product ReviewBetsy and Saganaga is an interesting book about Betsy Powell and her life on Saganaga Lake.  Saganaga Lake is located at the end of the Gunflint Trail and lies half in Minnesota and half in Canada.  The half that is in Minnesota is in the BWCA so no buildings, roads or cabins exist.  The half that is in Canada does allow cabins and there are still a few small resorts on the Canadian side of Saganaga.  Betsy owns and operates one of these resorts that is located about 8 miles from the end of the Trail and is only accessible by boat.  She has been a fixture on Saganaga and her life reads somewhat like a soap opera.  For those who know Betsy it is a real treat and for others it offers a rare glimpse of a life lived in a unique wilderness area.  To order a copy for $15.00, e-mail us or call toll-free. 










Paddling Posture- Some of you are able to get out and practice paddling year round where you live.  But others, like us, can only dream of open water and paddling across a wilderness lake.  One thing you can focus on both in and out of a canoe is posture.  Practice your paddling posture by always keeping your nose inline with your navel.  This will help you center your weight,  make your canoe more stable, and will give you better control.  Until our ice goes off, which is normally around the first week of May, we will have to settle for paddling around our store on our office chairs with a broom stick as a paddle.



 Lake Trout



Fishing Report  

Ice fishing season is coming to a close in most regions of the state as the ice quickly melts away.  Here on the Gunflint Trail and in the Boundary Waters there is still 20-30 inches of  good ice to fish on.  Smallmouth and Northern Pike stay open for fishing year round on the border lakes and walleye fishing doesn't close until the 16th of April on Saganaga.  Inside the Boundary Waters you can still fish for Lake Trout until the 31st of March.  This time of the season anglers have been catching some nice big Northerns in the 13-15 pound range and some nice Walleye in the 9 pound range.  Come on up and try your luck at some late season ice fishing with Voyageur.