Voyageur Quote: "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."  Author Unknown




Saganaga Lake




Weather Report

It appears as though summer is here and here to stay.  The past couple of weeks have been hot and sunny with very little precipitation.  Highs during the daytime have reached up into the 90's, and nightly lows have barely been dipping into the 60's.  The warm weather is expected to continue for the next week or so with average daily temperatures hovering around 80 degrees and evening temperatures in the 60's, except for Friday and Saturday when it may dip into the 40's.  There is a chance of rain this evening but after that it looks like clear skies once again.  Water temperatures have warmed considerably and surface temperatures are around 70 degrees, perfect for swimming.  The wildflowers are blooming like crazy after a wet spring and almost two full weeks of sunshine.  We have seen plenty of lupines, wild roses, marsh marigolds, bluebead lilies, bunchberries, and blueberries blooming.  We have even seen ripe wild strawberries ready for eating.  Come on up, enjoy the weather, and see who's doing the blooming.




 Black Fly






Black Fly:  The black fly, otherwise known as a gnat, is common in the Boundary Waters.  It is dark in color and only about 1/16" in size.  The black fly develops near water but can travel up to 10 miles from its origination.  In the Boundary Waters, that means you can find them almost everywhere since you can't go 10 miles without running into water.  Both the male and female black flies get their nutrition from plant nectar, and females rely on other nutrients found in blood.  Black flies generally hatch in May, peak in June, and are most active during dusk and dawn.  We should tolerate, if not appreciate, black flies because they pollinate the canoe country's wonderful population of  blueberries.




 Side road off of the Gunflint Trail









What's New?

The Boundary Waters Blog- Some of you may be asking, "What is a Blog?"  A blog is a Web Log that is frequently updated by a person known as a blogger.  I, Sue Prom, am the blogger of the Boundary Waters Blog.  It is a type of personal journal about the happenings at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters, the end of the Gunflint Trail, and the Boundary Waters.  It is a place where others can visit, share ideas, ask questions, and learn.  You just need to go to boundary waters  and log in as a user.  You can make comments that will be posted after review or ask questions of me or the general public who reads the blog.  I would love your input about this new blog, so please check out the Boundary Waters Blog today.

Voyageur's Calendar of Events-   We have added a Calendar of Events to our website that you are sure to enjoy.  There are dates such as when there will be a  full moon,  fishing openings and closings,  what classes are at the North House Folk School and much more. 




Bye Bye Bug





Product Review:   Bye Bye Bug- This is a new bug repellant I found this year.  Some of you may remember a past newsletter article where I gave recipes for mosquito spray that contained catnip.  Nepatalactone is found in catnip and is suppose to be 10 times more effective than deet.  These repellants contain lemongrass, catnip, citronella and patchouli for a scent that smells good to me and bad to bugs.  It comes in a 60 ml trial size spray for $5.00, a 4 ounce spray for $10.00 or a 8 ounce lotion with zinc oxide for use as sunscreen( as well as bug repellant) for $18.00.  I have tried it and I like it.  It is safe on kids, pets, and clothing and keeps the bugs away with an almost pleasant smell.  Try some Bye Bye Bug today.




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Skills:  Keeping bugs away in the BWCA- Let's face it, bugs are a part of the world.  In some areas people are comfortable with bugs crawling on them and may not even notice flies landing on their face.  That is not the case of most of the people who visit the Boundary Waters.  We are a culture who believes the only good bug is a dead bug, and money is spent spraying to eliminate these pests.  The majority of people do not spend much time outside where bugs may lurk, but anyone who is going to spend a significant amount of time out of doors will be exposed to bugs.  Campers are concerned about the number of bugs they will encounter while out on a canoe trip.  They want to know how bad the bugs will be or when the mosquitos will hatch.  These are questions whose answers vary from year to year depending upon the weather and precipitation.  Although we may be unable to predict the number of bugs there will be we are able to better our odds in staying bite free.  Black flies and most other insects are the most active around sunrise and sunset.  This means you should stay in your tent, or if you must go outside, protect yourself.  These insects are attracted to dark colors so be sure to wear light colored clothing and cover up all of your skin.  Black Flies love to bite along the hairline so you may even want to invest in a headnet, especially if you are sensitive to their bite.  They like to hang out in lowlands and in areas that are sheltered and shady so plan to camp in an area that is more open and that may have a  breeze.  Even though the bugs in the BWCA may be "bad" at times they could never keep me from getting out and experiencing the solitude and wonder of the Boundary Waters.   



  Cooking Walleye



Fishing Report  

Anglers love their Walleyes.  Why is the Walleye such a popular fish to catch?   It doesn't hit like a Northern,  jump like a Bass or fight like a champ, but it does taste great.  Minnesota anglers will tell you it tastes better than any other fish out there.  But before you can eat it you must catch it and clean it.  I found a great site that has photos and even a video clip of how to clean many types of fish including the Walleye.  The Walleye is native throughout Minnesota and tends to thrive in the Boundary Waters and especially in Saganaga Lake.  The state record Walleye was caught on our very own Seagull River, weighing 17 pounds, 8 ounces.  Anglers aren't finding large quantities of Walleye right now, but they are finding enough for a tasty meal of the "best" canoe country fish.







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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew