Voyageur Quote: 
"The earth laughs in flowers."  - Ralph Waldo Emerson



Seagull Creek



Weather Report

A little bit of sun, a little bit of rain, and a little bit of sun again.  This seems to be the weather pattern we have been experiencing the past week or so.  The temperatures have been comfortable with daytime highs in the 70's and lows into the 40's.  A few thunderstorms have passed through leaving the forest fresh and clean.  The forecast calls for more nice weather with temperatures staying in the 70 degree range and a chance of rain every few days.  Perfect paddling weather, so come on up to Voyageur and enjoy it yourself.





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Caution, turtle crossing.  It always disturbs me to find a dead animal on the road.  I know it is difficult to avoid a deer that comes out of nowhere in a flash, but I have a hard time believing it is difficult to avoid a turtle.  June is the time of year when turtles are leaving their ponds in search of a warm, sunny, place to bury their eggs.  Sometimes this involves crossing the Gunflint Trail and for some turtles this is their last journey.  The next time you see a turtle in the road you can help out by gently picking them up by the shell, never the tail, and transporting them safely to the other side.  While this will ensure their safe arrival to their nesting place it doesn't mean the eggs will survive and produce turtles in August, but at least it will be in Mother Nature's hands, not the hands of a driver. To learn about other Turtle Crossing Areas check out this article.




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The Boundary Waters Blog








What's New? 

New Lodging Specials have been listed on the Voyageur Website.  Be sure to bookmark this page so you can check back often; you never know when you might stay for free.

Live Chat- Coming soon to the Voyageur Website will be the opportunity to have a live chat with one of our crew members.  Just look for the new button to appear on each page and start chatting.

Other Stuff- Flowers are continuing to bloom everywhere you look.  There are marsh marigolds, dandelions, strawberries, blueberries, lupines, and more each day.  With the days getting longer it will mean even more flowers blooming in the weeks ahead.  The sun comes up early this time of year, around 5:00 a.m., and it doesn't set until after 9:00 p.m.  That leaves us with lots of hours of daylight for paddling and enjoying the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.  I was able to get out and go paddling over Memorial Weekend and had a great time.  The weather was perfect, there were barely any bugs, and we had a safe journey.  Summer staff is arriving and we're looking forward to more of the crew arriving soon.

The Boundary Waters BlogHow many moose does it take to fill up a pond? What animal likes to play Bocce Ball?  You'll find answers to these and other crazy questions in the Boundary Waters Blog. Be sure to check it out every day; read the Boundary Waters Blog today.










Product Review: 

SteriPen- The SteriPen is an awesome product that purifies water without chemicals or pumping.  It uses ultraviolet light to destroy viruses, bacteria, and protozoa including Giardia and Cryptosporidium.  When the SteriPen is placed in a 16 ounce container of clear water it only takes a minute to purify.  It's about the size of a battery operated toothbrush and only weighs 8 ounces.  You can use it in the wilderness or in a city where the water isn't safe to drink.  It requires 4-AA batteries and can be purchased from Voyageur for $149.00.  Put an end to the pumping of water and the terrible taste of iodine and purchase a SteriPen for your next outdoor adventure.




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Wilderness Skill: Protecting yourself from the sun and heat.  Some people find it difficult to imagine suffering from heat exhaustion or sunburn on a Minnesota vacation, but believe me, it is possible. Every year we have someone come back from a trip with blisters from the sun; one blister was the size of a grapefruit!  In order to protect yourself from the intense rays of the sun and it's reflection off of the water it is important to always wear a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen.  To avoid heat exhaustion you will want to drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated, wear lightweight clothing, and try to stay out of the sun or away from extreme physical activity during the hottest part of the day, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  If you begin to feel sick then seek shade and do your best to cool your body temperature down.  Make your next wilderness trip as enjoyable as can be by protecting yourself from the sun and heat.  For more information about sun protection check out this website.




 Josh's Smallmouth




Fishing Report

Josh has been enjoying the great fishing right from the Voyageur dock.  He has caught a few Smallmouth Bass using a leech and is actively pursuing a Northern Pike since his Uncle crowned him the "Northern Pike Punisher."  Kids love fishing and getting out on the lake.  The weekend of June 9th is Take a Kid Fishing Weekend.  Any adult who wants to take a kid age 16 or under fishing this weekend can do so without a fishing license.  Take advantage of this great opportunity and introduce a child to the wonderful activity of fishing.

The water temperatures have warmed up considerably and the Lake Trout have moved down.  Anglers have been having great success with catching them and say they are hanging out around the 40 foot depth.  The Smallmouth and Northern Pike are aggressive right now while the Walleye are still a bit hesitant to bite. We'll be looking forward to some Walleye action, but for now we'll settle for everything else.





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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew