Voyageur Quote: 
"Wood is a renewable resource.  Forests, in their pristine form, are not.  A stand of trees is not a forest...and the regrowth of trees is not the same thing as the renewal of a forest.  "  - E.C. Pielou



View from Seagull Palisade



Weather Report

The old saying goes, "If you don't like the weather, then wait a minute, it will change."  That sure has been the case this June at the end of the Gunflint Trail.  Visitors to the area are seeing every type of weather in a 24 hour period.  The day will start out with morning sunshine, then a late morning rain, afternoon winds and sun, and then maybe a few sprinkles in the evening.   This seems to be the weather pattern we have been experiencing the entire month of June.  The weather is so scattered it can be raining on Saganaga and blue skies on Gunflint even though they are only a few miles apart.  The temperatures have been perfect for paddling with an average daytime high of 71 degrees and an average nightly low of 48 degrees.  Our mid-trail weather station hasn't reported even an inch of rain yet, but conditions are not too dry considering we normally get 4-5 inches in June.  We'll see what the rest of the month brings, hopefully more of the same great paddling weather. 



 Photos from U.S. Forest Service


Females with Egg Sacks 















Wildlife:  Gypsy Moth- Some of you may remember an invasion of forest tent caterpillars we had a few summers ago.  It seemed like they were everywhere up and down the Gunflint Trail and all of the way down the shore to Duluth.  These caterpillars ate almost every leaf off of every tree in the area which left the trees vulnerable to other diseases and killed some of them too.  It wasn't even fun to go outside because from every tree there was hundreds of dangling caterpillars ready to cling to your clothing and beneath your feet you couldn't help stepping on both the caterpillar and their waste.  Then came the moths.  They laid eggs everywhere they could and anywhere a light was left on overnight you would find a pile of dead moths in the morning.  The stench of rotting moths was overwhelming and everywhere we looked there were egg sacks.  What a disgusting time we had.  Luckily a forest tent caterpillar infestation of that magnitude doesn't happen very often, but if Gypsy Moths are not kept from mating in our area then we will have a major problem every year.  Since the female Gypsy Moth cannot fly controlling the spread is fairly easy if they are closely monitored and treated.  The name Gypsy Moth was given to this moth because the eggs hitchhike on objects in an infested area on items such as grills, boat trailers or other items.  The eggs are then transported to new areas where they release females who emit a scent that attracts the flying males.  Then she in turn lays eggs that can release as many as 1000 caterpillars and before long the trees are gone and the Gypsy Moth has spread to a new territory.  This cycle has been happening since the Gypsy Moth was first introduced into the U.S. in 1869 in Massachusetts.  Since then the Gypsy Moth has made it's move closer to Minnesota and is already established in parts of Wisconsin.  The Gypsy Moth is considered to be America's most destructive, non-native invasive forest insect pest and we do not want it here.  Please do what you can to prevent the spread of the Gypsy Moth.  You can find information on this website so please educate yourself on what they look like, report any sightings in Minnesota to 1-888-545-MOTH, do not mess with traps and be sure you do not become the ride for a hitchhiking egg mass. 




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Live Chat- Be sure to check out our website and if you see the "live chat" button on the left sidebar then go ahead and click it.  It will only appear if someone is available to chat so don't be disappointed if it isn't there.  If it is there then you will be able to chat live with one of the Voyageur Crew. Give it a try, we'd love to chat with you.

Canoe Legend Takes Last Portage- In a 1989 story in the News Tribune, Bob Cary said his epitaph should read, "I could have been eminently famous in a number of different fields, but every time I was about to do something great, I went fishing. I never regretted the fishing."  Bob Cary of Ely, Minnesota died Saturday at age 84.  Bob Cary owned and operated a canoe outfitting business for a number of years in Ely, wrote for the Ely Echo and authored 10 books.  His most famous book is about Dorothy Molter, "The Rootbeer Lady." He loved to canoe, fish, and tell stories and that is how he lived his life. To listen to his last public address recorded just days before he died visit this website.  Bob Cary will be missed but his stories will live on through the pages of  his articles and his books, especially his "Tales from Jackpine Bob."

The Boundary Waters Blog Want to see who is up paddling at Voyageur?  You can check out the Blog and see photos of guests before or after their canoe trip.  Find out the latest news in the BWCA and who the newest arrivals are on Sag Lake Trail.  Make reading the Boundary Waters Blog  a daily habit, it's good for you!




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Book Review:  "How to Shit in the Woods"  Author Kathleen Meyer says, "Shitting in the woods is an acquired rather than innate skill, a skill honed only by practice, a skill all but lost to the bulk of the population along with the art of making soap, carding wool, and skinning buffalo."  This book is a quick read that will keep you thinking, learning and laughing at the same time. In the Boundary Waters & Quetico Park the number of visitors allowed each year is limited but in some recreation areas visitor use is heavy and piles of poop and paper are scattered carelessly about.  Kathleen offers advice on where to go, how to go, and what to do when you are through going.  She also talks about what can happen to both the earth and the water if people continue to be reckless with their wilderness bathroom habits.  Although I consider myself an expert in this field I did learn some new things and finally realized wearing a skirt in the wilderness isn't such a bad idea...  You can order your copy of this book or of Kathleen's other book, "How to Have Sex in the Woods," by calling us toll free at 1-888-CANOEIT or by sending us an email.



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Wilderness Skill:  Wilderness Toilet Etiquette I remember a time when I was afraid to use an outhouse.  The spider webs, the nasty smell, box elder bugs and fear of what loomed below just didn't appeal to me.  I remember my mom trying to hold me while I squatted near the outhouse for the fear of falling through the hole was just too great.  I, along with most everyone else these days, grew up with the convenience of a flush toilet but then when we purchased Voyageur I had the opportunity to use an outhouse for five long years.  It smelled, there were spider webs, I still feared what loomed below, but eventually I got used to it.  My kids are growing up in the wilderness; traveling a 56 mile road without rest areas along the way, camping in the woods, and learning to potty in other places besides toilets.  In fact, my now 5 year old son doesn't understand why he can't just pee out in the open, even when we are in Grand Marais!  I guess I may have failed in some aspect of parenting.  What I have learned while traveling the canoe country is that many of us are not properly trained in wilderness toilet etiquette.  It is becoming more common to see toilet paper or other forms of human waste next to portage trails and even at campsites that have latrines.  The BWCA provides latrines for people to use at every campsite.  We like to plan our rest stops so they include a toilet where we can properly dispose of our waste and toilet paper with as little effort as possible.  If we can't make it to the next campsite then we try to be courteous and do our best job to leave no trace.  When you only need to go #1 then try to avoid peeing directly onto rocks or gravel where the odor tends to linger longer.  When going #2 in the great outdoors it is necessary to stay at least 150 feet away from the water, high water marks, run off areas and any trails.  Be sure to dig a deep hole, 6-8 inches in depth and then bury everything in the hole.  If you mix in some soil and stir it then that can increase the decomposition speed that normally takes a year.  Cover up all signs of life using dirt, twigs, rock or whatever plant material you can find in the forest.  If we want others to be able to enjoy the wilderness as we are able to then we all need to do our job and leave no trace.  


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Fishing Report

The Walleye is perhaps the most often sought after fish in the Boundary Waters.  I'm not sure what the attraction is because I think Smallmouth, Northern Pike and Lake Trout are just as much fun to catch.  It's a good thing I'm not picky because the Walleye have been keeping themselves pretty scarce as of late.  Now the Lake Trout on the other hand are just biting like crazy with guests limiting out in a matter of no time on most days.  We've had complaints about the Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass fishing.  It seems they are constantly biting and preventing people's hooks from catching any Walleye in the process.  Oh well, fresh fish from the Boundary Waters all tastes the same to me. 





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