Voyageur Quote: 
"A Forest Fire.  Flames dancing high, smoke casting shadows in the sky.  Burning quickly, smoldering slowly, creating new landscapes as it passes by.  Sue Prom



Smoke on the Seagull River



Weather Report

     The weather this past month has been hot, dry, and windy.  Very little precipitation mixed with low humidity levels dried our forest and when lightening struck a tree near Cavity Lake, a fire was born.  It sat somewhat dormant until July 14th when the weather conditions were perfect for a fire to ignite and spread.  That is what the Cavity Lake Fire did for days on end until Mother Nature decided to help the firefighters by providing a much needed rain on July 23rd.  A long, slow soaking rain fell to the ground and helped to cool the fire down. This along with another inch or two of rain a couple of days later provided firefighters with an opportunity to make progress on containing the fire.  Fire conditions improved and containment became a reality.  This past week we haven't received any significant amount of rainfall and it doesn't look like there will be any in the near future.  The forecast calls for more hot temperatures in the high 70's and low 80's for next week. The weather conditions are terrific for vacationers on the Gunflint Trail and for travelers canoe camping in the Boundary Waters.  Warm, sunny days perfect for paddling and great for taking a dip into the refreshing and cool Boundary Waters.  Come on up to Voyageur and enjoy a wilderness vacation, we'd love to see you here.




Aerial Photo

Courtesy of PNW2


Seagull Lake- After the Fire














Cavity Lake Fire:  - The fire is now 92% contained and it's business as usual on the Gunflint Trail. We, along with all other businesses on the Gunflint Trail, remained open the entire time.  Some entry points were closed temporarily as well as canoe routes and campsites but everyone with permits who wanted to come up were able to get into the woods to paddle and camp. 

      A relatively small portion of the Boundary Waters was affected by the Cavity Lake Fire.  There are plenty of routes and entry points that were not affected by the fire on the Gunflint Trail and we outfit to them all.  Even in areas where the fire went through there is still green and the landscape is more like a mosaic than a burned out moonscape. New plants are already popping up in the burned areas and wildlife is visible there as well.

     Fire is a natural occurrence in the wilderness and is necessary for some plants and trees to grow.  The Jack Pine seeds can only be released through the intense heat of a fire.  Next year we will see lots of new growth that may include birch, raspberries, morel mushrooms, flowers and more.  Where the Sag Corridor Fire went through in 1995 we are already seeing tall pine trees and an increase in the number of moose who loved to eat the young birch saplings that grew right after the fire.

     The Cavity Lake Fire may have changed the landscape but we live in an ever-changing land.  Nothing stays the same and that is a good thing.  There's always opportunity for new growth through new experiences.  We invite you to experience this special area and take advantage of this opportunity to be a part of the ever-changing landscape of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. 



Voyageur Crew


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What's New? 

Gunflint Trail Annual Canoe Races- The Voyageur Crew took the First Place Trophy home from the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races again this year. They had a great time paddling and racing on July 19th to support the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department. 

Voyageur's Website- There is always a good reason to check out our website.  The latest news/specials page will let you know if there is a fire ban or if we have a last minute opening or special for lodging or canoe trips.  You can find new products at our Online Trading Post and remember you can chat with us if we are online.  Be sure to visit Voyageur's Website today. 

Pink Paddles Takes First at the Northshore Dragon Boat Festival- The Pink Paddles Team did an outstanding job at the Dragon Boat Races on July 29th.  They took first in their division and 7th place overall out of 20 plus teams.  It was a beautiful day to be paddling in the Grand Marais Harbor and a wonderful way to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation . You too can support the foundation by purchasing a bent-shaft, graphite, pink paddle created by Sue Prom.  Visit Pink Paddles.Com. today or call 1-888-CANOEIT to order your very own. 

The Boundary Waters Blog The Cavity Lake Fire has been the main topic of the blog since July 14th when the fire began.   We kept everyone informed on fire bans, entry point closures and more.  Some of our reader's favorite entries have been, Seagull Lake-After the Cavity Lake Fire, Cavity Lake Fire Tours, Cavity Lake Base Camp, and New York City to the Cavity Lake Fire. Thanks for making the Boundary Waters Blog  a part of your day.




Cavity Lake T-Shirt 





Product Review:   Cavity Lake Fire T-Shirt and More- Firefighters are a unique group of individuals who have unique needs.  One of these needs is to have a T-Shirt of each major incident they are involved in.  Some people collect shot glasses, others spoons or thimbles, but firefighters collect T-Shirts. So, here we have it, the Cavity Lake Fire T-Shirt available at Voyageur's Online Trading Post for only $15.00.  There are many other items on our website and if you mention this newsletter we will give you a 25% discount on all clothing purchases(except the Cavity Lake T). 



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Wilderness Skill:  Fish Hook Removal-  With Josh doing so much fishing I have been concerned about him getting a fish hook stuck into him. Then when I read an article online about an Ely Outfitter, Steve Piragis, getting one stuck in his thumb I really started to worry.  We're an hour from the nearest hospital and I know Mike has removed hooks from other people before, but I wanted to be prepared just in case I find myself in the situation where I need to remove a hook myself.

      I found two common methods used to remove hooks while out in the woods.  One is to push the hook through, cut the barb, and back the hook back out the way it entered your skin.  The other way is to tie a string to the hook, push down on the hook, and then yank the hook out.  I found some illustrations on this interesting website.

     If you can get to a doctor to have them remove the hook then that is always the preferred method of removal.  Never try to remove a fish hook from your face or eye and always be sure to clean the area just as you would any puncture wound.



(Printed from Piragis Newsletter)

 Fish Hook Injuries

(Printed from Internet)




Fishing Report:  Keep Safe while Fishing I don't consider summer fishing a dangerous sport but there are a few things to remember to keep everyone safe while in pursuit of a trophy fish.  Since fishing is done in the great outdoors anglers should protect themselves from the elements.  This includes wearing sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, a life vest, bug repellent and shoes.  It's always a good idea to bring snacks, water, a first aid kit, and a whistle in case of an emergency.  Lures and hooks can be dangerous so always look before casting to make sure no one is nearby.  Never leave your hook or lure on the line when you are not fishing.  Remove the hook or lure immediately after your last cast and when you are transporting it.  We have a rule around our camp and that is if we find a lure on a rod that isn't being used, then that lure is ours. Keep these simple rules in mind and you will have a safe fishing experience.





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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew