Voyageur Quote: 
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."  Ralph Waldo Emerson



Fall Colors Sarah Kaiser-Schatzlein



Weather Report

     The weather this summer has been absolutely wonderful and August was no exception.  The temperatures during the day were consistently up into the 70's with an average high of 73.45 degrees.  The nights did cool down some with an average nightly low of 53 degrees.  We could have used more precipitation as we only received 1.85" the entire month. 

     The warm, dry conditions of summer have started the fall color changes a bit earlier than normal.  The ferns that started out green, turned yellow and are now well on their way to brown.  The maple trees are beginning to show their red and the birch and aspen are beginning to change as well. 

     The forecast for September looks good and if you would like to see what is in store then be sure to check out the Boundary Waters Blog for a detailed prediction by a local meteorologist.  Come on up to Voyageur and enjoy the fall colors before it is too late.






Fall Colors  Bob Baker




Black Bear

















Wildlife Report:   Black Bear  In spite of the fact bear hunting opened in Minnesota on September 1st, they are out and about and beefing up for their winter hibernation. They can gain up to 1-2 pounds a day and some will double their body weight during this time of the year.  Black Bears are omnivores so they eat a variety of foods and anything that resembles food. They like grasses, fruits, berries, buds, leaves, nuts, and insects to name a few.  They also like any meal that is easy to obtain so homeowners and campers need to be careful to avoid attracting them.

     Bears have a great memory and if they find an easy meal somewhere once, then they are likely to return.  Campers need to make sure their campsite is clean by handling any leftover food and fish remains in a proper way.  Food packs should be hung high in a tree where a bear would have difficulties reaching it.  Sweet smelling lotions or perfumes should not be used and foods that give off a strong odor should be avoided.  Bears have a great sense of smell and are able to smell things miles away. 

      We like to call the Black Bear a big raccoon because it is more of a pest than a threat; Black Bear attacks are extremely rare.  If you should encounter a Black Bear while out camping then make some loud noises with pots and pans, yell at them, and do not back away.  This is the most effective way to get rid of a Black Bear.  If the Black Bear keeps returning then you may need to change campsites but normally loud noises are enough to scare the Black Bear away.  Please do not try this tactic with other types of bears especially Polar Bears who consider humans appetizers.     



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What's New? 

     With the changing of the seasons and school starting it is back to a minimal Voyageur Crew.  Theresa, a 2nd year employee, has decided to stay for the month of September.  This is a huge help to Don, Marilyn, Mike and I because sometimes there just aren't enough bodies to go around!  Theresa was our food packer for the past two summers. She is extremely talented and can cook, clean, drive tow boats, transport guests, and even work in the store.  We're very lucky to have her as a member of the Voyageur Crew.

The Boundary Waters Blog There are new things happening all of the time at Voyageur and in the wilderness.  The Boundary Waters Blog is updated on a daily basis and we are dedicated to keeping our readers informed.  Many of the questions we are asked at Voyageur are answered in the Blog; things like fire bans, permits required, fishing information, weather information and much more. Find out about a robbery in the Quetico Park or a lantern for your Nalgene; we know you will find something of interest to you, so go ahead, just read it. 




Cache Bay Pictographs 





Book Review: Magic on the Rocks  Michael Furtman  This book is a great read for those who are interested in canoe country pictographs.  Michael Furtman gives great directions to and descriptions of pictographs found in both the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park. Visiting a pictograph site is a great way to enhance your time spent in the wilderness.  Mike and Abby enjoyed viewing the pictograph found in Cache Bay and it really sparked an interest in the history of the area for Abby.  If you can't spend all of your time in the canoe country then you may as well spend time reading about it. Find this book and more like it at Voyageur's Online Trading Post

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Wilderness Skill: Packing for a Day Trip-

       In a recent blog entry I wrote about what to include in a pack for a day hiking trip.  One of the items I didn't mention but I thought was obvious, was a map.  I guess this item isn't that obvious because on the day my article posted I was called out as a member of the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department for a Search and Rescue. 

      It just so happened that a man staying at a nearby resort decided to go for a hike in the woods, without a map.  He was found about an hour after dispatching a Beaver and ground crews into the area.  He wasn't hurt, just lost and unprepared to spend over 6 hours wandering around in the woods.  When you take your next day trip be sure to be prepared and remember to bring along a map.

Sue's Day Pack List 

  • A small first aid kit
  • Advil
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand Wipes
  • Whistle
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket Tool
  • Matches, fire starter, candle
  • Duct Tape
  • Lip balm
  • Snacks
  • Bottle of water 
  • Phone Card(for hiking on the North Shore)


My Fishing Buddy





Fishing Report:  Fishing with Josh  I have had so much fun fishing and learning things about fishing with Josh this summer.  He could be found anytime of the day or evening down on the docks fishing. He has caught many fish including two species we didn't know we had on the Seagull River; bullheads and sunfish.  He has enjoyed catching walleye, northern and tons of smallmouth bass. 

     Last weekend he and I portaged into a lake and caught smallmouth after smallmouth all in the 18-20" range.  We decided to troll rapalas near shore and when our lines were in the water we couldn't keep the fish off.  We had a great day paddling and fishing in the wilderness.

    Josh loves everything about fishing; even books. Every night before he goes to bed he wants to look at the latest fishing magazine or book we have found.  I am so happy Josh has such a passion for such a wonderful hobby.  It's never too early to take a kid fishing. 





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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew