Voyageur Quote: "Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush."  Doug Larson


Ski Days are over on the Gunflint Trail  



Weather Report

     It looks like Spring has won the battle with Winter for this year.  Temperatures have been rising, the snow banks have been melting and the days of snow flurries seem like a distant memory. 

     We were optimistic about our chances for more winter weather during the middle of the month when it cooled down and we had a good 4-5" of new snow on the ground.  But our thoughts of winter went quickly by the wayside when an evening thunderstorm brought lightening and rain. 

     After Saturday's temperature reaching almost 60 degrees and Sunday's rain I think it's time to hang up the snowshoes.  This isn't a time of the year I look forward to and it is painful to put away my cross-country skis only to replace them with mud boots. 

     In spite of the mud Spring is a nice time to enjoy the Gunflint Trail; it is so peaceful up here.  It's a great time to pull on the hiking boots and hit the woods.  We may still have a flurry or two, but one thing is for sure, Spring is in the air and Summer is on its way.      




Jeane Keene's Eagles 





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 Wildlife Report:  The Eagle Has Landed-  The neighborhood bald eagles have returned to their nest at the end of the Gunflint Trail. For as long as we have lived up here there has been a nest at the Trail's End Campground on the Seagull River. Once a pair of eagles builds a nest they continue to use the same nest throughout their life. Eagles can live for up to thirty years so I guess you could say they are homesteaded at the end of the Trail.

     It's hard to imagine bald eagles may soon be de-listed from the Threatened Species List after being on the Endangered Species List in most of the United States for almost 30 years.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must make their decision to remove or leave the bald eagle on the Threatened Species List by June 29, 2007.  

     The bald eagle population would still be managed closely by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Both of these organizations protect bald eagles from harm by prohibiting killing, selling, harming and disturbing eagles, their nests or their eggs. The definition of disturbance appears to be the stumbling block for the de-listing of the bald eagle. 

     The disturbance of bald eagles must have been what prompted the US Forest Service to "protect" our neighborhood eagles a few years back.  They decided to close the campground loop to campers much to the dismay of the concessionaire.  Our bald eagles never seemed disturbed or bothered by the campers or boaters in the river and had successfully raised many young prior to being protected.  I'm not sure what the de-listing would do for our eagles but I'm interested to find out.  I would love to be able to walk beneath their tree, see the eagles soar into their nest to feed their young and keep an eye on the eaglets as they prepare to fly.

       Maybe someday, maybe after this June, you never know. 



Dog Sled Fun



Mush for a Cure







What's New? 

Mush for a Cure- The first annual Mush for a Cure was held on March 24th and 25th.  We(Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and Pink Paddles) partnered with Black Magic Kennels to organize this event to raise awareness and money for breast cancer.   

     The trail conditions held up for the weekend and participants were able to raise over $2500. for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  It turned out to be a beautiful day and we plan to make Mush for a Cure an annual event.

The Boundary Waters Blog If you enjoy reading the BWCA E-Mail Newsletter then you will surely love reading the Boundary Waters Blog.  Find out how you can save time by purchasing your Minnesota Fishing License in advance or what will be allowed in the Quetico Park this year as well as many other interesting stories.  It's updated on a daily basis and we'd love to have you check it out. 

Early Season Gunflint Trail Vacations-  The ice usually leaves our area lakes during the first week of May.  We start outfitting groups into the canoe country as soon as the ice is gone because this is one of the best times of the year to paddle and camp.  The wildlife is abundant, the people are practically non-existent, and the solitude is plentiful.  On the border lakes you can fish for Northern Pike and by mid-May the Lake Trout season is open.

     We will be posting May specials on both our blog and Special's Page of our website so be sure to check them often to find a great deal on visiting the Gunflint Trail during a great time of the year.  



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Product Review:  Voyageur's Fleet of Wenonah Canoes- We admit it, we love Wenonah Canoes and it's founder and owner Mike Cichanowski.  Mike is a remarkable individual who is on the Paddlesport Industry Association Board of Directors with Mike of Voyageur.  We've gotten to know Wenonah Mike and his passion for paddling and canoe building over the years. 

     He builds awesome boats, there's no doubt about it.  If you have ever paddled a Wenonah then you will know why we at Voyageur only outfit with one brand of non-aluminum canoes, Wenonah.  

     All of the canoes made by Wenonah can be made of Royalex or Kevlar.  We offer the MN II, MN III and Prism in Kevlar and the Spirit II in Royalex.  We also plan to add the Seneca to our fleet of Kevlar canoes by Wenonah.  Some of you may remember the Seneca from my last e-mail newsletter.  It is a large capacity canoe but not quite as large as previously stated.  The Seneca is 37.5 inches in width, not 37.5 feet in width.

     If you're looking for a great boat built by a great person then look to Wenonah.


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Skill: Planning a Route Choosing the right route for your wilderness canoe trip can make or break your trip.  If you really want to catch Lake Trout but end up on a lake that only has Northern Pike then you could be setting yourself up for disappointment.  If a base camp trip without portages is what you are seeking then reserving an entry point with 2 portages before you even get to your entry point isn't a good idea.  We encourage you to contact us before you reserve your permit to enter into the wilderness.

     We try to make it easy for you to contact us at Voyageur.  You are welcome to call our toll-free number 1-888-CANOEIT at any time.  You can e-mail us or check our website to see if we are available for a Live Chat.  You can also try our trip route planner on our website to help find a route.  It is best to seek the advice of people who have visited the area before making your route decision.

     We have paddled many of the routes in both the BWCA and Quetico Park.  We can ask you questions to help you determine the perfect route for your trip; how much you want to portage, if you want to fish, how many hours do you want to paddle, etc. 

     Be sure to think about the primary reasons you are planning a trip to the canoe country wilderness and then give us a call so we can help you decide where you want to paddle. 



Take a Mom Fishing 


 Fishing:   Fishing Opportunities-   Lake Trout Fishing outside of the BWCA has now closed for the winter season and outside of the BWCA it will close on the 31st.  There are places to fish in April and May before the regular season opener on the 12th of May. 

     Many of the lakes accessed from the Gunflint Trail share a border with Canada.  This allows you to fish for Walleye until April 15th and to fish for Northern Pike continuously on these lakes.  There is some terrific fishing for trophy Walleye and trophy Northerns.  The key is to stay flexible because you may be fishing through the ice or from a boat.

     We invite you to Voyageur for Take a Mom fishing weekend this May 12-13th.  Any new reservations of 2 or more nights we'll include either a 3rd night free or free use of a boat and motor during your stay.  Come try some early season fishing from the end of the Gunflint Trail.  We'd love to see you at Voyageur.





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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew