Voyageur Quote: "There is just as much beauty visible to us in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate,-not a grain more." Henry David Thoreau


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Weather Report

     The big weather news for the month of August is the little amount of precipitation we have received.  On the 9th of August some parts of the Gunflint Trail were blessed with .05" of rain; other parts didn't get any.  So far this August is the driest we have had in 10 years.

     The lack of precipitation throughout this summer has created drought conditions which are worse than anything recorded in the history of Minnesota.  The fire danger in the region has flown off of the charts and records are being broken daily.  There is a complete open flame ban in St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties with the exception of camp stoves.

     The weather has been perfect for paddling and camping.  Blue, sunny skies have been the norm with comfortable temperatures in the 70's and 80's.  Wind has been minimal with the exception of the past couple of days.  The water is perfect for swimming and the bugs are minimal.

     Yesterday the sky was cloudy and a light rain fell.  We were optimistic in the morning but only .02" of rain fell.  We're hoping for some significant precipitation to help the dry forest regain some of its much needed moisture.  If you have the time then come on up, grab a paddle and do a little rain dance while you're here. 




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 Wildlife Report:  Bear Encounter-

         We had a guest and her young adult daughter I helped drive to their entry point a couple of weeks ago.  They were going to be entering into the BWCA through Morgan and exiting at Ram Lake.  These entry points are about 5-6 miles apart on the Lima Mountain Road. 

     We unloaded their gear and canoe and then I drove their car to Ram where they were planning to exit a couple of days later.  I then ran back to my car and went on my way. 

     They paddled and camped and were on the last portage out to the parking lot at Ram.  About half way across a black bear stood in the path.  It huffed at them and didn't look like it had plans of moving. The daughter was ready to turn around but her mom wanted to talk about it.  She set her pack down and the bear continued to huff and amble towards them.

     After a few minutes of deliberation they decided to turn back.  They paddled and portaged their way back to Morgan Lake and out to the Lima Mountain Road.  Their car was 5-6 miles away at the Ram Lake entry point.  Lucky for them a car came along and they were able to hitch a ride so they didn't have to walk.     





Fall is Near



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What's New? 

Good-Bye Summer Staff- As the days get shorter our staff gets smaller.  School will be starting soon so our summer staff has packed up and headed south for the winter.  They all have become a part of our family and it's difficult to say good-bye.  The good thing is many of them plan to return next summer so we're already counting the days until then.

Fall Colors- The leaves on the trees are starting to change colors already.  It's a little early but with the dry conditions it's bound to be an earlier peak season.  Come on up and see the fall colors on the Gunflint Trail.

Voyageur Specials and Contests- Grab your favorite Voyageur T-shirt, hat or sweatshirt and snap a picture.  E-mail the photo to me and you will be entered into the drawing for a gift certificate at Voyageur.  If your picture is taken the farthest from Voyageur then you will be the grand prize winner of a completely outfitted canoe trip for 2.  Hurry though, the Contest ends on October 1st.

     Do you have vacation time left to use up this summer or fall?  Be sure to check out our Specials Page for great bargains on last minute openings.  Be sure to mention you heard about it from the newsletter!

The Boundary Waters Blog Fire bans, animal encounters, weather forecasts and more can all be found on the Boundary Waters Blog so visit it today!




The Forest For the Trees 

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Book Review:  "The Forest for the Trees" by Jeff Forester- This book is an interesting read about the history of the Northeastern Minnesota forest and how important of a role fire has played and will play in the future.  Jeff has researched the information over an entire decade and he covers years of history and how different groups have viewed fire in the forest.  Take the opportunity to learn more about this great area and order the book today.   1-888-CANOEIT





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Skill: When NOT to Paddle-  The winds are 20 miles per hour, there are whitecaps on the lake, a black cloud is hovering and thunder can be heard in the distance.  This is a good time to find a piece of land and call it camp.

     When a storm is approaching is not the time to be out on the water paddling.  I'm not sure what posesses some folks to try to outrun a storm or battle with the wind and waves but something temporarily takes the place of common sense in their brains.  The urgency of a cold beverage or hot shower must outweigh their need for a sense of safety and security by a campfire.

     The main reason to stay put during bad weather is to stay alive.  Every year lightning kills more people than hurricanes or tornados and if you are struck out in the wilderness then chances of your survival are slim to none. With CPR you can help bring a pulseless victim back without the threat of being electrocuted as the body doesn't hold a charge.  The best bet for your safety during a storm is to get to and stay on dry land.

     There are a few things you can do to help you stay safe during a storm.  If possible then you should find shelter in a cave or against a cliff.  Lightning tends to strike tall isolated objects such as trees, preferring both white and red pines because of their stature amongst smaller trees.  Find a dense area of shorter trees or shrubs similar in height and crouch down with your feet close together and your head tucked down.  Do not lay down because you want to limit your contact with the ground as well as objects that conduct electricity.  Lightning has been known to strike from a distance of 10 miles away so if you can see it there's a good chance it can hit you.  To determine the distance of lightning you can figure 1/5 of a mile per second or 5 seconds equal a mile.  If you hear buzzing, smell ozone or your hair begins to stand on end dive for cover immediately as this is a bad sign.

     The easiest way to prevent death or injury during a storm is to wait it out on land in a safe place.  Inclement weather rarely lasts an entire day and once the weather passes you will be able to paddle with much less risk.  For everything there is a time and during a storm is the time not to paddle.    



Smallmouth Fun


 Fishing:  Slip-Bobber Fishing-  I almost forgot how to fish with a regular bobber because if I want to bobber fish then I use a slip-bobber set up.  Some people call it float fishing but no matter what you call it it's an easy way to fish for almost any species.  You can easily change the depth you want to fish at, the size of the hook and the bait you want to use.

     Most slip-bobber set ups for sale contain all you need as well as directions on how to use it.  First you slide the pre-made knot onto your line and then some add a bead to prevent the knot from slipping through the bobber.  The bobber comes next, not the big round ones, but a tall slender one that will provide less resistance for finicky fish.  You will need to add some weights on the line before you put your hook on the end of the line.  Lastly you add your bait, adjust the knot to your preferred depth and hit the water.

     Using a slip-bobber rig can produce large quantities of different species of fish in all sorts of weather conditions.  Be sure your bait is not sitting on the lake bottom; if it is lying on it's side then it is on the bottom.  You can fish when it's calm, in current or when it's wavy.  It works from a boat, when you're on the shore or from a dock.

     Slip-bobber fishing is a simple way to catch lots of fish.  For more information about this type of set up check out this informative website.





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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew