Voyageur Quote: "Friendship that flows from the heart cannot be frozen by adversity, as the water that flows from the spring cannot congeal in winter." Anonymous





Weather Report

     The ground on the Gunflint Trail is covered with snow and the lakes of the Boundary Waters are frozen. We were blessed with a huge snowfall around the first of the month that brought us close to twenty inches of the white stuff.  Our surroundings were instantly transformed into a winter wonderland.

     The canoes, kayaks and paddles have all been put away for the winter and in there place our winter toys have arrived.  The snowshoes, cross-country skis, ice fishing gear, downhill skis and sleds have been taken out of storage and are ready to be used.  The winter world of the Gunflint is a great place to visit and an even better place to live.




















 Wildlife Report:  Reindeer-

         It's that time of the year when we keep our eyes on the sky in hopes of seeing one of my favorite mammals, reindeer.  Reindeer are commonly called caribou but are actually a domesticated sub-species of the caribou.  I've always been envious of the female reindeer and her ability to run, swim, grow and shed their antlers every year just like the bulls.     

     Christmas is the only time of year we can see reindeer on the Gunflint Trail so we'll keep our fingers crossed and hope we are able to see them this year.   



Winter Tracks Snow Sculpture










What's New? 

Winter Tracks- Many people question my sanity when I save, "I love winter on the Gunflint Trail."  There are so many fun things to do during the winter on the Trail and I wish it would last longer.  Cross-country skiing beneath frost coated trees, snowshoeing through a silent forest, sledding down a slippery hill, catching a lake trout through the ice, snowmobiling on a wilderness lake are all things I love to do in the winter.  If you dress warm enough then outdoors in the winter can be a truly enjoyable experience.  Why not find out yourself this February 28-March 2nd, 2008 during the Gunflint Trail Winter Tracks Festival, we'd love to see you up here.

Winter Lodging- If you're looking for a place to experience winter in the woods then give us a call.  We still have some openings in our cabins at Voyageur and we can help you plan your winter adventure.  There are dog sled rides, horse drawn sleigh rides and much, much more. Call 1-888-CANOEIT today!

Ham Run Half Marathon- New to the Gunflint Trail this year will be the Ham Run Half Marathon.  This website will be up very soon so please check it out after the first of the year.  The Ham Run will be held on May 4th, 2008 in celebration of the Gunflint Green Up.  This is the time things are greening up along the Gunflint and people will be planting trees in areas burned by last year's Ham Lake Fire to help it along.  Join us as we become even greener on the Gunflint Trail. 

The Boundary Waters Blog "There isn't a better blog out there." "Your blog is the first thing I read every morning."  This is what people are saying about the Boundary Waters Blog so be sure to visit and let me know what you think.

Mush for a Cure- For the 2nd year Voyageur's Pink Paddle and Black Magic Kennels are organizing the Mush for a Cure Event.  This event will be held on the Gunflint Trail on March 15, 2008 so keep your eyes open for more information to come.


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Boundary Waters Permits:  It's time to start planning your Boundary Waters Canoe Trip. The lottery has opened up for permits and soon we'll be able to reserve them over the telephone.

     For most entry points on the Eastern Edge of the BWCA it isn't necessary to reserve permits this far in advance.  If you are looking to camp overnight with a boat and motor then you will for sure want to get your reservation in during the lottery period.  Please feel free to email or call us toll-free at 1-888-CANOEIT and we can help you or reserve your permit for you. 

     Reservations can be made by phone beginning February 1, 2008 by calling the National Recreation Reservation 1-877-550-6777.  Please visit the BWCA reservation site for additional information and to submit BWCA permit reservations.

     The BWCA User Fees have increased this year for the first time since the program was implemented 10 years ago.  User fees generated through this program go directly back to the Forest and help with items such as campsite and portage maintenance.  The user fees are $16.00 per adult per trip and $8.00 per youth. 









Quetico Park: Passport or no passport?  That has been the most frequently asked question by guests wanting to travel into the Quetico Park. To the best of our knowledge no passport will be needed this year, just the standard Remote Area Border Crossing Permit.  We can reserve permits five months in advance of the start date of your canoe trip so let us know your entry date and we'll be sure to call it in. 





Sue's Lake Trout


Ice Fishing:  Fishing through the ice is a great way to spend the day.  For lakes entirely within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), except for Ram Lake, the open season for lake and stream trout will be from Dec. 29, 2007 through March 31, 2008. For lakes outside or partially outside the BWCAW, the season is from Jan. 12 through March 16, 2008.      





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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew