Voyageur Quote: "Nature is beautiful, always beautiful!   Every little flake of snow is a perfect cystal, and they fall together as gracefully as if fairies of the air caught waterdrops and made them into artificial flowers to garland the winds of the wind!"  Lydia Maria Child







Weather Report

     Old Man Winter has been mixing things up on the Gunflint Trail this winter.  One day it is 33 degrees above and the next day is 30 degrees below zero.  We've had plenty of snow and the cross-country ski trails are in awesome shape.  The lakes are perfect for travel and so are the snowmobile trails.  You can find out how much snow is on the ground by visiting this interesting website.   There is snow in the immediate forecast and you can bet winter won't be gone any time soon.





Winter Deer 













 Wildlife Report:  Whitetail Deer-

     The deer on the Gunflint Trail are faring well this winter.  They are being fed by homeowners and are enjoying the lack of huge snowfalls in January and February.  

     When there is too much snow on the ground, especially late in the season, the deer herd can start to dwindle.  The deep snow can cause problems especially for the fawns who have trouble escaping the wolves.

     According to the DNR, this winter has been an average one for Minnesota's white tailed deer.  The DNR conducts a Winter Severity Index each year which is determined by the number of days below zero with the number of days with 15 inches or more of snow on the ground.  You can find out more about the study at the DNR Website.     




Mush for a Cure 




Run the Trail Less Traveled






What's New? 

Snow Much To Do- The Winter Tracks Festival is just around the corner on February 28-March 2, 2008. There's room at Voyageur for you to stay and there are plenty of things to do and play.  Come on up to the Gunflint Trail and make some Tracks of your own.

On March 14th you can join us for the 2nd annual Mush for a Cure Fun Run.  Dogsled teams will make their way from Gunflint Pines to Trail Center in an effort to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation through Pink Paddles and Black Magic Kennels. 

The Gunflint Trail is a great place to visit in the winter and we still have openings in March.  Cross-country ski, snowshoe, snowmobile and enjoy the winter wonderland with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters.

The Boundary Waters Blog The Boundary Waters Blog is updated daily so read it every day and find out the latest wilderness news and Gunflint Trail happenings.

Ham Run Half Marathon- Join us on the Gunflint Trail this May 2-4th for the Gunflint Green Up.  Folks will be planting trees on Saturday and running the Ham Run Half Marathon on Sunday.  We'd love to see you on the Gunflint this May.




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Outfitting News:  The Voyageur Tales Newsletter will be mailed out soon.  If you aren't on our mailing list then now is the time to call or email and let us know you would like to receive it. 

Fishing licenses for both Minnesota and Canada have increased in price for this year.  To see the price changes for non-resident Minnesota Fishing Licenses you can go to the DNR website  and for changes with Ontario Fishing Licenses you can visit their website.

Our Women in the Woods packages are filling up quickly for this summer. There are six different sessions to choose from if you are interested in paddling with a group of women for a five day Boundary Waters Adventure.

Quetico Park Permits can be reserved five months in advance of the start date of the trip.  We can reserve permits for August in March and are already reserving permits for May, June and July.  Give us a call if you would like us to reserve your permit or call 1-888-668-7215 to contact the Quetico Park directly.




Dogs Allowed- No Passports Needed






Traveling into Canada: There has been much talk regarding new regulations and passports being needed to travel into Canada.  Luckily at the end of the Gunflint Trail all you legally need to travel into Canada from Saganaga Lake as far as immigrations is concerned is a Remote Area Border Crossing Permit. 

These permits are obtained through Canadian Immigrations and you can find an application link on our home page.  Each person in your group will need to complete the required application and mail it in at least 4-6 weeks before the desired travel date. Canadian immigrations will process the application and send the permit back to the applicant unless the applicant has been convicted of a felony.  If a person has been convicted of a felony(drunk driving is a felony), then they will not be granted a RABC Permit.  The cost is $30.00 Canadian for each permit and a family(husband, wife, children 18 and under) can all be on one permit if they plan to travel together.  Citizens from countries other than the United States are not eligible to apply for these permits and must enter Canada at a staffed border. 

 Oh, and if you are a dog and you want to enter Canada then you'll need proof of rabies vaccination.



Lake Trout



Ice Fishing:   The anticipation of waiting for a bite is almost too much when you're sitting on a frozen lake ice fishing.  There have been lots of people out ice fishing this winter and last weekend found us jigging a dead minnow on a swedish pimple.  The lake trout were biting lightly and it didn't even feel like there was a fish on the line at all.  Just a slight resistance could be felt and if you jigged a little bit too much then the fish would be gone.  Patience was the name of the game and it paid off for our group who took home five nice lake trout for dinner.  Come on up to Saganaga and catch some lake trout of your own.  Just remember, there are no power augers allowed in the BWCA.





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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew