Voyageur Quote: "The world's favorite season is the spring.  All things seem possible in May.  ~Edwin Way Teale 



 This year 2008

Is the ice out yet?  4/28/08



Not quite yet. 4/22/07



Weather Report

     Winter has its grip on the Gunflint Trail and it doesn't seem to want to let go.  All of the big lakes up here still have ice on them but I know it won't last for long.  

     The Seagull River is flowing as well as the Cross River, Seagull Creek and Larch Creek.  It doesn't take too many days of sunshine or temperatures above freezing to make the ice disappear.  We've been getting some rain and that just eats the ice right up.  It's honeycombed and if we get a windy day then we will be in luck. 

     Keep an eye on the ice out status by checking this website or the Boundary Waters Blog.



Run the Trail Less Traveled




Grand Marais Jazz Festival














What's New? 

Ham Run Half Marathon- This is it, the weekend we've all been waiting for.  The Ham Run Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run are happening this Sunday, May 4th.      

     There are over 140 runners signed up to participate and it's going to be a great event.  Combine that with the over 400 people planting trees as part of the Gunflint Green Up on Saturday and you've got yourself an entire weekend of fun.

     The fun will continue next weekend on the Gunflint Trail for the Jazzy Fishing Opener.  This year you can listen to jazz at night and fish during the day.  If you like jazz then check out the details of this great festival  happening May 9-11th.  


Boundary Waters Blog The ice isn't out yet but if you want to be one of the first to know then be sure to keep an eye on the blog.  This and other wilderness information updated daily for your enjoyment.


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     You can tell the animals are ready for spring to be here.  The moose are tired of hanging out in the woods and have been enjoying the cool daytime temperatures.  We have two moose who apparently want to go to school. 

     When we drive the kids out to the school bus in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon they are often standing at the bus stop.

     The other morning we pulled up to the bus and the moose did not feel the need to move.  They stood between our vehicle and the bus not in any hurry to move.  I finally had to get out and coax them out of the way so the kids could get onto the bus. 

     The moose aren't the only animals ready for spring.  We've seen plenty of fox, grouse, eagles, loons, a wolf and more.  Come on up and see us and the moose on Sag Lake Trail.



Seagull Beach Fun





Blueberry Picking







Fishing on Saganaga






Vacation at Voyageur!  There is still time to book a resort stay at Voyageuer this summer.  We have different cabins for different sized groups and we'd love to have you stay with us. 

     Our Black Bear Cabin is a rustic paddle or boat to cabin hidden away in the woods away from the waterfront activity.  It has a full kitchen, living room, bedroom with sleeping for up to 6 and its own deck and fire ring outside.  The only thing missing is the bathroom and there is one just a short walk away complete with showers. 

     Black Bear has some early season openings including the Minnesota Opener, Canadian Opener and Memorial Weekend.  Riverside Cabin is open for both the Minnesota and Canadian Opener but is booked for Memorial Weekend.  It is open for the first couple of weeks in June if you would like to do some serious fishing or relaxing.

     Our Riverside Cabin overlooks the Seagull River with its large picture windows.  It's a two bedroom cabin that sleeps up to six with the futon sleepers in the living room.  It is a private cabin that has its own deck, dock and fire ring. 

     The other two-bedroom cabin we have is Water's Edge.  This cabin is located on the Sag Channel side of our peninsula and has direct access into Saganaga minus the rapids.  It is a large, spacious cabin and is perfect for big groups.  It comfortably sleeps 6-8 in the main cabin and another 4 in the bunkhouse.  There's a deck overlooking Saganaga and a private dock as well. 

     Come up and stay in the Water's Edge Cabin in May or find an opening after June 13th for a week stay.  Our smaller lodge hideaways have openings after June 13th as well.  

     Each hideaway has a full kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom with a queen-size bed and a loft with 3 twin beds and a whirlpool bathtub.  There's a futon sleeper and a gas fireplace in the living room and can easily accommodate 4-6 people.

     Voyageur is the perfect place for a vacation and we'd love to have you as our guest.  You can paddle the Boundary Waters, fish Saganaga, hike the trails or just relax in the comfort of your cabin at Voyageur.


 Adam's Monster

Adam's Water Wolf







Northern Fishing






Fishing:    Just after ice out is the best time of year to go fishing.  Not only do you often times have the lake to yourself but also your chances of finding yourself a trophy fish are excellent.

     Have you heard the song, "Hungry Like a Wolf?"  I'm pretty sure Duran Duran wasn't singing about the Northern Pike but then again, you never know.  This water wolf heads to the shallows in search of a free lunch.  It comes up out of the deep depths and into the shallow weedy areas looking for some winter kill.  If you try fishing with a smelt or other dead bait then you might just hook into a lunker.  If you prefer to use lures then the bigger the better if you're looking for a monster pike.

     Northern Pike like to hang out in the following places.

  • Near the mouth of rivers & streams.
  • Points leading into weedy bays.
  • Narrows between lakes.
  • Underneath lilly pads, cabbage weeds or other weedy areas.
  • Shoals or rocky points where smallmouth or walleye are.

     There are numerous ways to fish for Northern Pike.  My all time favorite is trolling a spoon along the shoreline.  They say red is good for clear water and yellow for murky water but I'm not convinced the color matters as much as the size when searching for a monster. 

     My 6-year old has a very big and long lure we can't wait to try.  Northern Pike fishing is open year round on Saganaga so as soon as the ice is gone, we'll be out there looking for a hungry water wolf.    




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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew