Voyageur Quote: "Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means a waste of time."  ~J. Lubbuck 



 Photo by Donna Nelson

Quenching, Drenching Rain



The beauty of rain, rainbows.

Only when it rains...



  Moose on the Gunflint Trail

Missy & Maxi Moose



Weather Report  

     Let Summer begin!  Winter was long and the spring rains lingered on so let them be gone and bring Summer on.   That's my plead to Mother Nature as the first day of summer quickly approaches. 

     Rain has quenched the earth's thirst and then some this spring.  While Grand Marais received almost 7 inches of rain overnight last week we received only 2-3 inches.  Don't tell anyone sleeping in a tent it was only 2-3 inches, because that's alot of water when your sleeping in a tent.

     The weather has had its own agenda so far this paddling season.  Heavy rains, soft mists and everything in between has fallen from the sky.  Slight breezes to gale force winds at times have made paddling interesting to say the least.  Cool temperatures and even colder water have made the wilderness seem even more remote as dangers of hypothermia are in the forefront of the mind.  With all of this being said only the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park offer this truly unique experience and guests have not been deterred.

     True wilderness lovers find the beauty and lure of the canoe country in all types of weather.  If anything, the diverse conditions make them appreciate the area even more.  While some may be fair weather paddlers there are others who will venture into the BWCA or Quetico no matter what the conditions are.  For them the experience is even more enhanced because they know they are in a class of their own.

     Summer is on its way, it's right around the corner.  With it will come hot days and warm nights filled with sparkling stars.  We are ready so bring it on.


   High Water in the BWCA

Watch your Step Mike!




Voyageur Staff Housing

Staff Housing













 What's New? 

High Water Level- The water level is high and getting higher.  If it isn't at the high mark yet then it will be soon.  There's not a rock showing in the rapids and the portages are getting shorter by the day.  The fire danger is low and there is no burning ban so enjoy the rushing rapids and beautiful waterfalls while they last.

Voyageur Crew and their housing- Or lack of it.  The staff housing was lost during the Ham Lake Fire last year and we're still working to replace it.  The hope was to have it completed by Memorial Weekend but progress has been slow and now we're keeping our fingers crossed for the 4th of July.  We've had lots of volunteers helping us but it just isn't enough.  The good thing is the Voyageur Crew is filled with awesome individuals who wouldn't dream of complaining about the situation.  We are blessed with a wonderful bunch and all but one of the crew members are here for the summer.  We're waiting for Jennifer and then the crew will be complete; Adam M., Adam N., Andy, Billie, Jessica, Mike, Sheri and Val. 

Boundary Waters Blog- There are monsters from Little Falls at Voyageur?  The forecast calls for highs in the 100's?  What is going on?  Find answers to these questions and more at the Boundary Waters Blog.


 Becoming a Boundary Waters Family

Make your family a BWCA Family





Becoming a Boundary Waters Family, Logo by Kelly Dupre

Become a Boundary Waters Family





Josh canoeing

Let's go paddling!







Becoming a Boundary Waters Family: 

     For us it just kind of happened.  First we bought Voyageur, then we had kids and then we became a Boundary Waters Family.  We've been helping families enjoy the canoe country ever since we bought Voyageur in 1993.  Now we have kids of our own and we have experimented with different types of trips, canoes and tricks to make our family trips even better.  Paddling as a family has been relatively easy for us and we can make it easy for your family too.       

   We're always available at Voyageur to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.   We offer great rates for children so you can afford to get them out into the woods at a young age.  There is not a perfect age for introducing children to the Boundary Waters so don't wait, do it now.  Kids of all ages enjoy paddling and camping in the wilderness and we can help you plan a trip that will be a hit with your entire family.  Don't worry about the details, leave those to us.
     We along with the Gunflint Trail Association Canoe Outfitters are offering a special program this summer so your family can Become a Boundary Waters Canoe Family.  There will be seminars and classes available beginning June 16-July 14th.  If you have always dreamed of taking a BWCA canoe trip then please come up the Gunflint Trail and attend some of the great classes we have prepared with your family in mind.
     There are all types of classes planned to help your family become a Boundary Waters Family.  What to wear, tips on paddling, who's poo is that are just a few of the classes that will be held at various resorts and outfitters on the Gunflint Trail.  At Voyageur we'll be focusing on fishing and the added joy it can bring to a canoe trip.  Be sure to give us a call and plan to visit us during this special time.  1-888-CANOEIT. 
     We would love to see you at Voyageur and we even have lodging available.  We've introduced many families to the Boundary Waters and are even more excited to teach your family how to Become a Boundary Waters Family.  We hope to see you and your family here between June 16-July 14th or any other time you are ready to become a Boundary Waters Family.




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Vacancies at Voyageur!   There are still vacancies for lodging this summer at Voyageur.  It's a great place to get away from it all and enjoy the wilderness.  The fishing is picking up each day on Saganaga, there's lakes to be paddled, trails to be hiked and solitude to be enjoyed so call us today to reserve your place in the woods.

    As crazy as it sounds we even have the Water's Edge Cabin open from today until the 23rd of June due to a last minute cancellation.  This is a great cabin for a small group and works for a large group as well.  With the extra bunkhouse this property can accommodate up to 10-12 people.  

     Black Bear Cabin is open beginning on the 20th of June through the 27th, leaving on the 28th.  This is a rustic cabin priced affordably for these dates at only $500.00 for up to 4 people.

  There are openings scattered throughout the summer so check out our specials page or give us a call and come up to Voyageur for a visit.  We'd love to see you here. 1-888-CANOEIT




  Sustainable Tourism at its best

Way to Go Voyageur






 Shades of Green- We're giving ourselves a pat on the back for becoming a Waste Wise Partner.  The Environmental Protection Agency has commended us on our commitment to reducing waste.  This is just one of the ways we are becoming a darker shade of green.  Soon we'll have a page on our website with all of the other things we are doing to be greener every day.


"There will be days when the fishing is better than one's most optimistic forecast. others when it is far worse.  Either is a gain over just staying home." 

Roderick Haig-Brown   





 BWCA Lake Trout

Nice fish Donna!



     I call any day I get to go fishing a good day.  It's enjoyable just being out on the lake away from normal every day life.  Fishing up here on the Gunflint Trail is even better. 

     There are so many lakes to fish and so few people fishing on these wilderness lakes.  There's no competition for fishing spots and most times you don't even see another boat. 

     Guests always enjoy the solitude the lakes have to offer.  Catching a couple 30" walleyes or an 8 pound lake trout is like the frosting on the cake.

     The weather has been constantly changing and the water temperature has been holding steady.  The lake trout are  shallow and biting like crazy.  The smaller walleye are starting to bite and the big ones haven't quit.  The smallmouth and northern pike are hard to keep off of your line.  

     Come cast a line and see for yourself.  There's no such thing as a bad day of fishing on the Gunflint Trail.




Thank you for reading our newsletter.  We hope you enjoy it and tell others about it.  

  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew