Voyageur Quote: "If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall."  ~Nadine Stair



Gunflint Trail Weather

 Winter Won't Let Go














     April is almost here but Winter does not want to let go of the Gunflint Trail.  We experienced freezing rain last week and lost power for over four hours one evening.  Ice in varying amounts from 1/4" up to 3/4" coated trees, signs and everything in sight.  To top off the ice a couple of inches of fresh snow fell to the ground.  The past couple of evenings the temperature has dipped to zero and there's a winter storm warning in effect predicting 6-12 inches of snow.  March is almost over and winter should be too, but it just keeps hanging on.  It can't last forever and when it finally lets go of its grip the lakes will be liquid once again.


Ham Run Half Marathon 

Ham Run Fun




Run the Trail Less Traveled

Run the Trail Less Traveled






Spring on the Gunflint Trail

Our Pine Marten






What's NEW?

Gunflint Green Up and Ham Run-

Just a little more than a month away from the Gunflint Green Up May 1-3rd.  It's an activity filled weekend with something for everyone.  Presentations, music, food and more will keep everyone busy.  Being good stewards of the earth is the focus of this weekend where everyone is invited to plant trees or take care of the ones planted during last year's event.

Don't miss the opportunity to get some exercise during the Ham Run on Sunday, May 3rd.  There's a Half-Marathon, 5k Fun Run and even a chance for kids to get out and stretch their legs.  We hope we'll see you on the trail less traveled during the Gunflint Green Up. 

Voyageur Vacancies- We still have openings in our cabins for this summer and we'd love to have you come and be our guest.  Sometimes we'll get last minute cancellations and we'll have to offer our openings at rates that are too good to be true.  If you want to be notified when we have specials then be sure to sign up to receive them in your inbox.  Scroll to the bottom of this page and sign up today.    

Special Specials

Lodging~ Mention this article when making a new reservation in Riverside for a special rate of $995.00 for up to 4 people for a four-night, five-night, six-night or seven-night stay. This offer has been extended but will end soon. 

Outfitting~ A completely outfitted 5-day package for an affordable price. Don't delay they may be gone today.

Women's Trip~ There is still time and room for you to join one of our Women's Trips this summer.  Paddle the BWCA and learn about canoe camping in the wilderness.  No experience is necessary so check it out now! Voyageur's Women's Trips.

Boundary Waters Blog- You can now read tweets on the Boundary Waters Blog!  Updated throughout the day it's a great way to see what's happening at the end of the Gunflint Trail.  The blog is updated once a day too so be sure to bookmark it or sign up for the RSS Feed.




Woody the Woodpecker

Woody in our Tree





Getting Busy on the Trail-

I love Spring on the Gunflint Trail because the scenery changes every day.  It seems like things happen in a blink of an eye.  One look at a pussy willow with nothing remarkable to report and at next glance they have popped.  The snow covers the earth one moment and if you turn away for a second a green plant magically appears in its place. Frozen springs thaw and water starts to run as if someone flipped a switch.  It's a remarkable time of year and it's made even more incredible by how active the wildlife becomes.

The animals of the northwoods start popping up everywhere.  Just this past week we've seen a snowshoe hare, a skunk walking along the road, a pine marten on our deck, deer in the ditch and grouse everywhere. 

Even the birds and trees are busy on the Gunflint Trail.  All different kinds of woodpeckers peck at trees and visit our feeders along with chickadees, nuthatches, grosbeaks and more.  The sap starts to run in the maples and buds appear in abundance.

Spring on the Gunflint is a busy time of the year.  And just like the animals we're busy too; we're getting ready for you.


Spam spiced ham surprise

Surprise!  It's Good!




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Spam a BWCA Camping trip delight

Have Some Spam




Spam Surprise-

What's the big surprise about Spam? Not the kind you get in your email box but the spiced ham variety from Hormel.  The surprise is it can be prepared out on a camping trip and actually tastes good.

Before you laugh too hard listen to this.  When we bought Voyageur back in 1993 there was enough Spam in the store here to feed a small army for a full year.  I had no clue why it was there or how in the heck we were ever going to get rid of all of it. 

I was told the reason for so much Spam was in case the fishing guides didn't catch fish.  The guides would fry it up along with the canned whole potatoes that also lined our shelves.  The funny thing was cans were no longer allowed in the BWCA so I had no idea how long they had been sitting there.  I do know they had a thick layer of dust on top of them and that I wasn't excited about having to eat Spam every day for the rest of my life.

Then one day for lunch Mike made Spam Surprise for the staff.  I don't know if he actually told us what we were eating before we ate it or not.  He had taken the chunk of Spam out of the can and removed the thick gel coating from it.  He then used a cheese grater to grate the Spam onto pieces of toast.  He placed the toast on a baking pan, added some shredded pickles, shredded cheese, removed it from the oven and served it for lunch.

I admit I was surprised it actually tasted good.  You would think that I, having been born in the same state as Spam Town(Austin, MN), would have known what a wondrous food Spam was.  It fed army troops in World War II and even has its own museum. 

When we finally ate that last can of Spam I was a little sad.  While I couldn't bring myself to purchase a can in the grocery store I have to admit when it came out in the pouch I had to buy it.  We've used the tuna in a pouch for canoe camping trips in the BWCA and love it.  I knew once we tried the Spam in a pouch we were onto something good.

There are so many ways to eat Spam.  You can slice it and fry it up for breakfast, make it into a patty and eat it like a burger, slice it thin and use it in a sandwich or cut it into small pieces and put it on crackers.  It tastes good stuffed in a pita, wrapped in a tortilla and even on top of pizza.  Spam fajitas are tasty, grilled Spam kabobs hit the spot and there's nothing tastier than Spam and macaroni. 

The next time you hear the word Spam don't cringe.  That chunk of gunk can be made into something that actually tastes good, surprise!



 Lake Trout on Saganaga

Catch a Fish or Two this Opener








Boundary Waters Camping

Canoeing with Mike in the BWCA


Minnesota Opener with Mike! 

When you own a resort or outfitting business the numbers of invitations you receive to join someone for dinner, have a drink or go fishing are staggering. A number of our outfitting guests have actually begged Mike to join them on their canoe camping trips. So, by popular demand, over Minnesota’s Fishing Opener this year Mike will be canoe camping and fishing in the Boundary Waters and he’s inviting you along! 

The Minnesota Opener in the Boundary Waters is just after ice out. Lake Trout are shallow and trophy Northern Pike lurk just beneath the surface. You can fish and camp with Mike and enjoy his entertaining personality. Everyone will participate in all aspects of the trip including paddling and portaging and camp chores such as tent set-up, collecting fire wood, dishes, etc.
The trip will consist of a completely outfitted Pro-Angler Package that includes everything you need for a BWCA canoe camping and fishing adventure. All items including food, Kevlar canoes and bait will be provided for this 4-day trip.
This is the first time in our 17 years of owning Voyageur that Mike has offered to go camping with guests and it may be a once in a lifetime opportunity. The trip is limited to just 8 people and I’m guessing it will fill up fast. If this is something you are interested in then please do not hesitate because I wouldn’t want you to miss out.
Guests will arrive at Voyageur on Friday, May 8th for an evening in the bunk before heading out into the BWCA on Saturday, May 9th. The group will camp from the 9th to the 11th and return to Voyageur on the 12th. The price of the package is $895/person plus tax and fishing license with full payment due at the time of booking. Call today to reserve your BWCA adventure with Mike. 1-888-CANOEIT


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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew