Voyageur Quote:

 "Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time."  ~John Lubbock




BWCA Vista Thunder Point Knife Lake 

Rain or Shine All is Fine in the Boundary Waters





Cloudy but calm in the BWCA

The Beautiful BWCA














     Mother Nature deserves an applause.  She has been in tune with what the Boundary Waters and Gunflint Trail area has needed in terms of weather throughout this month of July. 

     The temperatures have been cool and comfortable making this July the coldest we have seen in the past ten years.  The daytime average is currently at 66.96 degrees; a good 12 degrees cooler than the warmest July in 2003 when the average was 79.80 degrees.

     Most people have enjoyed the cooler weather for paddling and portaging.  No one likes to be sweating and swatting while portaging and the bugs don't like the cold very much either so they have barely been out.  

     Mother Nature has sent rain when we have needed it.  Some people don't like to camp in the rain but as long as there isn't a fire ban then most are happy.  It was beginning to get quite dry in the forest with no precipitation during the first 13 days of July.  Since then we've had some nice showers and a total accumulation of over 2.5 inches.  The fire danger should be minimal as we enter the "busiest" time in the BWCA. 

     With just one week left of July the summer is turning a corner.  August will be here soon and before we know it the paddling season will come to an end.

     If you haven't made plans to paddle the BWCA or Quetico yet then hurry up and do so.  There are plenty of permits available for August and since we live up here year around you can come visit Voyageur as late into the season as you would like.  A late summer or fall trip are just as wonderful as one during mid-summer so give us a call today so we can help plan your wilderness adventure. 1-888-CANOEIT



Hermit Thrush

 Hermit Thrush 





 Three Toed Woodpecker

Three Toed Woodpecker





Northern Hawk Owl

Northern Hawk Owl









Wildlife Update-  

     One thing cabin owners on Saganaga Lake have in common with birds is the fact they too migrate in the spring and fall.  Many of our Saganaga Species of two leggeds lead interesting lives back in the real world and one of these individuals happens to know alot about everything so it seems.  At least many of the things that are important up in our neck of the woods like fish and other northern creatures.  

     I'm pretty sure he's retired now but David A. Etnier is a professor of Zoology and taught at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  He's even co-authored a book about fish in Tennessee.  Whenever we have a question about anything wild David is the first person we go to since he's always been more than willing to lend his expertise.

     Most recently he has compiled a special list of birds for us.  We will be posting the complete list and descriptions on our website in the near future but will preview them for you here first. 

     Many different species of birds frequent our area making it a heaven for birders and non-birders alike.  You can already find a complete list on our website.  There are common ones and then some not so common ones but the list he has compiled for us is different.  It is a list of 25 Good Sag Birds which is defined by Dave. "The 25 “good birds” have been selected based on the following criteria: (1) they breed in the area dependably or at least occasionally; (2)  the Saganaga area is near the southern, eastern, or western edge of their breeding range; and (3) many of the 25 will be treats for even avid birders, and are uncommonly to rarely seen elsewhere in the lower 48 during winter migration."

  1. American Black Duck
  2. Bay-Breasted Warbler
  3. Black-backed Woodpecker
  4. Boreal Chickadee
  5. Canada Warbler
  6. Common Goldeneye
  7. Evening Grosbeak
  8. Gray Jay
  9. Hermit Thrush
  10. Lindoln's Sparrow
  11. Merlin
  12. Mourning Warbler
  13. Northern Hawk Owl
  14. Northern Waterthrush
  15. Olive-Sided Flycatcher
  16. Philadelphia Vireo
  17. Red Crossbill
  18. Red-necked Grebe
  19. Rusty Blackbird
  20. Solitary Sandpiper
  21. Spruce Grouse
  22. Three-toed Woodpecker
  23. White-winged Crossbill
  24. Wilson’s Warbler
  25. Yellowbellied Flycatcher





 Not leaving my gorp at home!

Bring Gorp!







Leave Home Without It-   There are plenty of suggested packing lists out there for wilderness canoe camping trips.  We have our suggested list online as do most outfitters and avid visitors to the area.  What I haven't found is a list of what not to bring to the canoe country.

     I have my own ideas of what I suggest people leave at home, but how about you?  What do you think should be left at home when paddling and portaging the BWCA or Quetico Park?

     Please share your thoughts with me so I can compile a list of what to leave at home when coming on a canoe camping adventure.  I look forward to hearing from you.




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 Tweet, Tweet!-  This time it isn't the birds I'm talking about but the social media site Twitter.  You can choose to follow anyone and then read about what they are up to in posts of less than 140 characters.  Did someone just catch a big fish? Is it storming on the Gunflint Trail?  If you want to know then check out the BWCA Blog Lady on Twitter.  

     Don't forget to read the blog and be sure to check out our videos posted on You Tube like this one of a cow and calf moose filmed by our crew member Adam Maxwell. 

Gunflint Trail Canoe Races- Once again the Voyageur Crew dominated the canoe races to benefit the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department.  They ate, paddled and pumped their way to win the trophy for another year.  Way to go Crew!  See the gunwale pumping on You Tube!  The GTVFD was also a winner since the homeowners of Seagull and Saganaga Lake raised over $14,000. for the department. 



BWCA fishing   

Here Fishy, Fishy  




Got Fish? 

     For the folks who want fish it hasn't been much of a challenge this summer.  The northerns and smallmouth bass have been biting like crazy even during the recent mayfly hatch.  The walleyes have been a bit pickier with the cool temperatures and changing wind directions and the lake trout fishing has been steady.

   A father son duo caught their fill of fish on a recent Boundary Waters trip.  During their 6-day trip they caught over 250 smallmouth bass!

     Josh has been busy fishing from the dock.  He's caught walleye, northern, smallmouth and even a small sunfish this summer. 

     Quetico Park guests have been using Berkley Gulp Baits and catching lots of fish.  They like the fact they are easier to take care of than live bait and less expensive too.

     If you want to catch some fish this summer then come on up for a visit, we'd love to see you here.


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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew