" Every portage is a gate: the first one is a portal between worlds."  Peter Leschak




 Boundary Waters Canoe Area Scene

Peaceful Portage




Fishing in the BWCA














Bye, Bye July-

          July will be over before we know it.  It's been a wonderful month for enjoying the Gunflint Trail and the wilderness canoe country.  The bugs are still pretty much non-existent and the weather has been wonderful. 

     Abundant sunshine with intermittent rain showers have kept visitors happy.  Only a few windy days have challenged paddlers and one heavy rainfall tested tent seams.  Over a half of an inch of rain fell in a short amount of time on the 14th of July.  The water levels have remained low but thankfully have not gone down any farther.  The forest has moisture and the fire danger is low to medium. 

     Temperatures have been quite comfortable both during the daytime and evening.  The average high during the day is above 75 degrees and the average nightly low around 55 degrees for an average overall temperature of just over 65 degrees. 

     The wildlife showed off their young while I was on a recent paddle with my family.  A merganser with 11 ducklings, two sets of loon parents with two new chicks each, a deer with a fawn and a moose with a calf.  These were all seen on the same day.

     The blueberries are ripe and ready to be picked.  They arrived about a month earlier than normal and they are larger than normal in size.  Everyone has enjoyed blueberry pancakes while out camping in the woods.

     Long term forecasts for August look good as well.  There is still plenty of time to come stay at Voyageur or take a canoe trip into the BWCA or Quetico Park.  Be sure to check our specials page for last minute deals.  Call us today to reserve your spot in the wilderness this summer, we'd love to see you here. 1-888-CANOEIT

Boy Scouts BWCA Trip

Boy Scouts Troop 6 Before BWCA


 Voyageur Canoe Outfitters-

Where the Trail Ends Your Voyage Begins




Boy Scouts in the Boundary Waters

Getting Ready to Go


 Brave Boy Scouts

Troop 6 After BWCA








A Rewarding Experience-       

     We love to hear about the wonderful trips our guests have.  It's exciting to introduce people to all of the benefits of the wilderness area.  It's great to see the changes that take place between the time our guests paddle away from the dock and when they return.  There is no better example than the drastic transformation of one of our recent Scout Troops.

Clearfield Boy Scout troop canoes in Boundary Waters
CNA staff reporter   

CLEARFIELD — It all began with one simple question last fall, ‘What are the future goals of Boy Scout Troop No. 6 in Clearfield?’
When Scoutmaster Jennifer Queener answered the question in a previous Creston News Advertiser story about her nontraditional Boy Scout troop, which is designed to help boys who haven’t lived on their own to develop life skills, she replied the troop’s dream was to one day go to Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
That dream came true.
“When Boundary Waters was in the story, it got linked to a blog and Sue from Voyageur Canoe Outfitters read the story,” Queener said.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area is located in Superior National Park in northeastern Minnesota, and Voyageur Canoe Outfitters, which is owned and operated by Mike and Sue Prom, offer canoe trips throughout the area.
Many Boy Scout troops from across the nation sign up to experience canoeing in Boundary Waters. Queener said when Sue read about her troop, she got in contact with her and decided to make the trip a reality.
Seven scouts and two adults went on the Boundary Waters trip from June 23 to 28. Queener said the troop worked hard to raise the $1,000 for the trip.
However, with less than 24 hours before the troop was to leave for Minnesota, one of the adults had to cancel because of work complications.
Queener said she was calling everybody she knew to see if someone could go because two adults are required for leading a troop in Boundary Waters.
Fortunately, Jerry Hynes of Creston, a former Boy Scout who attained the rank of Life Scout, agreed to chaperon the trip. Hynes was able to fill out all the paper work, get a physical exam and pack everything in less than a day.
Hynes said his previous experience as a Boy Scout led him to going on the trip.
“There’s a lot of good growth from it with the things that you learn,” he said, “just from how to take care of yourself when the odds are against you.”
The troop improved their camping, canoeing and navigation skills throughout the trip.
“We did cooking, and we did dishes, and we set up tents and canoeing,” said Boy Scout Quentin Hingeley, 18, of Creston.
Queener said in the beginning of the canoe trip, the troops four canoes were strewn about all across the water. However, the scouts learned quickly and were able to work as a cohesive unit on the way back.
“It showed that with experience, and with them being out exploring and just working the canoes themselves, we stayed together coming home,” she said. “It was fantastic.”
Both Queener and Hynes said they were most impressed with how much self-confidence the troop gained in Boundary Waters.
“It was really neat to see the development of my Scout troop,” Queener said. “Instead of just individuals, they became a troop. They worked together as a team, and they went from worrying about themselves to worrying about their partner in a boat.”
Hynes said he saw improvement in the troop’s map-reading and fire-starting skills.
“When you’re in the wilderness, and this is definitely the wilderness, there are no signs or facilities for anything basically,” he said. “It was interesting to watch them emerge and bring about their skills, and each of them had an individual skill.”
The Scouts also got to see different areas of nature such as Lake Superior.
“I think we’ve learned to accept nature as it is, and leaving no trace of yourself,” said Boy Scout Travis Hayden, 21, of Creston.
Now that Boy Scout Troop No. 6 goal has been accomplished, their next goals are to finish their canoeing and camping merit badges.
Hayden said a lot of what he learned in Boundary Waters will help him with his merit badges.
“I truly think I’ve accomplished a lot of things on this trip,” he said. “I’ve actually become a better person emotionally.”













SCanadian Fishing

Big Timber


Canadian Cabin 

Pine Point


Canadian Cabin or Canoe Trip-

     Quetico Trip- Do you have a Remote Area Border Crossing Permit? If so then there has never been a better time to visit Canada from the end of the Gunflint Trail.   Quetico Park permit reservations are down 1/3 from 1994 and less than 40 percent of the permits out of Cache Bay have been reserved for this summer.  This is great news for those who do venture into the Quetico Park because they are experiencing a priceless solitude.  If you are experiencing difficulties reserving Quetico Permits with the new service then please feel free to call us at 1-888-CANOEIT.  We can help you set up your reservation into the very under used Quetico Park. 

     Red Pine Island- No electricity, no cell phone service and nothing to distract you from the peace and quiet surrounding you.  Life made simpler in a place that takes you back in time.  Gas lights, wood stove and gas appliances along with the old time outhouse await you.


     Big Timber has two bedrooms and will sleep up to 8 people while the Point Cabin has one bedroom and sleeps up to 6 people. Your group can paddle or boat to the island hideaway.


        A vacation at Red Pine Island isn’t for everyone.  This place is reserved for those unique individuals who are ready for a real experience.  Where whims are not catered to and the list of amenities includes lake, beautiful sunsets, fresh air, star-studded sky and fishing nearby.  Is Red Pine Island for you?  Call us to find out- 1-888-CANOEIT.

Voyageur Canoe Outfitters Crew 

 Voyageur Canoe Crew


Meet the Voyageur Crew-

     What a wonderful crew we have to serve you at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters.  I may be biased because I love them all but just listen to what our guests are saying if you don't believe me.   

Dear Mike, Sue and everyone (Andy) at the Voyageur Outfitters,


I would like to comment on how nice everyone was.  Andy was the person we met as soon as we arrived.  He made sure we knew what to do along with what we needed to make our adventure a memorable one.  He was more than kind when it came to things we needed and he was very personable even when he was off duty.  The Voyageur Crew is very lucky to have a kind and responsible young man working for them.  He was awesome!  Thanks Andy!


To everyone else we came into contact with.  The young lady who made our pizza's for us.  You went above and beyond providing us with the veggie's. That was something you didn't need to do but did it anyway.  It's the little things that make a difference. 


To Chelsea.  You were very patient with us and taking the time out to take our picture. 


Thanks to all at Voyageur all of you are amazing and I know that Troop 44 will be back!!!




Marla Phillips

Assistant Scout Master

Troop 44

And very happy customer!




 Boundary Waters Bass

From the Dock at Voyageur


 Online Store  

Check out the Boundary Waters Blog


Facebook Find us on Facebook!



Catch Fish-    

     There's nothing like the excitement of feeling a fish tug on your line and there's nothing quite as disappointing as losing that same fish.  Believe me, I know this from experience. 

     When it comes to preparing for a Boundary Waters fishing trip I suggest taking a good look at your fishing equipment and tackle box.  Make sure the reel is in proper working order and the rod is in good repair.  Sometimes tips can be snapped off or eyelets go missing without the owner realizing it so take a moment to ensure all is well.   In addition to this make sure there is enough line on your reel and that it is strong and relatively new.  Brand new line isn't always better because it can result in nasty loops and tangles if one isn't paying attention when reeling in.

     When deciding what fishing gear to bring keep in mind you will most likely lose one of everything in your box.  Bring a couple of each lure so if it's working and you lose it you'll have another one to keep catching fish. You can check out our suggested tackle box online for our other suggestions.

     I'm one of those Murphy's Law anglers, if something can go wrong then it will.  I recently took Josh on a very quick fishing trip because I didn't take care of my equipment.  We were trolling along when he caught a fish only to lose it when all of the line on his reel spun off and trailed after the fish.  We switched to bobber fishing where he lost both the fish and his hook because of rotten line.  A lure on a log or up in a tree is not unheard of when I'm in the boat and I've even had to swim after a northern pike who stole my G. Loomis rod once.

     Don't pull a Sue the next time you go fishing.  Be prepared and you'll experience the thrill of catching fish.   

 We hope you enjoy our newsletter and tell others about it!

  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew  

Sierra Trading Post Sierra Club The North Face Logo