Tow Boat Service on Saganaga Lake

Looking for a tow boat ride across Saganaga Lake? Look no further, we’ve got you covered. We leave right from our dock on the Seagull River and can give you a head start on your BWCAW trip or  Quetico Park trip. Give us a call to book today- 218-388-2224.

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Moose Viewing Ahead on the Gunflint Trail

Gunflint Trail moose

Spring is the best time of the year to see moose on the Gunflint Trail. They love to lick the roads for any residual salt leftover from winter. We love to watch them.  Come vacation with us at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and we’ll see if we can help you watch a moose too.

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Lakes are Liquid on the Gunflint Trail

Boundary Waters lakes

Photo by Jack Spaeth

The fishing opener has come and gone just like the ice on the Gunflint Trail lakes.  Come experience the beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters.

Saganaga Lake

Photo by Jack Spaeth

Sag Lake BWCA

Photo by Jack Spaeth

Saganaga Lake

Jack Spaeth

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Green Driving Tips

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency shared these tips for being green.

Greening your vehicle and your driving habits

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Minnesota Fishing Opener

There’s still some ice on Saganaga but a little sun or wind and we’ll have open water once again. Just in time for the Minnesota Fishing Opener this weekend.  Looking for a place to stay? Give us a call, we’d love to see you. 218-388-2224minnesota fishing opener

Here’s some fishing information from the Duluth News Tribune…

The Minnesota opener

• Minnesota’s inland fishing season opens at 12:01 a.m. Saturday for walleyes, northern pike, bass (with restrictions; consult regulations) and lake trout.

• You can safely bet Minneosta will have about 1.1 million licensed anglers this year. License sales have been amazingly consistent over the past 10 years — between 1.19 and 1.11 million. About half of those anglers are estimated to be out on opening weekend, if the weather is nice.

• Fishing licenses are available at ELS (Electronic Licensing System) agents statewide, such as bait shops and sporting goods stores, as well as online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense or by phone at 888-665-4236.

• Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan will spend the 72nd annual Governor’s Fishing Opener on Fountain Lake near Albert Lea, just miles from the Iowa border.

• May 11 and 12 are “Take A Mom Fishing Weekend” when Minnesota resident moms fish free, no license needed. Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is May 12.

• Some areas will be closed to fishing to protect concentrations of spawning walleyes. No fishing will be allowed on the St. Louis River from the Minnesota Highway 23 bridge up to the Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary cable through May 19. (And remember even the Wisconsin side of the St. Louis River and Twin Ports harbor remains closed until May 11.)

• Cook County closures include the Sea Gull River from Sea Gull Lake through Gull Lake to Saganaga Lake approximately 1/3 mile north of the narrows; closed through May 24; Saganaga Falls on the Minnesota‑Ontario border where the Granite River enters Saganaga Lake; closed through May 31; Maligne River (also known as Northern Light Rapids) on the Ontario side of Saganaga Lake; closed through May 31 by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry; Unnamed channel between Little Gunflint and Little North Lakes on the Minnesota‑Ontario border; closed through May 31; Cross River (inlet to Gunflint Lake) from the Gunflint Trail to Gunflint Lake; closed through May 24; Tait River from White Pine Lake to the Forest Road 340 crossing, including a portion of White Pine Lake, from May 11 to May 24; Junco Creek from the first log dam above County Road 57 downstream to Devil Track Lake, and including a portion of Devil Track Lake near the river mouth, from May 11 to May 24.

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More Snow on the Gunflint Trail

We thought we were done with the shovels but apparently Mother Nature had other plans. It sure looked like spring yesterday but not so much today with the big snowflakes falling from the sky.

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Gunflint Trail snow

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The Answer is Obvious

Sometimes I find myself fixated on a piece of news. I currently have a number of feelings regarding a recent death of a Minnesota Conservation Officer. I’ve even found myself checking back for updated articles and then I realized the information I was looking for was right in front of me.

Here’s the details regarding the incident. Two DNR Conservation Officers were called out to a lake on April 19th to check out something floating in the water which someone thought could possibly have been a body. To my knowledge no one was missing in the area, there wasn’t an empty boat floating around in the lake and there was no reason to think there might actually be someone in the water.

The two Conservation Officers launched their boat and as they were pulling away from shore they were thrown into the water. Rescuers were able to reach one of the men but the other slipped beneath the water before rescuers could get to him. No one will comment on whether either were wearing their life jackets.  The body of the deceased man was recovered the next day.

Can you guess what my question is? It’s such an obvious answer I’m embarrassed. I wanted to know if they were wearing their life jackets. The answer is so insane I can’t comprehend it. My mind won’t let me believe two Conservation Officers would get into a boat just after ice out without wearing life jackets. The other man is out of the hospital now and obviously knows the answer to my question as do we all. Had either himself or his partner been wearing a life vest they would both be alive right now.

It’s a sad story about something that never should have happened.  Please wear your life jacket, it doesn’t work if you don’t wear it.

 

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Winter Storm Warning

Three of the three high school  baseball games scheduled for this week were cancelled due to field conditions. I wonder what will happen next week?

Winter Storm Warning
Alert:
...POWERFUL SPRING STORM BRINGS WINDS AND HEAVY SNOW TO THE 
NORTHLAND TODAY... 
 
.A strong spring snow storm will bring wet, heavy accumulating 
snow and very strong east-northeast winds, starting today in a few 
waves of heavy snow before transitioning into more typical 
light/moderate snowfall tonight. The snowfall, combined with the 
northeast winds, will lead to near-blizzard conditions in some 
spots, especially near Lake Superior including the shoreline of 
the Twin Ports. Snowfall will start slightly later than previously 
forecast and amounts have been lowered slightly, but there is 
still expected to be periods of heavy snow and very strong winds 
today creating very hazardous travel conditions. Snow may turn 
into a wintry mix at times, especially in northwest Wisconsin this 
evening where a period of freezing rain is possible before a 
transition back to all rain/snow on Friday. Very strong northeast 
winds will cause blowing snow to significantly reduce visibility. 
Travel conditions could be life- threatening for a period 
Thursday afternoon. Wind gusts will range between 40 to 50 mph 
over a portion of the forecast area, with gusts approaching 55 or 
60 mph right along Lake Superior. 
 
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING 
TO 1 PM CDT FRIDAY... 
 
* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow 
accumulations of 5 to 10 inches and ice accumulations of around 
one tenth of an inch expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph. 
 
* WHERE...Portions of northwest Wisconsin and east central, 
north central and northeast Minnesota. 
 
* WHEN...From 7 AM this morning to 1 PM CDT Friday. Conditions 
will be worst Thursday afternoon and evening. 
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Areas of 
blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The 
hazardous conditions will impact the Thursday evening commute. 
Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.
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Rain and snow, snow and rain

Spring is here and on the Gunflint Trail that means, “Mud Season” Of course the snow doesn’t magically disappear overnight replaced by bone dry ground come morning. If only it would be that easy. Instead the shovels remain propped against the side of the building right next to the rakes that are anxiously awaiting their season. It will be awhile before we can rake but just seeming them has a way of lifting ones spirits. Spring is here, summer is coming.

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Minnesota Moose Population

From MN DNR

Northeastern Minnesota moose population remains low but stable
8th consecutive year of stability means the overall number of moose aren’t declining

Results of the 2019 moose survey indicate northeastern Minnesota’s moose population remains stable but relatively low for the eighth year in a row, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“We’re encouraged that the moose population is not in the steep decline it was,” said Glenn DelGiudice, DNR moose and deer project leader. “In the short to medium term, we’re likely to keep seeing moose in the forests, lakes and swamps of northeastern Minnesota. But their long-term survival here in Minnesota remains uncertain.”

Survey results estimate northeastern Minnesota’s moose population at 4,180, statistically unchanged from 2018’s estimate of 3,030. The results reflect a 90 percent certainty that the moose population is between 3,250 and 5,580 animals.

The last significant population decline occurred between 2009 and 2012. Since then, the number of moose in northeastern Minnesota has been statistically stable.

Since the DNR began its modern moose surveys in 2005, northeastern Minnesota’s moose population was at its highest in 2006, when survey results estimated 8,840 animals. Each subsequent year’s survey estimate is compared to 2006’s peak estimate to calculate the population decline.

This year’s population estimate is 53 percent lower than 2006, an improvement from 2018 when the estimate was 65 percent lower.

Reproductive success and adult survival have the greatest impact on the annual count and dynamics of the moose population over time.

“We know from our research that adult female moose are getting pregnant,” DelGiudice said. “The problem is there aren’t enough female moose that are successfully producing calves and raising them to one year. That’s a significant challenge in our efforts to maintain Minnesota’s moose population.”

Survey results indicate that calf survival from birth in spring to January continues to be relatively stable but consistently low. Field studies have indicated that survival rates are even lower by spring, translating to low numbers of moose calves living through their first year.

The DNR’s detailed field research has shown that wolf predation has consistently accounted for about two-thirds of the calf mortality and one-third of the adult mortality. In some cases, injuries suffered during predation attempts – not the predation itself – ultimately killed the adult moose. In others, sickness or disease likely made the adult moose more vulnerable to predation.

The annual population survey is the most critical aspect of DNR moose management. Tracking moose numbers and determining the gender and age makeup of the population allows the DNR to closely monitor the health and well-being of moose.

In 2012, the DNR made nine forested areas a permanent part of the moose survey. These areas include different types of forest, including forests disturbed by events such as wildfires, blow-downs and timber harvests. Higher population counts within specific areas may indicate that moose prefer certain types of habitat. The DNR and its partners can use this information to better target current and future habitat enhancement projects to provide better conditions for long-term moose survival in Minnesota.

DNR wildlife research also is in its seventh year of an extensive study to determine how winter nutrition affects moose survival and reproductive success.

“There are many things we still don’t know,” DelGiudice said. “But our understanding of habitat preferences, population structure, nutrition and predation has significantly improved. Our goal is to use this new information to identify management options that better the chances for long-term survival of moose in northeastern Minnesota.”

This year’s survey involved flying in 52 survey plots distributed across northeastern Minnesota’s moose range from Jan. 3 to Jan. 17. While the survey is statistically sound, there is inherent uncertainty associated with it, because researchers will never see and count all of the animals across the 6,000-square-mile survey area.

The DNR has conducted annual aerial moose surveys each year since 1960 in the northeast.  Adjustments made to the survey in 2005 made it more accurate and its annual results more comparable from 2005 to the present.

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and 1854 Treaty Authority again contributed funding and provided personnel for the annual moose survey.

More information about moose is available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/moose.

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