Best BWCA Food and Menu Hacks

We’re looking for your best food and menu hacks for your Boundary Waters canoe trip. We sometimes act like we know everything but I know there food tips and tricks out there I have never thought of.  As a person who doesn’t like to cook I’m always looking for new ideas for my BWCA camping trips. My go-to food is soft tortillas with peanut butter. No explanation should be necessary but I’ll tell you why, just in case. Peanut butter is delicious and soft shells take up very little space and hold up way better than bread in a Duluth Pack.

Make sure you head over to Instagram or Facebook to earn another chance to win during our Epic Giveaway at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. Just answer the question, “What is your favorite camp food tip or trick that you think everyone should know?”Boundary Water food hacks

And here’s something else you should do. Check out the MN DNR Eagle Camera, it’s so entertaining to watch the two adult eagles interact with their three eaglets!

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Boundary Waters Traditions

Is getting there half the fun of a Boundary Waters canoe trip? Maybe not, but even I have a tradition for post BWCAW canoe trips. It depends upon where we paddle, camp, enter and exit the Boundary Waters but no matter where we exit I hustle to the nearest ice cold Diet Coke from a 20 ounce bottle. If I’m getting picked up on Saganaga Lake by a tow boat sometimes the drivers have one in the boat in a cooler waiting for me to enjoy.

Most people love a cold beer after their trip and guess what! We have a treat for you this summer. If all goes as planned we’ll have Voyageur Brewing Company beer on tap in our lodge waiting for you after your trip with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters this summer.

Be sure to answer today’s Giveaway Question in the comments here, on Facebook or on our Split Rock lighthouseInstagram for another chance to win!
What are your travel traditions on your way to or from your Boundary Waters / Quetico trip?

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Five star Boundary Waters campsite

Today’s Giveaway Question in Voyageur Canoe Outfitter’s epic giveaway!

What is your criteria for a 5 star campsite?

If you head over to our Facebook Page  you’ll find a bunch of ideas of what others consider qualities of a five star campsite. I was hoping people would post gps coordinates or label them on a BWCA map for me!  One thing I look at when I check out a Boundary Waters campsite is how far away the latrine is. Some of the greatest campsites aren’t ideal for me because of a quarter mile uphill death march to the latrine.  Just something else to think about when you’re pondering your criteria of sunset versus sunrise, deep water for jumping or shallow for wading.

Camping in the BWCA

 

 

Giveaway Details Below:

We are doing our most epic giveaway to date! Take your mind off of everyday life and start dreaming about canoe country and planning your Boundary Waters trip. To help you do that we will be sending out canoe trip planning questions to our email list, our Facebook, Instagram and the blog! Each question you participate in will give you 1 entry into our give away. After the 14 days of questions is done, we will enter everyone into the pot and randomly select our winners… we are sure you are interested to know what the prizes will be so without further adieu…1st Place – 4 Day Completely Outfitted Trip into the Boundary Waters for Two People

2nd Place – The Scout Pack by Duluth Pack

3rd Place – A Stainless Steel Growler and Fill from Voyageur Brewing Company!

This giveaway is sponsored solely by Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and not sponsored by Instagram or Facebook

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Boundary Waters Giveaway by Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

    Voyageur Canoe Outfitters is doing our most epic giveaway to date! We want to bring your mind to the canoe country and planning your Boundary Waters canoe trip. To do that we will be sending out fun questions to our email list( sign up now), our Facebook, Instagram and the blog! Each question you participate in will give you 1 entry into our give away. After the 14 days of questions is done, we will enter everyone into the pot and randomly select our winners… we are sure you are interested to know what the prizes will be so without further adieu…Boundary Waters permit reservation

1st Place – 4 Day Completely Outfitted Trip into the Boundary Waters for Two People

2nd Place – The Scout Pack by Duluth Pack (pictured below)

3rd Place – A Stainless Steel Growler and Fill from Voyageur Brewing Company!

Voyageur Canoe OutfittersToday’s Question / Task

In order to participate today all you have to do is sign up for the email list! Forward this to your paddling friends so they can sign up too. Every sign up is an entry and after you sign up you will be on the list to receive and participate in the next 13 questions.

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Ready for your Boundary Waters canoe trip?

Take the first step in planning this year’s Boundary Waters canoe trip. It’s always easier to make time for a vacation you have invested in so take action today. Voyageur Canoe Outfitters is offering a 4- day Canoe and Equipment Package for $199 and it doesn’t expire until 2024.

Purchase Your Trip

Offer ends March 31st – Voucher Expires 2024

Canoe and Equipment Voucher is good for a 4-day outfitted Canoe and Equipment Package. One Voucher per person is required. This package includes private bunk stay night before trip, routing and orientation, breakfast morning of trip, canoe, paddles, pfd’s, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping, pad, stove, packs, and misc other canoe camping equipment.

Offer not applicable for current reservations This package doesn’t include food, cooking gear, permits, licenses, and taxes.

Camping in the BWCA

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Adventures from the end of the Gunflint Trail

There are so many places one can venture from the end of the Gunflint Trail.  Here’s a video taken by Josh Prom of just one of the possibilities of a day trip from Voyageur Canoe Outfitters.

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Spring on the Gunflint Trail

Spring has sprung! Or it was supposed to have sprung yesterday in conjunction with the equinox. Instead, we woke up to a big dumping of fresh, moisture filled snow on the Gunflint Trail. It doesn’t look like spring around here but that doesn’t keep us from thinking about the season that happens after mud season, summer! Yes, summer will come and with it the paddling season we are all looking forward to.

Where will your Boundary Waters trip take you this summer? While you ponder that question head over to our website where you can read about one of my favorite routes, the Saganaga, Knife Lake, Seagull Lake loop.

 

Saganaga Lake, Knife Lake, Seagull Lake

Camping in the BWCA

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Distract yourself by planning a Boundary Waters canoe trip

It’s still winter in northern Minnesota but like everywhere else in the world the Coronavirus scare has reached us. The good news is we do a pretty good job of social distancing without even trying. We have always said the end of the Gunflint Trail is the perfect place to get away from it all and we couldn’t agree more during these crazy times.

Our daughter Abby has been studying abroad in Australia for the semester but is now on her way home. Our son Josh is returning home from his 2nd semester of college and things are a bit uncertain. We’re going to take advantage of this time to reconnect, spend some time outside as a family and plan a summer canoe trip.

We encourage you to pull out your BWCAW maps and look at all of the possibilities for summer canoe trip adventures. There are so many lakes and so little time. If you want to take a mental escape you can lose yourself while reading about some of our trips on our website.  Call a friend and talk about those past adventures and start planning your next one. If you’re feeling lonely, give us a call,  218-388-2224, we’d love to help you plan your next canoe trip. Heck, we’ll even listen to your favorite canoe trip stories if you feel like sharing.

As always, we value your friendship and support of Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and hope you all remain healthy and safe.  When things settle down and we can gather again we’ll look forward to sharing the end of the Gunflint Trail with you, our fresh air, starry nights and canoe adventures will be waiting for you at Voyageur.

Boundary Waters nights

Photo taken by a recent guest

 

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Minnesota Moose Population 2020

Here’s some good news regarding the moose population from the Department of Natural Resources.

Aerial survey shows moose population is stable

March 9, 2020

For the ninth year in a row, Minnesota’s moose population remains relatively stable, but reproductive success – one of the factors that has the greatest impact on moose survival over time – remains low.

This winter, the DNR estimated the moose population to be 3,150 animals (between a range of 2,400 and 4,320). Due to the variance in this type of annual population estimate, this year’s estimate does not suggest a decline from last year’s estimate of 4,180 moose. The survey provides an estimate rather than documenting the precise number of moose because biologists cannot see or count every moose across the 6,000-square mile survey area. They survey a portion of the moose range every year to generate the estimate.

While the recent population stability is good news, DNR researchers point out that Minnesota moose remain at risk over the long term. The moose population has declined from an estimated 8,840 animals in 2006.

Low reproductive success and continued deaths from brainworm and other diseases make it difficult for Minnesota’s moose population to recover.

Both the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the 1854 Treaty Authority contributed funding and personnel for the annual survey. The survey is available on the DNR’s moose management page.

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March Full Moon Super Moon in Grand Marais

Last night the full moon rose up above Lake Superior and it was a beautiful sight. The enormous golden sphere reflected off of the calm waters of the lake and left me gazing in awe. While technically the full moon may have been on Sunday night last night’s looked just as big since it was the first supermoon of 2020 and the second-closest full moon this year. The March full moon is known as Worm Moon, Crow Moon or Sap Moon. In northern Minnesota we commonly refer to it as the sap moon because this is when the sap in the maple trees runs and is collected for making syrup.

Of course I didn’t get a photo of it but here are a couple of other full moons rising above Lake Superior. Plan your next trip to Voyageur Canoe Outfitters during a full moon and you might just get to see this for yourself!

Grand Marais Full Moon

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