Seasons of the Seagull River

What a difference a day can make at the end of the Gunflint Trail. With temperatures in the 50’s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the snow was melting quickly. It looked and felt like spring outside and the Seagull River had water on top of the ice. Thursday morning it was like a winter wonderland at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters with a fresh foot of snow!

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Thinking about the Boundary Waters

paddling the BWCAWThe days are getting longer, the temperatures are getting warmer and the strength of the sun’s rays are getting stronger. It is only March yet it feels a bit more like April and that has me dreaming about canoe camping trips in the Boundary Waters.

Maybe we’ll be able to take an early spring trip this year if it stays this warm…

Where are we going to camp this year if the Canadian border doesn’t open?

I wonder if both kids will be able to join us for a week long trip this summer…

portage trail boundary watersWhile some of the answers to these questions will remain unanswered for awhile yet I know one thing is for sure. I can’t wait to spend time in the BWCA this summer! I need to spend time in the Boundary Waters and make it a top summer priority. I look at my calendar and pencil in all of the possible dates and paddling partners available. Time spent in the wilderness is sacred to me because it recharges me like nothing else. There are other types of relaxing vacations and cool places to paddle but there isn’t anything I have found that compares to the Boundary Waters.

Are you dreaming about the Boundary Waters? If you want help planning your trip then give us a call, there’s nothing we’d rather talk about than the BWCA.  218-388-2224

solitude in the BWCA

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Watching wolf at the end of the Gunflint Trail

Ben Nichols captured this video of a timber wolf at the Saganaga Lake public landing. It was hanging around the BWCA entry point 55 parking lot just around the corner from Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. It has been spotted by a few folks on the road and on Sag Lake Trail. Normally the parking lot is a little busier with ice anglers and cabin owners heading out onto Saganaga Lake. With the Canadian border still closed due to Covid no one can fish in Canada including the Quetico Park and cabin owners can’t access their places.  This lack of traffic must make the wildlife more at ease because it certainly didn’t look like this wolf had a care in the world.

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Life at the end of the Gunflint Trail

What’s the best thing about Matt and Cassidy managing Voyageur Canoe Outfitters? It’s hard to pick just one thing because together they share so many wonderful qualities.  If you’ve visited Voyageur in the past five years then you know they are friendly, hardworking, trustworthy, easy going, kind, energetic, positive, responsible and caring, to name just a few.  But what do I really LOVE about them? I love how much they love living at the end of the Gunflint Trail. I know how much I love life at the end of the Gunflint Trail but I never imagined anyone else could possibly love it as much as I do. But here they are, Matt and Cassidy, embracing and loving life at the end of the Gunflint Trail on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Living the wilderness life and taking every opportunity to get out and enjoy the woods, water and wonders of our backyard. And better yet? They document it and share it with all of us.

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-50 degrees in the Boundary Waters

A low temperature of -50 degrees was recorded near Snowbank Lake and the Boundary Waters on Saturday. If verified it’s the lowest temperature recorded for February 13th in Minnesota. Meanwhile we showed -40 degrees at the end of the Gunflint Trail and have had a prolonged freezing spell.

Gunflint Trail temperatures

Some people stay indoors during these cold spells but other people embrace the outdoors. Here’s a Facebook Post from George Pastorino who spent some time near exploring near Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and with Matt and Bosley. Check out his post and video below.

“I have had several requests to produce a video that shows all 9 Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Day Trips in one Video, so here it is. We covered over 70 miles on trails, Frozen Lakes and Portages via Snowshoe and Backcountry Skis in temps ranging from the mid-Twenties above zero progressing downward to 32 below zero actual temp with a 55 below wind-chill. You will see our wardrobe change dramatically as the days go by. You can get a feeling of what the 9 days were like in just 4 minutes below. Pussanee and I are most at home in true designated Wilderness.”

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Boundary Waters permits and education

Last year saw an unprecedented number of visitors in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A number of these visitors were experiencing the canoe country for the first time and may not have had the knowledge needed for such an endeavor. The US Forest Service Ranger Stations which are responsible for issuing a large percentage of BWCAW wilderness permits were closed due to Covid. This lack of human interaction prevented campers from learning about important wilderness principles including information about Leave No Trace camping.  It was evident by the number of complaints about garbage left in campfire rings, damage done to trees and general unkempt campsites that education is necessary prior to taking a canoe camping trip into the wilderness.

In order to do a better job educating people heading into the Boundary Waters for the 2021 paddling season the USFS has created 3 short videos all permit holders must watch. I’m not sure how they will guarantee the leader actually watches the videos or that all members of the canoe group will watch all 3 videos.

I do know guests who come to Voyageur Canoe Outfitters will be able to watch the videos and interact with knowledgeable humans prior to beginning their canoe trip into the Boundary Waters.  I watched all of the videos and while the first two have some nice scenery the final video contains all of the educational pieces I consider necessary for a successful trip. Have questions about a canoe trip into the BWCA? Feel free to give us a call or drop us an email, we’d love to be a part of your trip.

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Bosley’s buddy Beanz

If you’ve visited Voyageur Canoe Outfitters in the last few years then you’ve probably met Bosley. Bosley enjoys interacting with guests when he’s not snuggling with Matt or Cassidy. Bosley has a new four legged friend named Beanz. Beanz belongs to my niece Paige who will be working at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters this summer.  Beanz had a vacation at Voyageur this winter and enjoyed being shown around by Bosley, Matt and Cassidy.  We know you’ll love Beanz as much as Bosley does.


Beanz on Saganagaice fishing on Saganaga

snuggling at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

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Cold temps at the end of the Gunflint Trail

Minnesota is experiencing some cold temperatures and the Gunflint Trail and North Shore of Lake Superior are no exception. The thermometer at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters read around negative 25 degrees and the vehicle registered negative 27 degrees on the way to Duluth this morning.  Temperatures aren’t expected to reach above zero until after the weekend and there’s a wind chill advisory in effect.  It won’t stop us from getting outside to enjoy the snow, it will just require a few more layers and all bare skin to be covered.

WHAT…For the Wind Chill Warning, dangerously cold wind
chills. Wind chills as low as 45 below zero.

Gunflint Trail temperatures

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Sauna Time at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

We now have a sauna at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. Our winter guests are enjoying the magical experience of crossing the frozen Seagull River and heading up the hill to the sauna. The days are short so most people make this trek beneath the millions of sparkling stars in the night sky giving them an opportunity to look for northern lights. On nights when the moon is fuller there isn’t even a need for a flashlight as the snow reflects the light of the moon. It’s a great way to warm up after a day of ice fishing, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. We invite you to be a guest of Voyageur this winter and experience the relaxation and invigoration of our sauna.

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Girl of 10,000 Lakes at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

If you’re on social media and you like fishing then you’ve probably seen posts by Girl of 10,000 Lakes. She took a trip to the Boundary Waters through Voyageur Canoe Outfitters in 2019 and I’m just now posting her awesome video. Good things are worth the wait!

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