Moose swimming on Saganaga

Thanks to Voyageur Canoe Outfitter crew member Clay for filming this for us to share with you!

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Feeding Bears and Birds on the Gunflint Trail

It’s tempting to keep feeding the birds when the weather turns ugly again but you might just get a different kind of visitor to the bird feeder if you do.

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Be aware of bears this spring; DNR lists tips for avoiding conflicts

Homeowners are reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears.

“Bears are roaming around now with the loss of snow and warmer weather, so interactions with people have started in many areas of Minnesota,” said Eric Nelson, wildlife damage program supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources.

As bears emerge from hibernation, their metabolism gradually ramps up and they will begin looking for food at a time when berries and green vegetation can be scarce. Remove attractants such as bird seed, garbage, livestock feed, or compost to reduce potential conflict. Attracting bears to yards can lead to property damage and presents dangers to bears.

Black bears are the only bear species that live in the wild in Minnesota. They usually are shy and flee when encountered. Never approach or try to pet a bear. Injury to people is rare, but bears are potentially dangerous because of their size, strength and speed.

The DNR does not relocate problem bears. Relocated bears seldom remain where they are released. They may return to where they were caught or become a problem somewhere else.

The DNR offers some tips for avoiding bear conflicts:

Around the yard

  • Do not feed birds from April 1 to Nov. 15. Anytime you feed birds, you risk attracting bears.
  • If you must feed birds, hang birdfeeders 10 feet up and 4 feet out from the nearest trees. Use a rope and pulley system to refill birdfeeders, and clean up spilled seeds.
  • Do not put out feed for wildlife (like corn, oats, pellets or molasses blocks).
  • Replace hummingbird feeders with hanging flower baskets, which are also attractive to hummingbirds.
  • Do not leave food from barbeques and picnics outdoors, especially overnight. Coolers are not bear-proof.
  • Clean and store barbeque grills after each use. Store them in a secure shed or garage away from windows and doors.
  • Elevate bee hives on bear-proof platforms or erect properly designed electric fences.
  • Pick fruit from trees as soon as it’s ripe and collect fallen fruit immediately.
  • Limit compost piles to grass, leaves and garden clippings, and turn piles regularly. Do not add food scraps.
  • Harvest garden produce as it matures. Locate gardens away from forests and shrubs that bears may use for cover.
  • Use native plants in landscaping whenever possible.
  • Store pet food inside and feed pets inside. If pets must be fed outdoors, feed them only as much as they will eat.

Garbage

  • Store garbage in bear-resistant garbage cans or dumpsters. Rubber or plastic garbage cans are not bear-proof.
  • Keep garbage inside a secure building until the morning of pickup.
  • Properly rinse all recyclable containers with hot water to remove all remaining product.
  • Store recyclable containers, such as pop cans, inside.

People should always be cautious around bears. If bear problems persist after cleaning up food sources, contact a DNR area wildlife office for advice. For the name of the local wildlife manager, contact the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367, or visit mndnr.gov/contact/locator.html.

Last year the DNR asked the public to report bear sightings outside primary bear range in Minnesota. Male bears are known to travel long distances in search of new habitat and food, and there is a public perception that bear range has expanded in the central and southern counties of the state. For a map showing the primary bear range and to report a bear sighting outside of this range, visit mndnr.gov/bear.

For more about living in bear habitat, visit mndnr.gov/livingwith_wildlife/bears.

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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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