We know the black bears have been hungry all summer long.  Recent visitors to Voyageur  have also expressed their hunger.  While standing on the deck this afternoon some “camp robbers” came by looking for a handout. I obliged and offered some bread and a safe landing spot to land on, my hand.  The whiskey jacks/Canadian jays were quite pleased and will no doubt return.

Another visitor came by looking for scraps last night.  Ron and Elsa were happy to see their long lost fox friend snooping around their camper.  Hopefully he will become a frequent visitor again and bring his friends and family.

Speaking of friends and family why not come up to Voyageur this weekend with some of yours. Find some folks who are hungry for a get-away and rent our Riverside Cabin this weekend. It would be a shame to have it sit empty so we will let you rent it for $350 for up to 4 people for 3 nights.  It’s a one time offer due to last minute availability so take advantage of it and book it today.


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September Already

It doesn’t seem possible that it can be September. It feels like yesterday summer was just beginning. Time has a way of passing much too quickly.  Before we know it the lakes will turn solid once again and our paddles will be stored for another winter. Take advantage of the liquid lakes and come canoe camp in the BWCA. Celebrate September!

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Mining Near the BWCA

A recent email from Mining Truth had the following to say about the proposed mine. I’d like to know the truth.

For years, PolyMet has claimed their proposed sulfide mine could never pollute the Boundary Waters. But the U.S. Geological Survey, tribal scientists, independent experts, and a story in the Ely Timberjay have called PolyMet’s rosy predictions into question.

PolyMet’s plan is built on computer models that predict where polluted seepage would travel. However, computer models are only as reliable as the data going in – and the data used was not accurate.

PolyMet’s models use bad data and as a result make false assumptions. The model showed a computer simulation that actually makes water flow uphill, away from the Boundary Waters. These models also understate destruction of wetlands and polluted water flowing into the St. Louis River.

Ask Governor Dayton to require that independent scientists verify pollution predictions in the PolyMet plan.

To make matters worse, the computer models were run by Barr Engineering, a contractor paid by PolyMet. This conflict of interest could be forgiven if someone was checking their work – but they are not. No government agency working on this new mine has run the computer models used in the PolyMet study. This is clearly and legally unacceptable.

Governor Dayton says his decision on PolyMet is the “most momentous” decision he will make as Governor. But he can’t make that decision on behalf of Minnesotans without science that accurately predicts where PolyMet’s pollution would go.

Ask Governor Dayton to get accurate, independent data before making a decision that could contaminate Minnesota’s water for hundreds of years.


Paul Austin            
Conservation Minnesota

 Paul Danicic    
Friends of the Boundary
Waters Wilderness

Scott Strand        
Minnesota Center for
Environmental Advocacy

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Summer Weather Again

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy the last days of summer then come on up to Voyageur. The forecast calls for temperatures into the 80′s again this week. The water is refreshingly cold, the fish are biting, bugs are basically non-existent and as always it’s a great place to relax and get-away from it all.

Get away from it all in the BWCA

Family time in the Boundary Waters

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Dwindling Days

The days of summer are dwindling. Daylight hours are dwindling. Our summer crew is dwindling.  These are dwindling days.

A big THANK YOU to our entire Voyageur Crew 2015 for a fantastic summer.  Best of luck in all you do and may you frequently choose the path that leads you back to Voyageur.

Boundary Waters Crew

Voyageur Canoe Outfitters Crew


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Father Son Canadian Kayak Trip

There aren’t too many things more memorable than a father son trip. This duo made memories while on a wilderness kayak trip into Northern Light Lake in Canada.  It’s just one portage out of Saganaga Lake and the perfect destination for kayaking.  Great fishing, beautiful scenery, and pictographs were just a few of the highlights of their trip with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters.  Thanks for sharing the photos with us!

Gunflint Trail

Kayak Trip to Northern Light Lake

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Northern Lights- Just Another Reason to Visit the Gunflint Trail

In spite of an almost full moon the northern lights put on a show for those lucky sky watchers last night. Our Voyageur Crew was outside enjoying a campfire when the show began.

Bursts of intense color lit up the sky and danced among the stars. Oh how lucky we are to live in a place with a dark sky.

If you want a chance to see the dance of the aurora borealis then you are in luck. We have a cabin open and waiting for you and because it’s already Thursday, it’s half-off the normal price. Call today, rent a cabin for the weekend and we’ll see you tomorrow!

Aurora Borealis Minnesota

Northern Lights



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72 Degrees and Sunny

Today we welcomed back the sunshine. It had been absent the past few days and we were missing it. It was a beautiful blue sky day that has a way of making everything feel right.

Everything except for the water temperature that is. The rain and cooler temperatures have made the water cool off a bit. Instead of the balmy 72 degree surface temperature it’s more like 62 degrees. It’s still warm enough for swimming but the chill stays with you a little while longer after you leave the water. I like to swim in the river but I must admit I’m not a big fan of cold water. I hope for sunshine and warm temperatures to keep the water temperature in the 60′s for as long as possible.

I also just hope for sunshine and warm temperatures in general. I’m not ready to wear sweatshirts and long pants yet. My daughter on the other hand embraces the cooler temperatures as was evident at a football scrimmage the other day.

Neither of us checked the weather before we left home. I chose to wear a tank top with shorts and a pair of sandals. She wore a sweatshirt, long pants and her mukluks. We were quite the pair and quite the opposite.  The temperature was in the 60′s so we were both pretty comfortable sitting in the sunshine each wearing the clothing we hoped the weather would reflect.

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Sharing is Nice, But Not When it’s My Campsite

If you are out in the Boundary Waters and can’t find a campsite then please don’t ask me if you can camp at my site with me. I’m sorry but I really don’t want to share. If I tell you, “No thank you, I prefer not.” then you had better start paddling away unless you’ve got a really good reason why you must stay at my site.

There are exceptions to this I am sure, I just can’t think of any right now. Maybe if you are lost or it’s storming out or a forest fire went through your campsite it would be ok, but then again, maybe not.

Campsites in the BWCA or the Superior National Forest really aren’t meant for sharing. As far as I know there’s no rule stating you have to share your campsite. In fact, you can camp pretty much anywhere in the SNF and it doesn’t need to be at a campsite.

Campsites are nice. They usually have a flat spot for your tent, a fire grate, a latrine and good access to the water. There are hiking trails in the BWCA and some of the tent sites are located on water where canoeists might end up camping. This is unfortunate when it happens and someone hiking has planned on camping there.

Boundary Waters maps made by Fisher Maps distinguish between a hiking campsite and a regular campsite. The hiking campsites are marked on the map with a triangle while the paddling campsites have a circle/dot.  If your group is paddling and takes a hiking campsite and a hiker comes along then it’s time for you to pack up if the hiker wants that site. It’s much easier to paddle across the lake than it is to hike another 3-5 miles and it was your mistake camping there in the first place.

What if another hiker comes along and wants to share your campsite? Some people might want to share but please refer to the title of my post. And if the person doesn’t want to share then please be on your way.  I wouldn’t be comfortable with someone else at my campsite.  It would ruin my time in the wilderness and I think it’s somewhat creepy. It’s an invasion of privacy and it would be uncomfortable sharing a latrine with someone else or even swimming with them around.  I would worry at night and I wouldn’t sleep good.

Some of you might have stories about a time when you shared a campsite or got asked to share your campsite. I’d like to hear about your experience and your opinion about sharing a campsite since you obviously know mine if you’re still reading this post:) Thanks for sharing, pun intended.

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Cook County Minnesota Far From Ugly

A recent “study” of the most beautiful and the ugliest counties places Cook County Minnesota at 310 out of 3111. It places Ventura County in California at #1 and Red Lake County of Minnesota dead last. A Minnesota County that is uglier than every other county in the USA? I don’t think so.

According to the USDA beautiful counties are ones that have mild winters so that explains why most of the midwest is considered ugly by their standards. “The index combines “six measures of climate, topography and water area that reflect environmental qualities most people prefer(mild, sunny winters, temperate summers, low humidity, topographic variation and access to a body of water).

I wonder where green space or recreation fit into the equation? Or population density or ugly concrete jungles?  It’s difficult to be too angry because the criterion is ludicrous.  Obviously they don’t think a place with a cold winter can be beautiful.

The good news is with studies like this people should stay away from so-called ugly counties and leave it for the rest of the people to enjoy.  Beautiful to me is more about finding places to recreate in the great outdoors, catch fish, hike trails, paddle a canoe and enjoy solitude.  Sounds like the BWCA and Cook County Minnesota. It might not be beautiful to everyone but it certainly is to me.


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