Hottest Ham Run in History

It was a sunny beautiful day for the 7th Annual Ham Run Half-Marathon and 5k Fun Run on the Gunflint Trail.  It was definitely the hottest Ham Run we’ve ever had with the high temperature reaching 76 degrees. It might have been a little warm for the runners but the spectators and volunteers were happy for the wonderful weather. Everyone had smiles on their faces but it’s hard not to when you’re on the Gunflint Trail.

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Gunflint Trail Half Marathon


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Happy May Day

Hannah and Tony took a look at Sag today and found very little ice on the American side of Saganaga. The corridor up to Canada and up to Munkers  Narrows looked pretty much like liquid. It will take a few days for the big part of Saganaga to lose its big sheet of ice, but not too many if temps stay in the 70′s. Now that is a happy May Day!


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Gorgeous Weather on the Gunflint Trail

Sunshine, sunshine and more sunshine. Who could complain? Tomorrow is the Ham Run Half-Marathon and 5k Fun Run and the temperature is expected to reach the 70′s. If it was that warm during the race we might have a few runners complaining but I’m guessing most would prefer 70 degrees over 30 degrees.  It will be the nicest day we’ve ever had for the run.

It’s gorgeous on the Gunflint Trail, come see for yourself.

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Watching the Ice Melt

Who predicted the ice on Saganaga would go out when? We can never remember but we know it will disappear eventually.  The temperature is still dipping below freezing on most nights but the daytime highs have been balmy.  The sun is eating away at the ice as you can see in the photo taken by Tony and Hannah on a recent boat ride. How about May 7th? Sounds like a good guess to me!

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Ice on Saganaga Lake

Temperature for 14 days // Apr 16, 2015 – Apr 29, 2015
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Governor Says, “No More Moose Collaring!”

Today Governor Mark Dayton announced there will be no more collaring moose in Minnesota. With the exception of Grand Portage Band of Chippewa who have their own study no calves nor adult moose will be collared.

This is good news. Too many moose died as a result of the collaring and it was obvious calves were being killed primarily by wolves.  Here’s a link to an article about the decision.

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Release, Recycle, ReUse a Growler!

Want to do something good for the environment? Buy a growler from Voyageur Brewing Company to bring on your next fishing trip!
DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       April 27, 2015

Resource recycling: It’s important in fishing, too
By Brad Parsons, DNR central region fisheries manager

Most anglers I know enjoy a cold beverage after a busy day on the water. And whether that beverage comes in plastic, glass or aluminum, they also know the importance of recycling the container to conserve resources.

But “resource recycling” is important while actually fishing, too. With catch-and-release increasingly common, anglers should know the right way to practice it so the fish can swim off and live to grow bigger and be caught another day. That’s especially important on lakes with special or experimental regulations where some fish have to be released.

Extensive research by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and others demonstrate conclusively that most fish will survive the catch-and-release experience if anglers focus on four key factors that affect mortality: water temperature, hooking location, depth, and time out of water.

When it comes to temperature, the warmer the water, the more stress on the fish and the higher the mortality. Fish are cold-blooded animals, but most people like to fish in the summer months.  While anglers can’t control the weather, they can be prepared. Set the hook quickly, reduce the amount of time it takes to land a fish, and handle it firmly but carefully. It’s also important to minimize the time out of water for the fish. Pictures are wonderful, but have the camera ready. Invest in some long needle-nose pliers for hook removal, and the ones with a bend at the end are even better. Cutting the line and leaving the hook is also a viable option.

Hooking location is also part of the equation. Fish hooked in the mouth almost always survive.  How do you increase the odds of that? Use active baits, such as crankbaits. Hook type also matters. Several studies have shown that circle hooks are better for hooking the mouth rather than the stomach or gills. Jigs are less likely to become deeply hooked than plain hooks. Barbless hooks or pinched barbs also can help, but where a fish gets hooked is far more important than the presence or absence of a barb, so set the hook quickly.

The DNR also encourages anglers to practice some restraint when the fish are really biting, especially during the summer or when fishing deep water. Scuba divers know that once you get below 33 feet, you have another full atmosphere of pressure on your body, so you have to re-surface slowly. Similarly, fish pulled up from deep water can experience stress and injury, so it’s important to avoid deep water if you plan on catch-and-release. The injury may be apparent, such as a distended swim bladder, but unseen internal injuries can and do happen as well. Remember to never “pop” a swim bladder, it is not only illegal in Minnesota, but often does more harm than good.

Here are a few more tips for successfully releasing fish:

Play fish quickly to minimize their exhaustion.
Wet your hands before touching a fish to prevent removal of their protective slime coat.
Rubberized nets help, too.
Unhook and release the fish while it is still in the water, if possible, and support its weight with both hands or with a net when removed from the water. Never lift them vertically
from the water.
Hold a fish firmly but gently. Don’t drop it. And don’t hold a fish by the eyes.
Do not place fish you plan to release on a stringer or in a live well.
Revive a fish by cradling it under the belly and gently moving it back and forth in the water until it swims away.
Do not release a fish that can be legally kept if it is bleeding heavily or can’t right itself.
No good angler wants to see a released fish die. In fact, an impetus for this article was the concerned members of our citizens’ Walleye Workshop. By following good catch-and-release techniques, anglers can recycle this valuable resource. This allows all of us to continue enjoying our sport – and it reduces impacts to the fishery, ensuring similar opportunities for others, now and in the future.

I think anyone could hoist a cold beverage (in a recyclable container) to that.

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New Canoes at Voyageur

A blustery day to unload canoes but it’s a sign the paddling season is coming soon!

Canoes to Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

Wenonah Canoe Delivery

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Look Who’s Back in the Neighborhood

Moose are on the loose and we’re so happy to see them back in the neighborhood.

Gunflint Trail Moose

Moose are Hanging Out

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Ham Run Fun

The Ham Run Half-Marathon and 5k Fun Run is coming up soon. It’s just a week from tomorrow on Saturday, May 2nd. It’s hard to believe it’s almost May.

If you need a place to stay then give us a call. This is a great time to visit the Gunflint Trail. It’s so quiet unless you go where the ice is tinkling on the shore. It’s a sound I love to hear. We take a boat ride up to the narrows and listen to the waves and the music they make with the floating ice.  I haven’t been out to hear it yet but a boat ride is in the near future.

Just like the Ham Run. There’s still time to sign up to run and/or walk. Hope to see you on the Trail Less Traveled.

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Boundary Waters Expo on the Gunflint Trail

The Gunflint Trail is hosting a Boundary Waters Expo June 12-14th at Seagull Lake Public Landing right in our backyard.  There will be exhibitors, speakers, demonstrations and much more.  Come listen to Cliff Jacobsen, enjoy a Shrimp Boil and spend some time on the Gunflint Trail.  Call us today to book your stay(1-888-CANOET) and find details about the event online.


Boundary Waters Expo on the Gunflint Trail

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