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Small Fire in the Boundary Waters

A small fire was detected on Ogishkemuncie Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area on July 30th. At approximately 5:15 p.m. on July 31 the U.S. Forest Service sent the following update on the wildfire.  On July 30, a lighting

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Dark Sky on the Gunflint Trail

Looking for a place to go stargazing or get a good view of Mars? The dark sky on the Gunflint Trail or in the BWCA is the perfect place. We won’t be able to see the lunar eclipse but we

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Biggest Blueberry on the Gunflint Trail

Come on up to Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and pick some blueberries! Cook County, Minn. – Travel– Businesses along the Gunflint Trail (also known as County Road 12) in Cook County, Minn. are hosting the second annual Biggest Blueberry Contest, which started

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Blueberry picking time on the Gunflint Trail

You learn something every day so they say. Today I learned where the phrase, “Jumped the gun” came from. According to the world wide web, “This idiom refers to an athlete in a race who starts running before the starter

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Keeping Clean in the Boundary Waters

What I love about paddling and camping in the Boundary Waters is the ability to keep somewhat clean. The lakes provide all of the water you need to bathe unlike some hiking trips that never pass by a good water

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How to poop in the woods or the Quetico Park

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has fancy latrines at every campsite. This makes pooping in the woods very easy. The Quetico Park and many other wilderness areas do not have latrines. Some places make you pack your poop and

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Grouse attack on the Gunflint Trail

Have you ever been threatened by a grouse? They are small but fierce creatures who are very protective of their young. I have never been attacked by a grouse but I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t kept on my merry

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Muddy portage paths in the Boundary Waters

The Leave No Trace principle of not hiking on a muddy trail doesn’t work well if you’re on a portage in the Boundary Waters or on a thru-hike on some extensive hiking trail. In the BWCA you will encounter wet

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Isle Royale to welcome healthy wolves, researchers happy, moose not so much

This might be a better headline than the one Popular Science used to describe what is happening on Isle Royale with wolves. Their headline claims,  “A pack of wolves is about to save this national park.” A little bit dramatic

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Did you smell smoke?

There’s nothing like the smell of a campfire to evoke memories of s’mores and starlit nights in the wilderness. If you’ve ever been around a wildfire the scent of smoke could bring on thoughts of other not so pleasant memories.

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