The good news, that really isn’t “news,” is the entry points into the Boundary Waters on the Gunflint Trail are open. The fires affecting recent BWCA entry point closures are on the western side of the Boundary Waters and are not affecting travel routes from the Gunflint Trail. We’ve been lucky so far, knock on wood.
The conditions in the forest are dry and there is a total fire ban at this time. The raspberries and blueberries that are normally found during this time of the year are non-existent due to the parched earth. Creeks are low, portages are dry but for the most part canoe trips into the BWCA from the Gunflint Trail are unchanged. Our lakes are filled with fresh water, teeming with game fish who have no clue the land surrounding them is in need of moisture.
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters crew members have been out canoe camping in the Boundary Waters on their days off and are having wonderful trips. Matt and Cassidy took a couple of days off to paddle down to Long Island Lake and they, including Bosley had a terrific trip.
There are permits remaining for BWCA travel from the Gunflint Trail after the first ten days of August so if you’re still looking to get a trip in this summer then give us a call. We’d love to see you. 218-388-2224.