By Land and Sea

     There has been alot of animal activity at the end of the Gunflint Trail lately both on land and in the water.   Guests and cabin owners have reported numerous animal encounters with a variety of species.  The opportunity to see wildlife is one of the best reasons to vacation at Voyageur.

     One of our guests was gazing at the Seagull River and noticed something swimming by the docks.  Knowing the kids weren’t in the water he went down to investigate it further and was pleasantly suprised when he realized it was a moose.  He grabbed his camera and kids and went back down to take some pictures.  The moose swam up to the shore next to our dock and started to get out of the water.  I’m not sure why he changed his mind but he decided to get back into the water and swim a little farther up the river before he got out for good.  Our guests were thrilled by the experience and even got some photos.

Gunflint Trail Moose at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters Gunflint Trail Moose near BWCA at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

     The moose aren’t the only ones swimming in the Seagull River as guests have reported seeing black bears in for a swim.  There must be a few different ones in the neighborhood as one is said to look like a black lab and the other has been described as a good sized one of about 200 pounds.  It’s difficult to tell how big they are when they are swimming but I know the smaller one isn’t that big as I’ve seen him around alot this summer.  They have been putting on some miles on land too as is evident by their scat everywhere.

Black Bear Scat on the Gunflint Trail

     Other sightings include wolves, deer, frogs, turtles, otters, mink and more.  I should have included "Air" in the title of this blog as the sky is also filled with activity.  Two bald eagles soared over paddlers on Saganaga, loons have been flying and singing their song and birds are everywhere.  It doesn’t matter where you look you’ll always see some sort of creature.

     By Land, Sea or Air you will find a variety of awesome wildlife on the Gunflint Trail and in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.  All it takes is open eyes and a listening ear to locate a critter nearby.  Come see for yourself what the traffic on the Trail is all about.