Boundary Waters and Black Bears

I don’t like to see bears when I’m camping in the Boundary Waters or when they are rummaging through our garbage cans at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters but I do love to see them. They are such beautiful creatures and normally quite afraid of humans. Everyone has been spotting this mama and her three cubs in the neighborhood, everyone except for me that is.  Hopefully I’ll get to see them soon.

bwca black bear

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Walleyes spawning in the Seagull River

The spawn is on! We were able to see quite a few walleyes in the Seagull River yesterday. It’s always neat to see the various sizes of fish as they make their way against the current. We can’t wait until they are back in Saganaga Lake so we can catch and release them. We’ve got a cabin available at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters for the fishing opener this weekend if you’re looking for a place to stay, give us a call!

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Ice is out on Saganaga

BWCA SaganagaAs far as we can tell the ice on Saganaga Lake is gone. Yesterday, the 5th of May, will have to be the official ice out date unless we hear otherwise as we weren’t able to go into the Boundary Waters prior to that due to the Coronavirus closure. We also weren’t able to go into Canada since the border is closed so it is possible there is a chunk of ice floating out there somewhere but it wasn’t big enough for us to see.

The ice disappeared quickly this year considering how thick it was just a few weeks ago. The rain and wind along with some warm temperatures did the trick. That’s great news for the fishing opener as well as the re-opening of the BWCA for day use.

We’re happy to have options for paddling once again! Give us a call at Voyageur and we’ll help you plan your trip!

 

 

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First day trip of the year

We had a wonderful time canoeing on Sunday. There is still ice on Saganaga and the bigger lakes on the Gunflint Trail so we found a creek to paddle. The weather wasn’t perfect as it was in the 40’s and raining off and on but it didn’t dampen our spirits. Abigail made a video of our adventure, enjoy!

 

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Ice, ice baby on the Gunflint Trail

The lakes on the Gunflint Trail still have ice on them. The swamps, ponds and rivers are relatively ice free. There are different methods of determining when the ice will be off of the lakes and at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters we like to use the following theory.  Two weeks from when the ice goes off on moose pond the big part of Saganaga will be ice free.

Another way to guess when the ice will be out goes back to Gunflint Trail mailman Don Brazell. He delivered mail for 30 to 40 years. We weren’t here when he was delivering but his son was our mailman for a long while. His calculations included the North Brule River. When the river started flowing free of ice it would be one week later and the smaller lakes of the Gunflint would be clear and a week after that, the larger ones.

I’m sure there are many other methods out there but that’s all I can remember.  With our moose pond calculations the big sheet of ice will be gone by May 11th. Only time will tell.

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Moose and more on a Monday morning

The wildlife is out and about and we’ve been treated by numerous moose sightings on the Gunflint Trail. The waterfowl is also abundant since we’re one of the few places with open water. Anywhere there is open water you can see a variety of ducks and we even heard goose honking overhead the other day. Enjoy the video of the moose and the waterfalls at the Trail’s End Campground.

Josh Prom’s footage

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That’s more like it

Gunflint TrailYesterday was a glorious day at the end of the Gunflint Trail. The wind finally quit blowing and the temperature reached 52 degrees! The forecast calls for a beautiful weekend with temperatures in the 50’s. This is the kind of April weather I enjoy. While snowbanks still cover most of the bare ground other signs of spring are emerging.

The grouse have been active around Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. Last night there was one standing on the railing of our deck. It was almost in arms reach until Matt attempted to touch it and it casually fluttered up onto a nearby limb of a tree. We’ve regularly spotted two pileated woodpeckers in the neighborhood and the saw-whet owl hoots nightly. A fox has been seen at the end of our driveway and there are moose tracks on the muddy road.

The best news is resorts are able to welcome guests again. That means you too can enjoy all of these signs of spring. Give us a call to book a cabin at Voyageur, we’d love to see you at a safe distance.

 

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Frozen Saganaga Lake

This video is from a few weeks ago but rest assured, Saganaga Lake is still completely frozen over. We’re not sure what the beaver was doing on top of the ice so far from any open water. We’re hoping he was able to return to his home safely. Winter, summer, spring or fall, Saganaga is a beautiful lake.

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Where there’s a will there’s a way

The Boundary Waters may be closed until May 4th but that didn’t stop my daughter and niece from going for a paddle in front of Voyageur Canoe Outfitters the other day. Neither did the snowbank they had to portage over to get the canoe into and out of the water. Never mind all of the ice or the fact it’s still cold outside. Determined young women inspire me.

April canoeing at Voyageur

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Beauty of the Gunflint Trail

This is my happy place. I’m lucky it’s so close to Voyageur Canoe Outfitters so I can visit it often.

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