Forecast for your BWCA Trip

     The forecast calls for a wonderful canoe camping experience with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. While that may be true, that isn’t really what I had in mind to blog about today. I did want to let people know the temperature in Grand Marais is not the same as it is at the end of the Gunflint Trail.

     Grand Marais is located on the edge of Lake Superior. This is a big lake that stays pretty darn cold all year long, even in the summer.  Due to wind that comes off of Lake Superior the town of Grand Marais can be quite chilly even on a summer day, even when it’s 80 degrees at the end of the Gunflint Trail.  Earlier this week while Grand Marais was foggy with temperatures in the 40’s it was sunny and 70 at the end of the Gunflint.  It is not uncommon to have a 20 degree difference in temperatures so keep this in mind if you are looking at a forecast.

     It’s best to look at a forecast for the Superior National Forest or Ely, MN.  This will more accurately reflect our temperatures and weather at the end of the Gunflint Trail.  You could also look for the weather for Grand Marais at the airport which is up over the hill and away from Lake Superior. 

     Lake Superior acts like a big air conditioner in the summer and a heater in the winter so ignore the forecasts for Grand Marais, Minnesota and remember, there’s an awesome canoe trip with Voyageur forecasted for you!