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Lake Trout 

photo by Mark Ceminsky 

 

 

 

 

   

   

Weather Report

It finally warmed up here at the end of the Gunflint Trail.  It has been a welcome change to have temperatures in the high teens during the days and lows only barely dipping below zero.  With a break in the cold weather we were able to get out and enjoy our backyard.  I have done quite a bit of snowshoeing the past couple of weeks and Mike has been out ice fishing on Saganaga.  The snow is still coming down but in small enough quantities that we can at least keep up on our shoveling.  It looks as though the temperatures are going to remain in the teens during the days so we will be able to continue to enjoy our winter wonderland on the Gunflint Trail.

Wildlife

Moose Leg-  This is not often seen alone in the wilderness however last week it was observed in our yard.  Our dogs often extend their walks after we have returned home.  This was the case earlier this week.  We noticed they had returned and saw that they were chewing on something.  Upon going outside to see what they had found we realized it was a three-foot section of a moose leg complete with hoof.  After some investigation we determined there was a nearby wolf kill of a moose and our dogs were doing their part in cleaning up. 

     

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What's New?

Each time I drive down the Gunflint Trail into Grand Marais I wonder...  Will I see the icy cold waters of  Lake Superior crashing on the shore or will I see a white frozen mass of ice?  If you are curious as to what the Great Lakes look like this time of year then you can check out this interesting site.  It shows the ice coverage on the Great Lakes and you can find Grand Marais directly under the "90 W" vertical line.

The Quetico Park reservation line has been increasingly busy as they are now reserving permits for trips beginning in July.  You can reserve your permit by calling 888-668-7275 or we can reserve one for you.  Remember, anyone travelling into Canada will need a Remote Area Border Crossing Permit.  You may download an application from our website.

 

 

 

 

Skills

Trimming a Canoe-  Have you ever seen a canoe passing by with the front of the canoe plowing water and almost submerging with the slightest ripple of water while the back of the canoe is three feet out of the water?   This could be due to a heavier person in the front of the canoe or how the gear has been loaded into the canoe.  This is not the picture of a perfectly trimmed canoe.  In order to travel along the water with ease the hull of the canoe should be trimmed so the bow is slightly higher than the stern.  This enables the person in the stern to steer the canoe with ease and is especially important in waves.  If the bow is loaded too heavily then the canoe may take on water.  Some canoes have sliding seats and this allows the canoeists to easily adjust their load.  If you have stationary seats then you will need to adjust your packs and gear until the canoe is properly trimmed. 

    

 

 

Book Review 

Woman of the Boundary WatersJustine Kerfoot

I don't know when, but the fact remains that I did fall in love.  An infinitesimal speck in the cosmos, I stood on the shore of Gunflint Lake beneath a great white pine-matriarch of a fast-vanishing tribe.  And I knew I was home.  I was twenty-one.  The year was 1927.  These are the words of Justine Kerfoot.  A woman who lived on Gunflint Lake up until her passing a couple of years ago.  An incredible woman who tells her story with such eloquence and description that you feel like you are experiencing her life with her.  It's a wonderful book about the trials and tribulations of  her life on the Gunflint Trail as a lodge owner.  Readers of this book are fascinated and remain in awe of the true Woman of the Boundary Waters, Justine Kerfoot. 

 

Bob Baker

photo by Mark Ceminsky

 

Fishing Report  

Winter Fishing- Last week Mike and a few friends went out on one of Mike's favorite winter ice fishing expeditions.  They rode their snowmobiles up into Saganaga to the Canadian side of the lake where snowmobiles are allowed.  They then proceeded to travel as far as they could with snowmobiles to Hook Island.  They strapped on their snowshoes, put on their packs and snowshoed for over an hour into Cache Bay.  Here they set up to find their Lake Trout and within minutes of augering a hole through 2 feet of ice, they had their first Trout.  They caught about 10 lake trout ranging in size from 3 pounds to 10 pounds throughout the next few hours.  They fished with a variety of types of lures including swedish pimples, northland buckshot and white tube jigs all tipped with dead minnows.  When they were all satisfied with their catch they packed up their gear and made the long trip back to the end of the Trail.