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Weather Report

The calendar says summer is here.  The weather says it is not.  Who do we believe?  The temperatures have been unseasonably cold this past week with highs only in the 60's and on June 18th the high temperature was only 55 degrees!  That night it got down to a chilly 37 degrees.  We have had rain showers off and on for what seems like everyday for the past two weeks.  The good thing about all of the rain is that there have been frequent rainbows and fire danger is still low.  The forecast is for temperatures to soar into the 70's this coming week.  We are sure hoping for some warm temperatures and sunny skies to get the water warmed up for swimming and paddling. 

 

  

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Lynx Kitten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildlife

Animal Updates-  Remember the bear who has been hanging around Voyageur and Sag Lake Trail?  Well, we should name him Goldilocks.  Last week some fishermen were staying in a cabin down the road. One decided to take a nap but left the patio door wide open.(I guess those Minnesota bugs aren't as bad as we think?)  Anyway, a neighbor happened to see the bear walking up the steps of the deck and into the house.  When he looked inside he saw the bear enjoying a bowl of fruit on the counter!  The neighbor shouted and this woke up the sleepy fisherman who was a bit surprised to find a bear inside the cabin.  After a few more shouts and banging of pots and pans the bear left the cabin the same way he got in. 

You may or may not remember the story about the Canadian Lynx I wrote last winter.   It talked about how there are radio-collared lynx on the Gunflint Trail and how scientists have been studying them in the area.  Lynx were listed as a threatened species in 2000 under the Endangered Species Act.  Now biologists have located what may be the first Canadian lynx den ever documented in Minnesota. The kittens have been ear tagged and the study team will monitor them to see how they do.  It is very exciting to have lynx reproducing on the Gunflint Trail and you can find out more about it on their website.

 

 

   

Bunchberry Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's New?

Driving along the Gunflint Trail or North Shore this time of year is like being inside of a kaleidescope.  The spring flowers are blooming everywhere creating splashes of color along the roadside.  There are wild roses, lupines, oxe-eyed daisies, and yarrow.  If you take a closer look in the woods then you can spy the blue bead lily, wild sarsaparilla, star flower, bunchberry and a few wild violets in bloom. 

Our first women's trip will head out into the Boundary Waters on the 29th of June.  These trips are thoroughly enjoyed by all participants.  It's a great way for women to get introduced to the joys of wilderness canoe camping.  We have two other women's only trips scheduled for July.  The next session is July 7-11th, and the third trip is July 25-29th.  If you know of a woman who may be interested in paddling the canoe country this summer, then please have them give us a call or check out our website. 

Mark Nelson and Pete Lage just returned from their twelve day Quetico Fly-In Trip.  They flew from Saganaga Lake to Beaverhouse where they paddled and portaged their way through Quetico Lake, Jean, Russell, Kawnipi and back to Saganaga via the Falls Chain.  Way to go guys!

 

 

   

  

Packtowl    

 

 

 

 

Product Review: Packtowl

The Packtowl by MSR(Mountain Safety Research) is a great companion on a canoe camping trip.  It is a camping towel that is compact, lightweight and dries quickly.  It even soaks up water when it is wet.  You can wash it in the machine, air dry it or dry it in a dryer.  It comes in five sizes with the smallest being 10 x 15 and the largest being 30 x 50.  It is much better than bringing a full towel in your backpack and can even be used at home.  Check out their website or e-mail us to purchase an Original Packtowl for $12.00.

 

         

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Skills

The scoop on poop & other body functions: We often get questions about these items when people are heading out into the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park.  The Quetico Park does not have latrines so choosing a spot to go is important.  Find a spot at least 150 feet from the water's edge.  Use a trowel to dig a small hole or fold back the surface layer of vegetation and then after doing your duty, return the loose soil.  Be sure to cover your pile completely so that toilet paper is not visible.  You can even use some twigs or sticks to further hide it.  No one wants to come across a pile of poop and toilet paper when enjoying a leisurely walk in the woods.  In the BWCA you can use a latrine at any of the campsites or follow the same procedures as when in the Quetico. MEN Quit reading now!  For women who are menstruating while out in the canoe country...  In the BWCA you can throw sanitary napkins and tampons into the latrine but in the Quetico Park you will need to pack them out in a plastic bag with your garbage.  Have no fear, there have been no known accounts of bear or other animal attacks on women who are menstruating in the canoe country.

 

 

     

Photo by Rusty Weiss 

 

 

Fishing Report  

Bass Fishing in the BWCA -  The water temperatures are slowly warming up and the fish are responding.  Guests of Voyageur and people paddling in the canoe country have been catching lots of smallmouth bass.  Almost any lure or bait thrown into the water has been resulting in a fiesty smallmouth on the other end of the rod.  The smallmouth are in the shallow areas and where there is running water so cast a crankbait and be ready for a fight.  Brianna Linapianen from North St. Paul caught and released a 22" smallmouth on Saganaga Lake last week, so come on up and try your luck.