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Weather Report

The summer weather has arrived!  We have enjoyed some nice warm temperatures that have soared into the 80's on a couple of occasions.  The temperatures have stayed consistently in the 70's with beautiful blue and sunny skies.  We have had a couple of intermittent thunder showers and the other morning right at sunrise there was a magnificent double rainbow.   The night skies have been clear and the stars and Milky Way have been filling the vast darkness with their bright lights.   The weather forecast is for more temperatures in the 70's during the daytime and nightly lows in the 50's.   Not much rain in the forecast so come on up for a visit!

 

  

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Wildlife

Traffic on the Trail-  Wildlife is plentiful along the Gunflint Trail and traffic delays are common.   The other morning our guests who were to arrive at 7:00 AM for their tow boat transport were late because there were so many moose alongside the road.  They saw a cow with her two young calves, a bull with a large rack and numerous other moose.  Guests have reported seeing moose up and down the entire Gunflint Trail.  While driving the other afternoon I was delayed while a mamma grouse led her 9 little chicks safely across the road.  Mike saw a timberwolf yesterday when he was out for an early morning drive and paused to take a few pictures. Guests have reported seeing the couple of fox pups who have been playing in the ditch along with several deer.  The delays in traffic these critters cause is well worth the wait and makes any commute on the Gunflint Trail a real treat.

 

 

   

Abby & Josh at Johnson Falls 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's New?

Mike and I were able to take the kids out on a two-night canoe trip in June.  We drove down to East Bearskin and paddled and portaged our way into Alder Lake.  We set up a base camp and then did a day trip the next day.  We paddled over to the short portage that connects Alder to Canoe Lake and then paddled across Canoe to the next portage.  This portage connects Canoe Lake to Pine Lake and was 232 rods and quite rugged.  The portage continued along the shore of Pine Lake to the west end where there was a half mile uphill trail to Johnson Falls.  The beautiful Johnson Falls cascades through granite with a couple of falls totaling a drop of about 25 feet.  We enjoyed a lunch alongside the falls and then began the trek back.  The kids did a great job on the way home considering there was about a 200 foot elevation change from Pine up to Canoe.  This was a beautiful day trip and we all can't wait to get back out to camp in the Boundary Waters again.

 

 

                      

  

 Res-Q Ointment   

 

 

 

 

Product Review: Res-Q Ointment

I never leave home without my little green tin of Res-Q Ointment by Burt's Bees.  It offers the best relief for itchy mosquito bites I've ever found.  It doesn't sting or smell bad and is made with some great natural ingredients including beeswax, almond oil, cocoa butter and vitamin E.  You can even use it on scrapes, bruises, burns and bumps.  It coats your wounds and even soothes any discomfort.  For more information about this amazing product check out their website or give us a call to purchase a .60 ounce tin for only $5.00.   

 

         

Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

"Where the Trail Ends Your Voyage Begins"
Mike and Sue Prom
1-888-CANOEIT
www.canoeit.com

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email:
vco@canoeit.com

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Skills

Day trips with kids: How old does your child have to be before you take them on a day trip? There is no right answer to this question and kids of any age can enjoy a day in a canoe.  The parents are usually the ones who have more difficulties adjusting their expectations from past trips without kids.  The first thing to think about when taking a day trip with kids is to ensure their safety.  Safety from the sun is important as the rays and reflections off of the water can be damaging.  Be sure to apply sunscreen numerous times throughout the day, have them wear a wide brimmed hat, a pair of good sunglasses and outerwear with SPF in it or a material that offers good sun protection.  Be sure everyone in the canoe is wearing a life vest, not just the kids.  You won't be able to save your child if you are sinking below the surface because you didn't put your own life vest on.  On cooler days be sure they have enough clothing on, rain gear to keep them dry and take frequent stretch breaks to keep them warm.  Always pack snacks that take time to consume.  It's a good time to let your kids pick M&M's out of a bag of trail mix or to try to teach your children how to eat peanuts or sunflower seeds out of the shell.  Just be sure to have a place for them to put the shells so they aren't blowing out of the canoe or being left at the portage or campsite for critters.  Don't forget about keeping the kids well hydrated, water is plentiful in the BWCA and kids love to fill their own personal water filtration bottle from the lake.  A pair of binoculars and a disposable camera are great for kids even as young as age 2.  Try to keep the paddling time fun and entertaining.  You can do this by playing games like "I Spy", by keeping track of all of the different animals you see, singing songs, telling stories or making up your own game.  Take frequent breaks to explore islands, look at the map, and go for a swim.  Kids do great in a canoe and will do even better with the more practice they get.  So get out and paddle with your kids today.

 

 

Nicole Sperfslage's 30.5" Walleye    

 

 

Fishing Report  

BIG Walleyes -  The walleyes are biting on Saganaga.  Guests of ours have enjoyed catching big walleyes in the 28"-31" range.  Jig fishing has produced some awesome catches lately and should continue to do well throughout the summer.  The weight of the jig should be a little heavier now as the water temperatures have warmed up.  Try a few more ounces by using a 1/4 or 3/8 ounce jig head.  The extra weight holds to the bottom better in the deeper waters and you can try fishing anywhere from 12-30 feet.  Experiment with different colored jigs to see what produces best but locals like charteuse, orange, and green.  Northland Bait makes a Rattling Fire Ball Jig that makes noise to attract walleyes from a distance.  You can use any type of live bait on your jig depending upon where you are fishing, but in the BWCA it's easiest to use crawlers and leeches.  For more about jig fishing you can check out this article or come on up and try your luck.