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Wilderness Lake

   

Weather Report

It seems as though Mother Nature can't decide if she is ready for summer to be here or not.  The last week of April and first few days of May saw cool temperatures with daytime highs hovering in the high 30's or low 40's.  We saw snow on the ground almost every morning and nighttime temperatures were in the 20's.  Flurries would occur throughout the day and then give way to sunshine.  We have had a few evenings with thunderstorms and a significant amount of rain has fallen.  Mother's Day was a real treat with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70's.  The forecast is for some average early May temperatures with highs in the 50-60 degree range and lows in the 30-40's the next week or so.  We are just so happy to have the ice off of the lakes so we can get out and enjoy the solitude of May paddling in the Boundary Waters.  We hope you will be able to take a May trip and experience this wonderful time of the year in the wilderness.

 

  

 

   

Porcupine Facts 

 

 

Wildlife

Prickly Porcupine:  There aren't too many of these rodents around the canoe country or Gunflint Trail but we occasionally see them in a tree or lumbering through the woods.  We know they live close by because one time our dog came home with quills stuck in his mouth   Even though the porcupine is covered in quills it still falls prey to certain attackers which may be why our population is so low.  Fishers, coyotes, pine martens, bald eagles, and owls are all common predators of the porcupine.  To avoid being hurt by the quills the predator will either attack the face first or roll them over onto their back to expose the stomach where there are no quills.    Porcupines are vegetarians and excellent swimmers due to the hollow quills that help keep them afloat.  Read more about the porcupine at this website. 

 

  

Keep warm in Voyageur Style

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

What's New?

Another Newsletter? Some of you may have just received a newsletter in your e-mail last week.  That is because we have been experiencing some problems and some of you haven't been receiving the newsletter at all.  We should have the problem fixed now and we apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you.  To read past newsletters you can always go to our website.  Thanks for your patience and please keep on reading.

Permits Available- Don't worry if you still haven't made your travel plans for the canoe country this season.  The Boundary Waters still has plenty of permits available depending upon the time of season.  If you can plan your trip away from the last week of July and first couple of weeks of August then we should be able to find you a great entry point permit.  The Quetico Park still has a good number of permits available through Cache Bay to choose from as well.  Give us a call or drop us an e-mail and we can help you plan your route and reserve your travel permits for your next wilderness canoe camping adventure. 

Fun on the Trail- Most people think of canoeing when they think of the Boundary Waters, it just makes sense.  I not only think of canoeing but also of hiking.  There are some awesome hiking trails in and around the Boundary Waters and in the Spring it is a safe way to enjoy the wilderness.  Hiking is great, especially this time of the year since there are literally no bugs.  The wind can be blowing, the rain can be falling, temperatures can be cold, but I can still enjoy my time on the trail.  Just this last week I was able to enjoy the Northern Light Trail as well as the Crab Lake Trail and a portion of the Border Route Trail.  I didn't see another soul on these trails but I was able to see lots of signs of wildlife while enjoying the solitude of Spring.  Come be a guest of Voyageur and explore the trails in and around the Boundary Waters.

Voyageur Trading Post: I'm happy to announce there are some new items on the Voyageur Online Trading Post.  I have finally figured out how to take photos, upload them to the computer and put them into our online Trading Post.  For those of you who don't know me, this is a great accomplishment.  My co-workers at Voyageur prefer I do not touch things like the computer, printers or fax since I have the opposite of the Midas Touch.  Anyway, I hope you will check out our great selection of clothing and books we have for sale online.  Bookmark the site and return to it often because I plan on adding more items in the days to come.

 

 

       

NRS Navigator Gloves

 

 

 

 

Product Review:   NRS Navigator Gloves- These gloves are perfect for paddling in the canoe country.  The water temperatures of the BWCA and Quetico Park are usually very cool throughout the summer and are especially cold early in the season.  A pair of paddling gloves can make a cold or rainy day of paddling much more fun.  The Navigator glove is made from 2mm neoprene on both the back and the palm and are great for warmth as well as for grip.  They are flexible and provide good dexterity.  These are a highly durable glove and they can be used season after season.  If you are interested in ordering a pair then give us a call or drop us an e-mail.

 

 

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Skills:  Preparing for a wilderness trip- There are many types of trips to choose from in the canoe country.  Some people want to set up a base camp and fish while others want to travel each day.  Traversing the canoe country isn't always an easy feat and in order to enhance your time spent in the woods try to get in good physical shape prior to your trip.  Of course nothing but paddling and portaging 4-5 hours a day will really prepare you, but a little bit of movement can only help.  Get in the habit of taking a hike or a quick walk 3-4 times a week.  Try carrying a pack along with some weight in it and slowly increase the amount of weight you carry.  If you have an opportunity to paddle, then by all means, go!  If there are just floating rivers where you live then try heading out early in the morning or late in the afternoon when you can actually paddle and not just float.  Try doing some light weight lifting and stretching exercises at home and continue to stretch while out on the Trail.  While nothing you do will make portaging and paddling all day easy, proper preparation will help and don't forget to pack the Ibuprofen, just in case!

 

 

 

Ready, Set, Fish!

 

 

Fishing Report  

Now that fishing season is here it is time to make sure you are ready to catch some fish.  More than likely your rods and reels have been sitting in a closet collecting dust over the winter.  Make sure your reel is clean by spraying some lubricant on a cloth and wiping off any dirt, sand or moisture.  This light coating as well as applying a reel lubricant will help protect your reel against wear, rust, and corrosion and will help the reel run smoother, faster and quieter.   Be careful not to use too much as excess grease and oil can flow into places that may hinder the reel's performance.  In order to make sure your rod is in proper shape be sure to check the rod guides for nicks or burs.  Take a Q-tip and rub it through the inside of the eyelet and if it leaves cotton, then it means the eyelet needs to be replaced.  Over time a damaged eyelet can weaken or cut through your line and cause a great catch to escape.  Your line should be changed at the beginning of the year and throughout the fishing season.  Heat, sunlight and the bottom of the lake or river can fray your line causing it to weaken or break when a fish is on the line.  There are many ways to spool your line and this great site can tell you exactly how to do it.  When changing line be sure to place the spool flat on the floor, do not use the pencil method as this can cause your line to ball up.  When spooling make sure there is no kinking, if there is then reverse the spool and keep spooling.  Some people like to take a heavier test line for the initial line, then add about 100 yards of real line by knotting the two together.  That way when you are out fishing you will know when it is time to re-spool by giving your line a quick glance.  You should be cutting your line after each fish or every so often so you can minimize broken lines and maximize the number of fish you catch.  Proper preparation and care of your rod and reel will definitely help you get more fish in the boat, so come on up and wet your line with Voyageur.  For more tips on fishing visit our website.