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Sunset on a Wilderness Lake

 

 

   

Weather Report

It feels as though we have been on a weather roller coaster the past couple of weeks.  One day it is calm, hot and sunny and the next it is windy, cool and cloudy.  One hour the sun will shine brightly and the next it will lightening and thunder.  Paddlers have been able to experience all types of weather out on their canoe trips; the most frustrating of which has been the wind.  I have never seen the wind blow this much except during the gales of November.  Hopefully it has all been blown out of its system and calm days are ahead.  The forecast calls for temperatures in the high 70's and low 80's for the next week with nightly lows in the 60's.  There is a chance of rain on Friday, but other than that it is clear paddling so come on up and dip your paddle. 

 

 

  

Red Squirrel

 

 

Wildlife

American Red Squirrel:  The reddish fur on the back side of this squirrel is what sets it apart from other squirrels.  It has a creme colored underside and a shorter, less bushy tail than its relatives.  In the summer their coat becomes duller and less red. Red Squirrels are abundant in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and you can often see them hanging around campsites.  They like to go for an easy meal of food left by campers and sometimes will get into one's food pack.  Their normal diet consists of seeds, pine cones, nuts, berries and they will even tap maple trees for their sugary syrup.  Red Squirrels do not hibernate so they collect and stash food for the winter in a hollow tree or store them underground in a midden.   They were originally named "chickarees" because of their vocal sounds.  They make a variety of noises from chattering to clucks and outright scolding if you are in their territory.  To hear some of these sounds and learn more about the Red Squirrel check out this site.

 

   

 

 2005 Voyageur Crew

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

What's New?

The Voyageur Crew- Each year we hire 9-10 seasonal staff to work at Voyageur.  It seems as though we are blessed with a great crew every summer.  We have four guys on the crew; two are in their 2nd season at Voyageur and two are in their 3rd.  We have five new to Voyageur females on our staff and everyone is doing a terrific job.

Gunflint Trail Annual Canoe Races- Our crew is gearing up for Canoe Races on July 20th.  Each year the homeowners along the Gunflint Trail host the Canoe Races which include a raffle for small items, a barbecue and a grand prize raffle for a Wenonah Canoe donated by Wenonah.  All proceeds go to the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department.

The Boundary Waters Blog- Thanks to everyone who has checked out the new blog.  It has been fun to hear comments from people and I'm looking forward to hearing more.   I'm especially interested in hearing what my reader's have to say about my topics.  I know what I think about specific things and I would love to have this blog be an open forum where we can all compare notes.  Don't be shy; visit and write in the Boundary Waters Blog today.

Chesapeake Bay Expedition- A group of High School FFA students from Virginia are paddling the Potomac River Basin to Chesapeake Bay;  it is a 30 day, 355 mile trip.  Their website has journal entries, video clips and photos of their adventure.  Be sure to check out this fun website.

 

 

Sweetwater by MSR

 

 

 

 

Product Review:   Sweetwater by MSR-  There are a variety of water filters made by MSR and our favorite is the Sweetwater.  This filter is lightweight weighing in at only 11 ounces.  It has a lever action that makes it easy to use and can be folded down so the unit is compact.  It is easy to maintain and even lets you know when the filter needs to be replaced.  It can filter one liter of water per minute and eliminates 99.9 % of all bacteria and parasites.  The Sweetwater comes with a carrying bag, hose float and a cleaning brush for the filter.  If you are looking for a filter for canoeing in the BWCA, then this is it.  You can purchase one through Voyageur or online at the MSR Website.  

 

 

 

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Skills:  Wilderness Water Treatment- Iodine, Cryptosporidium, Cholera, Chlorine, Giardia.  Which of these would you prefer to drink?   I personally don't like the taste of Iodine or Chlorine and I have never been sick from drinking the water in our canoe country wilderness.  Both Iodine and Chlorine can be effective as chemical water treatments but they are not foolproof.  The effectiveness of these products are determined by the age and condition of the product, the water clarity, water temperature, and ph level.  Using an iodine tablet can be risky as some people are allergic to Iodine and it does not kill Crypto.  A regular filter will not filter out viruses but in our wilderness waters viruses are not the concern.  Bacteria and Protozoa are what most paddlers are concerned about in the BWCA and these can be killed in the time it takes to bring the water to a boil.  As an outfitter I always recommend canoe country visitors to boil their water, but as a fellow paddler I usually just dip my cup in and take a drink.   

 

 

Smallmouth Bass

 

 

Fishing Report  

It's hard to keep a Smallmouth down; in the water off of your lure that is.  Smallmouth Bass have been practically jumping into the canoes and boats of anglers this season.  I even heard a guest complain about catching too many Smallmouth!  Our temperatures this Spring allowed us to fish for Bass during their whole cycle; pre-spawn, spawn and post spawn.  Anglers enjoyed catching pre-spawn Smallmouth while using a fast moving bait.  Even when the Smallmouth were on their spawning beds people were catching them using a slower presentation of their favorite lure.  We're in post-spawn now and the Smallmouth are still biting like crazy.  Bobber fishing with a leech, trolling a spoon or casting a topwater lure; it doesn't seem to matter what you do because the Smallmouth just keep biting.

 

 

 

 

 

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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew