Voyageur Quote: "Man's heart away from nature, becomes hard;(the Lakota) knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too."  -Luther Standing Bear

 

Wilderness Rainbow

 

  

Weather Report

     July continues to offer the best of summer weather to visitors on the Gunflint Trail.  The temperatures have been reaching up into the 80's during the daytime and dipping down into the 50's at night.  We received another 2 inches of rain and most of it fell at night while campers slept in their tents.  The best part about the evening showers were the rainbows that accompanied them.

     This week's forecast calls for more beautiful summer weather with highs in the 70's and 80's.  The water temperature has warmed up considerably but is still perfect for cooling off from the mid-day's sun. We hope you will come on up and enjoy some of this wonderful wilderness weather.

    

 

   

Mama and her two calves

 

  

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 Wildlife Report:  Recent Sightings-

    There is always lots of wildlife to be seen while spending time in the great outdoors.  Driving on the Gunflint the other day we spotted a cow with two young calves eating in a swamp.  People on South Gunflint Lake Road have seen more than enough of their share of black bears for the season; there have been numerous sightings around the resorts where lazy bears wander about looking for a hand out.  Deer graze alongside roadways while the fox and grouse play a game of hide and seek nearby.

     The waterways are teeming with wildlife as well.  Otters and beavers have been spotted and everyone gets the chance to see the Minnesota State Bird, the loon.  They are swimming with their young and teaching them how to fish.   A mamma merganser has over a dozen young ducks following her in the Seagull River and while fishing the other day we spotted a Blue Heron standing next to the shore before it prepared for flight. 

     On a recent canoe trip we saw seagulls soaring overhead, whiskey jacks at campsites and a nest with an eaglet in it.  The mayflies were hatching, the fireflies lighting up the sky and dragonflies flittered about seeking the dwindling mosquito supply. It's great to see and be a part of all of the animal activity taking place in the wilderness.

   

 

 

Bountiful Blueberries 

 

Pink Paddles 

 

Boundary Waters Blog

 

 

 

  

 

What's New? 

The Blueberries are Ripe- and ready to be picked.  There are so many berries this year it is hard to walk anywhere in the woods without seeing them.  Hurry on up they won't last long.

Voyageur Crew Takes 1st!- Wednesday the 18th of July the 30th Annual Canoe Races were held to benefit the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department. A substantial amount of money was raised through the sale of raffle tickets, a silent auction, food sales and race entries.

     There were a variety of races to choose from throughout the evening.  Adult child races, serious straight paddling and gunwale pumping to name a few.  The Voyageur Crew pulled through for the 6th year in a row as the Canoe Race Champions.

Voyageur Specials and Contests- Looking for a last minute deal?  You just might find one on our Specials Page.  Do you have a favorite Voyageur shirt you like to wear?  Then you might be interested to see what our current contest is looking for.  Visit the Contest Page to find out. 

 The Boundary Waters Blog The place to find all sorts of wilderness news, products and strange happenings at Voyageur, in the canoe country and on the Gunflint Trail.  Check it out today!

 

 

 

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Product Review:  Sospenders- I'm not sure what the going rate for life insurance is these days but I do know the price of Sospenders. This inflatable PFD is a bit expensive but well worth the cost if it saves your life.

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Skill: Wear Your Life Vest-  Each week I am sent an e-mail newsletter from the Professional Paddlesport Industry which Mike is the current President of.  Included in the newsletter are paddling incidents from around the United States from that particular week.  I am constantly amazed at how many deaths there are due to the fact people do not wear their life vest.   

     Putting on a life vest doesn't sound like a difficult thing to do but it is a skill that involves thinking.  Thoughts like, "I can swim.", "It's too hot." or "It's uncomfortable." creep into one's mind and pushes out the common sense that was once there.  The life vest gets stuffed underneath a seat, tucked in a pack or even left on shore.

     It's a simple skill to master, one arm in, then the next, zip or clip and the life vest is on.  When you capsize you float, it's as easy as that.  No long search for a submerged body, no endless days of worry or wonder for families, just as easy as, "Hey, there she is, floating right there, she's fine!" 

     There are times when a life vest cannot save a life, like when you don't put it on.  But if you wear your life vest your odds of surviving greatly increase.  Try it, the next time you head out onto the water, put one on, it isn't so bad and it might just save your life.

      

 

 

Smallmouth Fun

 

 Fishing:  Trolling-  A friend and I decided to take our two boys out fishing the other day.  I think trolling is the easiest way to fish from a canoe with kids.  We put some leaders on our lines, clipped on some rapalas and spoons and went on our way.

     Josh loves everything about fishing so we've been busy learning about it.  We trolled next to shore where logs were submerged and sure enough we'd pick up a smallmouth.  Then we'd head to a weedy bay and before long we'd pull in a northern pike.  We carefully wet our hands in the water before handling the fish so we wouldn't remove any of the protective slime from the fish when we released it.  We caught fish after fish and if you can believe it we lost track of how many we caught.

     Trolling with a line on each side of the canoe and mine out the back we never got tangled or had to worry about anyone getting hooked while casting.  We got snagged on the bottom once and lost one lure but it was a small price to pay for such an awesome day.

 

 

 

 

 Thank you for reading our newsletter.  We hope you enjoy it and tell others about it. 

  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew