Voyageur Quote: "Keep close to Nature's heart, yourself; and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.  Wash your spirit clean..."

 

 

  Winter on the Gunflint Trail 

Winter on the Gunfint Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Weather 

     February came and went with a blink of the eye.  The first week the weather was typical for February but the second week fooled some people into thinking winter was over.

    With temperatures in the thirties and almost an inch of rain there were people who dreamed of an early spring.  They were harshly awakened with seven days in a row of snow equaling over a foot of new snow on the ground. 

     The month ended with a wintry mix of below zero temperatures and intermittent snow falls totaling 16.25 inches for the month of February. 

     It's still a winter wonderland on the Gunflint Trail.  The ski trails are perfect and the snowmobile trails are awesome so come on up for some winter fun.

 

Mush for a Cure 

Mush for a Cure 

 

 

Run the Trail Less Traveled

Run the Trail Less Traveled 

 

 

Winter Tracks Fun

Winter Tracks Fun 

 

 

 

  

 

What's NEW?

Mush for a Cure-  Join us in the fight against breast cancer March 14th on the Gunflint Trail.  Last year our mushers raised $13,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and our goal for this year is $20,000.  You can make donations, pledge a musher and find out more about this exciting event by visiting our website. 

Win a Spirit II Canoe- Here's your chance to win a Royalex Spirit II Canoe made by Wenonah.  Voyageur has donated this canoe and a 3-Day Completely Outfitted Canoe Trip for 2 people valued at over $2000 for our Grand Marais Campus PTA Fundraiser.  There are other great prizes including a 3-night stay in the campground at Gunflint Pines Resort plus a day of guided fishing, a 2-night stay at Grand Superior Lodge, 2-nights at Caribou Highlands, a $250 gift card from Lake Superior Trading Post or a $200 Bond from Grand Marais State Bank.  We're only selling 400 tickets at $25.00 each so send a check made out to Grand Marais Campus PTA today.  I must have the check by the 11th of March so send it today to 189 Sag Lake Trail, Grand Marais, MN 55604.  Call with questions 1-888-CANOEIT.

Ham Run Half Marathon- Join us on the Gunflint Trail this May 1-3 for the Gunflint Green Up.  Plant trees, enjoy great food and run the Ham Run Half Marathon or 5k Fun Run on May 3, 2009.

Stay with Voyageur- Vacationing at Voyageur is a great way to get away from it all.  The wilderness is your playground when you stay with Voyageur; paddle the BWCA, fish Saganaga Lake, hike the forests and leave your cell phone behind.  We have cabins available throughout the summer so please come and be our guest.  

Twitter- Here's another way to keep an eye on what's going on at the end of the Gunflint Trail.  Visit my Twitter site and you'll be kept up to date on daily life in the northwoods.

Sad News- Bob Marchino, who owned Clearwater Lodge and Outfitters with his wife Marti from 1995-2003 made his final portage on March 1, 2009.  He passed away after a brief battle with cancer and will be missed by all who were blessed by his presence.

 

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 I-68 -What is the deal with the I-68?  You can return to the United States from Canada via a watercraft with or without an I-68. An I-68 is valid for one year and costs $16.00 for an individual or $32.00 for a family. If you have an I-68 and are returning from Canada you can call to check in with a Customs Officer. If you do not have an I-68 then you must stop and check-in in person.

     Customs is the I-68 issuing agency and the Border Patrol is the enforcement agency. Any and all questions concerning issuance of the I-68 should be directed to, Customs and Border Protection, Pigeon River Port of Entry (218) 475-2244 or 217-475-0060.

     From May through October the Coast Guard Station in Grand Marais, MN will hold the Office of Field Operations. The office will be open from 9-5pm with 1-2 people on staff. People with an I-68 will call this office upon returning from Canada. This will also be where people can stop and apply for the I-68. As of June 1, 2009 a passport or passport card will be necessary to apply for an I-68.

     You may also apply for an I-68 anywhere there is an International Port of Entry such as an International Airport. More information about the I-68 may be found at this website.

 

Gunflint Trail Moose

Gunflint Trail Moose

     

 

 Sunrise in the BWCA

BWCA Sunrise

 

 

 

 

 Boundary Waters Bargain Package- Times are tough and with the stress of the economic crisis you need a vacation now more than ever.  There's nothing more affordable than a BWCA canoe trip. It's a vacation where you don't have to worry about spending $20 on treats at the gas station, $5 for the newest magazine or $50 for some tourist trap along the way.  Once you're out in the wilderness there's nothing to spend your hard earned cash on.  We want you to be able to take a vacation so for a short time only we are offering our readers the opportunity to vacation for just $299 per person.

     This is our Standard Expedition Complete Outfitting Package and it includes one night in the bunkhouse, breakfast, 4 nights and 5 days in the wilderness. It also includes all of your canoe camping equipment (canoes, life jacket, paddle, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, packs, food (choose from Standard Expedition Menu), cooking equipment and more).

Restrictions: Bunkhouse stay is Sunday through Thursday; Entry in the wilderness Monday through Friday. July 25th through August 9th is blacked out. Price is based on a minimum of a 2 person party. Entry Points 54 (Seagull Lake) and 55 (Saganaga Lake) only. Price does not include permits and licenses. There are a limited number of trips being sold. Based on availability.

Deposit: Paid in full at time of reservation.

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 Ice Fishing in the BWCA

Ice Fishing Fun

 

Fishing in Minnesota- from the Minnesota DNR

     Minnesota’s 2009 fishing licenses and the state’s first-ever walleye stamp now are on sale.

     Anglers who purchase a license in early March can fish for 14 months as the license does not expire until April 30, 2010.

     The state’s new walleye stamp also is on sale. The stamp, though not necessary to catch and keep walleye, is an innovative new way for anglers to voluntarily donate funds for walleye stocking and related activities.

     "If you didn’t buy a license last year, now is the time to get one," said Steve Michaels, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) license center manager. "The 2009 license enables you to enjoy the last two months of the 2008 season plus all of 2009 season."

     The 2008 fishing licenses expire April 30, 2009.   Funds from the $5 walleye stamp validation will flow into a dedicated account for walleye stocking activities. For $2 more, the DNR will mail the actual stamp to you as a collector’s item.

     "Minnesota artist Nick Reitzel painted a powerful image for the state’s first-ever walleye stamp," Michaels said. "Purchasing the 2009 stamp is a way to own a piece of history, start a stamp collecting tradition and support Minnesota’s state fish."

     Minnesota fishing licenses are available at more than 1,800 vendors throughout the state, by phone at 1-888-665-4236 or online.

 

 

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

  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew