Voyageur Quote: "There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind." ~Washington Irving

 

 

 BWCA Campsite 

Camping Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Weather- If you don't like the weather then just wait a minute, it will change.  That seems to be the pattern for the weather we've experienced this May.  It has been a little bit cold when compared to other year's temperatures.      

     We've only had one day when the temperature was above 70 degrees and that day it reached a high of 83 degrees.  The rest of the days have been in the 60's with night time lows dropping into the 20's quite a few times.

     Water levels are good and we've experienced a little bit more than average precipitation for May.  

     The forecast for June is for good paddling weather so come up to the Gunflint Trail and experience it.

   

 Chik-Wauk Lodge Celebration

Celebration at Chik-Wauk 

 

 

 

 

 BWCA Kayaking

Boundary Waters Kayak Area

 

 

 

Quetico Park Canoe Trip

Paddling the BWCA

 

 

 

  

 

 What's NEW?

Homepage Facelift- I'm proud to say the Voyageur homepage has just received a facelift.  Not that it was wrinkled and needed one but now there are even more reasons to visit the homepage every day.  You can check out the weather, translate the site into different languages, read the latest Tweet, look at Google Earth, Furl it, Fark it and even Bookmark it.  Check it out today and let me know what you think of the new look.  

Canoe the Heart of the Continent  Celebrate 100 Years of wilderness as we welcome the paddlers of the 20-foot Voyageur Canoe on their 350 mile journey. This journey is part of the Centennial Celebration of the Quetico Park and Superior National Forest.  The Heart of the Continent Partnership exists between entities in both Minnesota and Ontario around the "border lakes region."  This group is sponsoring the voyage in which paddlers will partake in a journey across the Quetico, then out to Lake Superior to Grand Portage and eventually ending in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  You can be a part of the welcoming committee by joining us at Chik-Wauk Lodge on Saganaga Lake on Monday, July 13, 2009.  There will be presentations, slide shows, Voyageur games, canoe rides, food and more so please come and be a part of this exciting event. 

They're Baaack!- Happiness is a Voyageur Crew.  It's great to have returning staff come back like Andy, Adam, Jennifer & Mike Irwin and it's wonderful to add new ones to the mix.  Scott, Chelsea, Tessa & Jake are first year crew members and they along with our experienced crew are doing an outstanding job.  So outstanding that I'm looking at my calendar and checking out dates when Mike and I can go paddling ourselves and just let the crew work their magic.

Keeping Up- Are you looking for ways to keep up on what's going down at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters?  The Boundary Waters Blog is great when you have time but if you only have a minute then head over to Twitter.  Check out the Boundary Waters Blog Lady or Voyageur Crew to see what's happening throughout the day at your favorite Canoe Outfitter on the Gunflint Trail.

Voyageur Tales- Every year we wonder whether or not we should produce, print and mail a print newsletter to our mailing list.  We decided to go ahead and do it again this year so those of you on our mailing list should have already received one.  We never know if it is worth spending the money on printing and postage so we need you to let us know what you think.  You can find Voyageur Tales online or if you would like to receive one in the mail then please email us with your address and we'll send one to you.  vco@canoeit.com

 

 

 

 

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 Paddling Opportunities-    

Becoming a Boundary Waters Family-  We have special sessions for special families who want to take a Boundary Waters Canoe Trip this summer.  The completely outfitted package even has a special price so check it out today.  

Women's Trips- A package designed specifically for women with five different sessions to choose from.

Linda's trips- An Opportunity Like No Other~ You've heard of our Women Only Canoe Trips but one session this year will be very special. The July 19-23rd session will be a journey you won't want to miss. It will not only be a wilderness journey but also a journey within. A Journey Within to Women's Empowerment with Linda Vandenbrook, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Life Coach in Grand Marais.

Groups- Calling all church, school and Boy Scout groups!  There's still time to plan a wilderness canoe adventure for your group this summer.  Give us a call and we'll help you set up an affordable and fun canoe trip. 

Canoe Races-The Annual Gunflint Trail Canoe Races to benefit the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department will be held on Wednesday, July 15th. This is a great time to visit the Gunflint Trail and participate in a fun event for a great cause.

 

Gunflint Trail Moose 

Sag Lake Trail Moose

 

Bear on the Gunflint Trail

Bear on the Gunflint Trail

Gunflint Trail Moose

Swamp Snack

 

 

 Be our Guest-  We invite you to come to Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and be a guest of ours in a cabin.  We have the perfect place for vacationing and would love to have you around for more than the few minutes before or after your trip.

You don't have to be an avid paddler to enjoy staying at Voyageur.  There are plenty of activities you can enjoy as our guest.  Reading a book on your deck, picking blueberries, hiking the numerous trails, swimming in the refreshing waters, kayaking, fishing and of course the opportunity to see wildlife.

A vacation at Voyageur is like taking a step back in time.  There aren't televisions in the units, no telephones and cell phones don't work on the Gunflint Trail.  There's time to relax and enjoy the simple things in life.  Maybe even spend the time putting a puzzle together or playing a game of cards.

There are plenty of openings to choose from for a vacation with Voyageur and we would love to see you here.  

Lodging Vacancies-

Riverside Cabin is a beautiful 2 bedroom cabin on the Seagull River with an awesome view out the large picture window.  The private deck and dock are perfect for relaxing and you even have your own fire ring for late night campfires.  We've had a last minute cancellation and now Riverside is open from May 29-June 17th at only $100/night when mentioning this newsletter. (New reservations only)

   

  Len Bergmann walleye from Saganaga

Nice Hawg  

Pat Taylor's Catch 

Water Wolf of the North

 Craig Ullrich Walleye from Saganaga

Nice BWCA Walleye

 

 Hawg Heaven- 

     The fishing opener may not have brought droves of anglers to the end of the Gunflint Trail but it sure brought some nice fish to those who did come. It seemed like every group came back to Voyageur with reports of catching some big lunkers.

     Monster Water Wolves of the North, Northern Pike, were plentiful in the cold shallow waters.  While I don't necessarily like to see a big fish caught and not released back into the water it was quite the sight to see a Northern almost as long as Josh when stretched out on the dock.  Josh is about 50" in length and if this fish's belly would have been full of spawn I think it would have even weighed more than Josh. It was one of the many reports of Northern Pike over 40" long.  Almost all of the other alligator like Northerns were released back into the lake creating a once in a lifetime angling opportunity for someone else. 

     There were lots of big hawgs, Walleye, caught and released during the opener as well as after.  Guests reported catching numerous 28", 29" and 30" fish both on the U.S. side of Saganaga and the Canadian Side. 

     The Lake Trout and Smallmouth Bass have been anxious to bite too.  Canoe parties and guests of Voyageur are catching dozens of nice bass and trout.  Stories of fish following lures up to the boat, catching lake trout from shore and other fish tales abound.

     It looks like this is going to be a great year for fishing and catching on Saganaga and in the Boundary Waters so come on up and tell some stories of your own.   

   

 

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

  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew

 

 "Even if you've been fishing for three hours and haven't gotten anything except poison ivy and sunburn, you're still better off than the worm." ~Author Unknown


"Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land.  It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. " ~Chuck Clark