Normally I trip into QueticoPark, but this year decided to do a Boundary Waters canoe trip with my daughter Sarah and her new husband John. John is a newbie to the BWCA, but an experienced hiker and outdoorsman, who had no trouble with the trip. We did the Saganaga-Knife-Seagull trip for the beauty, and also to get a look at the burned area.
As usual the scenery was pretty and the canoe trip mostly uneventful (other than the nice views), which is what we want–a nice camping trip with no mishaps or major troubles. However, we made our own amusement with “watermelon head.”
We dressed a watermelon in its own life jacket for the paddle (so it wouldn’t roll around) and make jokes about it, let it go swimming in the lake water to cool off at the first BWCA camp site, then sacrificed it on a tree stump alter, after which we ate it! It was soooo good after a long day’s paddle. Probably had to be there to enjoy the amusement.
We did not see any big game, but did find bear claw marks on a white birch tree at one of our camp sites. Fishing was pretty bad or we were just unlucky, but most people we met said they also had little luck that week. That being said, we did catch catch saugers, pike, and bass, but they were generally small and not very many of them.
Once again, as in all previous trips, Voyageur Canoe Outfitters did a wonderful job in assisting with partial outfitting for our Boundary Waters canoe trip. We purchased some last minute items and rented a Wenonah solo canoe due to our odd number, while Sarah and John paddled my vintage 1975 Mad River Explorer.
We had to drive 7 hours to get to Voyageur Canoe Outfitters, so, really enjoyed the bunkhouse stay the night before the BWCA trip, breakfast the morning of, and the showers afterwards.
The staff is always friendly and helpful. Looking forward to our next trip, which will be back into Quetico Park. Hope to have Voyageur be our partial outfitter of choice again.
This August was my second fishing trip to Voyageur Outfitters. Last year we stayed in an RV, but this year we rented Riverside Cabin. Very nice place! There was everything we needed to be comfortable already there. Once again the staff was very friendly and helpful(those that were left!) Many had already headed home being they are college students. I hope to make it up again next year. It is such a relaxing place to spend a week, It makes it very hard to go back to “The real world”! We caught lots of northern and smallmouth bass. Enough that we ate fish everynight and brought home our limit! Can’t wait for our yearly fish fry! I strongly recommend this outfitters to anyone that loves nature and relaxing!
La Porte City, Iowa
I wanted to thank you for your polite, efficient, and professional service. I have been taking trips up in the area for 30 years and have used a few different outfitters. This trip was my first with Voyageurs and it will not be my last. Your staff was great and the service excellent. I will be recommending you to others and will use your services again in the future! Thanks for helping create a great BWCA canoe trip for us.
St. Paul, MN
This year was my fourth trip into BWCA through Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. This year was different because it was just me and my 13 year old son. This was his first Boundary Waters trip. And what a blast we had. I chose the Boundary Waters entry point 54- SeagullLake. My idea was to base camp in Seagull and portage into Alpine to do some serious fishing. After setting up camp the first day Me and my son spent the rest of the day swimming and “cliif diving off of a 8 ft cliff in the northern edge of Seagull.
We decided to go to Alpine in the morning. The first night after cleaning up supper, I was very tired so, i decided to goto bed at about 10:30. My son came in tent about midnight. And rouoghly around 12:30 am it started to rain. It did not quit until 11:00 am the next morning. After climbing out tent at 11:30, my son ask me “what do we do now”.
At about the same time my son woke up from sleep, the sun appeared in the sky. I told my son get up and lets start hanging up sleeping bags and clothes. Everything in tent was completely soaked with rain water. We hung everything up on lines soo we could sleep on dry sleeping bags that night. Since sun was up, we decided to paddle to alpine. As soon as we reached the portage to Alpine it began to pour down rain. I son asked came we go back to camp. I told him yes that was fine. When we made it back to camp, everthing was completely soggy soaked. My son then asked” do we stay or do we go now? Since the time was 4:30, I told him the we go now.
Once we got back to Voyageur Canoe Outfitters Mike informed us the we received 4 inches of rain that day and that all other groups return in the early moring. I felt better that we were the last to come in. Even though we had 4 inches of rain I would not have chenged a thing. My son and I had a great father and son BWCA bonding experience. Thanks Voyageur Crew.
We entered the BWCA on July 20 for a four night stay. We paddled to Long Island lake and made a base camp. We had great weather and enjoyed our trip. The water was the warmest I can remember for the BWCA. The bugs were not bad, except for the biting flies. I plan to visit the Boundary Waters again soon.
I just wanted to thank you guys again for our BWCA canoe trip. It was a dream come true for me. I told Mike that it will not be the last time we book a Boundary Waters trip with you guys! My wife is on board for another trip too…even though we had a bear in camp and 6 feet from the tent with us in it!!! I think the BWCA has stolen my soul.
Bismarck, North Dakota
I’ve been meaning to send you this note of thanks for the wonderful service you provided to us during our Quetico Park canoe trip in June. From start to finish, Voyageur made the trip easy and fun. We had beautiful weather that week and good bass fishing. You couldn’t ask for more. Liam did a great job with our drop off and pick up. Thanks for your terrific service and we hope to see you again next year.
Congressman Ron Kind and family.
A big thank you to Mike and the rest of the staff at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters!
I was there last weekend with a group of nine women for a BWCA canoe trip. Mike graciously answered all of our Boundary Waters pre-trip questions and went ‘above and beyond’ accommodating our group needs. We were all VERY appreciative of his efforts! The question is not IF we will come back, but WHEN! Thank you for offering this Groupon. It was the catalyst that made the trip happen for our group!
We just returned from our canoe trip in the BWCA yesterday. I can’t thank enough the Voyageur Canoe Outfitter folks! From the very beginning, they provided all the help and necessary information and smoothly managed our voyage into the Boundary Waters! Our departing boat arrived right on time. Mike was very friendly and helpful. Overall, the service was outstanding. THANK YOU!
Maple Grove, MN
Had a good BWCA trip. I have been doing BWCA/Canada trips since the 1960s and it is still something special. The Boundary Waters trip changed from a fishing trip to a travel trip and I completed the loop faster than expected but I still had a great time.
It was easy to tell that you guys at Voyageur have your act together. Your attention to the little details does not go unnoticed. Everything, trip planning, pretrip communication, tow, etc was professional. Thanks for a well performed service.
My impression of the Wenonah Prism is that it is a fast solo boat that is extremely easy to portage. If your plan is to travel it is stable while under paddle. I would suggest however that if a person is going to do much fishing that it is not the best platform for that. My suggestion would be for a solo canoeist who wishes to do a lot of fishing to find a tandem alternative. The same suggestion would apply to a single taking a large dog ( does that happen much??). As long as we were moving forward we were fine but just like a bicycle it gets more unstable when moving very slowly.
Thanks again, I will certainly recommend your company and we will see you again sometime.
Stephen Rollins O.D