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
As BWCA canoe outfitters and parents we’ve had the opportunity to take a number of family canoe trips into the Boundary Waters. We love paddling with our kids and think a Boundary Waters canoe camping trip is one of the best family vacations there is.
While there are a number of great BWCA trips to choose from for your family we’ve decided to list a few here for you to choose from.
Top 5 Family Trip Recommendations
1. Saganaga or Red Rock Base Camp – We’ve done this BWCA trip even when our kids were in diapers. We’ve taken a tow boat ride to the Red Rock portage or to a campsite on Saganaga. We’ve taken day trips, swam, picked blueberries, fished and had an awesome time.
2. Duncan and Rose Lake – When the kids got a bit older we took them into Rose Lake. Stairway Portage is a beautiful portage that is next to a waterfall and is great fun to play in when hot outside. It crosses the Border Route Hiking Trail that can be accessed for day hiking trips that entertain kids for hours.
3. East Bearskin, Alder, Canoe, Pine – Give this route a try if your kids are able to carry a small day pack. A nice day trip is to walk the portage to Pine and then to Johnson Falls. You can camp at one site or multiple sites during this trip.
4. Granite River – A great trip for a young family to do a 3-5 day canoe camipng trip. While there are lots of portages you can break them up by camping at multiple sites. It’s a great trip for avoiding wind because there isn’t big water on the route.
5. Seagull, Knife Saganaga – If your children are a little bit older and have been on another trip then this is the perfect BWCA route. It’s a great 5-6 day loop route that has lakes of all sizes, great fishing and scenic vistas. It requires a bit of paddling and portaging and is a great route for families who want to cover some ground and water!
It’s been pretty cold on the Gunflint Trail lately and I wouldn’t want to have been out camping in the Boundary Waters. Winter camping in the BWCA can be a fun thing to do, but not when the temperatures dip into the -30′s! Last night our low on the Gunflint Trail was -37 degrees actual temperature and it only got up to -3 degrees yesterday for the high. Yep, it’s been pretty cold on the Gunflint Trail.
That doesn’t mean there hasn’t been activity on the Gunflint Trail. The birds have been feeding endlessly at the bird feeder. Neighbors have reported moose, wolf and lynx sightings and of course the fox have been out and about too. As for the two legged folks on the Gunflint Trail their time outside has been a little shorter than usual especially when the wind has been howling like the wolves.
The moon is approaching full and it’s an amazing time to be in a snow covered wilderness. The moon reflects brightly off of the snow and it looks almost like daylight on the lakes of the BWCA. If the temperatures don’t increase a little bit then I won’t be out skiing beneath the full moon this weekend. Until then I’ll be sure to keep the bird feeders full and a log in the fireplace.
Weekly Summary for January 24, 2013
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Temperature: -4.3 °F -26.5 °F -15.6 °F
Dew Point: -8.2 °F -31.5 °F -20.0 °F
Humidity: 94.0% 76.0% 79.8%
Wind Speed: 20.0mph from the NW – 3.6mph
Wind Gust: 20.0mph from the North – -
Wind: – - WNW
Pressure: 31.25in 30.32in -
It’s a new year on the Gunflint Trail and we hope to see you at Voyageur! While it may seem like summer is a long time away it will be here before we know it. Later this month we’ll be able to start reserving Boundary Waters permits and we can already reserve Quetico Permits for trips starting 5 months from now.
We’re busy at Voyageur talking to folks about their canoe trips to the BWCA and Quetico. We’re also taking inventory of what we have and what we need for the new year. We’ll be purchasing canoes, gear and it’s the time of year we put our outfitting food order in as well.
We hope to see you at Voyageur this new year and wish you all the best!
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!
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
Mike and Sue and Voyageur Crew,
Smith party of 4 (08/31 – 09/06) had a great experience with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters.
Thank you for making things so easy and stress free for our Boundary Waters canoe trip.
The trip exceeded our expectations and we will certainly recommend your outfit to others interested in the Boundary Waters.
Dear Voyageur Canoe Outfitters,
The Troop wanted again to say thank you to Voyageur Canoe Outfitters for a great BWCA trip this year, we where there July 29th through August 4th.
The crew of Voyageur Canoe Outfitters was a great help in pulling this Boundary Waters canoe trip together, so hats off to them. The cabin stay on the night we arrived, and the night before we left where very clean. The meals that the kitchen put together for us where very good. The Troop brought their own food and gear, and only used your canoes, but there was still a lot of work to pull the trip off.
So again from Troop 2810 A BIG THANK YOU!
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is one of the best places you will ever find to enjoy spending time with your family. We’ve taken plenty of family vacations to multiple destinations but I never have more fun than when we’re camping in the BWCA.
When you are canoe camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area you leave behind distractions of the real world. There are no buildings or roads, telephones or electricity and there are very few people in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. We have a family rule that no gadgets are allowed along with us when we’re in the Boundary Waters.
You won’t find game boys or ipods at our Boundary Waters Canoe Area campsite. You will find books, a deck of cards and a family enjoying each other’s company. Telling stories around the campfire, recapping the day’s adventure and reading a book outloud are things we love to do when relaxing at our campsite.
Quality family time can be spent while fishing, paddling a canoe and portaging the paths of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The solitude of the area allows everyone the opportunity to relax and unwind so they are able to really listen to what each other is saying. Communication is easy when it’s the only thing you have to worry about. Stress disappears in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and it’s difficult to not fully appreciate your loved ones.
Come experience the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with your family, there’s no better place to enjoy each other.