Here’s an opportunity to volunteer and take a trip into the Boundary Waters. Sounds like a great deal to me!
The Northwoods Volunteer Connection is seeking volunteers to help with a portage repair project in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness July 13-17.
Space is still available, but is limited to six volunteers for this project.
Food and most of the equipment needed will be provided.
Participants will help restore a popular Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness portage (Lizz to Caribou Portage) by installing log and rock water bars and check dams, and by reshaping soil, planting rocks and logs. These projects will reduce erosion and create a more sustainable tread.
Volunteers will travel by canoe to Caribou Lake to camp and will commute by canoe to the work site daily. The cost to participate is $50 per adult, $25 for students.
Interested? Contact Laurel at (218) 663-8606 or email@example.com to register.
Is it global warming that is producing stormy weather? I have no clue but I do know I now dislike storms. The USFS issued this statement regarding campsites to the east of the Gunflint Trail near the Canadian Border.Wilderness Storm Damage Submitted by usfs on Thu, 06/23/2016 – 1:20pm On June 19, 2016, areas of Northern Minnesota experienced a severe thunderstorm with rain and high winds. The Forest Service is temporarily closing several BWCAW wilderness campsites up the Gunflint Trail on South and Duncan Lakes.
Areas in the BWCAW that were hit hardest from the storm have suffered damage to latrines, latrine trails, portages and the general campsite area with uprooted and broken trees; making it impossible to camp and very difficult to travel in some areas. The Forest Service has crews working to assess damage and are busy clearing portages and campsites. Not all areas have impact from the storm. From initial reports, most damage occurred along the Canadian Border to the east of the Gunflint Trail.
Campers should plan ahead and find campsites early in the day if possible, just in case you need to travel further than expected to find a suitable site. When you select your site look for damaged trees and overhead hazards, as we have not yet been able to visit every site. Visitors should also remember this is a wilderness area and they should take extra time to discuss what they should do in the event of a thunderstorm. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the Gunflint Ranger District at 218-387-1750.
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The temperature jumped up into the 80’s the past couple of days and it’s been delightful. The kids have been out enjoying the beautiful weather on the river in kayaks and paddleboards. They have even been swimming and not just a quick dip, but a swim across the river. Campers are happy and our resort guests too. It’s a wonderful time to be at Voyageur!
Voyageur Brewing Company is delighted to serve at the Pride Beer Dabbler in Minneapolis tomorrow night from 5:30 to 9:30. Please join us in Loring Park if you are able to sample our special offerings, Blanche du Bois (a spruce-infused variation of our Trailbreaker Wit) and Summer and Smoke, our Maple Hill Smoked Roggenbier dressed up in rainbow colors. Descriptions follow below:
Blanche DuBois (for 2016 Pride Dabbler)
Belgian Wit infused with Spruce
5.0% ABV – 15IBUs
Grain Bill: Pilsner, Wheat, Oats
Hops: Hallertau, Triskel
Spices: Orange Peel, Coriander, Cardamom, Spruce Tips
Yeast: La Chouffe
A faded southern belle both beautiful and frail, Blanche DuBois is one of Tennessee Williams’ most recognizable characters. A couterpoint to the rough and belligerent Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche maintains an air of propriety in a world which is falling apart around her. In honor of Blanche and the writer who created her, we have infused our Belgian Witbier with freshly harvested spruce tips to create a delicately refined beer to offset the rough world of IPAs. Like it’s namesake, this beer provides enough inner strength to stand up to the worthiest of adversaries cloaked in a refined grace which is both subtle and smooth.
Summer and Smoke (for 2016 Pride Dabbler)
Roggenbier made with Smoked Wheat and Maple Syrup
5.5% ABV – 20IBUs
Grain Bill: American 2-Row, Oak Smoked Wheat, Rye, Bonlander Munich
Yeast: La Chouffe
Our second tribute to Tennessee Williams takes its name from one of his most subtle love stories, a story of sensuality and spirit, mischief and morality. In Summer and Smoke, Williams juxtaposes a pious preacher’s daughter with the improper doctor’s son who lives next door. It is a story of differences and attraction in which what seemed to be clearly delineated becomes blurred by the end. Much like the main characters, the styles which we brought together in our tribute beer may bring to mind distinct flavors, but converge into something special and leave you with something you didn’t expect by the end. Built from hefeweizen, rye, and rauchbier styles, this is a beer of strong flavors which, somehow, fit perfectly together. It is a beer with depth and complexity which will leave you questioning your preconceptions of what you thought you knew. Join us for a pint and celebrate the diversity and development which you find along the journey to a perfect union.
If you are with us in Grand Marais this weekend, we are proud to have some incredible musicians playing on Friday and Saturday evening. Minnesota favorite Timmy Haus will be putting the kind of rousing and fun show he is famous for on Friday the 24th, and the next night, Saturday 25th, we are very lucky to be hosting Willy Waldman, as astounding trumpeter who displays his talent all over the country but is available for one night only in Grand Marais. You can read about these great guys on their websites below.
It’s exciting to write about these events, but it’s just the beginning of a long, lively season. The 4th of July is around the corner, followed by the Grand Marais Art Festival, Hopped Up Caribou Festival in Lutsen. Please keep reading as we keep you up to date on many ways to spend the golden Minnesota summer with us.
If you haven’t made it up to Chik-Wauk Museum lately then you’ll for sure want to make a trip up on the 3rd of July. There will be a grand opening celebration for the new Nature Center and no admission will be charged. There will be hourly informational presentations on the nature center patio by Chik-Wauk’s Naturalist, Jacqueline Mallinson and Keith Morris. There will also be kid’s activities in the Nature Center and on the trails.
The temporary exhibit for this season is about birds. You can learn to recognize birds and the sounds they make. You can also check out the nesting pair of loons on the platform in the bay and hike the many trails. birds make.
Be sure to come visit us at Voyageur too. We’ve got cold beverages, great clothing and daily canoe rentals if you’d like to take a paddle in the BWCA. You could even rent a canoe and paddle over to Chik-Wauk for the day. Whether it’s July 3rd or any day take a trip up to the end of the Gunflint Trail and visit us and Chik-Wauk.
Photos provided by Chik-Wauk
The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of the summer season and, in Cook County, it heralds a quickening and celebration of the arts. The Johnson Heritage Post opens an exhibit this weekend and, in the coming weeks, look for the Hovland Arts Festival (July 2-3) and the Grand Marais Arts Festival (July 9-10), as well as the Summer Theatre Festival, which starts July 21. And, of course, there is a wide variety of music throughout the month.
There are lots of other art-related events, opportunities and classes this summer, too. Here is what is on the slate for this week.
First up is an opportunity to join the Arrowhead Sketchers, a new group organized by the Grand Marais Art Colony, which meets every Thursday afternoon to sketch and/or draw in a particular location. All are welcome, regardless of skill level, chosen medium, or age, including all plein aire painters.
This week, the sketchers will meet at the public boat landing in the Grand Marais Rec Park at 5:30 p.m. If the weather is bad, they’ll meet in the picnic shelter adjacent to the boat landing. Plans are to sketch for an hour and a half, and then gather to share their work and experiences. Just show up with sketchbook in hand and/or call the Art Colony at 387-2737 for more information. Free.
On Friday, the Johnson Heritage Post opens an extraordinary exhibit of paintings by Karen Savage Blue with a reception from 5-7 p.m.
Savage Blue, who is a member of the Fond du Lac Band and teaches at the Fond du Lac Community College, has had several major exhibits, including one at the Duluth Art Institute last year. The exhibit at the Heritage Post will include paintings from a recent project, where Blue made a painting a day for a year. WDSE’s The Playlist interviewed the artist about her project. Check out the fascinating video here. The exhibit continues through July 24. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
On Saturday, start out the day at the Cook County Farm & Craft Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center parking lot. The market features a variety of crafters as well as baked goods and vegetables/plant starts in season. To find out more, check out its Facebook page here.
At 1 p.m., glass artist Gretchen Lisdahl will give a glass beads demo in the glass studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony. All are welcome.
Then, at 5 p.m., Minnesota mystery writer William Kent Krueger will be the guest at Drury Lane Books for a Writer’s Salon.
He will read from “Manitou Canyon,” the latest in his Cork O’Connor series. This is a rare preview– the book won’t be published until Sept. 6 The event will be held outside, weather permitting. All invited. Free.
On Sunday, the Woodland Chamber Music Workshop Chamber Orchestra will hold a Gala Concert at 11 a.m. at Surfside Resort in Tofte. Chamber music workshops have been held all this week, featuring the Gichigami Trio (Sam Black,piano; Laurie Bastian, violin and Josh Aerie, cello), Betty Braunstein, flute; Kevin Miescke, French horn and Mina Fisher, cello. The concert will include participant ensembles and the WCMW Chamber Orchestra. It will be followed by a reception/light luncheon. The public is invited.
Then at 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the Parish Hall at St. John’s Catholic Church, the public will be able to find out all about cellist Yvonne Caruthers adventures when she played with the Washington Opera for its epic production of Richard Wagner’s “The Ring Cycle” in Washington, D.C. The four operas in the cycle take 15 hours to perform.
“It was a little like a Star Trek convention,” Caruthers writes, “with people dressed as their favorite characters, immersed in their roles over a span of several days, living and breathing the twists and turns of the stories.” Caruthers will be sharing her experience
with photos, video clips, musical excerpts, and lots and lots of stories. If you happen to be fascinated by gods, giants, intrigue, magic potions, betrayal, greed…and love, be sure to attend this humorous and musical evening. Free. One time only.
And, for an up-close and personal experience with opera, consider going to “Les Uncomfortables,” in Duluth, a reprise of the hugely popular opera spoof produced by Lyric Opera of the North and Colder by the Lake. The original production was staged in 2001.
“Les Uncomfortables” is an original comic opera, sung in English. It is based on the true adventures of Daniel Greysolon Sieur duLhut, the explorer for whom the city of Duluth is named. The story includes love and loss, portaging and paddling, and mosquitoes and mistaken identity.
Performances are June 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m., and June 26 at 2 p.m. at Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W. 3rd St. in Duluth. Tickets are $30, $40, and $50 plus a $4 ticketing fee. $10 student tickets are available by calling 218-464-0922. Select your seats at www.loonopera.org.
Also in Duluth, a new gallery is opening with a reception on Saturday. Lakeside Gallery, 4431 East Superior Street, is founded by painter Aaron Kloss, and features a variety of art work from local and regional artists.
A reception for this month’s featured artist, Shawna Gilmore, will be held from 1-3 p.m. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s new exhibitions continue with the Members Show, a Die Active Art Collection and video screenings by Creator Project 6.
The exhibits continue through July 23.
And the exhibit, “Arthur Shilling: The Final Works” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
Many of the works in the exhibit have not been shown publicly before. Works have been borrowed from the Shilling Estate as well as many private and public collections.
The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a Satellite Trunk Show featuring the work of jewelry designers Tedd McDonah & Beth Novak for First Fridays, July 1. Novak has been a jewelry designer for more than 30 years and is the Art Colony’s featured artist for the month of June.
Visit the Art Colony on the First Friday of July to view her work. Work by Pennsylvania jewelry artist, Tedd McDonah, as well as members of the Minnesota Jewelry Arts Guild, will also be on display .
Then, from 4:30-6:30 on July 1, the Art Colony will feature the 100-Day Project Digital Exhibition. Work was submitted from artists across the Midwest, including Grand Marais, who participated in the project: making art each day for 100 days.
Marty Harris will hold an opening reception for his solo show at Tettegouche State Park from 7-9 p.m. July 1. Michael Monroe will play. Stay tuned for details.
In other art news:
Sivertson Gallery visited the studio of potters Paul Zoldahn and Gail Rosenquist recently. Rosenquist is a new artist at the gallery, joining her husband, Zoldahn.
Woodcut printmaker Betsy Bowen will be exhibiting at the Park Point Art Fair in Duluth this weekend.
The art fair is held at the end of Park Point on Saturday and Sunday.
The Blue Moose has a new line of pottery by the Bill Campbell Studio in Cambridge Springs, Penn. Stellar Art Pottery features a broad selection of functional and decorative stoneware vases, bowls, plates and platters, with impressionistic glazes.
Bonnie Gay Hedstrom will present a fiber painting class at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery on Saturday from 5-7 p.m.
Reservations are required for this class. Call 218-387-2585 for more info and to register.
Joy & Co. has just received new Thompsonite stones. They are loose– not set in jewelry.
Great Gifts of Lutsen is featuring Lake Superior Mood Lamps by Todd and Julie Moser of Lutsen.
The lamps come in three sizes.
Natalie Sobanja has brought in new lidded jars to Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries. Jewelry designer Ron Piercy has crafted new Thomsonite rings and earrings, which are on display.
Paula Sundet Wolf is exhibiting her paintings at the Coho Cafe in Tofte.
And last, but not least, there will be a bronze pour at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Also of note, Kristin Blomberg is exhibiting her work there.
Here’s the music schedule for this weekend. P.S. Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling, who play at the Gun Flint Tavern this weekend, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few tunes. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.
Thursday, June 23:
- Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, June 24:
- Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Bug Lite!, Birch Terrace, 5 p.m.
- Portage Band, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
- Rich Mattson and the NorthStars, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 25:
- Willie Waldman, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Billy D, Sydney’s Rooftop, 6 p.m.
- Jon Kallberg, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
- Rich Mattson and the NorthStars, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- The 4ontheFloor, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 26:
- Sawbill Trio, Voyageur’s Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Blue’s Happy, Mogul’s Grille, 5 p.m.
Clouds, eagles and wolves are just a few of the images we found this week.
Here are some images from the storm.
The eaglets we’ve been featuring from the DNR nest in St. Paul have grown up. Here they’re flying high and playing in the sky.
Instead of fast and speedy, how about slow and steady?
Here are some more wildlife shots.
Nace Hagemann caught this lone wolf watching a moose cross the road the other day.
And here’s a moose on Isle Royale.
Here’s a lovely rose from the Grand Marais’ Rose Garden.
Sandra Updyke caught this beauty while camping this weekend.
And here’s another beauty by Paul Sundberg.
We began with a Solstice moonrise. Let’s end with a Solstice sunrise. Enoy!
Have a great weekend!
Our Riverside Cabin on the Seagull River is open and waiting for you. It has a gorgeous view, a nice deck and a private dock. It’s comfortable and quiet and a last minute cancellation made it available for you to enjoy from now until July 2nd.
We would hate to see it sit open so we’re offering it for just $250. Not $250 a night, just $250 total. You can come today and stay until the 1st of July for just $250. How is that for a deal? There’s a full kitchen, living room, bathroom, two bedrooms and we provide towels, linens, blankets and pillows. You can rent a boat and explore Saganaga, take a canoe and visit the Palisades on Seagull, walk over to Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center or hike any of the nearby hiking trails. Or just sit back and relax.
We would love to have you as our guest so give us a call and book your stay today. 218-388-2224.
6/26/16- Minnesota's extraordinary north shore with its lush forests, expansive lakes and hilly terrain, attracts campers and adventurers from all parts of the country and even around the world. Although the state lacks major mountain ranges Minnesota has many great hiking trails near Sawbill. To name a few, Temperance River, Eagle Mountain, and Carleton Peak all make excellent day trips!
The Temperance River State Park is located in Tofte just south of the Sawbill Trail. The trail winds along the edge of the river gorge and on your hike you will experience rushing waterfalls amidst the abundant forest. Hike up the trail as the river widens to find the Hidden Falls or venture downwards to enjoy the view of the river feeding into Lake Superior.
Waterfall at Temperence River State Park.
Crew member, Laura, enjoying a hike on the Temperance River
Following the Temperance river northeast you will happen upon Carlton peak, rising 924 feet above Lake Superior. Originally well-known as a navigation landmark for commercial fishermen this peak is now distinguished for its great rock climbing opportunities and spectacular views.
Crew members, Elena, Claire, Laura and Megan, atop Carleton Peak.
For some of the more adventurous hikers we recommend the trek up Eagle Mountain, the highest natural point in Minnesota. Eagle Mountain is located just west of Sawbill Lake on Forest Rd. 170 ("The Grade"). A state highpoint topping at 2301 ft. this mountain has many unique characteristics. It resides in isolation, 437 miles from other high peaks and is only 15 miles from the lowest point in the state (Lake Superior). The hike begins with a gradual 2 1/2-3 mile climb and concludes with a steeper 1/2 mile climb to the top where you will be greeted by picturesque views of the surrounding area.
So grab your hiking shoes, a backpack and some sunscreen and go enjoy the wonderful landscape northern Minnesota has to offer! -Alissa
Former crew member, Rube, getting ready for a paddle.
6/21/16 - Each year Sawbill is greeted by thousands of campers/paddlers, each with their own unique background and experience level. Meeting such a wide array of customers and listening to their BWCA experiences is a highlight during my day working at Sawbill. Among the many people I meet some of my most enjoyable encounters are when customers double as former crew members. This past month Rube Rubinstein, former crew member, came for a week long visit to Sawbill. After his time working in the Boundary Waters Rube moved to Hollywood and now works as freelance writer/producer. It is always fun to reunite with and meet past crew members and to hear about their experience working at Sawbill! Thanks for coming to visit Rube!
We are counting down the days until Sawbill's 60-year reunion celebration and looking forward to visiting with many more former crew members! -Alissa
Crews continue to finish the Care Center spaces as they are putting in the tile in the new spa area. Furniture for the resident rooms has arrived and is being placed in the rooms. The crews are finishing the resident’s dining and living room areas. Demo crews are starting to take out walls in the admin area. The construction crews have taken out the cornerstone of the existing building during demo to save in a time capsule. New sidewalks were poured for the Care Center additions. Boldt laborer, Jason was putting on some finishing touches by cleaning the resident rooms, and yes even cleaning we make it safe by wearing hard hats!
Sunday night a powerful storm moved through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Heavy rain, wind gusts over 40 miles per hour and lightning strikes pummeled our area of the BWCA accessed from the Gunflint Trail for over an hour. Branches and trees toppled over and unfortunately this left one man dead, a boy severely injured and another person suffered injuries as well.
We heard the news this morning at breakfast. A couple of our crew were at Hungry Jack Lodge last night where search and rescue team members were present. The news of a death and injury traveled fast especially since one of our crew members and her mom were camping on nearby Rose Lake. We were all very concerned until we discovered it was a man who had been killed on Duncan Lake and a younger boy, possibly his son had been severely injured, potentially two broken legs and a broken pelvis.
When our crew member and her mom returned to Voyageur they informed us they had actually camped on Duncan Lake. During the raging storm they heard someone screaming for help but knew they would be of no help if they were to attempt to paddle in the wind, waves and lightning. A helpless feeling but better than creating another emergency situation where rescuers would be needed.
The boy was rescued from the campsite and taken by ambulance to Cook County Hospital and then transported by helicopter to Duluth. According to an online article the boy was in critical condition as of 3pm on Monday. There was another man and boy at the campsite who were not injured. According to another article, the man who died was 43 year-old Craig Walz, a teacher from Rochester, Minnesota.
Another man was injured while camping on Clove Lake on the Granite River. A tree struck him as well and search and rescue paddled and portaged in to help transport him out of the Boundary Waters.
What a scary experience for everyone involved. We’re thankful more people weren’t injured including those involved in the search and rescue. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all.
6/20/16 - The Boundary Waters is home to over 52 species of mammals and 150 species of birds. Animals native to Northern Minnesota include moose, gray wolves, loons, bald eagles and beavers.
If you hear a rustling or crashing in the woods, sit quietly and be patient. By traveling silently and attentively you may be fortunate to catch a glimpse of the illusive Canada Lynx, hear a beaver slapping its paddle-shaped tail against the water or view a moose snacking on fresh lily pads at the water's edge. Paddling on an early morning or late evening will provide you with additional opportunities to encounter wildlife.
A big thank you to customer, Tim Petricek, for sending in these excellent wildlife photos from his most recent trip to the BWCA. -Alissa
Canada lynx hiding among the trees.
Bull moose feeding on some tree leaves.
Bull moose running through the mud.
Gray tree frog perching on a canoe rack.
All it takes are a few days of sunshine and the lake water warms up quickly. I should rephrase that, the shallower smaller lakes warm up quickly, the bigger, deeper lakes take a little bit longer. On a calm day the surface temperatures are inviting while the deeper water remains much cooler.
The water temperature on Saganaga usually doesn’t get into the 70’s. Some smaller lakes in the BWCA will get into the 70’s but the average temperatures are in the upper 60’s. This isn’t warm when compared to a swimming pool because the average pool temperature is in the 80’s. Shallow lakes in other parts of the state might get that warm but not up here.
Then there’s Lake Superior that is so big and so deep that we rarely swim in it. Every once in awhile we’ll be brave and go for a dip near Grand Marais but it’s never for a long swim. As you can see from the maps below the temperature of the water is quite frigid. The good news is, it is warming up.
We have to make the most of the opportunity to go swimming because before we know it the water temperatures will begin a downward fall.
Our guest Fred Shermock shared these photos from his Quetico Park trip last summer so we thought we’d share them with you. Makes me want to paddle the Falls Chain in the Quetico, how about you? There are permits available and we’d love to help you plan your trip so give us a call, 218-388-2224.
There’s always a reason to celebrate and there’s no better place to do it than at Voyageur Brewing Company. Whether it’s National Trails Day, National Bike Travel Weekend or Father’s Day we’re ready to celebrate you and your adventures. We are posting special offers on our Facebook Page so be sure to check it out often so you don’t miss an opportunity to receive a free beer.
This weekend we have a great line up for entertainment. Beginning at 4pm on Friday Jerry VanDiver will be performing live. We’re excited to have this famous musician to entertain our guests of Voyageur and hope you’ll take advantage of this awesome opportunity. On Saturday you can listen to Marc Gartman perform also beginning at 4pm. Sunday is Father’s Day and we’d like to wish all of the Dads out there a wonderful day. We’d also like to see some Dads in the brewery so stop in for a craft beer or two.
Next Friday, June 24th is the Beer Dabbler Pride event in Loring Park Minneapolis. Voyageur Brewing Company will be there along with over 50 plus other Minnesota breweries. We’re looking forward to sharing our beer and stories with folks at this special event.
Thanks for your support of our Grand Marais brewery, we appreciate it.
Cook County News-Herald staffers love to get out and about the county. So we decided, while we are traveling the highway and bushwhacking through the forest, to take pictures to see if our readers can guess WHERE ARE WE?
Last month’s WHERE ARE WE? photo was taken at the first overlook going up the Mount Rose trail in Grand Portage. Nadette Peterson of Overland, Missouri was one of the people who recognized the spot and her name was drawn from all the correct guesses.
Nadette wins a free subscription to the Cook County News-Herald.
Try your luck! Take a look at the June photo. If you think you know where this photo was taken, send us your answer. You don’t have to be the first to reply. The location will be announced next month and a winner will be drawn from all the correct answers.
Whoever is drawn from the correct entries receives a free one-year subscription to the Cook County News-Herald (a $32 value). Good luck!
Answer to the June WHERE ARE WE? must be received by July 11, 2016.
Send your entry to:
Cook County News-Herald
PO Box 757
Grand Marais MN 55604
Drop it by our office at:
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When Mike and I purchased Voyageur Canoe Outfitters in 1993 we were known as the New Kids on the Block. Twenty odd years later we are no longer new and we are no longer kids. It used to be businesses on the Gunflint Trail remained in the family and didn’t change over often if ever but things are different these days and there are a number of new faces on the Gunflint Trail.
I don’t have time to go through all of the turnovers and sales today but I’ll give a quick rundown and talk more about them in a different blog. Gunflint Lodge was in the news back in December for selling out but that sale fell through. Now another buyer is about to seal the deal, if they haven’t already. A lodge that has been in the Kerfoot family for years will no longer be and the new owners are ready to take over.
I don’t know how old the new owners of Rockwood Lodge are but they took over last November so they are technically on their first summer. There are new owners at Loon Lake Lodge and the new owners of Tuscarora are now in their second season of outfitting canoe trips into the BWCA. Big Bear Lodge has replaced Old Northwoods Lodge at mid-Gunflint Trail and the name change was brought along by the new owners there. I think they have been there for a couple of years now.
There are still a couple of long lasting family businesses on the Gunflint Trail including Trout Lake Resort and Norwester Resort. Both have been around a long time and are celebrating milestones. More about that later too.
It seems as if we’ve had our share of rainy days on the Gunflint Trail but today wasn’t one of them. It was absolutely beautiful outside with plentiful sunshine and a high temperature of 83 degrees. The crew and our guests were happy for the sunshine and enjoyed the heat. It was super nice to be able to wear shorts and no sweatshirt. While I didn’t go for a swim I was very tempted and the water looked very inviting. Summer is coming and we’re ready for more sunshine and warm weather on the Gunflint Trail.