Business operators, organizations, and government staff are invited to attend a series of events centered on promoting the region’s resources to visitors.
Business operators, organizations, and government staff are invited to attend a series of events centered on promoting the region’s resources to visitors.
Adventurer spends November to January in the wilderness, surviving solitude and harsh winter conditions.
First-of-its-kind economic analysis found wilderness users have a significant economic impact in the region.
Event series includes speakers, hands-on workshops, and other ways to enjoy the snowy season.
‘Bear Witness” visits the adventurers throughout their journey to share and protect canoe country wilderness.
Visitors wishing to use two popular entry points off the Fernberg Road can apply for their chance starting Dec. 14.
A House of Representatives subcommittee recently debated legislation to fix a national route so it follows the Arrowhead’s most famous trails.
Canoe country rookie finds wonder and solitude along the Border Route.
Paddleboarders record quirky film about traversing the Boundary Waters on popular new watercraft.
Hiking routes offer solitude and singular experiences, and opportunities to help keep them clear.
National Geographic Adventure includes the Boundary Waters gateway community on its global list.
New singletrack on the Iron Range offers opportunity to ride along the Laurentian Divide.
New data shows mixed messages about the number of visitors, changing use, and shifting demographics.
Musicians and organization seek to inspire stewardship of the natural places where people are only visitors.
Sam Cook debates the pros and cons of finding out your phone has a signal on a remote wilderness lake.
Upcoming opportunities include events in Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters.
The opening of the Rainy Lake Recreation Trail means it’s now possible to bike from the town to the park on designated routes.
Minnesota milestone finds conditions should be good for this weekend.
People around the perimeter, and two in the middle of it, report wind, sun, and water.
The work-in-progress canoe route from Thunder Bay to Manitoba crosses through Quetico country.
Annual “Hike Fest” features guided hikes, socializing, presentations, and much more.
Public invited to learn about preliminary findings of study on projected climate change, effects on visitors, and how communities can adapt.
Conference will bring together Sustainable recreation and strengthening economic development
Reservations can be made starting today for entry points and dates during the summer quota season.
Mail Run featured tight competition in the snowy forests of the Canadian border.
Students experience wilderness canoeing while developing leadership skills.
Online travel guide recognized for international collaboration to build region’s brand – based on its connected stories.
Voyageurs National Park may be best known for paddling and boating, but for the hiker it offers spectacular vistas and a variety of forest scenery. The park has just launched a Hike to Health program and opened the new Rainy Lake Recreation Trail — two great reasons to plan a trip to Voyageurs…
Boy survives ordeal trapped in remote rapids thanks to a complex operation by emergency responders.
Students will travel hundreds of mile along a water trail across northwestern Ontario to publicize the ‘Path of the Paddle.’
Last year saw another decline in overall numbers, as the average age of wilderness visitors continues to rise.
Get off the beaten path in the border region with the new website offering travel recommendations.
Canoe country gateway leads online voting in annual magazine competition.
Decision comes after eight years of legal wrangling over noise impacts on wilderness.
New size limits meant to protect future of the fishery after several down years.
Travel permits for May – September season available this week on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Lawyers square off over South Fowl trail re-route plan and whether wilderness advocates had enough opportunity to weigh in.
The Superior National Forest wants the public’s ideas for a road network that is functional and affordable.
Wilderness Canoe Base on Seagull Lake is a formative canoe camp program with a long, storied, and challenging history.
The Heart of the Continent Partnership is collaborating on a new website and mobile app project to promote geotourism.
You may now reserve BWCAW permits for the 2014 summer season on a first come first served basis. Permits are required for all day and overnight visitors to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Permits do not reserve a campsite, but rather grant access to a particular entry point. Booking ahead and paying a fee…
The South Fowl snowmobile trail is back in court after more than a decade of controversy.
Starting in 2014, it will be possible to reserve some campsites in Voyageurs National Park. Previously, all sites in the park were available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The new system is the result of a three-year public engagement process. Reservations for all campsites in the park will be phased in over the next few…
The final 2013 ice out dates have been recorded for the lakes in the Quetico Superior. For many, even those that have reliable records back over 50 years this was a record late break-up. For others, this was the latest break-up since 1950. Either way it was an extraordinary spring especially coming on the heels…
With the ice off the border lakes and the summer paddling season underway, it is a great time to refine some camping strategies. One of the rules commonly broken in the Boundary Waters Wilderness is the prohibition of burning paper, plastic or foil in campfires. The USFS has done research on the burning of plastic…
Nathan Schroeder from Chisholm, MN won the nearly 400 mile sled dog marathon which started Sunday, March 10, and ended Wednesday, March 13. This is the second John Beargrease victory for Schroeder who also won in 2010. It was the 29th running of the event on Minnesota’s north shore. Complete results and videos of the…
The Duluth News Tribune reports that Musher Jennifer Freking of Finland won Sunday’s 10-dog, 60-mile WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race from Ely to Cook, MN. It was the 5th annual running of the event and snow conditions were excellent. To be successful, the event requires the cooperation and a valiant effort by Ely residents and…
March 8-10 are the dates for one of the world’s biggest paddlesport shows, Rutabaga’s Canoecopia. Hundreds of vendors and dozens of presenters converge on the Alliant Energy Center and for three days to entertain, teach and sell, the virtues, skills, history and gear of canoeists and kayakers. From bear-proofing a campsite to the life and…
According to Saint Cloud Times reporter Glenn Schmitt, MN DNR aerial survey results last month indicate a 35 percent drop in the northeast Minnesota moose population from the previous year and a 52 percent decline from 2010. The current estimate of the moose population is 2,760 animals down from 4,320 animals in 2012. Although DNR…
Earlier blog post to the contrary, it appears as if the winter of 2012-13 is the year of the Boreal Owl in the Quetico-Superior region. In the last week, there have been several sightings of the owls all along the Minnesota North Shore of Lake Superior. Several Boreal Owls have been seen in Two Harbors,…
Despite a howling northwest wind and sub-zero temperatures across the Quetico Superior wilderness, many people are dreaming of warmer days and are making their summertime recreational plans. Fishing in the clear lakes of northeast Minnesota and adjacent Ontario, is for many, near the top of their dream list. Sorting through tackle boxes is one way…
Reservations for all entry points can be made on a first-come, first-served basis starting today. Reservations can be made online www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. With over 1,500 miles of canoe routes, nearly 2,200 designated campsites, and more than 1,000 lakes and streams waiting, the BWCAW draws over 250,000 visitors each year. Any group or individual making an…
Boreal owls are extremely rare resident birds in Minnesota. The first nesting pair was not recorded until 1978. But every once in awhile, due to the boom and crash cycles of sub-arctic rodents, Boreal Owls invade northern Minnesota. Last fall, citizen naturalist Susan Plankis reported that Minnesota birders believed the winter of 2012-13 was going…
Lack of snow has forced organizers of the John Beargrease Sled Dog marathon to postpone the event. The event has been rescheduled for March 10. The combination of scant snowfalls this season and recent rains has made the trail unsafe for dogs and mushers. The Duluth News Tribune reports that if conditions have not improved…
On January 15, 2013, the Russian Siberian republic of Yakutia will begin a war on wolves. Of the estimated 3,500 wolves in the area, the Republic plans to kill 3,000 of the animals. Monetary rewards will be paid to the top hunters and trappers. This effort is in dramatic contrast to Minnesota DNR wolf management…
Varnish those paddle blades, oil the Duluth Pack straps, grease those tent zippers and scrutinize the maps. Paddlers who want to realize their summertime paddling dreams need to start planning now. In addition to tuning up the gear and planning a route, campers need to reserve their desired entry point for their desired departure date. Access…
A new three-day sled dog race aims to highlight northern Minnesota’s sled dog heritage next month. Racers will depart from Grand Portage on Sunday, January 6, and return on Monday January 8 after visiting Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail. According to an article in the Duluth News Tribune, organizers wanted to unite different communities…
As northwoods mining takes center stage on the economic and environmental stages, a long time land use debate is resurfacing among neighbors who make Ely, MN their home. Steve Piragis, owner of Piragis Northwoods Company, is no stranger to that debate. He and his wife have run their shop and guide service since 1979.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold an open house Friday to gather public input on development plans for Lake Vermilion State Park.
The Minnesota DNR released the details yesterday for the state’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season to be held later this year.
St. Louis County commissioners and land managers are considering options to stop deer hunters from building elaborate stands and clearing trees on county land.
The Minnesota DNR is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment worksheet for a project to bring water from Lake Superior to Lutsen Mountain and other customers.
Most areas in the Boundary Waters burned in last fall’s Pagami Creek fire will reopen to the public starting today, the U.S. Forest Service has announced.
A number of secondary roads, trails, Boundary Waters portages, and campsites in the Superior National Forest remain blocked due to winter storm damage in mid-April.
As many as 76 campsites in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness could remain closed at the start of the paddling season due to the effects of last fall’s Pagami Creek Fire.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness visitors have become older and more educated in the last 40 years, a new report reveals.
135 brave souls bike, run or ski from International Falls to Tower in this truly Minnesota event.
For the second year in a row, a northeastern Minnesota state park has been honored by an on-line campaign where voters nation-wide choose their favorite park.
Deer hunters in northeastern Minnesota are hoping for better success this weekend after the opening days of the firearms’ season’s proved slower than usual.
Superior National Forest officials will no longer hold a lottery to distribute Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness permits for the most popular dates and entry points.
With its state government shutdown over, Minnesota is slowly reopening parks, campgrounds, and trails across the state, including in the Quetico-Superior region.
Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program is surveying visitors and residents of Minnesota’s North Shore about the quality and quantity of public accesses along the coast.
The fee charged to Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness visitors for reserving permits will be cut in half in 2011, Superior National Forest officials announced yesterday.
A tourism initiative for the landscape between Thunder Bay, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba plans to use the area’s legacy as the route of the voyageurs to draw tourists.
The lottery for 2011 permits for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is open until January 15, 2011 for BWCAW visitors who hope to assure themselves of permits for specific entry points on specific dates.
Despite warm temperatures during the start of the hunting season and a declining moose population, northeastern Minnesota moose hunters were more successful bagging animals this season than last year.
The in-depth survey that National Forests undertake every five years to track visitor numbers and recreation trends is about to commence in the Superior National Forest.
A year after celebrating the centennial of the park it promotes as well as its own 25th birthday with a storefront presence in Atikokan, the group Friends of Quetico Park is featuring a scaled-down profile in 2010 due to tough financial realities.
Reservations for overnight stays in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this summer were down as of late-May, adding more credence to concerns about a fall-off in visitation to the nation’s most-visited wilderness area.
Voyageurs National Park will celebrate its 35th birthday on Thursday, commemorating the April 8, 1975 date of its authorization by Congress as the country’s 36th national park. The northern Minnesota park will remember the anniversary on its birthday and throughout 2010.
Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Eighth District Congressman Jim Oberstar are working to solve a licensing issue that has proved cumbersome for small-boat operators and fishing guides in northeastern Minnesota and elsewhere.
Voyageurs National Park is inviting public comments on a reservation system and fee structure it is considering for the park’s interior campsites on the Kabetogama Peninsula. Park officials say a reservation system would guarantee campsite availability.
Registration for the lottery drawing for permits to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area is underway until January 15, officials at the Superior National Forest have announced. The drawing opens registration for the 2010 BWCA season.
Part-way through the firearms deer hunting season, harvest numbers are down in Northestern Minnesota. Wildlife managers say the reduction reflects a decrease in deer population.
Despite 100th anniversary activities, the number of people visiting Quetico Provincial Park is down some 10% this year. It’s the second straight year that Quetico visitor numbers have declined.
A new program co-sponsored by author Richard Louv (Last Child in the Woods, reviewed in the Spring 2009 print edition of Wilderness News) and the Children & Nature Network inspires families to get outdoors.
A proposal to develop a new state park on property currently owned by U.S. Steel lost steam recently when the company and the State of Minnesota disagreed on the value of the land in question. Might a closer look at the numbers put the park back on track?