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Moose River Paddle April 25

Drew and Adam hit the trail early this morning for a Moose River paddle trip. Here’s a glimpse of what it is like outdoors on an absolutely gorgeous day that’s topping out around 65 degrees. Sunny, with robin’s egg blue skies and a spattering of ultra-white fluffy clouds. It feels good to be on the water and move under your own paddle power again. We’re all for walkin’ on water, but after a long winter it is time to enjoy the soft stuff again.

We’re going to go ahead and say it folks! There’s enough open water that you can come up and go paddling. By the time you get here some of the bigger lakes will even be open. Shagawa lake in town is just a stiff wind and few hours away — possibly — ya never know in Minnesota. It sure looks great and feels great outside, though… Thanks Adam and Drew for this vicarious experience. If you want to get in an early canoe trip or talk turkey about your upcoming trip plans, call them today at 1-800-223-6565 or click here for more information.

Here’s to Open Water and a brand new paddling season!

Moose River April 25, 2019
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In search of Spring

At the beginning of the week (Easter Sunday and Monday, 04/22) we followed open water in search of ice out, in search of Spring. Winter isn’t quite ready to relinquish its grip but it sure is loosening. As I write this brief update, more sunshine, rain and wind have visited and so it is possible that within a short time frame (dare we say still in April?) ice will be gone.

Enjoy a look at some of your favorite places captured by Jaymie Stocks who wears many hats for us including taking good care of you as you arrive for trips in the summer and repairing all of our rental gear. From the crew and friends as they search… for Spring.

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Ice Free? Early River Paddling

April 18, 2018: Ice Out Report from early season canoeists
#14 Little Indian Sioux North and the Portage River

Open water can’t get here soon enough.  We decided to go check out the Little Indian Sioux River.  The river south of the Echo Trail was still frozen, but we had some luck heading north.  We made it all the way to Upper Pauness.  We couldn’t quite get to Lower Pauness, but I bet in a day or two you could.  The portage trails are snow covered and icy in spots.  Portaging was a little sketchy, but we took our time and made sure we had good footing.

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Beautiful things on the edge of the Boundary Waters

This transitory time of year reveals temporary treasures that can only briefly be appreciated outside of memory. Cameras only collect these beautiful things out of context, and so with imagination we can place ourselves into their stories and claim part of the dialogue as our own. Ely unveils these gifts both interesting and simple after six months of seeming sleep under a blanket of snow.

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Crabdaddy, Rusty Crayfish, Crawdad Delicacy, Free Food?

Did you know that you can do something fun and flavorful to battle invasive species.  Right in our own backyard… well some of our favorite lakes anyway.  Rusty Crayfish, are destroying our weed beds and have all but taken over.  The smallmouth bass can’t eat enough of them so we’ve got to do our part, with old bay spice, Louisiana Red Hot sauce and big old slabs of butter

crawfish crayfish trap

Crayfish… or Crawfish boil, Crawfish roll, Crawfish soup, Crawfish in butter and more butter, Crawfish with Linguini. Any of these remind you of Forrest Gump’s buddy Bubba?

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Spring Sale 2019: Blem Paddles

It’s been five years since we’ve been able to offer this variety of cosmetic blem paddles at a substantial discount to you. They aren’t going to last long, so if you see something you like below, just click on the picture and it’ll take you right to the paddle page so you can pop it in your cart.

Our Friends at Bending Branches make excellent paddles!
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Poem: April Ice

April Ice

Birch trees rise from the cliffs,
tenuous in their grip on granite bluff and marginally
layered soil, like teeth in a crooked,
gapped and laughing smile.

Against the green and thickened scruff
of forest they’ve sloughed off last year’s leaves
in favor of a blank canvas,
new skin,
new growth.

Reflected in the lake below
or rather its saturated surface,
they sound like the chorus of candle ice
that I expect to hear
in days to come,
as they mock the waterfall dropping tears from the forest floor.

If you look closer,
at the white branches closest to the shore, you’ll see Rapalas
hanging like abandoned Christmas lights
strung with random charity.
Their only chance for catching
reflected cold and shallow
in the surface pool ahead.

©Timothy James Stouffer 04092019
All Rights Reserved Ely, MN
elystreetpoet@gmail.com
April Ice

If you are itching to see what canoe camping is all about and you’ve had enough of winter call Drew Brockett or Adam Macht today to begin planning your adventure in the Boundary Waters 1-800-223-6565.

Or click here to find out more!