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Celebrating our second 50 years of outdoor adventure and Christian fellowship in God’s wonderful creation.

Pioneer Boundary Waters Voyageur Trip

June 10 - 16, 2017

We will be meeting in Wausau on Saturday, June 10 and then leave for Grand Marais, Minnesota, and then head up the Gunflint Trail.  Saturday evening we will be staying as one group at the East Bearskin Lake campground in the Superior National Forest.  On Sunday we will put in at East Bearskin Lake, Lizz Lake, or the Cross Bay River.  A fourth trip from Brule Lake, off the Sawbill trail will head north and exit along the Gunflint.  Exit date is Friday, June 16.  If numbers warrant, a fifth permit can still be booked off one of the other Gunflint entry points.


Please Note:  Due to the growing popularity of this trip, we will be limiting the size of it to the first 40 people who have registered and paid their minimum $100 deposit.

Cost:  $200.00 (still cheaper than in 2009)

“Father/son” deal:  For any father/son combination (or grandfather/grandson), where one of them is a first-time voyageur, cost will be $200 for dad, and $150 for each son that comes along.

Trip options:  4 permits booked, Brule Lake, Cross Bay, East Bearskin Lake, and Lizz – Swamp Lakes


Brule Lake entry:  An experienced wilderness canoe tripper, Andrew Mork will lead a group that includes his father and two younger sons on a trip that will not be too challenging, but full of lots of fishing opportunities.  This trip will begin off the Sawbill Trail and head north to exit along the Gunflint trail, traveling in the opposite direction of the group beginning at Cross Bay.  There is still room for a few more who are looking for some good varieties of fish catching and moose sightings without being too strenuous.  Saturday night this group will be camping at the Crescent Lake campground which is just a few miles away from their put-in.


Cross Bay:  Master Voyageur Jeff Schwoch will lead a group from Watertown, WI, with room for a couple of others south from the Gunflint trail through a new area for most of his group.  Lots of fishing, wildlife sighting, paddling some meandering streams and the Cross River, and not too crowded lakes should make this a real fun trip eventually winding up at Brule Lake on the Sawbill trail.


East Bearskin:  Master Voyageur Tom Kneser will take a group from the entry of our Saturday night group campsite on a short paddle and a single portage to Crocodile Lake, a lake that had one of the best fishing weeks in recent years by one of our groups.  Besides the normal catches of walleyes, and both largemouth and smallmouth bass, Crocodile is one of the few BW lakes that has an abundance of large perch.  There will be plenty of chances to explore on some day trips, but you may decide to just stay put and enjoy the fishing or base-camping most of the week.


Lizz-Swamp lakes:  Master Voyageur Trevor Henne will lead a group that begins at Round Lake, travels through many lakes varying in size with lots of fishing and wildlife sightseeing.  There is already several people committed to this group, but there may be room for a couple more if this would be your first choice.


Includes:  A “once in a lifetime” experience you’re going to want to repeat every year.  All meals/food (except 2 fast-food travel stops), transportation from Wausau to Ely and back to Wausau, most gear, authentic red, voyageur toque (long, wool stocking cap) or traditional voyageur beret cap, with LP voyageur patch, shower at the end of the trip, “Victory” dinner at Old Country Buffet in Duluth.


Does not include:  Fishing license (16 and older), fishing gear, guarantee of perfect weather, personal gear including sleeping bag, spending money for souvenirs.


For more information, contact:  Jeff Kneser; (email) kneser@msn.com, or 715-409-0388


Remember:  Participation is limited to the first 40 people who have put down their $100 deposit and sent their registration forms to Jeff Kneser.


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