Clearwater Lake finally gave up the ghosts of winter last night. A northeast wind blew hard all night and is still gusting up to 40mph, sending 3 foot rolling white caps crashing into our dock and flooding boats. The wet and windy weather is forecast to continue through the next couple of days. It has been seven months since we last paddled Clearwater, whats another two days.
Gunflint Lake has finally given up the ghost! The ice finally melted yesterday. There was still some ice at the east end yesterday morning, but by 2pm the neighbors called to let us know it was gone. Bob & Wyatt went the the far end last night to fish Little Gunflint. They caught a couple fish – Walleye and some small Northerns.
Reports from other fishermen are that the trout are shallow and biting well. Other guests ventured to sag the past two days. They had some luck as well, but spent a little time breaking ice. Looking on the bright side, they said at least they didn’t have to buy ice to fill the coolers – they just used the broken up lake ice.
Here’s a couple more pictures from a day on the lake.
5/18/13 - Sawbill crew member and freelance filmmaker, Carl Hansen, shared this beautiful picture. - Bill
Northern lights reflect off the last of the Sawbill Lake ice a few nights ago. © Hansen International Productions
Sarah over at Trail Center Lodge has declared the ice is out on Poplar Lake. She watched canoes plow through the ice, so I guess spring is finally here. (I’m knocking wood as I type this.) It appears we have a three-way tie for our 2013 Ice Out Prediction Contest, which means we are having a drawing on Monday to decide the winner.
Happy Victoria Day weekend to our northern neighbors! Stop by our store and say hi if you are in town for the long weekend.
5/17/13 - Our long time friend Ben Harris has recently completed his course of studies to become a Certified Massage Therapist.
5/17/13 - Our long time friend Ben Harris has recently completed his course of studies to become a Certified Massage Therapist. For at least the next couple of weekends, we'll be experimenting with having Ben provide chair massages on the deck of the Sawbill Store.
Ben's mission is to help BWCAW visitors of every kind in moving from soreness and limited movement into relaxation and freedom of motion, so that they can travel and camp at their fullest comfort and ability.
Ben will be here from 8 am until 4 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. His rates will be $1/minute for a 5 to 60 minute massage. He will also offer group rate discounts.
Ben will welcome walk-in clients or you can reserve a time for a massage by contacting Ben directly at Portages End Massage, 218-226-8418 or PortagesEnd@gmail.com.