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This large black bear would love to peek in your canoe packs

Dear Bears, keep your paws off my canoe packs

It’s Blueberry Festival weekend in Ely, Minnesota! And, being that blueberries are one of the favorite treats of our big, black friends it is time for another bear report from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Two weeks ago a bear on Disappointment Lake tore into a food pack that was hanging from a tree. Bears are determined and don’t care that Cinco de Mayo has passed; therefore they love to play piñata with a hanging canvas backpack.

Please make sure your hanging pack is well off the ground, as much as 12 feet or more. Also, keep the pack away from the tree trunk. A hungry bear will climb the tree and reach out or climb out to get your pack.

Better yet…throw your food pack in the canoe when you leave for the day.

Yogi and Boo-boo are much smarter than you think. A bear on Basswood Lake came into camp and was able to crack open a bear-resistant container. According to the North American Bear Center in Ely, a bear will make 40 attempts at a food source before giving up. More proof that there is no such thing as a “bear-proof” container.

Like humans, bears are creatures of habit, when they find a campsite, or a series of campsites that have food they will make regular rounds. One such bear is on Malberg Lake, he just keeps coming around looking for a handout. And while he may not find or take anything, he visits camp multiple times.

Many bears have just simply lost their apprehensiveness around humans. There is a bear in the Upper Basswood Falls area that has been trying to get invited to a campsite breakfast. Last week, one group of campers didn’t feel like guests early in the morning, so they left without telling the bear.

Keep your camp clean. Hang your food pack. And NEVER take food into the tent.

Have a great time on the water, and send me some photos!

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Three kayaks of Duluth Pack experts head for the sea caves

The Duluth Pack experts head out on Lake Superior

Duluth Pack experts head out on the water

It is hard work being an expert in the Duluth Pack store. Between the canoe packs, the paddles, and all the camping gear there is a lot to know to provide customers with the best outfitting service in Duluth, Minnesota. No store or staff knows their stuff like the pros at Duluth Pack. From the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to the Superior Hiking trail, to any adventure you can dream they will give great advice.

Naturally then, with so much wonderful gear at their disposal the Duluth Pack staffers want to take it out and play.

Last week ten of those store experts headed out to the Mawikwe Bay Sea Caves (formerly the Squaw Bay Sea Caves) for some kayaking and canoeing on Lake Superior. About four miles to the northeast of Cornucopia, Wisconsin are sandstone cliffs which have been eaten away by thousands of years of wind and water. Today you can explore by boat the caves and arches carved out of the amazing red rock.

Please check out the photo gallery contained below, it is a sunset not to be missed. And, be sure to stop by the store at 365 Canal Park Drive, the experts on the water are also the experts on the trails.

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A Bombardier fire plane lifts off the surface of the lake.

Forest Fires and the Sunset

Imagine this: your boat is full of canoe packs and pushing hard westward into the setting sun. Both the fishing rod and the camera are out as you try and grab a few walleyes and some great shots of the amazing sunset. It is almost time to find a campsite, but you just aren’t ready to leave the water yet. The sun dipping below

the horizon has captivated you and your bowman, both.

The sky is full of reds, oranges, and pinks as if it is ablaze tonight. And in some ways it is on fire tonight, or at the very least fires are contributing to the brilliant sunset. What is creating these vivid sunsets are the fires burning in Canada, specifically Ontario. As the smoke fills the air and drifts into the U.S. it creates the crimson and other colors you see as the sun goes down in the evening.

As of July 24, 2011 there were 118 fires burning in Ontario, with new ones reported each day. At the present time there are fire restrictions in the northwest portion of the province. Currently, those restrictions do not include Quetico Provincial Park, but the Ministry of Natural Resources is asking everyone to be vigilant about fire prevention.

In terms of the “Made in America” fires, not so many are burning at the present time. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) saw two small fires burning on Kekekabic Lake, but those are now winding down and should be no threat to paddlers.

Remember to keep your campfires within the fire ring, and under control. Please put your fire out completely before going to bed, or leaving the campsite for the day. And while the BWCAW has been wet this season, it doesn’t take much for a fire to get out of control and cause a lot of damage.

Enjoy those colorful sunrises and sunsets, and get out on the water!

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Minnesota state parks set to reopen

The long national nightmare is over.

Ok, not so much, but the Minnesota government is back up and running which means the state parks will be opening for visitors again this weekend. It will take some time for all the parks to come back to full strength, so we will have to be patient in the days to come.

In the meantime, ready your Wanderer and Ramble pack for the parks that are open. Here is just a sampling of state parks near Duluth, which are beginning to reopen again.

Cascade River is open

Gooseberry Falls is partially open

Grand Portage is open

Hill Annex Mine is open

Jay Cooke is partially open

Judge C.R. Magney is open

Savanna Portage is open

Split Rock is open

Temperance River is open

Tettegouche is open

Please realize you may experience partial services and other deficiencies in areas that are not fully open just yet. If you have questions about any other state parks or campgrounds please refer to the link below for information straight from the DNR.

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/reopen/index.html

Good news is: all the state trails are open or partially open for business. Get out there and enjoy those. Also remember, the Superior Hiking Trail never shut down, and you never need a permit, so keep using that trail up and down the north shore.

Additionally, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness never shut down. Permits to the BWCAW are continuing to be issued, including at the Duluth Pack store in Canal Park. I took just a quick peek at permit availability, and while some popular entries are booked up, you can still find other good entry points through August.

Get those canoe packs loaded into the boats and get on the water, plenty of summer left. You can never see too many sunsets while in the Boundary Waters or Quetico.

 

Piper shows off her new Duluth Pack sticker

100 Years: A Great “Duluth Pack Day”

 

 

Piper shows off her new sticker

 

It was 1911, and Duluth was the Zenith City, more millionaires per capita than any other city in America. Awnings were going up by the dozens around town as shopkeepers dressed up their storefronts. And a French-Canadian named Camille sold the rights to his “Poirier Pack,” a canoe pack with a revolutionary sternum strap, and traditional tumpline to Duluth Tent and Awning.

On Friday, July 15th, 2011, in the Duluth Tent and Awing factory, Duluth Pack celebrated 100 years at our 1610 West Superior Street location. Mayor Don Ness presented us with a proclamation making it “Duluth Pack Day” in the city. Our front sidewalk was heavy with local dignitaries and media for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Following the ceremony we held an open house with tours of our grand, old facility and fired up the grill to serve lunch to our guests. Over 200 people came to see all that goes into making a pack right here in Duluth. Starting with the cutting of the leather and the canvas, upstairs to sewing the pack together, next to the rivet station, on to clipping and turning, and finally out to shipping.

It was all hands on deck as our production staff answered the many questions and comments from our visitors. Most just watched as the bags were assembled, and marveled in the realization of all the hard work that goes into an “American Made” bag. We have quality people building our quality product, and what fun it was for them to share their expertise with our highly interested guests.

Thanks to everyone who came out Friday to support our 100th anniversary in our factory on West Superior. Everyone here at Duluth Pack had a great day, and really enjoyed meeting all of you. Camille started us off 129 years ago, so we are looking forward to another great 100 years.

If you missed the chance to get a factory tour during the open house, come on by any weekday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm and we will show you around. Of course don’t expect the grill to be up and running, but you never know.

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