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Northern Wilds July 2018

Afloat for the Summer

In the Northern Wilds, the summer boating season is short and oh so sweet. While avid anglers and paddlers get on the water as early as April, the peak of the boating season is right now, when air and water temperatures are warm enough for pure enjoyment. That’s why places like the Boundary Waters are so busy at this time of year. People have lived beside and travelled on the water here for millennia, today we are more likely to boat for pleasure than for practical reasons. Interestingly, we keep discovering new ways to enjoy the water. As you see by the facial expression of the little fellow on the cover of this issue, being towed behind a motorboat is a fun one. Other folks get their kicks from kayaks and stand up paddleboards. You’ll likely find a canoe or fishing boat or both in most backyards around here; not to mention cruisers, sailboats, kickboats, runabouts, float tubes and you name it.

Inside this issue you’ll find a few stories about boating in the Northern Wilds. Felicia Schneiderhan, in her first story for Northern Wilds, tells us about boating with children on Lake Superior. On the other end of the boating scale, Joe Friedrichs takes a look at stand up paddleboarding on Superior and inland waters. Elle Andra-Warner recalls the Neebing River Boat Club, which is part of Thunder Bay’s history. She also writes of the Alexander Henry, a retired Canadian Coast Guard cutter that is opening for tours in Thunder Bay this summer.

Boats can take you places. Casey Fitchett took the ferry to Isle Royale for a backpacking adventure. Paddling deep into the Quetico-Superior wilderness, Michael Furtman uses his canoe to search for ancient pictographs. Mike Creger writes of a boat-builder who carried his boat to a Duluth beach for its maiden launch. Offshore from Duluth, Ali Juten introduces us to a young charter captain who was literally born into the business of fishing.

If all of this time on the water makes you hungry, Maren Webb can suggest some popular food trucks. You can top off that meal with Rose Arrowsmith-DeCoux’s recipe for homemade blueberry pie. If you’d like a walleye dinner, Gord Ellis has advice for catching the fixins. For those who don’t fish, naturalist Emily Stone introduces us to other aquatic creatures.

July is the month for art festivals, for which Breana Roy provided a roundup that includes some of the works you may see. Matt Nesheim introduces us to The Cuckoo Bees, a young duo out of Duluth. In Lutsen, Rae Poynter meets a woman who has spent years crafting a Norwegian bunad. In Atikokan, Julia Prinselaar tells us about Lac La Croix ponies, which native people say have been part of the northern landscape forever. Speaking of forever, Joe Friedrichs says goodbye to cell phones. We’ll let him explain why. And with that, let your reading begin.Shawn Perich and Amber Pratt

Past Issues


Northern Wilds June 2018


Northern Wilds May 2018


Northern Wilds April 2018



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