Voyageur Canoe Trip


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

Pioneer Boundary Waters Voyageur Trip

June 13 - 19, 2020

We will be meeting in Wausau on Saturday, June 13 and then leave for Grand Marais, Minnesota, and then head up the Gunflint Trail.  Saturday evening, after our pre-trip dinner at the “legendary” Trail Center restaurant on the Gunflint, we will be camping as a 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, if numbers warrant and there is interest in an alternate route, can still be added.  Exit date is Friday, June 16, around noon.

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 ten years ago)

“Father/son/daughter” deal:  For any father/son and/or daughter combination (or grandfather/grandkids), where one of them is a first-time voyageur, cost will be $200 for dad, and $100 for each offspring that comes along ($150 after April 30).

Trip options:  3 permits booked so far, Cross Bay, East Bearskin Lake, and Lizz – Swamp Lakes

Cross Bay:  Master Voyageur Tom Kneser will lead a group south from the Gunflint trail through an area that promises lots of good fishing and wildlife sighting, while paddling some meandering streams and the Cross River, and not too crowded lakes such as Long Island, Frost, and Cherokee, a favorite destination lake by many, before working their way back to their same put-in spot.

East Bearskin:  Master Voyageur Jeff 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 walleye, 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 basecamping most of the week.

Lizz-Swamp lakes:  Black Toque Master Voyageur (20+ trips) Brian Beyer will lead a group that begins at Poplar Lake, travels through many lakes varying in size with lots of fishing and wildlife sightseeing, and great campsites.  Some of the lakes you can expect to pass through or stay for a night or two might include Caribou, Horseshoe, Gaskin, Vista, and Winchell.

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, and a “Victory” dinner at Sven n Oles Pizza in Grand Marais and dessert at Betty’s Pies in Two Harbors.

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

For more information, contact:  Jeff Kneser;  (email), 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

509 Ross Ave.

Wausau, WI, 54403

2020 Voyageur trip cover letter and forms