Canoes, kayaks & boats

On the trail of the Pagami Creek Fire
June 11, 2014 by Sally Rauschenfels

On the trail of the Pagami Creek Fire

We paddled toward the burned southern shore of Lake One in search of the famous Pagami Creek Fire. Three years after the famous fire burned here, we headed out for a day of discovery. … read more


Be more safe, have more fun: North Shore guide services
June 12, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Be more safe, have more fun: North Shore guide services

Looking for a great new North Shore experience? Why not go out with a certified professional and try some exciting new sport on the cliffs or waves of this mighty country?Here's my list of guides and organizations that can help you have an unforgettable (and safe) adventure:Sea kayakingPositive Energy Outdoors Sawtooth AdventuresNorth Shore ExpeditionsUMD Recreational Sports and Outdoor ProgramRock climbingUMD Recreational Sports and Outdoor ProgramPositive Energy OutdoorsMinnesota DNR I Can Climb!Surfing, Stand Up PaddleboardingStone Harbor Wilderness SupplyUMD Recreational Sports and Outdoor Program … read more


Sea kayak the Tettegouche shoreline
June 1, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Sea kayak the Tettegouche shoreline

This morning I was out in a small boat on big Lake Superior. It had been way too long since I took a sea kayak down to the rocky North Shore and paddled along those cliffs and beaches. At Tettegouche State Park, I drove in just past the visitor center to a small parking lot by the Baptism River. From there, I carried my boat about 150 yards down to the mouth of the Baptism (Funny, last time I did that 20 years ago it was a whole lot easier).Once I squeezed myself through the hatch and into the boat, I … read more


It’s not THAT warm
March 17, 2012 by Andrew Slade

It’s not THAT warm

After a lovely late winter snowfall and a fine Tour Duluth cross country ski experience, record warm temps rolled into the North Shore area and have thrown local folks in a tizzy. Last weekend, spring-hungry Duluthians were out doing the bizarre. Out past the ice piles left by the Leap Day Blizzard, two guys in a canoe drift alongside the Park Point beach, right where one year ago the ice volcanoes were still blowing. It's not THAT warm. Although about half the Park Point beach is still covered in blue-ice boulders, there was enough sand for at least one person to … read more


Resolve to explore the shore
January 2, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Resolve to explore the shore

Need a fun resolution for the New Year? How about resolving to take a new North Shore adventure? Resolve to hike or ski or paddle somewhere you haven't been.There are so many great trails on the North Shore, for hiking, skiing, even for paddling. After twenty-five years of exploring the North Shore, I still haven't done it all.  Here are a few things I RESOLVE to do in 2011. I resolve to ski the whole Picnic Loop in one outing. The Picnic Loop runs through the heart of the amazinging terrific Sugarbush trail system, and is either 23 or 25 … read more


"Seattle Style" canoeing: one trend to avoid
August 2, 2010 by Andrew Slade

"Seattle Style" canoeing: one trend to avoid

A couple of beginning canoe paddlers capsized off of Cove Point Lodge on the North Shore this week. They learned the hard way on Lake Superior. I just hope they weren't following the latest trend out of the Pacific Northwest.While Duluth was under siege this last week by the Tall Ships, I was in the Pacific Northwest. We had a lovely few days in Seattle, then a great five days out in the San Juan Islands.In Seattle, my friend Paul took us to a few out-of-the-way places along the shores of the city's beautiful lakes Union and Washington. We … read more


What washes up
November 23, 2009 by Andrew Slade

What washes up

I fear Lake Superior. More so, I fear what it might bring me. We live right at the end of 350 miles of open Lake Superior water and anything could wash up here.This morning, in one of Lake Superior's lighthearted moments, it was a beer can. From Istanbul. Efes Pilsener. Imagine the Turkish sailor out at anchor tossing his empty over the rails.After a big blow in October, some local artist had a good time with the debris that washed up on the shore here, taking some fisherman's gloves and a smelter's boot and making installation art on the … read more


Nothing finer
July 14, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Nothing finer

There is nothing finer than a Lake Superior sunset.Well, actually...There is nothing finer than paddling a canoe with my life partner, as we've done across boundary lakes and wilderness desert rivers. Our first big date was a 10-day trip across the Quetico and our one big wedding present was a 17-foot Old Town Penobscot canoe.Plus, the sunset gets a little finer when it's got a sun dog glowing rainbow colors off to the side.And it's mighty fine to have all this in our backyard. Instead of reading the latest Time magazine last night, I went out for a paddle with … read more


Throw me in the water
June 22, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Throw me in the water

I dove into the lake this weekend. Big old cold Lake Superior. Air temps had climbed into the 90s, suffocating the marathon runners. The lake water warmed up from unswimmable cold, maybe the 50 degree range, to tolerable, maybe 60 degrees. I didn't want to go at first, but with a flat-out dive I was in the water. Oh, and it felt good.Something about going out against my will, something about how it all turned out all right, brought me back to a bittersweet memory of summer camp. Summer camps are notorious for their traditions, for good … read more


"See, I told ya you get ice cream."
June 17, 2009 by Andrew Slade

"See, I told ya you get ice cream."

Minnesota DNR teams with Dairy Queen to reward safe young boaters Minnesota kids wearing life jackets while boating this summer will not only be staying safe, but also could be rewarded with an ice cream treat. The DNR has partnered with Dairy Queen to provide a PFD Panda Award certificate to youngsters who are observed by conservation officers wearing a life jacket while boating. The certificate includes a tear-off coupon that entitles the child to a free cone or cheeseburger from participating Dairy Queen restaurants. “We at International Dairy Queen … read more