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We are a Boundary Waters canoe trip outfitter, Quetico outfitter, and guide service in Ely, Minnesota. This Boundary Waters blog shares photos, stories, humor, skills, and naturalist insights from guiding in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
Most entries are from our founder and head guide, Jason Zabokrtsky. He is the Boundary Waters Blogger.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Plan a trip around a new moon to see a purely starlit sky with views of bright constellations and the spectacular Milky Way!
Full – May 5
New – May 20
Full – June 4
New – June 19
Full – July 3
New – July 18
Full – Aug. 1 and 31
New – Aug 17
Full – Sept. 29
New – Sept. 15
Full – Oct 29
New – Oct 15
Saturday, February 18, 2012
May 5-6, 2012 Eta Aquarids
If you’re planning an early trip to the Boundary Waters this season, try staying up late or waking up early to catch these shooting stars. Look toward the southeastern part of the sky at about 4 a.m. until just before dawn and see if you can spot the brightest stars in May!
Moonrise: 8:23p.m. Moonset: 5:07a.m.
Sunset: 8:25p.m. Sunrise: 5:42a.m.
July 28-29, 2012 Delta Aquarids:
Look for shooting stars between moonset and dawn for this meteor shower. In the Boundary Waters, you may see 15-20 meteors per hour in the southern part of the sky. Typically, your best bet at catching these shooting stars is approximately 2 hours before dawn.
Moonrise: 4:57p.m. Moonset: 12:57a.m.
Sunset: 8:49p.m. Sunrise: 5:39a.m.
August 12-13, 2012 Perseids:
This is the big one! It is expected by many to be the best meteor shower of the season. In the dark sky, these meteors can peak at over 50 each hour. These meteors are often bright and leave persistent trains. Look for them late into the night and into the early hours of the morning. Photographer Layne Kennedy joined us for several cloud-free nights in the BWCA during the Perseids. In the above image taken on Lake Agnes, he captured not one, but TWO shooting stars in the same exposure. Look closely. Both shooting starts are in front of the lighter-colored Milky Way. During this dramatic celestial display, we laid on our backs for hours on a rock point, repeatedly exclaiming, “there’s one.” We spotted as many as a half dozen in a single minute.
Moonrise: 1:04a.m. Moonset: 5:00p.m.
Sunset: 8:26p.m. Sunrise: 6:00a.m.
October 7, 2012 Draconids:
This meteor shower is best viewed in the northern hemisphere, especially in light pollution-free places like the Boundary Waters! Unlike most, this meteor shower is best viewed in the evening rather than after midnight. Additionally, the number of meteors per hour is difficult to predict for this shower – some years there’s a handful of meteors and other years can have hundreds! Moonrise: 11:29p.m. Moonset: 2:12p.m.
Sunset: 6:35p.m. Sunrise: 7:15a.m.
At Ely Outfitting Company and Boundary Waters Guide Service, our goal is to provide you the best information and outfitting for your successful Boundary Waters canoe trip. Best of luck with your star gazing!
Friday, February 17, 2012
Boundary Waters guides, Dave and Amy Freeman, are teaming up with former state legislator and Grand Marais-area dogsled racer Frank Moe for an epic trip from Northern Minnesota to the State Capitol in St. Paul in early March. They are calling for the protection of the region's natural heritage, including clean water and wilderness. Dave and Amy will be delivering petitions from Ely to Finland, Minnesota by dogsled. Frank will continue with those petitions and many more on to the State Capitol.
You have seen the lakes, rivers, and forests of Northern Minnesota first hand and understand how special this area is. Please join Dave, Amy, Frank, and thousands of others by signing the petition that will be delivered to the State Capitol by dogsled.
Please, watch the videos below to learn more about the Sulfide Mining that is proposed near Ely and sign the petition below.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Currently we are undergoing talks with the MNR [Ministry of Natural Resources] in regards to Quetico Park's ability to sell fishing licenses using the new automated licensing system. At this time it is unknown if we will be able to provide this service to our customers. Because of this uncertainty, we ask that you inform your clients and request they obtain their outdoors card and fishing licenses prior to arriving at the park.
Licenses can now be obtained online at www.ontario.ca/outdoorscard. Licenses can also be obtained over the phone by calling 1-800-288-1155 or in person at issuer locations. Licensing Help Line 1-800-387-7011.