Spring is finally here in Grand Marais! The deciduous trees are starting to green up and by the end of next week, it will be looking really good.
We have not gotten the constant rain others in the state have had, but the water is high in our rivers and lakes. In fact, A group that had been on the Granite River told me the nice sand beach on Clove Lake is under water right now.
It sounds like they had a ball on the rapids on the river, but I would encourage you to forgo running the rapids unless you have experience with challenging waters. And get out to carefully look over the water before proceeding.
The portages are fairly dry, but be prepared to get a little muddy on the low-lying portages like Tuscarora or over in the Sawbill area.
Our day trips in the BWCAW have been booking up quickly, so if you have not been in the Boundary Waters before, this is a good introduction.
But you ask, how are the bugs? That is always the question, isn’t it? So far they are not bad, but with warmer weather coming in, the black flies and mosquitos are going to come out in force. Of course, the only time that is really bad is on portages. Find a campsite on a point or an island where you get some breeze and you’ll be fine. Bring lots of repellant and maybe pick up a head net and/or bug shirt.
There are so many great things about the spring up here. You have drumming grouse, mating loons, blooming wildflowers, just to name a few. And it is not uncomfortably warm. Just be sure to keep those life jackets on when paddling, because the water is really cold. But cold water means shallow Lake Trout. So you see, there is a lot of good in the spring.