STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS WITH BRAD DOKKEN Catfish and a birch bark canoe
Ive been on the road the past few days, a welcome turn of events for anyone covering the outdoors beat.
Its hard to do the outdoors justice sitting in front of a computer screen, after all.
The firs... Posted on 5/22/12 at 2:55 PM
IT'S SIMPLY GRAND! Green days on the Greenway
I absolutely love the 22 acres of Greenway (along the Red River) in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks! I spent a lot of time biking it this weekend. My daughter kept saying things like "isn't it beauti... Posted on 7/26/11 at 2:04 PM
OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK Annual paddling travelogue set for Dec. 4
The Minnesota Canoe Association and Midwest Mountaineering will present "The Boundary Waters and Beyond," their third annual travelogue of wilderness paddling, from 9 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Dec. 4 at Cowle... Posted on 11/12/10 at 1:46 PM
For Talon Stammen of Grand Forks, building a canoe using materials he’d harvested with traditional tools was as much about the journey as the destination. He now has one of the few birch bark canoes to grace Lake of the Woods in the past century.
The Red River is a spectacular canoeing river — slow and peaceful on most days, with lots of wildlife and little development along its banks.
But it lacks one vital amenity: namely, well-spaced canoe landings.
North Dakota should change that.
In 2010, Fargo’s River Keepers group provided almost 200 canoe and kayak rentals to Red River boating enthusiasts. Luckily, there’s a good chance that Grand Forks and East Grand Forks will see those numbers in summers to come.
Our first afternoon in this camp, our six-person group would catch 21 fish from shore, nearly all of them walleyes. And we would catch 40 more from our canoes, jigging over shallow rock reefs within sight of camp.
River Keepers in Fargo hosts service projects, runs a Red River tour boat (that hosted 1,900 passengers in 2010), sponsors fishing clinics and does everything else a river conservation group should do.
Could a Grand Forks chapter do the same?
Let’s build on this momentum with a riverside boathouse, providing more recreational opportunities on the very rivers that formed our community identity and further creating a great place to live, work and play.
On our 10th anniversary trip to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in northwestern Ontario, we got celebratory and splurged a bit. We paid the money and had our canoe tied to the side of Canada’s own bush plane, a beautifully restored 1944 Norseman that departed from Red Lake, Ont., and got dropped off in the wilderness.
The Red River not only is a national-class canoeing and boating resource, it’s also practically in residents’ backyard. It’s an area where a little attention from the state and nonprofit groups would go a long, long way.
You couldn’t blame the moose for thinking that paddling season had arrived early. It must have been many moose lifetimes since paddlers had stroked down Knife Lake on the Minnesota-Ontario border on April 9. The ice on these border lakes typically goes out in late April or early May.
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