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Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Passport Issue Revisited

Johnse has researched the latest on the passport issue for paddlers this summer returning to the US from the Quetico. Here is what he found.

Where do things stand for Land and Sea Travel?Currently, most travellers only require a driver's license (or other government-issued photo I.D.) or a birth certificate, though customs officers don't always request to see them. Verbal declarations of citizenship are still accepted, but travellers should carry proof just in case.However, stricter requirements for Land and Sea entry will come into affect on January 31, 2008 – but don't panic about getting a passport just yet. This date is when border patrol will stop accepting verbal declarations of citizenship and start asking you for documentation. Government-issued photo I.D. (such as a drivers' license) and a birth certificate will suffice for most travellers. Unlike current requirements, you will be asked to produce both documents, not just one.When will a passport be required for Land and Sea? According to media reports, a bill was passed in congress on December 20, 2007 that delays the passport requirement at least until June 2009. Ultimately, it's up to the U.S. government to decide the final date. The U.S. Homeland Security website notes that 60 days notice will be given before new legislation comes into effect to allow people time to obtain required documentation.The link for the entire article is here: for all of 2008, you will not need a passport for land or sea travel to Canada. An RABC will suffice just like in the past.

Let's hope this brings some closure to this question for summer 2008. Thanks Johnse for your help!


Saturday, January 12, 2008

Gunflint Green Up May 2-4, 2008

As many of you know, May 5, 2008 is the first anniversary of the "Ham Lake Fire" on the Gunflint Trail. In recognition of the first anniversary of the Ham Lake Fire,which burned more than 35,000 acres at the end of the Gunflint Trail, and in celebration of Minnesota's 150 years of statehood, the Gunflint Green Up will bring folks of all ages together for a weekend of education, tree planting, and a food and music celebration.

Gunflint Green Up Schedule:

Friday 5/2

Boreal Forest talks and walks
Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department demonstrations
Dinner & Special presentation
Renowned wilderness photographer Layne Kennedy will share his experiences in the BWCAW and along The Gunflint Trail

Saturday 5/3

Training and planting
Thank You Dinner & Dance with live music at Gunflint Lodge

Sunday 5/4

Gunflint Green Up Ham Run Half Marathon

Visit for more information.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Let's start thinking about summer trips!

The New Year has arrived and it is time to think about summer vacations. We can reserve Boundary Waters Permits online until Jan 15. Beginning Feb. 1, permits will be available by phone. The Quetico Park remains on the same permit system as in the past; 5 months out from your trip departure date. We are here to help with trip routes and answer your questions. Our rental cabin availability is current online at . The temperatures are frigid here in MN at the moment. We are working on office stuff and trying to stay warm. We bought 2 new Jon Boats for towing on Saganaga and will be working on some new aluminum racks for them. We are starting to interview new staffers and thinking about ordering T-shirts and gifts for the store. Let us hear from you!