The office, phones and emails have been busy as many of you are already planning for 2012. Early reports show a good season ahead.
We are happy to have 3 returning Seagull female staffers this summer. It will make my life much easier on the inside for sure. Alyssa was with us last summer in the store, transporting paddlers and working outside in the cleanup area. Danielle was with us in 2010 and was a towboat driver, transported paddlers and did some office/store work. And then there is Katelyn who will be with us for summer number 4. Many of you know her at the other end of the phone line at Seagull or helping out in the store. We are looking forward to having all 3 of them back with us. I decided I better do something special this summer as I probably won't have such talent inside again for awhile. I will keep you posted on what that something special will be!
MN fishing opener is May 12. Ontario (Quetico) fishing opener is May 19th. We expect an early ice out this spring due to the mild winter. The fish could be very active at opener for a change with some warmer water temperatures.
You may now reserve a Quetico Park Permit online at http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/reservations.html . You can also check permit availability there. It is a great resource for all of us. We have gotten word from the Quetico Park that the Cache Bay Ranger Station may not have Ontario fishing licenses this season. So, we are recommending that you purchase them in advance online at www.ontario.ca/outdoorscard or by calling 1-800-288-1155. Please allow 3 weeks to receive your license.
I am off to Vermont for a long weekend this week to meet my sister and niece Maggie. Maggie is finishing her senior year at Middlebury College and is on the ice hockey team. We will have a family weekend full of hockey along with nephew Wylie coming from DC and niece Ella coming from Aspen. It should be a lot of fun.