There is nothing quite like the fresh taste of a fish caught just minutes before frying it up on shore. While some people are happy to catch and release their fish, others prefer to catch and eat their fish! If your weekend plan includes a fish fry using the fish you catch, there are a few tips on making sure you don't go hungry.
First, have a back-up plan. What if the weather keeps you from getting out on the water at all? Or, your success is less than what is needed to feed your group? So, pack up some food just in case. Second, figure out what you will need in the way of batter supplies and cooking utensils you will need to pack.Third, think about the fuel source for your make-shift stove. Will you need to bring some dry pre-split wood, or do you have a gas-fired portable stove? What about matches, kindling or paper for fire starting material? It would be sad to catch the fish and then not be able to start a fire to cook them on due to a failure to plan ahead.
Finally, what goes good with fish? Be sure to pack your favorite side dishes. (oh, that reminds me, pack some dishes too!) Shore lunches provide an opportunity to get out of the boat, stretch your legs, enjoy the scenery and make some memories with friends and family. Good luck and good fishing!
Camping VNP Style
Since it's establishment in 1975, Voyageurs National Park has provided unparalleled camping experiences. Over 150 sites have been created that can only be accessed from the water as no roads go to any of them. The campsites are equipped with a post to moor a boat or houseboat as well as a picnic table, privy, a fire ring and a bear-proof storage locker. There is no cost to use these campsites, however a permit is needed and can be obtained at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. The only cost is a $10/day boat fee that goes to the park to offset maintenance costs. While many people launch their own boat, others rent one from one of the many resorts and outfitters in the area. The abundance of fish and wildlife and natural beauty are guaranteed to provide an experience that will make memories for a lifetime.
Oberholtzer Trail is an easy hike in Voyageurs National Park. This hike features sweeping scenery of the surrounding forest and wetlands. This hike starts just outside of the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. The first 1.5 miles is wheelchair accessible. In the winter this trail is tracked for snowshoeing. There is camping available in Voyageurs National Park. It is named after Ernest Oberholtzer, better known as "Ober." Ober died over 20 years ago, but his legacy lives on, not only on this trail named for him, but also in the preservation and creation of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. To quote Ober regarding the trails of the area of Voyageurs National Park,
"These trails of the north are a sermon in harmonious living. They tell not only of a race in conflict with [Western] civilization but of their whole philosophy and outlook on life. We have so much to learn from Indians and no better place to learn it today than portages worn smooth by our Indian predecessors."
-Ernest Oberholtzer (Oberholtzer Foundation, Friend of the Ojibwe
The trail is accessed from the Rainy Lake Visitors Center.