In some people’s opinion there isn’t a better month to visit the BWCA than in September. The bugs have departed, the people are scarce and the wilderness scenery is more beautiful than ever bathed in the fall colors. If you’re looking for a real treat then try the Boundary Waters in September.
The temperatures begin to cool down in September and in response the lake’s water temperature also drops. While swimmers may not be too happy about the temperature change the fish are. Walleye and Lake Trout can be found in shallower water once again and become more aggressive. Smallmouth Bass tend to bite less but Northern Pike are as feisty as ever and it’s a great time to catch a trophy Pike. The average daytime temperature is around 66 degrees, nighttime temperature 44 degrees and we only receive 3.8 inches of rain on an average year.
When the temperatures drop the wildlife in the Boundary Waters gets busy. The squirrels and chipmunks scurry about packing away food for the long winter. Bear are busy fattening up and avoiding being shot during the annual bear hunt that is typically the first couple of weeks of September. Small game like grouse are out and about and that hunting season opens as well. Many winged wonders can be seen migrating and the loons bunch up in preparation for their flight. The moose also prepare for their mating season.
The predominantly green landscape of summer begins to change color in the canoe country during September. The September moon is sometimes called the wild rice moon because rice in the BWCA is ready to be harvested or the yellow leaf moon for the changing of colors. The aspen and birch turn golden yellow, the maples a vibrant red and the tamaracks a warm burnt orange color. The process can be slow or quick and the foliage varies from lake to lake but it all is similarily brilliant. The peak color change is different every year but if you’re lucky enough to be in the Boundary Waters for it then you’re in for a real treat.
September is a wonderful time to visit the canoe country wilderness. The peacefulness is plentiful and the bugs are basically non-existent. The fishing, wildlife and changing of colors makes September a very special month to paddle the BWCA.