Right here, before there was a dam, me and the lumberjacks would float logs down the Pine River from Norway Lake, just a little ways upstream. There was a lot of good timber up there, some say the biggest stand of white pine in the whole Northwest! But, every time we floated those logs down this very river, we had to put up with the GIANT Ducks.
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Tall Tales
Explore a multitude of funny, factual, even somewhat fallible tales about Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and the other Minnesota Lake Country characters from days gone by. Just click the title links below to read each local legendary gem!
The exact truth about the birth of the legendary logging tales of Paul Bunyan is clouded in the mist of history and may never be known.
The True Story of the Paul Bunyan Legend
by Wayne Chamberlain, 2008
(photo of Wayne Chamberlain, 2006)
This is a great spot to fish. And it was right here that I once caught the most cantankerous fish in the North Country— Ike the Pike.
It wasn’t that long ago that most fellers who took to their boats for a spell of uninterrupted fishing were seen using fish-attracting contraptions like Lazy Ikes and Daredevils. Sometimes they’d hook on a red and white striped metal mini-plank they called a Spoon. Oh, sure, everybody knew somebody who’d swear by minnows only; had to be stone-rollers or shiners or maybe chubs.
The year Paul hired on the musical zealot, Emery DeNoyer, everything in the shanties changed. Now, Paul bears no fault here for hiring the fella. He’d been looking long and hard for some thigh-slappin’ entertainer to keep spirits up in the camp.