1975: National Park
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteOn the border of northern Minnesota, 55 miles of the Park meanders along the Canadian border with Ontario. Voyageurs is a water-based park, and much of it is accessible only by boat. It's named for the voyageurs, the French-Canadian explorers and traders who plied their wares in birch-bark canoes from the Great Lakes to the interior of Canada and the western United States. This 'voyageurs highway' now stretches from the interior of the Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes, and in its heyday carried trade items such as furs, food, and medicine.
What You're Going to SeeVoyageurs boasts a varied landscape. Rocky outcrops are found next to bogs, swampy areas, beaver ponds, rivers, and four large lakes. The area is comprised of a variety of ecological systems. Mesic hardwood forests, wet forests, peatlands, fens, marshes, rocky outcrops and lakeshore environments are all part of what you will see. Pine, spruce, and fir are the main conifers in the park, with aspen and birch forming a high percentage of the deciduous trees.
Personal ObservationsWell, I haven't been there yet. Someday, when I'm next in Minnesota ...
Getting ThereFrom Grand Rapids, you can either go north or east. Going north, take Highway 38 for 79 miles to Big Falls. Continue north on US 71 for about 38 miles to International Falls. To get to the Rainey Lake visitors center, take Highway 11 east for about ten miles. To get to the Kabetogama visitors center, go southeast on US 53 for about 26 miles, turn north on Road 122 and follow it (about two miles) to Kabetogama. To get to the Ash River Visitors center, continue on US 53 (past the Road 122 turnoff) another 5 miles or so, and follow the signs. The turnoff will take you east on a road for about 10 miles.
Nearby AttractionsThere are no other National Park Service units within 100 miles.