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Voyageurs National Park
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Location: Minnesota, USA Mid West

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This park is in the north of Minnesota along the boundary with Canada. It is a water based park. It looks as if the lands are the majority of the park. However, they are either island or peninsula and can only be reached by boats (or sea plane, of course). Simply put, you need a boat to enjoy the park. Of course you can take the hiking trails nearby any visitor center. However, that just misses the whole point of this park.

Voyageurs refer to the French-Canadians who traded fur and other goods around 18 or 19 century in this area. They had to paddle their canoe for more than 10 hours a day and faced all kinds of difficulties like unfriendly indians or danger from natural environment. The life was challenging yet they were happy, perhaps due to the beautiful natural environment. After attending the ranger guided boat tour to Kettle Falls, I guess that I could understand why they were happy.

The whole area were left from glacier's errosion. There are dozens of small islands in the lake. It should also be very nice canoeing in the lake as long as you don't get lost and still have the energy to paddle back.

The natural environment are well preserved and protected. During the boat tour we have seen loons, more than a dozen of bald eagles and a black bear swimming in the lake! The park also has mooses and wolves but we didn't see any of them.
Park Summary
Park Rating
Overall
Rating : 3.75  (4 votes)
Convenience
Rating : 2.5  (4 votes)
Physical Demand
Rating : 3  (4 votes)
Family Activity
Rating : 3.75  (4 votes)
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Park Geography

Nearby City(Definition of Driving Distance and Time)
City, StateDistanceDrive Time
Duluth, MN172 miles3:30
Minneapolis, MN304 miles5:30
Bismarck, ND531 miles10:50
Chicago, IL647 miles11:50
Detroit, MI975 miles15:22
Cleveland, OH1030 miles16:12
Little Rock, AR1148 miles18:14
Nashville, TN1160 miles17:47
Nearby National Park(Definition of Driving Distance and Time)
National ParkDistanceDrive Time
Isle Royale424 miles8:30
Theodore Roosevelt662 miles10:11
Badlands862 miles13:16
Mt Rushmore932 miles16:30
Jewel Cave952 miles17:04
Wind Cave964 miles17:27
Devils Tower1014 miles17:39
Cuyahoga1036 miles16:12
Mammoth1072 miles17:18
Yellowstone1145 miles20:10
Hot Springs1192 miles19:05
Grand Teton1238 miles24:02
Glacier1241 miles28:31
Smoky Mountain1272 miles20:28
Rocky Mountain1284 miles21:31
National Park Service Website
http://www.nps.gov/voya
Weather Forecast
Monthly AverageJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temperature (ºF)292239526266645343259
High Temperature (ºF)122033506573787664523218
Low Temperature (ºF)-9-31027394954524233170
Precipitation (inches)0.80.711.62.53.83.933.11.81.30.9
Snowfall (inches)12.49.49.65.80.80000.11.81212.1
Rainy Days1291091113111212101112
Activity Suggestion
You have to participate some water-based activities here. The easiest everybody can do is to attend the boat tour. We joined the Kettle Falls Evening Cruise. It started from Kabetogama Lake visitor center and reached the Kettle Falls, staying there for like an hour (so you can have dinner in the restaurant if you wish) then returned. We left at 3:00 PM and got back around 8:30 PM. They prepared binoculars for everyone in order to do animal watching. That's how we saw the swimming bear and bald eagles. We also caught the beautiful sunset moments during our return. Highly recommended !

This link has Boat Tours Schedule information. Try to attend any of the tour during your visit.

If you have more than one day in the park you should do hiking. The most popular hiking trails are in the Kabetogama peninsula which needs water taxi to reach. Most hotels in this area can arrange for the water taxi. You can also use this link to get more information of possible options and cost : Boat Tour. This is the company which operates the Kettle Falls boat tour we attended. Very nice and helpful people.

Lodge : this link points to the NPS site which has information of Lodges in the area. If possible, camping should be a very good option. The park has comp sites. Some are located in small islands. Here is the information about Camping in the park. The page also has a beautiful picture of one camp site.
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