Tips For Your Trip To Voyageurs National Park

Published On: August 5, 20191.8 min read
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Leave your car behind

One-third of Voyageurs National Park is covered in water.Crane-Lake-Voyageurs-National-Park-MN The park features four large lakes and 26 smaller interior lakes. The large lakes offer a unique opportunity to travel a National Park by boat. The interior lakes dot the Kabetogama Peninsula and offer excellent opportunities for solitude and quiet recreation.

Keep your binoculars handy.

The combination of forest, bog, and lake environments at Voyageurs National Park provides a wealth of habitats where a diversity of wildlife flourishes. Listen carefully on a quiet night and you may hear the cry of a loon, the howl of a wolf, or the hoot of an owl. Wander in the forest after a freshly fallen snow and you might discover the tracks of fisher, mink, even moose and lynx.

Bring your fishing permit

Voyageurs is known for its world-class fishing. You can fish anywhere in the park except Beast Lake. The lakes are known to have over 50 different species of fish, including lake sturgeon, walleye, northern pike, black crappie, and smallmouth bass.

Step into history – and prehistory

Situated on the southern portion of the Canadian Shield, Voyageurs National Park contains the most complete and extensive Precambrian geologic features in the United States. In fact, the rock formations in the park, many more than 2.5 billion years old, are some of the oldest exposed rock in the world.

Embrace the seasons

The best time of the year for wildlife viewing is mid-spring through early fall. During these months the Park is both a waypoint and an endpoint for a number of migratory birds, and the summer months are when much of the non-migratory wildlife is most visible and active. A broad collection of wildflowers occurs in the Park, including species of irises, lilies, and orchids like Minnesota’s State Flower, the Lady’s Slipper. Also, through the summer and into the fall, different wild berries such as raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries are plentiful. 

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