Minnesota Voyageurs National Park map and highlights

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Minnesota Voyageurs National Park map and highlights

Map of Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota
Voyageurs National Park in northeastern Minnesota.
Basic information for visitors to the  Voyageurs National Park in northeastern Minnesota, near International  Falls.   
Voyageurs National Park in northeastern Minnesota, near International Falls.    
Water dominates the landscape of this 218,000-acre park, nearly  half of which is covered with more than 30 glacier-carved lakes. French  Canadian voyageurs once traveled these waters in birch-bark canoes on  their way to trade for furs, food, medicine, and guide services with the  resident Native American tribes, and the "voyageurs highway" along  these waters now stretches from the Great Lakes into the interior of the  Pacific Northwest. Although the birch-bark canoes have all but  disappeared, today the most popular park activities still include  sailing, kayaking, and houseboating on lakes Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan,  and Sand Point. Bears roam the fragrant pine forests while eagles soar  over the meadows by day; after dark, listen for loons and wolves. It's a  place to explore scenic nature, learn about local geology, and step  back into the fascinating history of the regions fur-trading economy.  The park was authorized in 1971 and established in 1975.    
WHAT TO SEE & DO    
Canoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, houseboating,  kayaking, motorboating, picnicking, sailing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing.  Facilities: 3 visitor centers: Rainy Lake (11 mi east of International  Falls), Kabetogama Lake (9924 Gappa Rd./Rte. 123), and Ash River (9899  Meadwood Rd., off Rte. 129); beaches, outdoor interpretive displays.  Book and map sales, picnic tables with fire grills, docks. Programs  & Events: Ranger-led walks, canoe trips, boat tours (daily  mid-June-Labor Day), Wild Winter Rendezvous (Jan.-Mar.), Ice Box Days  (International Falls, 3rd week in Jan.), Spring Birding Rendezvous  (June), Autumn Rendezvous (Kabetogama and Ash River visitor centers,  Labor Day weekend). Tips & Hints: Primary access to park, campsites,  and concession-run hotel-restaurant by watercraft in summer and  snowmobile in winter. Visitor centers and boat tours accessible by car.  Go Jan. and Feb. for snowmobiling, year-round for fishing, June for  wild-flowers, May-Sept, for eagles, and mid-Sept, for fall color.  Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Nov.-Apr.    
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES    
Camping: In the park: 215 tent and houseboat sites throughout  the park (free; pit toilets; permit required, see below). In Soudan  Underground Mine State Park: Woodenfrog Campground (Off U.S. 169, tel.  218/753-2245; 61 sites; $10; pit toilets). H Hotels: In the park: Kettle  Falls Hotel & Resort (tel. 218/374-4404, 218/875-2070, or  888/534-6835; 12 rooms, 4 suites; $70??; closed Oct.-Apr.). In  International Falls: Days Inn (2331 U.S. 53 S, tel. 218/283-9441; 58  rooms; $79), Holiday Inn (1500 U.S. 71, tel. 218/283-4451; 119 rooms, 7  suites; $89-$105??). X Restaurant: In the park: Kettle Falls Hotel &  Resort (tel. 218/374-4404, 218/875-2070, or 888/534-6835; $5-$14;  closed Oct.-Apr.). & Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Ray:  Gateway Store (9378 U.S. 53, tel. 218/875-2121). In International Falls:  Loons Nest (3587 Rte. 415, tel. 218/286-5850), Outdoorsman Headquarters  (1100 3rd Ave., tel. 218/283-9337).    
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS    
Free. Concession tour boats (reservations recommended, tel.  888/381-2873): $12-$33 adults, $8-$21 ages 2-15, free ages 1 and under.  Park-provided boats $10 per day. North Canoe program: $4 adults, $2 ages  5-16. Camping permit required (free). No personal watercraft. Minnesota  state fishing license ($9.50-$ 18 for one day) required. No hunting or  trapping. No mountain bikes on trails. No off-road vehicles. Leashed  pets in front country only. No pets on trails. Snowmobiles on main lakes  and designated safety portages only. Park open daily. Main park  inaccessible mid-Nov.-Dec. due to thin ice, Apr-early May due to thaws.  Rainy Lake Visitor Center open early May-early Sept., daily 9-5;  mid-Sept.-Apr., Wed.-Sun. 9^:30. Kabetogama Lake and Ash River visitor  centers open early May-early Sept., daily 9-5.    
HOW TO GET THERE    
11 mi east of International Falls via U.S. 53, 160 mi north of  Duluth via U.S. 53., and 300 mi north of Minneapolis via 1-35 and U.S.  53. Closest airport: International Falls (15 mi).    
CONTACTS    
Voyageurs National Park (3131 U.S. 53 S, International Falls, MN  56649, tel. 218/283-9821; 218/875-2111 boat use on interior lakes.
Voyageurs, Minnesota   
Established: 1971  Acreage: 219,128   
Water dominates the Voyageur National Park  landscape. Within its boundaries more than 30 lakes fill glacier-carved  rock basins. Between these lakes and adjacent rocky knobs and ridges  extend bogs, marshes and beaver ponds. Upon arriving at one of the  park's four entrances, the visitor leaves his car behind, and sets out  by water much as the voyageurs travelled in the heyday of the fur trade  in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Boat trips are  available on Rainy, Kabetogama and Crane lakes and on Ash River.   
As the fur trade expanded westward, it depended  heavily upon the voyageurs, or French-Canadian canoemen, who moved the  pelts and trade goods between Montreal and the Canadian Northwest. The  route of these adventurers, who frequently paddled 16 hours a day,  became so established that the 1783 treaty ending the American  Revolution specified that the international boundary should follow their  'customary waterway' between Lake Superior and Lake of the Woods.  Today, the park adjoins a 56-mile stretch of that voyageurs' highway.   
Look out across the landscape here and you will  notice the elements of the fur trade itself. The water provided the  highway, fur-bearing animals provided the goods, and the endless forests  furnished the materials for the birch-bark canoes. Nature's abundance  is evident in other ways here. The park is in the heart of the only  region in the continental United States where the eastern timber wolf  survives. Other wild animals include moose, deer and black bear.
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