Every summer Wilderness Inquiry guides 24-foot cedar strip canoes through the stunning landscapes of Voyageurs National Park. Visitors can paddle on one of our 5-day trips without any portaging, leaving more time to appreciate the varied wildlife and amazing views of northern Minnesota. There’s no shortage of reasons to visit, but we whittled down the list to four must-experience highlights.
1. Captivating skies
From fiery sunrises and sunsets to plentiful stars and dancing northern lights, the skies are breathtaking. The video posted above, made by More Than Just Parks, offers a sneak peek at what to expect.
2. Secluded, comfortable campsites
All of the campsites at Voyageurs are only accessible by water and are handpicked to offer the greatest distances from other visitors. Some nights, the group even sleeps alone on their own island. Every site includes a tent pad, bear box, pit toilet, and picnic table. Many sites also have a dock, so pulling up to camp after a long day of paddling is a breeze.
3. Old school boats
Experience the sparkling waters of Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan, and Sand Point Lakes the same way that French fur traders and the Ojibwe did centuries ago. Up to six people can fit in one of our fast, 24-foot Voyageur canoes along with all necessary camping gear. These classic crafts make for great photos. They also serve as stable floating platforms from which people can fish or view park wildlife—including loons, beavers, and eagles.
4. Islands waiting to be explored
While the lakes of the park offer plenty of recreational opportunities, from fishing to swimming, adventure options on the islands should not be overlooked. Visitors can scramble over rock formations half as old as the earth, photograph beautiful native plants such as the large yellow lady-slipper, and hike hidden trails to search out blueberry patches.
Want to add this trip to your bucket list? Visit our Voyageur’s National Park page.
– Guest post by Voyageurs National Park Association’s Youth and Outreach Coordinator Ella Rausch