Voyageurs National Park | Midwest Living

Voyageurs National Park

3131 Highway 53
International Falls  Minnesota  56649
United States
(218) 283-6600
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No entrance fee to the park.

Midwest Living Review

Lisa Meyers McClintick
You'll have to leave land and glide across the water to best enjoy this 218,000-acre park along the Minnesota and Canada border.

Voyageurs National Park is an angler's paradise and one of the best places in the Midwest to experience houseboating thanks to 84,000 acres of water, five major lakes, 500 islands and 655 miles of shoreline. It's also one of the country's least-visited national parks, making it a logical destination for peace and quiet.

Rocky islands, rugged outcrops, cliffs and rounded formations are stitched together with deep green swaths of Boreal forest among the blue lakes and rivers. You might catch sight of a moose at the edge of the bogs, a beaver in the morning fog or an otter sliding into the water. If you prefer paddling vacations, Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (located to the east) offers serenity, but even with the occasional buzz of boats and bigger lakes at Voyageurs, it's still plenty easy to relax. In fact, it’s impossible not to feel at peace while watching the moon and listening to loons as you perch on rocks older than the Grand Canyon or the Rocky Mountains.

Keep in mind, this region of Minnesota is sparsely populated. You'll want to plan ahead for accommodations and food. Lodges and cabins scatter throughout the park's outskirts, but the only lodging (or dining) within the grounds is the 1910 Kettle Falls Hotel.

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