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Land That I Love QBOM #6- February Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
Voyageurs is the only National Park in the State of Minnesota. The park consists of almost 220,000 acres; however over one third of that is under water, and the other two thirds consist of mainland and hundreds-yes, hundreds-of small islands.
The Park was named after the early French explorers and fur traders who sailed much of the waters in the region in the late 17th and early 18th century. Several Indian Tribes had lived and already abandoned the northwoods Region by that time and in the late 18th century, it was settled by the Ojibwe Indians.
The wildlife at the park is plentiful. Eagles and white tail deer and black bears are a common enough sight, but often beavers and wolves are seen and occasionally even a moose. Voyageurs is also a great place to view the Northern Lights.
Voyageurs National Park contains four lakes; Kabetogama Lake, Namakan Lake, Rainy Lake and Sand Point Lake. The lakes make up nearly 350 square miles of water which at one time had to be navigated and mapped by explorers from a canoe, and can now be enjoyed by recreational boating, kayaking and canoeing.
Whether out in a canoe on the lake or hiking on a trail in the midst of the expansive forest, the unmarred beauty of the land can easily transport you back two hundred years.
Want to learn more about this national park? Visit https://www.nps.gov/voya/index.htm