large, island-studded lakes and dozens of
smaller lakes along the Canadian border.
Today, visitors enter by motorboat,
canoe, kayak or sailboat for day trips
or camping within the park. But
Voyageurs is perhaps best known
as Minnesota’s premier destination
for houseboat vacations. Imagine
a luxurious floating vacation home
moored on your own private bay or
island. Houseboats can be rented from
businesses just outside the park.
The Superior Hiking Trail is
Minnesota’s premier hiking experience.
Its 310-mile route begins near Jay Cooke
State Park south of Duluth and follows
the North Shore of Lake Superior to the
Pigeon River on the Canadian border.
The path mainly follows the ridgeline
high above Lake Superior, with great
lake views from rock outcroppings and
footbridges crossing numerous rivers
It’s great for backpack camping and
day hikes alike, and it is studded with 93
backcountry campsites and trailheads
with parking lots along the way. Another
option is the Superior Hiking Shu;le,
with scheduled pickups at 52 points
along the route.
longer. They’ll also map out a custom
trip for you, secure the needed permits
and give you all the tips you need.
Alternately, you can pack your own gear
and then get permits, maps and trip-planning help from Superior National
Forest, which manages the area.
Voyageurs National Park is uniquely
water-based among national parks, its
200,000-acre interior accessible only by
water and do;ed by roughly 500 islands
and 655 miles of shoreline. With 240 sites
designated for houseboats, there are
plenty of options near the shores of four
T;; ;;;;;;;; ;;;;;; ;;;;; ;;;; ;;;;;;;;;; is a world- renowned, million-acre network of
lakes, rivers and connecting overland
portages along the Minnesota-Canada
border. Its pristine interior is devoid of
buildings, roads, motorboats, electricity
and running water. Your nearest neighbor
might be at a campsite miles away.
Canoe trip outfi;ers operate out of
Ely on the western side and the Gunflint
Trail on the eastern side, providing
lightweight canoes, gear and complete
provisions for a trip of a few days or
Follow a water highway into the timeless wilds of
Minnesota’s borderlands. | JAMES RIEMERMANN
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