Originally home to native tribes, these massive woods soon became an economic engine for the early European explorers of the region. The wealth coming first from furs then from logging and eventually from gold rush brought more and more settlers of European-descent into the region, pushing out the native inhabitants and bringing in modern industry. By the time the various booms and busts of these industries had run their course, the region had become a popular summer resort area. Those who spent their summers here soon found the need to preserve the natural beauty they enjoyed. Sometimes called the heart of the continent, this region of the North Woods stretches up into Canada. It is the only national park in Minnesota: Voyageurs.
While hiking is the activity associated with the bulk of the national parks, most believe that Voyageurs is best seen from the water. Rivers, lakes and islands can be explored via canoes, kayaks and motorboats with some interior areas of the park only accessible by boat - that is unless the water is frozen over in the winter. The majority of the hiking trails in the park are located in this area only accessible by water. Tours through the park bring to life not only the history of the North Woods region but Minnesota itself. Voyageurs National Park truly fits in with the state’s legacy as being the land of 10,000 lakes.
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