Voyageurs National Park, the only such NPS unit in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, protects 341 square miles of lakes, streams, and boreal forest on and around the Kabetogama Peninsula near the state’s border with Canada. Although it was designated in 1975, the history of Voyageurs National Park, its lands and water, goes back much, much further. These “before and after” photos illustrate the ways in which today’s human activities in the area bear some similarities to those a century or more ago.

While the present uses of the land and waters of Voyageurs National Park are based largely in recreation – and are far less extractive – some similarities still exist, and visitors can learn much about the history of Voyageurs National Park by going to the park, asking questions, and exploring the area.

Have you visited Voyageurs National Park? Do you find the history of this area as fascinating as we do? Let us know in the comments!

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