Travel to Voyageurs NP
Jul 17, 2010
|July 17 – Travel to Voyageurs National Park
We took a zig-zag route through Minnesota countryside to Ash River to our non-KOA campground that was filled with fishermen and their boats.
It took me many attempts to back into our site next to the pond but my favorite, patient guide got me where we needed to be.
We hooked up our water, electric and sewer (but no cable) and then headed to the closest Voyageurs NP Visitor’s Center to learn about the park via a DVD in a private showing. The volunteers shared their experiences of 4 years of volunteering at government parks/animal preserves and gave use the website to visit to learn more. They stayed at the parks campground free.
The three large Visitor’s Center parking lots were overflowing with pickup trucks and boat trailers. We thought the small Visitor’s Center would be packed but we were the only ones when we entered. Folks visit the Center to put their boats in the water.
We then drove a distance to the west to the next Visitor’s Center in Kabetogama where we were the only visitors in the upscale building. There we met another volunteer couple who shared their great experiences as government park/animal preserve volunteers.
They had worked a summer at Acadia NP in Maine where they worked 6 hours per day at the Visitor’s Center. They said that the volunteer’s campground was the best they had experienced with full hook-up and 10 minutes from Bar Harbor.
We learned that on Sunday morning a ranger-lead boat trip was leaving for Kettle Falls, a 4-hour float east across Lake Kabetogama. We signed up and will leave on the 11 AM on Sunday.
Info about Voyagerurs NP:
For over one hundred years, French- Canadian
voyageurs left Montreal for the adventures of the fur
trade. Traders and trappers ventured into the Ojibwe
Indian territory to trade with them. The traders,
trappers and Ojibwe Indians traveled these waters in
birch bark canoes. The voyageurs carried tons of
European-made trade goods in their canoes and
bartered them for furs trapped by the Ojibwe
The voyageurs canoed the waters in a customary
route that became the border between the U.S. and
Canada. A portion of that historic route is
commemorated in Voyageurs National Park.
The land here at Voyageurs has been uplifted and
eroded, heated and tilted, and then finally scraped
clean by at least four waves of glaciation, with the
last happening over 10,000 years ago. The result is
that some of the earth’s oldest exposed rock, the
Canadian Shield, now lies at the surface within the
Our cell phone and MiFi card reception is very weak to non-existent so I will not try to load any photos.
Have a great Sunday.