Campbell's 2010 Western and Northeast Trip Journal travel blog

Ash River Campground campsite

View of pond from RV roof.


Ash River Visitor's Center dock on Kabetogama Lake.

View of Kabetogama Lake shore.

View of Kabetogama Lake shore.

View from Beaver Pond Overlook near Visitor's Center

Practicing my moose call at Beaver Pond Overlook

Flowers at Voyageurs NP Ash River Visitor's Center








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.

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