Wednesday, May 8, 2013

USA - Minnesota - Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park has hundreds of miles of shoreline waiting to be explored either by the conventional method or by birchbark canoe, just the way the voyageurs themselves did.

Sent by Justin, Park Ranger of Voyageurs National Park.

Voyageurs National Park is a United States National Park in northern Minnesota near the town of International Falls. It was established in 1975. The park's name commemorates the voyageurs, French-Canadian fur traders who were the first Europeansettlers to frequently travel through the area. The park is notable for its outstanding water resources and is popular withcanoeists, kayakers, other boaters and fishermen. The Kabetogama Peninsula, which lies entirely within the park and makes up most of its land area, is accessible only by boat. To the east of the National Park lies the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

The park has several boat ramps and visitor centers around its periphery, though the main body of the park is only accessible by boat or, in the winter, by snowmobileski, or snowshoe. In 2011 the park hosted 177,184 visitors.
Voyageur National Park is located on the Canadian Shield, with the rocks averaging between 1 and 3 billion years old. Formed during the early ages of the earth formation, the rocks of the park were compressed, and folded under tremendous pressure. Then molten flows of lava intruded through the layers creating a mosaic of various gneiss and granites. Over time, additional layers of sedimentary rocks developed on top, to be stripped away by the continental glaciers of the Wisconsin Glacial epoch and earlier. (Source)

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