To celebrate our 21st anniversary (16 years married) we spent a long weekend WAY up north visiting Voyageur’s National Park (literally on the Canadian border). We made a day trip here with the kids a few years back (see photos below) but we didn’t have a boat with. The park is 40% water so we missed out on a lot.
The park has a ton to offer. We spent 3 nights here and barely scratched the surface. All of the sites are boat in – which make for a bit more work to get there, but peace and privacy when you do. Our site had a sand beach, private peninsula, and was only a 15 minute ride from the boat launch.
We visited during a stormy stretch so we didn’t get to experience any amazing sunrises or sunsets, but it was beautiful nonetheless. Loons, dragonflies, otters, bass and walleye; wildlife is abundant in this park. Of course there were an abundance of mosquitoes, though the wind helped keep their annoyance to a minimum most of the time. There was a noticeable lack of critters – chipmunks and squirrels are usually a constant presence in Minnesota parks. Thankfully we didn’t see any bears or wolves, though I would have loved to see another moose. Sadly I caught the only “keeper” fish of the weekend, all of Lonnys’ catch were over the size limit.
Northern Minnesota offers many beautiful lakes for people to visit. I am partial the big rocky lakes like Vermilion. What sets Kabetogama apart (am I am guessing the other lakes at this park) is the lack of development. The shorelines are protected. While you will see lake homes every couple hundred yards on most Minnesota lakes, here you could only see trees. You could hear the birds chirp, and watch eagles take flight. The lake had many people (and houseboats) on it, but it is such a large body of water that it never felt crowded.
Afternoon storms kept us from visiting the Ellsworth Rock Gardens and the entire east side of the lake. We also didn’t get to Kettle Falls this trip. We will be back. The last trip we took a few short hikes, including Echo Bay, Beaver Pond Overlook, and Kabetogama Overlook.