Adventures in natural parks

In addition to attracting tourists, Minnesota has an irresistible fauna and flora. The many forests and water bodies provide habitat for wildlife and environment for their own adventure nature documentary. The state has reservations and research centers of three iconic animals: the wolf, bald eagle and black bear.

The lands protected by the federal government offered the opportunity to explore truly unspoiled natural environments, such as Voyageurs National Park (Voyageurs National Park), and the Nature of Boundary Waters Canoe (Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildnerness), both on the Canadian border .

The community in the area of Wabasha and Lake Pepin Mississippi River is a traditional wintering area for many of the iconic American bald eagles, which have recently emerged from the list of endangered species. As the river does not freeze completely during winter, the eagles have access to food. This habitat also attracts the eagles that pass here all year, and the number of active nests has doubled in five years.

From the city of Duluth to the Canadian border, enjoy the west coast of Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. Duluth is the largest freshwater port in the world and the starting point for travel by the serene waters of the lake, also known as Gichigoommee.

The most important places on the coast include state parks with waterfalls, hiking trails and panoramic views. Visit the lighthouse in the city of Two Harbors. Enjoy a round of golf, or have a summer adventure or skiing in winter at Lutsen Mountain, overlooking the lake. Continue north to the city of Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail, to go into the wilderness of the North Woods region.

At North Woods near Ely, the International Centre for the Protection of Wolves (The International Wolf Center) promotes the survival of wolf packs, to provide information about wolves, their relationship with the wilderness and the role humans in their future. We offer educational holidays to personally experience the habitat of wolves, with daily programs and camps for one night accommodations at the lake. Ely is also near the new visitor center at American Bears (North American Bear) Institute of Wildlife Research (The Wildlife Research Institute), where you can watch recorded shows or courses of field studies on black bears .

Both the Natural Park Canoe Boundary Waters (BWCAW, for its acronym in English) and Voyageurs National Park offer the opportunity to plunge into the quiet solitude of a boat trip on the crystal clear waters.

The BWCAW requires advance sign up for trips with overnight stay, limits the size of the groups and imposes strict conditions on the activity of camp in order to preserve habitat. Voyageurs Park offers tours by canoe or boat tours to explore the countryside and admire the fauna and flora of this national park can be reached only by water.

The park was founded in 1975, but objects have been found to show that certain tribes lived here more than 10.000 years. Inside the park, have documented more than 220 archaeological sites prior to contact between cultures.

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