Water-based getaway: Voyageurs National Park

  • Updated: May 11, 2012 - 3:57 PM

If you like to canoe, boat, fish or simply watch the sun sink into a color block of blue, get to Voyageurs National Park. Minnesota's only national park covers 218,000 acres; water accounts for 84,000 of them. Sure, it's a heck of a drive, but Voyageurs is worth the trek. Rent a boat or hop on a tour boat to get at the heart of the park, the 75,000-acre Kabetogama Peninsula, or any of the 500 islands that dot the various lakes in the park. Keep an eye out for eagles, loons and moose, which are probably more numerous than people. Only about a quarter of a million people visit each year.