Northern Voyageurs National Park, which marks the border between the USA and Canada, is a wet wilderness of some 218,000 acres. It's almost 40% water and only accessible by hiking or motorboat – the waters are mostly too wide and too rough for canoeing. In summer, people come to boat, swim and fish in the park's five main lakes: Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point, Crane and Rainy Lake. In winter, people come to cross-country ski or snowmobile on specially marked trails. In addition to offering waterborne fun, the park is filled with wildlife, including large populations of deer, moose, black bear and white pelicans.
The park traces its roots to the 17th century, when French-Canadian fur traders, called voyageurs, began exploring the Great Lakes and northern rivers by canoe. Though the idea of establishing a national park here began in the early 20th century, the park was only formally founded in the 1970s.