The boundary waters are one of that last few protected wilderness in the United States of America. Per the United States Department of Agriculture (Forest Service) “This area was set aside in 1926 to preserve its primitive character and made a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964” In 1978 the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act established the Boundary Waters protects the large wilderness area with many regulations to continue the preservation that was started over 100 years ago.
I have been an avid outdoors-man my entire life, from starting out in Cub Scouts and working my way through the Eagle Scouts. I have always found an excuse to spend my time outside, from camping, fishing, hunting, and hiking.
I believe that the outdoors is good for
a person’s health and mindset. You can fully appreciate some of the greatest things this world has too offer by just stepping outside and exploring.
REASONS TO VISIT:
In my opinion there are many reasons that everyone who lives in Minnesota should go experience the boundary waters at some point in their lives. The first is it is truly breathtaking and beautiful, you get to see views of our great state that not many people have the privilege of seeing for themselves. Another view that many people do not get to experience is the vast amount of stars that are in the sky, there is no other place I have traveled to where you were able to observe so many of them, you may also get lucky and catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Also, National Geographic agrees with me, naming it one of the top 50 Destinations of a Lifetime (so you know this large wilderness area is LEGIT)
LIVING LIKE OUR ANCESTORS
One other reason I believe that everyone should experience a few days in the BWCA (Boundary Waters Canoe Area) is they get to canoe, portage, and camp like the French Voyageurs of 200 years ago, and get to experience what life was like back in those days. It is a lot of work to get into the very wild areas of the BWCA but when you do you get to feel how life was like back in the day. It is a hard trip that gives you a new appreciation for the comforts of home that many of us take for granted daily.
You also could experience some rare wildlife that not many people get to see. A few of the animals are black bears, moose, lynx, bobcats, and timber-wolves (there is no guarantee of seeing these animals but this place me your best bet). There also is some world class fishing if you our up to it, finding the honey holes and catching some large fish is always an exciting thing for any angler.
These are just a few reasons why I fell in love with the BWCA and have been traveling there every summer for the last fifteen years of my life. I hope you enjoy this blog post and seriously consider making a trek up to the great wilderness that is so precious to over 250,000 visitors each year. Be safe and enjoy!
Please follow the BWCA Trip Planning Guide if you decide this is something you may be interested in.