The Boundary Waters is officially named “The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness”. It is a one million acre wilderness that borders Canada in the northern portion of the United States. On the Canadian side of the border is the Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario Canada, another million acre wilderness.
The Boundary Waters is the largest wilderness east of the Rockies. It is essentially an untapped wilderness that remains much as it was during the time it was inhabited by the Ojibwa Indians and fur trappers that lived and traveled in the area a hundred and more years ago. When traveling within the Boundary waters you can retrace many of the same routes and waterways that were traveled by these early inhabitants of northern Minnesota hundreds of years ago.
The Boundary Waters is part of the Superior National Forest and is comprised of the many lakes and waterways that make up this area. Unsuitable for farming, this wilderness remains much as it was when it was initially formed by the retreating glaciers over 10,000 years ago.
The topography of northern Minnesota is a Boreal Forest that is separated from the western plains of the United States by only a few additional inches of rainfall each year.
The beauty of this forest is spectacular. The Boundary Waters contains nearly 1000 miles of canoe routes that are comprised of lakes and connecting waterways. There are numerous routes to choose from that can range from very difficult to those easily traversed by an average or more unskilled canoeist. When deciding on a Boundary Water’s canoe trip our outfitting company, Boundary Waters Outfitters, can design a trip to meet the skill level and expectations of most any group of adventurers.
The Boundary Waters is 95% un-motorized. There are limited portions of the Boundary Waters that allow motorized travel and Timber Trail Lodge with proper notice can make arrangements for our guests to visit the Boundary Waters by motorized boat. However, the majority of the Boundary Waters does not allow motorized travel. The preferred method of travel in the Boundary Waters is by canoe, and we are now the “Canoe Capital” of the United States with thousands of visitors entering the Boundary Waters by canoe each summer.For more information please call us at Timber Trail Lodge (800-777-7348) and let us see if we can make a visit to the Boundary Waters a part of your northern Minnesota vacation. As a destination that the National Geographic Magazine rated as “one of 50 places a person should visit in their lifetime” let us make this adventure one of your “Bucket List” of traveling adventures.