March 26, 2010
The photo above showing a beautiful, unnamed lake on a summer’s day was taken in the Boundary Waters area of north-eastern Minnesota. Boundary Waters refers to the lake filled land that crosses the U.S. (north-eastern Minnesota) and Canadian (south-western Ontario) border. This area includes Ontario’s Quetico Park, and LaVerendrye Provincial Park and Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), and Voyageurs National Park. These glacier-formed parks are well known as remote canoeing destinations, but they also have a well earned reputation for fishing, backpacking, winter sports, and observing wildlife -- on this trip we saw a gray wolf (Canis lupis) before our canoe was even in the water. The Laurentian continental divide runs through the Boundary Waters; separating the Hudson Bay drainage and the Great Lakes drainage. Access to this still nearly pristine chain of parks is limited by permit quotas. Photograph taken in August 2009.