Environmental Factors

A multitude of colors reflect between the clouds and waters of Lake Kabetogama as the sun sets.
A multitude of colors reflect between the clouds and waters of Lake Kabetogama as the sun sets.

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One of the reasons that Voyageurs is preserved as a national park is its scenic beauty. Learn more about some of the factors that make up that scenic beauty, as well as the challenges we face in preserving it.

 
A reflection of trees, rocks, and blue sky on the waters of Rainy Lake
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Water Quality

Water is the lifeblood of Voyageurs. It makes up almost 40% of the park, and therefore water quality can have a major impact on recreation and the park’s ecosystems.

 
A multitude of colors light up the night sky, slight reflection of colors off the lake surface can be seen.
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Night Skies

The park’s beauty doesn’t pause when the sun goes down! Because of its dark skies, Voyageurs is a great place to look up to view phenomena from the Milky Way to the Northern Lights.

 
Small amount of smoke rising up and out of a thick forest cover.

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Air Quality

While the air at Voyageurs is relatively clean, there are airborne pollutants that can harm the park's natural and scenic resources such as wildlife, vegetation, surface waters, and visibility.

 
Rock cliffs rising out of the water spotted with trees along the shoreline and along the top.

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Geology

At Voyageurs, you can see and touch exposed rock older than half the age of Earth, itself. The rocks in the park have undergone billions of years of natural processes to take the form they have today.

Last updated: November 20, 2018

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Mailing Address:

Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls, MN 56649

Phone:

(218) 283-6600

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