The Wilderness Act of 1964 designated the BWCAW as a wilderness area. It is the only large/lake land wilderness in the designated Wilderness Areas of the contiguous US.
~Jane Greenberg, Minneapolis, MN
It serves to protect a beautiful and vulnerable wilderness for our use. All around it loggers are clearing large tracts of land, but the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will continue to bring in adventurers from all over the world as well as serving Minnesotans. It is also an important and extensive habitat for animals which are otherwise beleaguered by lakeshore development.
~ Catherine Brown, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota is well known for its water. While the Mississippi River starts here, it goes south and is shared by several states along the way. Lake Superior is the same way. And our triple watershed is a geological feature shared by Montana in the Glacier National Park area. And of course, we have the 10,000 lakes (actual total closer to 13,000). But something we have that isn't shared by any other state is the BWCAW. This is a magnificent, unique natural wonder right here in Minnesota. People travel to Minnesota from all over the country and all over the world to take in its beauty and splendor. This definitely belongs well up on the list of 150 most influential forces in our state...
~David Boline, Eden Prairie, MN
BWCA blowdown on July 4,1999 Changed the landscape and created turmoil on whether to log off the areas or wait for a fire to clear the areas.
~Val Hill, Gilbert, MN
The BWCAW shows that people are interested in saving areas of wilderness for future generations. The BWCAW gives people a low cost place to go to get away from everything and enjoy the great outdoors.
~Mary E. Frey, Eden Prairie, MN
The Boundary Waters epitomize the Great North Woods, which Minnesota is known for. People can still go there, in this era of technology, and experience the wilderness, getting away from it all, which is a feeling, a state of being that is hard to come by in today's world. Thank goodness our forefathers had the sense to preserve it. Lately, educators and scientists are saying that interacting with nature makes for better children, students - and probably neighbors, and citizens too. The Boundary Waters is a Minnesota treasure, a national treasure and a world treasure.
~Kathleen Schoenfelder, Winsted, MN
The BWCA makes me proud to live in Minnesota. The canoe area is a living testament to our outdoor values, and offer incredible and affordable ways to experience the wild.
The BWCA is the most unique and unspoiled wilderness area in the world. People travel from around the world to canoe this wilderness and witness its pristine beauty. It gives the adventurer a glimpse into the past lives of the Ojibwe people's traditional lifestyle of traveling around by canoe and co-existing with the natural world. I am proud to be Minnesotan because Minnesota preserved this wilderness area for non-motorized vehicles and I see it as one of the only true wilderness areas in the world. It truly puts Minnesota on the world map in my mind.
~Jodell Meyer, Onamia, MN
The Boundary Waters, because it shows off Minnesota's beauty.
~Kristy Meissner, Chaska, MN
Historic wilderness designation with limited motorized access makes it a true state treasure.
~Mark Emme, Columbia Heights, MN
The Boundary Waters becoming a protected area. This shows our commitment to the environment and the wild creatures.
~Dawn Olson, Onamia, MN
This is a Minnesota gem, unlike anything else in the United States.
~Carey Bell, White Bear Lake, MN
Preserved a wilderness site for the entire country.
~Christine Hope, St. Paul, MN
There is no other place on earth like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where ancient native American paths connect the lakes such that one can travel hundreds of miles for months at a time in a true wilderness setting. The fire grate and latrine give the traveler all the essentials that are unique only to the BWCAW!
~Brian Wieber, Rogers, MN
Provides conservation, education, beauty, green preservation and recreation. Model for parks around the world.
~Danuta Warec, Minneapolis, MN
Secured a wilderness for all to use as God intended.
~Toni Watt, Minneapolis, MN
This park was one of the first, if not the first, primitive area in the United States. Also, it is an international park combining with Quetico in Canada. It represents our concern and love of nature and the vision to reach out internationally.
~Mark Nelson, St. Paul, MN
Though controversial in its establishment, is the most popular wilderness area in the nation, drawing some 200,000 visitors per year.
Voyageurs National Park Thousand of years ago the glaciers melted away and left these beautiful lakes with unusual rocks along our Minnesota and Canadian border. The park came in this area in 1975 to preserve this precious wilderness land. Voyageurs was named for French-Canadian canoemen who traveled these waters in their birch-bark canoes. They transported goods to trade with the Indians in return for furs. The Indians were the first inhabitants. Voyageurs National Park is largely composed of water. It is 218,054 acres with 83,789 acres being water and 134,265 acres of land. It is the only national park without a road. You will need a boat to camp in the park. All campsites are accessible by water only. Roads approach the park in four locations along highway 53. People enjoy visiting the park to camp, snowmobile, fish and mostly to see the breathtaking scenery.
~Calisa Hanson, Buffalo, MN