Mystery wild photo

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Flickr, Brian Hoffman

Can you guess where this mystery photo was taken?

If you guessed Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, you're correct!

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness lies at the Canadian border in northeastern Minnesota.

It's lush landscape includes green forests, rugged cliffs, gaping canyons, rolling hills, towering rock formations, rocky shores, sandy beaches and an unimaginable amount of water.

About 1,175 lakes - from 10 to 10,000 acres across - and several hundred miles of streams provide rare opportunities for long distance travel by water.

From spring to fall, many visitors travel to Boundary Waters to traverse its 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 18 hiking trails and nearly 2,200 campsites. Even winter brings special delights with skiing, dog-sledding and ice-fishing.

The wilderness is home to a diversity of wildlife, including gray wolves, red foxes, otters, black bears, moose, beavers, red-backed salamander, northern leopard frogs, bats, porcupines and a plethora of fish species.

Ernest Oberholtzer, one of The Wilderness Society's founders, explored and worked to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It was made a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System when the Wilderness Act passed 50 years ago.


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