A Voyageurs Journey: The Waters and Woods of Wisconsin and Minnesota

Photo of a wolfPhoto credit: Jim Brandenburg

On this six-day exploration, we visit mystical forests, uninhabited islands, and quiet bays of Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. These magical landscapes have captured the imagination of conservationists and wilderness enthusiasts for generations.

Our journey begins in Bayfield, Wisconsin, home to the stunning Apostle Islands National Lakeshore where brilliant vermillion pre-Cambrian sandstone cliffs tower above the water. As we amble through Houghton Falls State Natural Area, featuring picturesque views of the Apostle Islands, we’ll learn how The Trust for Public Land is working with local communities to alleviate the pressures of waterfront development and protect land to prevent pollution of the most sensitive lakes—and keep the most popular destinations open for public recreation.

We’ll take the ferry to Madeline Island for a visit to the history museum, followed by dinner at a private home overlooking the endless vista of Lake Superior.

A private charter transports our group to Ely, Minnesota, and the Listening Point, the lakeside retreat of the late nature writer and conservationist Sigurd Olson, one of the driving forces behind the 1964 Wilderness Act. While in Ely, we’ve invited Jim Brandenburg, National Geographic photographer and recipient of the United Nations Global 500 Environmental World Achievement Award to join us for an evening of Northwoods stories and lore.

Our group embarks on an expert-guided, leisurely paddle to view Native American pictographs on the cliffs above Hegman Lake. In the afternoon, we enjoy a private tour of the International Wolf Center, where we learn about wolves, their relationship to wildlands, and humans’ role in securing their future.

Our trip to the Northwoods would not be complete without a visit to the North American Bear Center, advancing the long-term survival of bears worldwide.

Event details

September 19, 2018 to September 24, 2018

Contact information

Hilary Mulligan
Travel Program Manager