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Voyageurs National Park is located in northern Minnesota (Figure 1). Its northern and eastern boundaries parallel a historic fur trade route that influenced the location of the boundary between the United States and Canada. About two-thirds of the park's 344-square-mile (891 km2) area is land, and the remainder is made up of numerous small and large lakes. The interspersion of forested land, massive rock outcrops and lakes make the park very scenic. It is also somewhat unique because it is the only U.S. park on the mainland in a southern boreal forest region. Isle Royale National Park is also in this region, but its biota is characteristic of island areas.