It’s time to bundle up and take that walk in the woods. Crunchy leaves underfoot, a golden canopy overhead – paths like this one at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota can be found throughout much of the country right now. Surrounded by loved ones or escaping for a few solitary moments, America’s public lands provide incredible places to walk off the holiday stress and delicious meals. Photo of a gorgeous fall scene at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge by LuGene Peterson.
Fall is putting on a colorful show at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. The red leaves of the maple, the gold leaves of the aspen, and the green needles of the Jack and White pines, create a colorfully painted landscape. Autumn is a time of renewal and preparation for the cold days of winter to follow. Take a hike through the woods, or a ride along the shoreline to experience the beauty of the season, but don’t delay. Soon the leaves will fall and crackle below your feet, waiting to be covered with the coming snow. Photo by National Park Service.
A new day begins, and summer’s brilliance radiates at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The sun burns through the fog and bursts through a burl oak tree on a serene Minnesota morning, casting light upon magnificent wildflowers. Goldfinches, song sparrows and yellow warblers are common to see this time of year on the refuge, and the warmth of summer brings a variety of dragonfly and damselfly species. Photo by Erik Fremstad @erikfremstad (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Water is the lifeblood of Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. The cool, clear waters of Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan and Sand Point Lakes cover forty percent of the park. The lakes and rivers were the transportation corridors for the park’s namesake, the voyageurs, and they are the basis for recreation in the park today. Visitors find it easy to imagine the voyageurs and Native Americans of the past dipping their canoe paddles to the rhythm of their songs, gliding past the rocks and pines of this gorgeous northern landscape. Photo by Aaron Billberg (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It takes a bit o’ luck 🍀to capture a scene this epic. This bald eagle crossed in front of a vibrant rainbow, right after a storm on Lake Vermilion. As the fifth largest lake in Minnesota, it’s also known as one of the most beautiful. The lake has hundreds of small public land islands that vary in size, offering a variety of camping options and world-class fishing. Looking for a photo opportunity like this treasure? Keep adventuring on #publiclands. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands) .
As we continue our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System and the National Trails System, we’re spotlighting the St. Croix Wild and Scenic River. One of the original eight rivers protected in 1968 under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the St. Croix is a lush green ribbon that winds along the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin, offering outdoor enthusiasts a chance to enjoy nature within easy reach of a major metropolitan area. You can #FindYourWay in a canoe and camp amid the northwoods; boat and fish surrounded by wooded bluffs, state parks and historic towns; or enjoy a swim, take in bountiful scenic views and watch for wildlife that make the banks their home. Nearby, the Ice Age National Scenic Trail traces the southern edge of the Wisconsin Glaciation, which ended 10,000 years ago. Several sections of the Ice Age Trail are rail-trails – disused railway tracks that have been converted to recreational trails. Rail-trails are part of the National Trails System, and today there are nearly 24,000 miles of rail-trails across the United States. Photos courtesy of Craig Blacklock.
Summer showers bring relief and a rainbow at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. With over 40 percent of the park water, Voyageurs is a maze of interconnected water highways. These waters were the transportation corridors for Native Americans and the park’s namesake – the voyageurs – and they are the basis for recreation in the park today. So, grab your paddle and get out there! Photo by Sam Brueggeman (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Located in east central Minnesota approximately 50 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1965 to promote the health and well-being of migratory birds and their habitat. Today, it’s not just celebrated for its wildlife, but also the extraordinary recreation opportunities for visitors. Photo of lupines by Tina Shaw, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A golden sunrise warms the frosty morning at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. With over 40 percent of the park covered by lakes, rivers and streams, Voyageurs is a maze of interconnected waterways. These waters were the transportation corridors for the park’s namesake, the voyageurs, and are the basis for recreation in the park today. Winter visitors can enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, sledding and driving on ice roads. Photo by National Park Service.
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota is celebrated both for its wildlife and the extraordinary visitor experiences. The refuge’s diverse habitats are dynamic, ranging from grasslands and forests to a variety of wetlands and watersheds. The refuge is also important to migratory birds. By the middle of October, Sherburne hosts thousands of sandhill cranes as they roost at night in refuge wetlands during fall migration. Dawn is the best time to see them. Sunrise photo by Pamela Robideau (www.sharetheexperience.org).