Early birds — mergansers and a languid angler — greet a new day in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Man is no recent intruder here. Indian and voyageur coursed the trails. Iron ore and vast pineries lured minder and logger; motors invaded— by land, sea, and air. Designation of the Boundary Waters wilderness on a third of the Superior National Forest slowed the tide. Here, fly-in campers are barred, motorboats curbed. Deep in the maze, man and his canoe may rediscover the beauty and the challenge of the wild north woods.
Photo by Robert West Madden / Wilderness, U.S.A.