Aquatic Synthesis for Voyageurs National Park

Information and Technology Report 2003-0001
Prepared in cooperation with the National Park Service, Voyaguers National Park
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Voyageurs National Park (VOYA), which was established in 1975, contains significant aquatic resources with about 50% of its total area of 883 km2 (341 mi2) consisting of aquatic habitats.  In addition to the Park's 30 named lakes, there are numerous wetlands including hundreds of beaver ponds.  Due to the Park's size and location in the drainage basin, aquatic resources within the Park are particularly susceptible to activities and developments that occur outside its' boundary.  This is particularly true in regard to the water quality and aquatic communities in the four large lakes that comprise 96% of the Park's total lake area of 34,400 ha (133 mi2).  Because most Park activities center on the lakes, particularly the large lakes, resource managers need to have knowledge and understanding of VOYA's aquatic resources to effectively preserve, in an unimpaired condition, the ecological processed, biological and cultural diversity, and history of the northwoods, lakecountry border shared with Canada.

Suggested Citation

Kallemeyn, L.W., Holmberg, K.L., Perry, J.A., Odde, B.Y., 2003, Aquatic synthesis for Voyageurs National Park: U.S. Geological Survey Information and Technology Report 2003—0001, 95 p.

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Defining the System
  • Drainage Basin Characterization
  • Biological Communities
  • Mercury and Other Contaminants
  • Paleoecology/Climate Change
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Title Aquatic synthesis for Voyageurs National Park
Series title Information and Technology Report
Series number 2003-0001
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Columbia Environmental Research Center
Description viii, 95 p.
Country Canada, United States
State Minnesota, Ontario
Other Geospatial Voyageurs National Park
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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