The 20 Best Backcountry Lakes: Land Of 10,000 Lakes

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota
Lac La Croix

(Photo by Layne Kennedy)

You can’t reduce this labyrinthine, 1.3-million-acre watery expanse to just one lake. While we guarantee you’ll have a life- list trip if you visit Lac La Croix (pictured), you’ll also create an unforgettable trip if you take the three-day, 38-mile route from Trail’s End to Hunter Island. Get an itinerary perfect for you at