New Study Looks at Impact of Boundary Waters Tourism

Study found that visitors spent nearly $57 million when visiting the wilderness in 2016.

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A new study of the economic impact of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area on neighboring communities produced some eye-catching results. The first of its kind of study found visitors spent nearly $57 million in Cook, Lake, and St. Louis counties last summer.

The Friends of the Boundary Waters paid for the independent study and members said the results show that tourism and outdoor activities are sustainable industries.

“Friends of the Boundary Waters is hoping this study will help Minnesotans appreciate the boundary waters that it’s not only a beautiful area to visit, but also an economic driver for our state,” said Tonia Kittelson, Northern Communities Director.

Mining Minnesota released a statement agreeing with the study’s findings that tourism related jobs are important to that region’s economy, but at the same time emphasized the importance of mining jobs for future growth.


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