Getting to the Park
Roads approach the park from four points along U.S. 53 between Duluth and International Falls. There is a scheduled airline service to International Falls, Hibbing and Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada. Car rentals are available at airports. Transportation and lodging are also available at the park's gateway communities.
A Boater's Park
With over 80,000 acres of water, Voyageurs National Park is a boater's paradise. This is a unique park. With less than 10 miles of roads, visitors must leave their cars behind for a motorboat, tourboat, canoe, houseboat, kayak or sailboat.
Adventure into the solitude of a remote lake on the Kabetogama penninsula.
Watercraft are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made one week in advance at a park visitor center. To use the watercraft, fill out a visitor use agreement and pick up a key at a visitor center. As about arranging for transportation service to reach the trailheads.
Camping Voyageurs Style
- You need a boat, all campsites are accessible by water only.
- Camping reservations call toll free 1(877)444-6777
- All sites are occupied on a first-come, first-served basis
- For site locations pick up the park's Camping, Houseboating, Day Use brochure
- Tenters may not camp in houseboat sites or day use sites
- Houseboats may not stay overnight in tent sites or day use sites
- Day use sites are for picnics and day time activities, but not for overnight stays
- Group size limits - 9 in a small tent site (2 tent pads), 18 in a large tent site (4 tent pads)
- What is packed in will need to be packed out
- Firewood - Voyageurs Park reccomends people to collect dead and downed wood or purchase from an approved vendor in the area.
- Obey all closure signs
- All food must be properly stored
Camping with Bears
Approximately 150 Black Bears live in Voyageurs National Park. These bears symbolize the wilderness quality of northern Minnesota and can be an enjoyable part of your visit. Unfortunately, each summer numerous human-bear incidents cause significant property damage. Clean campsites & use of food lockers help prevent campsite closures and the trapping and relocation of bears.
Fishing in the Park
If you plan to fish in the park get the Minnesota Fishing Regulations. Know the regulations for transportation, shipment and storage of fish. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has established an experimental fishing regulation for Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point and Crane Lakes.