Getting to Voyageurs National Park
Go north and you’ll find Minnesota’s most stunning national parks. Roads approach the park from four points along U.S. 53 between Duluth and International Falls Minnesota. 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.
Explore Voyageurs National Park by Boat
With over 80,000 acres of water to explore, 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 and travel by motorboat, tour boat, canoe, houseboat, kayak or sailboat.
Adventure into the solitude of a remote lake on the Kabetogama peninsula.
A limited number of rental canoes are available on a first come first served basis. Reservations for these backcountry rental canoes are available on the Voyageurs National Park Camping Permits, Voyageurs National Park – Recreation.gov website.
Camping Voyageurs Style
- You need a boat, all campsites are accessible by water only.
- All campsites require a Reservation and printed permit.
- Camping reservations can be made on the recreation.gov website.
- 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 daytime 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
- For firewood, Voyageurs Park only allows visitors to collect dead and downed wood or purchase from an approved vendor in the area.
- Obey all closure signs
- All food must be properly packed and 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, during the summer months, human-bear interactions have occurred and can cause significant property damage.
Keeping your campsite clean and the use of food locker help prevent campsite closures and the trapping and relocation of bears.
Fishing on the Park’s Lake
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.