General Park Regulations

  • Destroying or collecting natural and cultural resources of the park including live trees, harassing wildlife and collecting any natural or cultural resources except berries and nuts is prohibited.
  • Between May 15 and September 15, tent and houseboat camping is limited to 14 days at a specific site and 30 days in a calendar year within the park.
  • Operating a boat or snowmobile while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is prohibited.
  • Hunting is not allowed in Voyageurs National Park. Firearms, fireworks, and archery equipment are prohibited. Chain saws are prohibited except for cutting ice fishing holes. Private floatplanes are allowed on the five major lakes – Rainy Lake, Lake Kabetogama, Namakan Lake, Crane Lake,  and Sand Point Lake. They are allowed on interior lakes (Locator, War Club, Quill, Loiten, Shoepack, Mukooda and Little Trout) only in the winter when the surface of the lakes are frozen.

Know Canadian fishing and customs regulations before you go into their waters.

Quiet Time

10 pm to 6 am parkwide. Public use closures: Check at visitor centers and boat ramp bulletin boards for areas closed for protection of visitors and park resources. Closed areas are posted with signs.


All tent camping in Voyageurs National Park requires an advanced reservation and permit through Visitors to the park are required to print their permit prior to arrival and place at their campsite inside the water-proof box, located on the bear proof food locker.

  • May 15-Sept 30 is high use season.  Amenity and reservation service fees apply.  Reservations become available Nov 15th annually
  • October 1 – May 14 is low use season.  Reservation service fees apply.  Reservations become available March 15 annually
  • Watercraft rentals and tent camping in the back country also require an advanced reservation and permit

Check-in is 3:00 pm or later at the campsites.  Check out is by 12 noon.


All houseboats are required to have an overnight permit from  Guests of Voyagaire Houseboats should check with Voyagaire before purchasing a permit.  Houseboats may overnight at designated houseboat sites provided for their use and anywhere else except at:

  • Day use sites.
  • Public docks.
  • Private or leased land.
  • Tent campsites or within 200 yards of a marked tent or houseboat site.


Pets are allowed in developed areas, around visitors centers, boat launch ramps, picnic areas, and campsites on the four main lakes. They must be retrained on a leash not more than 6′ long and under your control. Pets are not allowed on park trails or in the backcountry.


Cutting live trees or dead standing trees is prohibited. Use dead or downed wood including driftwood for campfires except within developed areas and in areas where posted. Best to bring your own wood. Campfires are permitted in metal fire rings or existing rock rings. Construct no new rock rings. Campfires must be completely extinguished when you are not at the site.

Fishing & Boating

Each person in a watercraft must have a USCG wearable life preserver readily available for use. Use of “personal watercraft” (Jet-Skis, Wave Runner, etc..) is prohibited within Voyageurs National Park. Overnight docking is permitted at Kettle Falls, but no overnight docking is permitted at visitors centers.

The US Coast Guard boating regulations and State of Minnesota fishing and water-skiing regulations apply within Voyageurs National Park. They are enforced by park rangers, state conservation officers, deputy sheriffs and US Coast Guard officers.