Welcome to the wild north! This beautiful water-based park is a unique jewel in the National Park Service system. The park’s 55-mile northern boundary is the international border between the U.S. and Canada. The park has been home to the Cree, Monsoni, Assiniboine and Ojibwe tribes. It also includes an important segment of the “transcontinental highway” traversed by French-Canadian voyageurs during the late 1700s and early 1800s. It is a land steeped in beauty, history, and unique destinations.

This guide is intended to help you explore Voyageurs National Park and plan your trip, but information is subject to change. If you have specific questions, please refer to the National Park Service website or speak directly with park staff by calling 218-283-6600. Follow this link for the park's Rendezvous visitor guide.

Voyageurs National Park Association is the nonprofit partner of Voyageurs National Park. You can help us protect, promote and enhance Minnesota's National Park by making a tax-deducible gift today.

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What Makes Voyageurs National Park Unique?

Enter a land of lush forests, enormous lakes, glorious sunsets, soaring eagles and abundant wildlife. You might even see the northern lights dancing in the night sky.

This is Voyageurs National Park, one of Minnesota's best kept secrets.

The park offers a wealth of family-friendly activities. In the summer, enjoy boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking or take a guided tour.  

In the winter, explore by snowmobile, cross-country ski, snowshoe or drive the ice roads.

Some of the park's most unique experiences include a visit to the Ellsworth Rock Gardens or the Kettle Falls Hotel.

The park is open year-round (click here for visitor center hours) and has no entrance fee!

Read more: Top Ten Ways to Explore Voyageurs National Park


Where Can I Stay When Visiting Voyageurs?

Voyageurs National Park has hundreds of campsites that can be reached by boat. 

Reservations are required and can be made online at Recreation.gov.

Drive-up camping is available just outside of the park at Woodenfrog State Forest Campground on Kabetogama Lake and Ash River Campground in Ash River.

Many visitors choose to stay at area lodges and resorts or explore the park by houseboat. For more information on those options, check out Explore Minnesota.

More information is offered by Destination Voyageurs National ParkOrr – Pelican Lake Resort AssociationAsh River Trail / Kettle Falls TourismCrane Lake Visitors & Tourism BureauInternational Falls Ranier & Rainy Lake CVBKabetogama Lake Association and the Orr Travel Information Center.

What's Happening at Voyageurs National Park?


Reminder to new and returning visitors alike: You can help protect our National Park for today and for the future.

Please read up on how you can safely navigate the park's lakes, prevent the spread of invasive species, and give back to the park we love in our Top Ten Tips for new and returning visitors.

Upcoming Events
No matter the season, there are activities to enjoy at the park and in the surrounding communities. Check out our event page for the latest VNPA happenings at the park - and in the Twin Cities, or visit the park's website for their program and boat tour schedule.

Current Trail Conditions - Can be found here

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Photo credits from top of page: More Than Just Parks, Erik Fremstad, Diane Michaud Lowry, Bob Molyneux, Shannon Foss, National Park Service, VNPA, Martha Shuff, Abdiel Nieves, Sharon Sykora