Campsite Reservations Go Live Online April 1

campsite NPS photoIn 2013, Voyageurs National Park completed a three year Civic Engagement process with the public to determine if campsite reservations and fees were warranted for the park. After holding multiple public meetings and gathering public comments park officials determined the majority of the public supported the program. Despite a moratorium on new or modified fees, the Director’s office of the National Park Service approved a reservation system and fee rates for Voyageurs National Park. Over the past several months park officials have worked in conjunction with to come up with a 4 phase process for the implementation of the park’s campsites, houseboat sites, and boats on interior lakes program. A phase in process will allow park staff to ensure all aspects of the system provide the intended service to visitors. It also allows a season for visitors to get used to the changes. “During civic engagement a lot of people requested we phase this process over a couple years so that visitors would become accustomed to the process. We fully agree with their input.” Superintendent Mike Ward commented.

Doing so will give the park time to monitor how these 34 sites are used prior to continuing implementation. Ward stated that, “This is a large project and will take time and monitoring to achieve success.

Park officials placed a great deal of time into determining the first 34 sites selected and based their decision on visitor use, location, and size of the sites. The 34 reservable sites will be marked with “reservation only” signs for the first year.

The park is working on implementing temporary computer kiosks, at park visitor centers, to assist with walk-in reservations. Reservations at the kiosks will only be for that day. All other reservations will need to be made in advance on-line or by phone at or by calling the National Call Center at 1-877-444-6777. Advance reservations are available until midnight the night before the visit. Reservations are by credit card only.

The fee structure for sites was based on the amenities at the sites. The fees collected will go one-hundred percent back into the park. The fee structure is as follows:

  • Small campsite with no tent pads - $16
  • Small campsite with 1 tent pad - $18
  • Small campsite with 2 tent pads - $20
  • Large campsites – $24
  • Boats on interior lakes rentals - $12
  • Houseboats - $10
  • Backcountry campsites (regardless of tent pads) $16

The dates and sites selected to go live with are as follows in 4 phases.


Phase 1:

Visitors to the park will be able to make reservations for these sites starting 10:00 am, April 1, 2014.

Reservations required with for:

April 15, 2014 through October 15, 2014

  • All rentals canoes and rowboats on interior lakes

May 15, 2014  through September 15, 2014

  • All Backcountry (interior) campsites
  • 34 Frontcountry (main lake) campsites; see list below
Lake Site Name Site Number
Rainy Lake Big Island R5
  Virgin Island South R27
  Blueberry Island West R92
  Diamond Island South R10
  Kawawia Island R16
  Three Sisters Island R77
  Harrison Bay R61
  Krantz Point R62
  Loon Bay R63
  Shelland Island R106
  Lyle Mine Island R93
  Dryweed Island R11
  Saginaw Bay R22
  Sunrise Point R26
  Rainy Lake Group Campsite R74
  Fish Camp Island R13
  Kempton Entrance East R91


Lake Site Name Site Number
Kabetogama Lake Bald Rock K1
C Vic Linsten K5
Eks Bay K8
Kabetogama Lake Group Site K54
Happy Landing K11
Moxie Island K22
Peterson Point K25


Lake Site Name Site Number
Namakan Lake Day Marker 23 N5
Torry Fish Camp N43
Namakan Island North East N55
Pike Bay N 31
My Island South N24
Voyageurs Narrows N41


Lake Site Name Site Number
Sand Point Lake Browns Bay View S3
King Pin S10
Norway Island S14
Burnt Island S4


Also included are all canoes, rowboats, and Backcountry camping sites in the interior of the Kabetogama Peninsula.

All other sites will remain first-come, first-served in 2014. However, a free overnight permit is still required for all first-come, first-served sites within the park and are available at the following boat launches: Rainy Lake Visitor Center, Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center, Ash River Visitor Center, Crane Lake Ranger Station, and the Crane Lake MN DNR launch.

Link to Camping Maps


Phase 2:

September 16, 2014 through May 14, 2015

  • All campsites
  • All rental canoes and rowboats on interior lakes
  • Free
  • Reservation required with
  • The park will no longer have self-registration permit stations


Phase 3:

April 15, 2015 through October 15 each year

  • All rental canoes and rowboats on the interior

May 15, 2015 through September 15 each year

  • All campsites
  • Reservations will be available 6 months in advance and will open November of each year


Phase 4:

May 15, 2015 through September 15 each year

  • No camping, houseboating, boat rentals without a reservation

Reservations will be available on April 1, 2015 for houseboating