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Voyageurs National Park

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Overview

Voyageurs National Park is a land of ancient and stunning beauty. Located in the heart of the North American Continent, the park is a place of transition - between land and aquatic ecosystems, between southern boreal and northern hardwood forests, and between wild and developed areas. Its many interconnected waterways are part of the arctic watershed of Hudson Bay. Visitors will enjoy the solitude and scenery that the park has to offer whether taking in the sights and sounds on a trek through a boreal forest, viewing the dark night skies, exploring the water routes, enjoying a peaceful sunrise, or simply relaxing by a campfire. Come experience the life of a voyageur!

To learn more about Voyageurs National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Hours for the park's visitor centers vary by season and ranger availability. To see current hours of operation, visit the park's website.

  • Rainy Lake Visitor Center: Hours and days vary by season.
  • Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center: Open 9 am to 5 pm May through September. Closed late-September to late-May.
  • Ash River Visitor Center: Open 10 am to 4 pm May through September. Closed late-September to late-May.
  • Crane Lake Ranger Station: Hours vary based on ranger schedule and availability.

Visiting Tips

Voyageurs National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. During the summer, popular activities include boating and hiking. In the winter, visitors can take advantage of the frozen lake and snow-covered forest by snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.

Fees & Passes:
There is no entrance fee for Voyageurs National Park. Some amenities such as campsites, boat tours, and certain ranger-led programs may require an additional fee. To learn more about these fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Voyageurs National Park has more than 270 campsites, houseboat sites, and day use sites within its boundaries. All sites must be reserved in advance, and there are no drive-in campsites available within the park. All park campsites are only accessible by water. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777. For more information on camping in the park, including campsite's locations, amenities, fees, and accessibility, visit the park's website.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants or grocery stores located within the park. Visitors should plan to bring necessary food, water, and supplies with them. Dining options can be found in the nearby towns located outside of the park.

Other Activities

Visitors to Voyageurs National Park will find no lack of ways to explore the park. Whether camping, hiking, boating, canoeing, or kayaking in the summer or snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter, visitors are sure to enjoy their time in the park. For those looking for other actitivies outside of the park, check out the opportunities for rock climbing at Crane Lake.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Recommended Routes in Voyageurs National Park - 1

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Favorite Just before the sun went down.
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National Parks Marathon Project - Voyageurs National Park

25.4 mi 40.9 km 1,345' Up 409.97 m Up 1,336' Down 407.24 m Down

Kabetogama, MN

Voyageurs National Park Running

  • 83 Miles 134 Kilometers of Trail
  • 1 Recommended Route
  • 17 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 5 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 1 Difficult Trail Difficult Trails
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1.9 mi 3.1 km #1Blind Ash Bay Trail
Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN
Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN
2.0 mi 3.2 km #2Locator Lake Trail
Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN
Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN
10.9 mi 17.5 km #3Cruiser Lake Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN
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Kabetogama, MN
0.7 mi 1.1 km #4Sullivan Bay Trail
Easy
Kabetogama, MN
Easy
Kabetogama, MN
2.4 mi 3.8 km #5Cruiser Lake Trail: South Alternate
Easy/Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN
Easy/Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN
0.8 mi 1.4 km #6Kab-Ash: Meadowood Rd. West Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN
Easy/Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN
19.4 mi 31.1 km #7Kab-Ash Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN
Easy/Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN
0.6 mi 1.0 km #8Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail
Easy
Island View, MN
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Island View, MN
2.6 mi 4.2 km #9Mica Bay Trail
Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN
Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN
2.3 mi 3.7 km #10Echo Bay Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN
Easy/Intermediate
Kabetogama, MN

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This beautiful view of the lake looking northeast was nothing short of spectacular.
Sep 23, 2019 near Kabetogama, MN
Calm before the night
Sep 27, 2017 near Kabetogama, MN
Going through the narrow passageway to Gold Portage Trail on Kabetogama lake in the morning.
Oct 9, 2019 near Kabetogama, MN
Just before the sun went down.
Aug 23, 2019 near Kabetogama, MN
Tent sites are beautifully placed in Voyageurs National Park.
Oct 9, 2019 near Kabetogama, MN
Cruising Kabetogama lake.
Oct 9, 2019 near Kabetogama, MN
View from Peary Lake.
Aug 23, 2019 near Kabetogama, MN
Looking north to our first bit of boardwalk on the trail!
Sep 23, 2019 near Kabetogama, MN