The Kabetogama Lake and Rainy Lake Visitor Center and the concession-operated tour boats are accessible. The main floor of the Kettle Falls Hotel and the trails, docks and villas at Kettle Falls are all accessible. The first half of the Oberholtzer trail at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center, the Beaver Pond Trail, Kabetogama Lake Overlook Trail near the Ash River Visitor Center are all fully accessible. The park also has a fully accessible campsite, with lift, on Namakan Lake that is available by reservation at the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center.
Basic Visit Recommendation
I recommend that you plan your trip and the areas you would like to see and then go and relax and make a day of it. Go and see all that is in the area and enjoy it. You spend more quality time and learn and see more than you could ever imagine.
"The uniquely scenic and historic Voyageurs National Park, 36th in our National Park System, stands as a monument forever to the dedicated citizens and conservation organizations whose vision, ingenuity and courage matched the splendor of this superlative wilderness area.
Rich in the history of the early, exciting exploration of our great country, Voyageurs will serve as a living legacy linking generation to generation and century to century."
Richard M. Nixon, 1971
Wild Berries are half the size but twice as flavorful as tame berries! Be sure to know what you are picking.
Boating and Fishing
Boating and fishing are the most common recreational uses of the park. Known as some of the best walleye water in the nation, the lakes have attracted sport fisherman long before the park was established. A Minnesota fishing license is required. Boats must be licensed in your state or in Minnesota.
Chainsaws may be used to cut ice fishing holes.
See the Camping Page for more information.
Boat tours are provide by a concessioner on Lake Kabetogama's "The Sight-Sea-Er" and park operated on Rainy Lake. Trips offered include sunset cruises, wildlife-watching cruises and cruises to the historic Kettle Falls Hotel; most trips are naturalist-guided. Reservations are recommended; call 888-381-2873 for reservations.
There are over 150 boat-in campsites distributed throughout the park designed for either tent camping or houseboats. Designated tent sites have a mooring post, tent pad or level area, fire ring, privy, picnic table and bear-proof food-storage locker.
See the Camping Page for more information.
There are no entrance fees. There is no charge for campsites within Voyageurs National Park, although a free permit is required. All campsites in the park are accessible only by boat. There are NO drive-to campsites in Voyageurs National Park.
You may tow in your own watercraft. Voyageurs National Park charges $10.00/day per boat for the Boats on Interior Lakes Program.
There are restaurants and grocery stores on the periphery of the park.
The historic Kettle Falls Hotel offers lodging within the park. Often called the "Jewel in the Wilderness," Kettle Falls is accessible by boat, floatplane, and snowmobile. It is a concession-operated complex that includes a dining room, bar and rooms in the historic 1912 motel and modern housekeeping villas. Kettle Falls offers a portage between Rainy Lake and Namakan Lake; gasoline can also be purchased.
See the Lodging Page for more information.
All overnight use in Voyageurs National Park requires a free permit. Permits can be obtained at park visitor centers and boat launches. One permit per party per overnight stay is required.
Pets are allowed in developed areas, around visitor centers, boat launch ramps, picnic areas, and campsites on the four main lakes. They must be restrained on a leash not more than 6 feet lond and under your control. Pets are not allowed on park trails or in the backcountry.
During the summer season, naturalists offer interpretive walks, evening programs, children's activities, canoe trips, a junior ranger program and North Canoe Voyages. Schedules of these activities and their locations are available at each of the visitor centers.
See the Activity Page for more information.
Snowmobiling is allowed on frozen lake surfaces (except those areas closed to protect wildlife species), safety portage trails on land, and the Chain of Lakes Scenic Trail.
Be adequately prepared. Travel in groups; tell someone your destination, planned route, and time of return. Take matches, first aid supplies, and food. Avoid slush and unsafe ice. Check on current conditions.
Regular showings of a short park film and interpretive exhibits at the visitor centers provide an excellent overview of the park's natural and cultural resources. Information on camping and other park recreational uses is also available.
Ash River Visitor Center
Crane Lake Information Station
Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center
Rainy Lake Visitor Center
See the Calendar Page for more information.
The park has a cool continental climate with short warm summers followed by long winters. Average summer highs range from 60° F to 80° F; winter highs range from 10° F to 30° F. The boating and canoeing season begins as early as the end of April and lasts until freeze-up sometime in November. The winter snowmobile and ski season generally begins in late December. Annual precipitation averages 28 inches.
See the Weather Page for current conditions, forecasts and other weather data.
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