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Voyageurs National Park to Continue Discussions of Reservations and Fees in Crane Lake and Duluth

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Date: December 28, 2012
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

Park officials will return to visiting with and discussing a proposed campsite reservation and amenity fee program with the public on January 7 and January 10, 2013.

This is the final year of a three-year civic engagement discussion to determine if Voyageurs National Park should move to a reservation system. Discussions will include charging for campsite and houseboat site use by night to ensure future maintenance and upkeep of the sites.

"We believe we have come up with the best formula to maintain the sites while passing on a low cost to the user. Now it is time to discuss it with park neighbors and users and get their opinion of whether we should implement it or not," stated Mike Ward. "We realize that when we engage our users in important decisions such as this we make better decisions," Ward stated.

In discussions with communities alongside the park, there have been many who feel the park should charge for sites and offer reservations in order to bring new users to the area. Many new users will not consider camping in Voyageurs without a reservation system, especially since it is a 100% boat-in park. All sites are currently first-come, first-served.

Date and Time:

  • Monday, January 7, 2013 - 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Location:

Crane Lake Fire Department/Hall

7400 Handberg Road

Crane Lake, MN 55725

Date and Time:

  • Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Location:

Lake Superior College

2101 Trinity Road

Duluth, MN 55811

The public is invited to come to the meetings. Park officials have created a phone number (218-283-6708) for the public to call and be able to express their concerns or support for the reservations and costs for campsites.

Did You Know?

An immature bald eagle perches on a branch on its former nesting tree.

Voyageurs National Park experienced a large, lightning-ignited fire on the Kabetogama Peninsula in 2004. This young eagle survived the fire and returned to its former nesting tree in time for park researchers to take this photo!