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    Voyageurs

    National Park Minnesota

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Reservation Camping

Kayaking in Voyaguers National Park
 

When planning your park camping experience please check the following:

 

Voyageurs National Park has more than 270 campsites, houseboat sites, and day use sites within its boundaries. All of these sites offer outstanding amenities for your national park experience.

With increasing visitation to Voyageurs, the park embarked upon a three year process of public meetings to determine if a reservation and fee system should be implemented.

In 2013, after careful review of public comments, the Director of the National Park Service gave approval to Voyageurs for the implementation of a reservation and amenity fee system. This system includes campsites, houseboat sites, and the backcountry rental canoes and rowboats.

In 2014, park officials started implementation of a phase-in reservation and amenity fee program. The process will occur over the next few years and is outlined below:

  • April 15, 2014- October 15, 2014- All Backcountry rental canoes and rowboats
  • May 15, 2014- September 15, 2014- 34 select Frontcountry campsites and all Backcountry (interior) campsites
  • September 16, 2014- May 14, 2015- All campsites require a free reservation. The park will be removing all permit stations that are currently at the boat launches
  • Novemeber 1, 2014- Reservations will be available 6 months in advance for May 15, 2015- September 15, 2015
  • April 1, 2015- Reservations will be required for all camping and houseboating

Pictures of all reservable campsites for 2014 can be found in our Photo Gallery.
A map of all reservable campsites for 2014 can be downloaded from our Camping Maps.

 

When are Reservations Required?

April 15, 2014- October 15, 2014
All Backcountry rental canoes and rowboats

May 15, 2014- September 15, 2014
34 Frontcountry and all Backcountry Campsites

  • Reservation required (online or by phone)
  • Reservations must be made at least 1 day prior to the day you want to occupy the site
  • Permit required. Printed prior to arrival and placed at site
  • Check-in is 3:00 pm or later
  • Check-out by 12:00 noon
  • Cancellation and/or reservation amenity fee applies
  • Reservation length minimum/maximum:
Site Minimum length

Maximum Length

Frontcountry Campsite 1 night 14 consecutive nights; no more than 30 in a calendar year
Backcountry Campsite 1 night 7 consecutive nights; no more than 30 in a calendar year
Group Campsites 1 night 7 consecutive nights; no more than 30 in a calendar year
Rental canoe/rowboat 1 night/1 day 7 consecutive nights; no more than 30 in a calendar year


  • Minimum/maximum number of people allowed at sites:
Site Minimum Number Maximum Number
Small Campsite 1 9
Large Campsite 1 16
Group Campsite 14 30
Rental Canoe 1 3
Rental Rowboat 1 3


 

What about the rest of the year?

September 16, 2014- May 14, 2015
All campsites require reservations online at www.recreation.gov or by phone at 1-877-444-6777

 
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How do I make a reservation?

Reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov or by phone at 1-877-444-6777

The National Call Center hours are as follows:

March 1- October 31
10:00 am to 12:00 am (EST)

November 1- February 28
10:00 am to 10:00 pm (EST)

*Note: When making an online reservation at www.recreation.gov, under Where ,enter in Voyageurs National Park Permits, and under Interested in, choose Permits & Wildnerness. This will get to the search result screen where you can choose Voyageurs National Park and continue your campsite search located on the left hand side of the browser window.

 

Can I make a reservation at a visitor center?

  • No. All reservations must be made through the National Reservation System (online or phone)

 

No one has reserved the site for today. Can I reserve it?

A visitor may walk into any of the park's three visitor centers or park headquarters to check the availability of a site for the current day at the self-help kiosk.

  • If the site is not reserved, the visitor can reserve it at the self-help kiosk for that night only
  • There is no fee for one-night walk-in use between May 15- September 15, 2014
  • Additional nights must be reserved through www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777
 
Food storage locker

Bear-proof food locker

Where do I get a permit?

  • Once a reservation is made online or by phone, a confirmation email will be sent to the permit holder
  • 14 days prior to your arrival another email will be sent telling you how to print your permit
  • Once a permit is printed, you have confirmed your reservation and no refunds will be given
  • Permits cannot be printed once you reach the park
  • Permits must be brought to the park and placed in the provided water-proof box located on the bear-proof food locker at your site
  • If a permit does not accompnay you to your site, your reservation is void. No refunds will be given
  • Permits are non-transferable
 

What if I get delayed and cannot check-in by 3:00 pm?

  • Permit holders will have 24 hours from 3:00 pm the date of arrival to get to their reserved site
  • If permit holder fails to arrive within 24 hours, the permit is void and no refunds will be given and the site will be available for others to reserve
  • Permits are non transferable

 

What if I need to leave the site earlier than planned?

Permit holders may leave their site before the end of their reserved time. However, no refunds will be given and permits are non-transferable.

 

How do I cancel a reservation?

Cancellations must be made by phone. Call 1-877-444-6777 to cancel a reservation. You cannot call a park office to make a cancellation or a change in your reservation. Fee applies; see below.

Action

Fee

Any change to your reservation

$10 service fee

Cancel reservation more than 14 days prior to scheduled arrival date $10 service fee
Cancel reservation within 14 days of arrive $10 service fee and forfeit first night's use fee


 

Can I stay at a Non Reservable site?

  • Yes. Between May 15, 2014- September15, 2014 non reservable sites are first-come, first-served, no reservation required
  • Free overnight permits are required and available at all park boat launches and inside park visitor centers
 
Reef Island Campsite, Sand Point, S15

Reef Island Campsite, Sand Point, S15

Is day use allowed at reservable sites?

May 15- September 15, 2014
No. However, day use is allowed at non reservable sites.

September 16, 2014 and beyond
Any site not posted as reserved can be used for day use between 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm

 
Campsite by Reservation Only

How will I know if a site is reservable?

  • In 2014, signs will be posted at the sites that are reservable
  • All sites are listed on www.recreation.gov or click here for the 2014 listing
  • For exact locations, visitors can purchase a National Geographic Map in person at a park's visitor center or by going on-line at www.shop.jnpa.com

 

How much does it cost?

Site Reservation Fee Amenity Fee
Small Campsite with no tent pads $10 one time per reservation call

$16 per night

Small Campsite with 1 tent pad $10 one time per reservation call $18 per night
Small Campsite with 2 tent pads $10 one time per reservation call $20 per night
Large Campsite $10 one time per reservation call $24 per night
Group Campsite $10 one time per reservation call $35 per night
Backcountry Campsite $10 one time per reservation call $16 per night

Overnight Rental canoe or rowboat (with campsite)

$10 one time per reservation call $28 per night
Day Use Rental Canoe or Rowboat $10 one time per reservation call $12 per day
Houseboat Site $10 one time per reservation call $10 per night


 
Anderson Bay West campsite

Anderson Bay West Campsite, Rainy Lake, R3

What will the park do with the fees collected?

  • For each reservation, the park is charged a fee by the reservation system; an online reservation costs the park $4.75 and a phone reservation costs the park $6.75
  • The park will use all remaining fees collected to manage the reservation/fee system and to maintain the sites

Did You Know?

Grey Precambrian schist with bands of white quartz, NPS

The rocks you see at Voyageurs National Park are older than those found at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.