State of the Park

VOYA_Aerial_Autumn_Old Dutch Bay looking toward Sullivan Bay
Aerial view of Namakan Lake, Voyageurs National Park


Voyageurs National Park staff have created a variety of documents that share the park's current work and future planning efforts.

Take a look at any one of the links below to find out more about what's happening in the park.

Voyageurs National Park Five-Year Priorities 2018 to 2022 (PDF)

Voyageurs Foundation Document

Voyageurs General Managment Plan

National Park Service Natural Resource Condition Assessment Voyageurs National Park

National Park Service Deferred Maintenance Reports

Crane Like Visitor Center

Community Newsletter

October Community Check-in Highlights:

This month, the superintendent attended several general meetings related to Crane Lake Visitor Center leasing, a future project to repave several park roads, the Rainy Lake Developed Area plan, and Frozen Lake Plan alternatives. The park also distributed a press release about posting the public comment analysis report on the Frozen Lake Plan. Staff completed walkthrough of the rehabilitation project at the historic Kabetogama boat house project and the superintendent had meeting with the Kettle Falls operators about a temporary contract for operation over the next three years. 
October Community Check-In

September Community Check-in Highlights:

During September the park presented to the NPS’ Investment Review Board (IRB) related to future repaving of Ash River and Rainy Roads (this project may be funded in 2025/2026). The superintendent also attended the annual Voyageurs Conservancy onsite board meeting at Crane Lake and the annual Midwest Region (MWR) superintendent’s workshop in St. Paul.
September Community Check-In

August Community Check-in Highlights:

During August the superintendent worked on messaging and modifications related to the Kabetogama boat launch project. The closure was moved from September 11 to the 18th. There were park visits by Senator Smith’s staff, and the NPS’s regional lead for facilities.
August Community Check-In

July Community Check-in Highlights:

July has brought more rain that has helped us move out of fire severity, allowing us to lift campfire restrictions late in the month.
This July was the 10th anniversary of the National Parks and Conservation Association, Rainy Lake Sportfishing Club, and Voyageurs collaborating on a Rat Root River restoration project.
July Community Check-in

June Community Check-in Highlights:

June was very dry with severe fire conditions, the park called in a wildland fire engine crew to assist our onsite wildland fire staff with patrolling for fire starts. In coordination with the US Forest Service and the MN Department of Natural Resources, the park implemented a burn restriction that went from 6/13 through 6/30.   
June Community Check-in

May Community Check-in Highlights:

It seems that May went from ice to the throws of summer in no time flat. Staff at the park participated in the Kabetogama Lake, Rainy Lake, and Crane Lake Association meetings, and held the annual Houseboat Operators meeting in preparation for the season.

May Community Check-in

April Community Check-in Highlights:

We have been watching weather and water levels closely, in cooperation with other area agencies, for the potential of flooding. Thankfully, with the snow melt and spring precipitation the potential for flooding seems averted. The Frozen Lake Plan preliminary proposal comment period is open until June 3.
April Community Check-in

March Community Check-in Highlights: 

As the 2023 winter season wraps up, we are pleased to report it was a successful month with multiple park users. The final winter Dark Sky full moon hike was held with 29 participants. Both the Kab-Ash and Rainy Lake Ice Roads have closed for the season and with the amazing display of northern lights in March, the ice roads saw a lot of activity. Snowmobile trail stakes will be pulled this week thus trails will be closed due to the warming temperatures. The Maintenance Team was awarded the 2022 Maintenance Facility Team of the Year Award for the Midwest Region.
March Community Check-in

January / February Community Check-in

We are working on making improvements to the monthly park newsletter in the coming issues and will be continuing to use the monthly newsletter to keep our community in the loop on all things Voyageurs. Visitor and Resource Protection Team created a joint partnership with the Polar Polers Ski Club and a 3-day ski event was co-hosted on February 24 - 26 where more than 100 people participated. The Interpetation, Education, and Reservation team collaborated with six agencies / partners to bring the first annual winter Boreal Stargazing Week to Minnesota. It was held February 19 - 24.
January/Feburary Newsletter


Last updated: November 20, 2023

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Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls, MN 56649



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