Camping at Voyageurs National Park

All campsites in Voyageurs are accessible only by watercraft.

All Frontcountry and Backcountry campsites are water-based, require a permit, and can only be accessed by boat. Most campsites in the park are Frontcountry sites, meaning they are directly accessible by boat. 15 of our campsites are in the Backcountry, meaning the trail head is only accessible by water before you start your hike in.

 
Three wooden stairs lead to a tent pad with a large blue and green tent surrounded by trees.

Front Country Camping

Camping is accessible only by watercraft. Camp sites are considered front country as they are directly accessible from boat.

A campfire crackles in a metal grate on the shores of a scenic lake.

Backcountry Camping and Canoe Rentals

Learn how to camp in Voyageurs' Backcountry campsites

 

Types of Campsites and Amenities Available

Here's a breakdown of all the campsite types Voyageurs National Park offers.

  • Winter Camping: campsites in the park may also be accessible by foot and snowmobile.

If you are looking for camper (RV) camping, car camping, or drive-up camping, there are also private and public campsites located in the surrounding communities outside the park's boundaries.

COVID-19 Updates for Camping

Notice to Backcountry Users: All backcountry reservations for lakes that offer canoes must be made at least 4 days in advance to allow staff ample time to make key pick-up arrangements while park buildings are closed. A park ranger will reach out to the email address and/or phone number associated with your reservation 4-7 days prior to your trip to provide key pick-up instructions.

Considerations for Safe Camping: Voyageurs National Park is fortunate to have widely dispersed campsites across an expansive network of waterways, making it more possible to recreate outdoors while still complying with social distancing guidelines. The park suggests the following when planning summer camping trips, to be in accordance with federal and state efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Follow CDC and MN DNR recommendations for visiting parks and recreational facilities

  • Recreate close to home, at locations that are within your local travel recommendations

  • Do not visit any recreation areas if you are sick, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19

  • Complete all purchases and fill your gas tank completely before leaving home to minimize stops

  • Be aware that visitor centers may be closed

  • Bring supplies that allow your group to maintain proper hygiene throughout the trip, such as hand soap/sanitizer, disinfecting cleaner and sanitizing wipes

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • In common areas and parking lots, maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all time

  • Avoid camping and boating with people who aren’t members of your immediate household

  • At boat landings, give those ahead of you plenty of time and space to finish launching or loading before you approach

Last updated: March 21, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls, MN 56649

Phone:

(218)-283-6600

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