Eating & Sleeping

A red roofed hotel is surrounded by green trees with a path leading to the front steps. The hotel is two stories with windows and white siding.
Kettle Falls Hotel



The only location to purchase food within Voyageurs National Park is at the Kettle Falls Hotel. Remotely located on the far eastern side of the Kabetogama Peninsula, it is approximately 15-miles from the nearest road and is only accessible by watercraft. The Kettle Falls Hotel has a restaurant that offers full sit-down meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

If you are bringing your own food to the park, there are many Day Use facilities (locations with picnic tables) for you to enjoy a meal or snack. Many of the gateway communities surrounding the park offer convenience stores. Grocery stores are located in Orr and International Falls, Minnesota.

If you plan on bringing your own food to the park, please remember to pack-out what you pack-in. Garbage and unfinished food can disrupt ecosystems in the park. Bear-proof food lockers are available throughout the park campsites for storing food safely.

Camping on Namakan Lake
Tent camping at Wolf Pack island East campsite on Namakan Lake

Emily Kurmis


There are a variety of ways to stay in and around Voyageurs National park.


The only in-park, concession-operated lodging available in the park is at Kettle Falls Hotel. Remotely located on the far eastern side of the Kabetogama Peninsula, it is approximately 15 miles from the nearest road and is only accessible by water.

If you do not have a watercraft of your own, you can arrange a shuttle service with your hotel reservation. For more information and booking, visit their website.


Voyageurs is a water-based National Park, so planning a camping trip here requires special considerations and pre-planning. All campsites in Voyageurs are only accessible by watercraft, with the exception of two hike-in primitive campsites along the Kab-Ash Trail. Visit our main camping page for an explanation of the different types of camping you can experience in Voyageurs to narrow down which is right for you.

The park offers mostly frontcountry campsites throughout Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan, and Sand Point Lakes, which are accessible from any visitor center boat launch. For those seeking a more rugged camping experience, backcountry camping is also available. These sites require travel by water to a remote trailhead, but then visitors must hike to their backcountry destination.

Want a camping experience that incorporates hiking and backpacking without needing a boat or having to leave the mainland? Check out our primitive campsites located along the Kab-Ash Trail.

If you are car camping or camper (RV) camping, there are public and private campgrounds located outside of Voyageurs National Park.


All houseboats, sailboats, and cabin cruisers (defined as registered vessels that contain sleeping facilities, cooking and food storage facilities, and a no-discharge toilet) require a permit for overnight stays in Voyageurs National Park. Permits can be aquired online. Learn more about Houseboating at Voyageurs on the Houseboating page.
Voyageurs National Park does not have houseboats available for rent but there are several commercial options in the gateway communities for those looking into this mode of exploring the park. Follow these links to view houseboat rental companies that serve the Rainy Lake district of the park and the Namakan district of the park (located in the Ash River area and beyond the southern end of the park at Crane Lake).

Gateway Communities

To learn more about other local accommodations in the gateway communites, visit the following websites offered through local convention and visitor bureaus:

Last updated: March 6, 2024

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Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls, MN 56649



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