Making a Backcountry Campsite or Boat Rental Reservation

How to Make a Backcountry Campsite and/or Boat Rental Reservation


These directions pertain to Backcountry camping and Backcountry watercraft rentals.

We also offer instructions for reserving Frontcountry camping permits, as well as houseboat permits.

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Backcountry Campsite Reservations

Step-by-step instructions

1. Go to www.recreation.gov (Google Chrome is the recommended internet browser for making reservations and printing permits).

2. In the upper right corner, either Log In to your account or click on Sign Up to create an account.


3. In the search bar, type "voya camping" and click on SEARCH.

4.
Click on Voyageurs National Park Camping Permits

5. Click on Build Itinerary.

6.
At the top of the screen, enter Group Size (required). To populate all the backcountry sites at the top of the list, either type backcountry into the search bar or click on the Group column heading and select "backcountry."

7. Select the starting date for your trip from the calendar.

8. Under the backcountry lake you'd like to camp on, select the appropriate boxes for your trip dates, from your arrival date to your departure date. If you select the wrong dates, switch to itinerary view on the right of the screen to delete those dates from your itinerary.

9. Click on book now at the bottom of the screen.

  • If your site requires a Backcountry canoe for access, the cost of one canoe is automatically included in the price of your reservation.
  • For the Chain of Lakes Backcountry campsites (Locator, War Club, Quill, and Loiten), one canoe is included in your permit to reach your site, but extra watercraft are available. A pop-up box will appear after clicking Book Now to allow you to select additional (optional) boats or canoes.
  • If your site does not require the use of a canoe to access but has a canoe available for use, a pop-up box will give you the option to add the canoe to your reservation.
  • If no pop-up box appears, the Backcountry site you selected is a camp-only location with no canoes available.

10. Make sure the itinerary and costs listed on the right are correct. Then fill out required information on the left. Read the important information at the bottom of the page and check the box at the bottom to agree to it.


11. Click on Proceed to Cart or select Continue Shopping if you want to add more dates to your itinerary.

12. Make sure order summary is correct and click on Proceed to Payment.

13.
Fill out payment information and click Next.

14.
Review and confirm information and click on Continue. Your order is now complete.

15. Print your permit (you will be able to do so within five days of your trip). It is required to have a printed permit when entering the park. To print your permit:

  • Log onto your recreation.gov account
  • Click on the down arrow next to your name in the upper right.
  • Select My Reservations and click on the Print Permit next to the correct trip
 

Backcountry Boat Rental Reservations

Step-by-step instructions


1. Go to www.recreation.gov (Google Chrome is the recommended internet browser for making reservations and printing permits).

2. In the upper right, either Log In to your account or click on Sign Up to create an account.

3. In the search bar, type "voya camping" and click on SEARCH.

4.
Click on Voyageurs National Park Camping Permits.

5.
Click on the Reserve Day Use Rental button.

6. Select which Backcountry lake you'd like to reserve a canoe and/or rowboat for.

7. Select the day for which you'd like to reserve your watercraft.
  • Note: reserving Backcountry watercraft for more than one day in a row requires an overnight camping permit to be associated with it. To do this, go back to the Voyageurs National Park Camping Permits page and click on the Build Itinerary button to make a camping reservation for the desired Backcountry lake, which will provide options for adding Backcountry boat rentals (see instructions for Backcountry campsite reservations above for more details).
8. Select the number of boats you would like to reserve from the options given.

9. Click on Reserve.

10.
Make sure costs listed on the right are correct and fill out requested information on the left. Read the important information at the bottom of the page and check the box to agree to it.

11. Click on Proceed to Cart or select Continue Shopping to if you want to add more dates to your itinerary.

12. Make sure order summary is correct and click on Proceed to Payment.

13. Fill out payment information and click on Next.

14. Review and confirm information and click on Continue. Your order is now complete.

15. Print your permit; you will be able to do so within five days of your trip. It is required to have your permit when entering the park. To print your permit:

  • Log into your recreation.gov account,
  • Click on the down arrow next to your name in the upper right
  • Select My Reservations and click on Print Permit for the appropriate trip


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Last updated: March 21, 2021

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Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls, MN 56649

Phone:

(218)-283-6600

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