Permits & Reservations

Current Campsite Closures

Rainy Lake
Saginaw Bay West R104 - Closed for the 2024 summer season
A Voyageurs National Park sign sits on a rock point on Kabetogama Lake
A Voyageurs National Park sign sits on a rock point on Kabetogama Lake

NPS Photo/C. Braton

Voyageurs Entrance Fee: Free!

A tent nestled under pine trees on a shoreline
A tent nestled under pine trees on a shoreline in VNP

Kelsey Lynch

Camping Permit Fees

All tent campsites within Voyageurs National Park require a reservation fee and nightly amenity fees.

A family enjoys a houseboat moored to a forested shoreline
Visitors enjoy a houseboat moored to a forested shoreline in VNP

Erik Bjorum

Houseboat Permit Fees

All houseboats, sailboats, and cabin cruisers require permit fees for overnight stays in Voyageurs National Park. A houseboat is defined as a registered vessel that contains sleeping facilities, cooking and food storage facilities, and a no-discharge toilet.

Voyageur tour boat on Rainy Lake before sunset
Voyageur tour boat on Rainy Lake before sunset

NPS photo

Tour Boat Ticket Fees

Ranger-led boat tours require a fee at Voyageurs National Park.

  • Reservations for Ranger-led boat tours typically become available on April 15th for the summer season
  • Fees vary depending on length of time and distance traveled. View a listing of typically-offered tours and associated fees.
Visitors snowshoeing near an island on Rainy Lake

Winter Equipment Rental Fees

The use of snowshoes and cross-country skis from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center now requires a fee to help maintain recreation equipment inventory at Voyageurs National Park.

  • Tickets for Voyageurs National Park Winter Equipment Rentals will become available as winter conditions allow, typically in the first week of January each year.
  • Learn more about the Winter Equipment Rental program
  • Reserve the use of cross-country skis or snowshoes (link coming Dec 19 for January reservations)

Your Fees Benefit the Park!

Any fees you pay when exploring or camping in Voyageurs National Park make a difference! We participate in the congressionally-authorized Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). In Voyageurs, 96 percent of the fee revenue collected in the park stays here to help fund park projects related to the fee program.

  • Tour ticket fees allow a self-sustaining boat tour program to continue bringing visitors beyond where the roads end, to explore the vast expanses of natural beauty and places of historical and cultural significance within Voyageurs National Park. This service is crucial for helping all visitors have access to remote locations within the park.
  • Camping fee revenue stays right here at Voyageurs to help improve the visitor experience by funding site cleaning and maintenance, camping infrastructure improvements, backcountry access and trails upkeep, day use and visitor destination site enhancement, and the operation of the reservation system.
  • Winter Equipment Rentals fees help to replenish our inventory of cross-country skis and snowshoes as aging equipment becomes damaged and unusable.
  • Your fees are appreciated! They are critical in providing outstanding visitor services and for maintaining exceptional recreation opportunities well into the future!
A campsite in Voyageurs National Park
A core pad installed at Lost Bay Island campsite on Kabetogama Lake protects tree roots that were getting trampled after years of soil erosion and compaction.

NPS photo


Other Park Services, Permits & Fees

A tour boat docked on water at a wooden boat launch with green grass on the shore and trees in the background. The sky is cloudy. The tour boat is 2 tiered with windows and a captain's quarters. The bottom of the boat is black and the top is white.
Take a tour on the VOYAGEUR or charter our boats for a special event!

Tour Boat Charters

Would one of our park tour boats be the perfect setting for a special event? They are available for charter through a Special Use Permit!

Special Use Permits (SUP)

All activities considered to either be a special event or special park use activities are required to obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP). These include, but not limited to:

Commercial Use Authorizations (Buisness Permits)

To conduct business in the park (e.g., private tour boat charters, fishing guide services, water taxis, boat rental), you must obtain an active Commercial Use Authorization (CUA).


Last updated: March 4, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls, MN 56649



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