Camping & Lodging

Campsite Reservations in Voyageurs National Park

Photo by Josh Henderson

Photo by Josh Henderson

Voyageurs National Park has more than 270 campsites, houseboat sites, and day use sites within its boundaries. All of these sites offer outstanding amenities for your national park experience.

Campsites are “boat-in” and cannot be reached by car. Houseboat sites are not included in the reservation system.

Reservations are required and can be made online at Recreation.gov. Where it says “Search for places and activities” choose Voyageurs National Park, then select “Permits and Wilderness,” and then select the area you are interested in. You may also make a reservation using the National Call Center at 877-444-6777. Ask for “permits” when you call.

There is a $10 charge for the use of the reservation system and a per night amenity fee for the use of the campsite.  Income collected through these fees will be returned to Voyageurs National Park to support campsite improvements and cleaning, dock repair, bear-proof food locker replacement, tent pad repair, picnic table replacement and fire ring repair.

Visitors may leave their vehicles at any of the three visitor centers – Ash River, Kabetogama, and Rainy Lake – for the duration of their stay, however occupied vehicles are not allowed overnight in the visitor center parking lots.

To learn more about tent camping at Voyageurs National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/voya/planyourvisit/tent-camping.htm.

Photo by Cecilia Gamba

Photo by Cecilia Gamba

Other Nearby Campgrounds

Drive-up camping is available outside of the Park at Woodenfrog State Forest Campground on Kabetogama Lake and Ash River Campground in Ash River, both of which are operated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Woodenfrog State Campground is beautiful and rustic with a great swimming beach, boat ramp, and an old YCC building used for interpretive talks on a regular basis, and has 61 campsites. Ash River Campground has 9 campsites, and is located across the road from the Department of Natural Resources boat launch in Ash River.

Lodging and Outfitters

There are a wide variety of different lodges and resorts, as well as excellent restaurants and cultural events in the area for visitors to enjoy! Here are some resources to help you find places to stay and things to do in the area:

Visitor Service

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Photo by Colby Miller

A wide arrange of providers are available in the communities surrounding the park to supply services to visitors.

  • Banking – Full banking services are available in Orr and International Falls. There are also ATMs in Crane Lake, Kabetogama, International Falls, and at the juncture of highway 53 and the Ash River Tail.
  • Grocery Stores – Full grocery stores are located in International Falls and along MN 53 in Virginia and Eveleth. Select items can be found in Kabetogama and Crane Lake.
  • Sporting Goods – Several shops in International Falls sell camping equipment. Basic sporting goods and fishing equipment is also widely available in international Falls as well as Kabetogama and Crane Lake.
  • Emergency Medical Services – Dial 911 for emergency help inside the park. For the NPS dispatch, call (218) 286-5258. Rainy Lake Medical Center serves the region around Voyageurs 24 hours a day and can be reached at (218) 283-4481. Airlifts to Minneapolis and Duluth are also available in extraordinary cases.
  • Gift Shops – All three Visitor Centers operate gift shops and souvenirs are available at a number of shops and gas stations round the region.
  • Postal Service – United States Postal Offices are located in International Falls, Ranier, Crane Lake, and Ray.
  • Religious Services – A number of churches serve International Falls year round and Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian, Adventist, Catholic, and Mormon services are held on Sundays. The nearest synagogue is located in Virginia and the closest Mosque is in Duluth.