Our Work

Photo by Christy Jacobs

Photo by Christy Jacobs

Voyageurs National Park Association has enabled the park to expand youth programming, promote environmental stewardship, and support its pursuit of completing public ownership of the park.



Recently, Voyageurs National Park Association:

  • Adopted a new mission statement and strategic plan
  • Received an NPS Director’s Partnership Award and two NPS Midwest Region Champion Awards
  • Empowered our 100th Minnesota high school student through the National Park Teen Ambassador program
  • Helped launch a multi-year wetland restoration initiative that will remove invasive cattails throughout Voyageurs and restore native plant communities like wild rice
  • Leveraged $20,000 in federal Centennial Challenge funds with private philanthropy to rehabilitate the Cruiser Lake Trail

Learn more about our programs:

Fall Ranger-led Boat Tours and Programs at Voyageurs National Park

Haven’t made it up to Voyageurs yet this season? There is still time to reserve a spot to explore the waters and islands of Minnesota’s national park. Ticket sales for tour boats stop 30 minutes prior to departure. Reservations are highly recommended. Call (877) 444-6777 or go online at www.recreation.gov. […]

Kettle Falls Archeology, Part 2

By Drew LaBounty, National Park Service Read part 1 here. The second year of archeological inventory has been completed at Kettle Falls, and with it, the physical exploration of soils and artifacts. Now it is up to written history (and often living memory) to fill in the gaps. In 2015 […]

Lifespan of a Building

By Beau Readman and Catherine Crawford National Park Service Imagine you are time traveling, your destination is a sandy beach on the northeast shore of Crane Lake, Minnesota, and the time is July 1880. You will encounter a beach that is edged with a forest of pine. You may see […]

Restoring Native Plants in Voyageurs

by Claire Kissane, National Park Service This summer, Voyageurs National Park will begin removing exotic cattails and restoring natural wetlands. The invasive cattails seen throughout the park are actually hybrids of non-native narrow-leaved cattails and native broad-leaved cattail, which has out-competed both parents species, resulting in the vast majority of […]