An American national park in International Falls, Minnesota, Voyageurs National Park was founded in 1975 and is located in the northern part of the state. The name of the park is a nod to the area’s earliest European immigrants, the French-Canadian fur merchants known as voyageurs. Water sports enthusiasts go to the area, including kayakers, canoeists, and fishers. To reach Kabetogama Peninsula, which is a large piece of land inside the park, you must take a boat. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness sits east of the park.
The park’s perimeter is home to several boat ramps and tourist facilities, but the park’s core can only be reached by boat or by snowmobile, ski, or snowshoe in the winter. The park had 239,656 visitors last year.
Entrances and how to reach the Voyageurs National Park
Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park is situated in the north. The Border Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which shares the park’s northern boundary with Canada, is close to the west. In order to properly enjoy the park, visitors must leave their cars at home and take a boat to the park’s visitor centers.
Getting to the park
Parked Vehicle Access
Voyageurs National Park is located roughly 5 hours north of Minneapolis-St. Paul, 3 hours north of Duluth, and 4 hours south of Winnipeg on I-35 and Highway 53.
International Falls, Minnesota is home to Falls International Airport. You may go about town via taxi or renting a vehicle. The nearest airport to Voyageurs National Park is the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, which is roughly five hours away.
Voyageurs National Park is not accessible by public transit. There are no public transportation options in this region.
Ramps for Boat Launches
Park visitor centers at Rainy Lake, Kabetogama Lake, and Ash River all have public launch ramps that may be used by visitors. A number of resorts and state launches also provide boat access to the area.
Guides/Water Taxi Services
Commercial services are available from individual guides and businesses in the region. Check out the permitted list of commercial services that may be found in Voyageurs National Park while you’re there.