Voyageurs National Park

Love to be on the water? Located in International Falls, Minnesota, Voyageurs National Park is the perfect park for you! Over 40% of the park is water, and you can arrive at the National Park via RV, car, boat and so much more. One of the most unique National Parks, it’s known for its forests, waterways, and lakes. There are over 200,000 acres, four large lakes, and 26 smaller interior lakes, plus more than 27 miles of hiking trails in the park.

The weather at the Voyageurs National Park truly has four distinct seasons. In June through August, mild weather occurs with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s, making it a great time to visit the park for lots of outdoor fun. In the fall, September, and October, temperatures dip down to the 50s and 60s with lows in the 30s and 40s. In late October, the first snowfall typically occurs, with winter temperatures can be quite low, ranging from the teens to the mid-30s, with lows sometimes below 0. At that point, all the water in the park turns into ice, and the park is the perfect location for winter fun like ice fishing, snowshoeing and much more. In late April or early May, the last snow occurs and temperatures rise to 50s and 60s.

There are quite a few gateway communities near Voyageurs National Park, so there’s something for everyone to see and do in and outside of the park. If you’re looking for guided ranger activities, there are plenty of scheduled events. Find the full calendar here.

Whether on the water or land, there is plenty to do at the National Park, including camping, hiking, kayaking, boating, swimming, ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and so much more! Traveling by RV or car, but want to experience the water fun at the park? Many local companies offer canoe and kayak rentals and boat or birding tours.

Voyageurs National Park is also well-known for stargazing. The night sky above the park is one of the darkest in the county, and the large waterways and uninhabited islands allow visitors to view shooting stars, the Milky Way and sometimes even an aurora borealis.

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Weather
Spring 50-60s F
Summer 50-70s F
Fall 30-60s F
Winter 0-30s F
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International Falls, MN
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Where To Stay

There are plenty of options for camping within Voyageurs National Park, but they are all accessible by boat only. If you are traveling by vehicle or RV only, there are many options just outside of the park, both public and private. For more information about camping within the park, click here.

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Hit the Trails

Hiking at Voyageurs National Park offers a ton of variety – some of the trails are only accessible by water! Whether you prefer a trail through the forest, one with great views or one along the water, there is a trail for you.

Here are a few of our favorites, accessible by land only. For a full list, including those only accessible by water, click here.  

Voyageurs National Park Trails

Blind Ash Bay

Distance: 2.5 miles loop

Terrain: A moderate to difficult hike, the trail is narrow, winding and rocky through the boreal forest. In the winter, use snowshoes.

Beaver Pond Overlook

Distance: 0.2 miles, one way

Terrain: Easy, short uphill hike that leads to a rocky terrace high above a beaver pond for spectacular views. Birding and large wildlife viewing is possible.

Rainy Lake Recreation

Distance: 1.75 miles

Terrain: This easy, ADA accessible trail offers visitors a wide variety of sights, as it leads through forest, lake and marsh scenery.

Kab-Ash

Distance: 27.9 mile

Terrain: Strenuous trail that offers an in-depth view of the park. Trail connects two communities and travels through backcountry forests and wetlands.

Sullivan Bay

Distance: 1.5 miles round trip

Terrain: Easy hike along an old converted road, mostly flat with one small hill, ends with views of Sullivan Bay.

Voyageurs’ Tilson Connector Ski

Distance: 1 mile, one way

Terrain: Part of a network of ski trails, this is a wintertime trail for skiing.

Voyageurs Forest Overlook

Distance: 0.5-mile loops

Terrain: A short trail loop with views of the forest. A picnic table and restroom are available at the trailhead.

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What to Do

When you’re done on the water, camping or walking on the trails, you may be ready for another kind of adventure. Whether it’s continuing to sightsee throughout the local area, or grabbing a bite to eat with family and friends, there is plenty to do in the International Falls community. Here are some of our top recommendations for how to spend your time outside of the park.

Restaurants

Whatever you’re craving after a long day of enjoying the outdoors, you are sure to find it nearby Voyageurs National Park. Even better, many of the local restaurants have patio dining complete with beautiful waterside views. Here are some of our top places to check out on your trip to the park.

The Rocky Ledge

Type: Bar & Grill

Location: West Side of Lake Kabetogama

Border Bar Pizza Parlor

Type: Pizza

Location: International Falls

Thunderbird Lodge Restaurant

Type: American

Location: International Falls

Rainy Lake Grill

Type: Comfort Food, Small Plates

Location: Rainer

Sha Sha Resort Bar and Grill

Type: Bar & Grill

Location: International Falls

Shopping

Forgot some of your camping equipment? Want to grab some bait for fishing? Must grab a souvenir from your trip for years to come? The shopping in International Falls has you covered for all that and more. Here are some of the best places in the area to peruse the racks.

Rainy Lake Stop

Here you’ll find everything you need to enjoy the National Park – bait for fishing, sporting goods, snowmobile gear for the wintertime, gifts, clothing and much more.

Location: International Falls

Border Bob’s

It’s the last stop before Canada! This store prides itself on offering “something for everyone.” Recently celebrating its 40th year in business, Border Bob’s has everything from stuffed animals and toys to jewelry, food, apparel and much more.

Location: International Falls

Hometown Hobby & Crafts

Looking for a fun game to play or craft to complete while at the campsite? Check out Hometown Hobby and Crafts, where you can find games, puzzles, crafts and much more.

Location: International Falls

Stewart’s Super One

Stop at Stewart’s, a locally owned and operated food store, to pick up all the essentials for a great picnic inside the park!

Location: International Falls

Mason’s on Main

Stop by Mason’s on Main and pick up some new clothes for your trip or to sport when back at home. Mason’s offers stylish and affordable men’s and women’s clothing.

Location: International Falls

Jefferson National Parks Association Bookstore

Jefferson National Parks Association partnered with the National Park to operate three bookstores within the National Park.

Location: Within Voyageurs National Park

Museums

When you’re ready to head indoors and soak up some local culture, there are two local museums to check out. If you’re looking for more museums and cultural experiences, Minneapolis, the largest city in Minnesota, has a wide variety of museums and is roughly a four-hour drive from the park.

Koochiching County Historical Society/Koochiching Museums

The Koochiching County Historical Society collects, preserves and exhibits natural history and cultural items from the local community. Additionally, the Museum exhibits sports memorabilia from All-American legend Bronko Nagurski.

Sportsmens Service Wildlife Museum

This museum holds one of the finest private wildlife collections in the area. Visit the museum and view exhibits including over 100 birds and 50 animals.

Sightseeing

While the Voyageurs National Park is sure to have a plethora of breathtaking sights, there is plenty more beauty in the local area.

Smokey Bear Park

Smokey Bear National Park is home to one of the best kid-friendly sights in the area – a 26 foot tall, 82-ton statue of Smokey the Bear!

Waters of the Dancing Sky Scenic Byway

Minnesota’s most northern byway, this scenic drive is 191 miles long and offers scenic views of lakes, the legendary Rainy River, forest, farmlands, small towns and cities. Voyageurs National Park is at the eastern end of the route, which is named after the Northern Lights that can often be seen in the sky.

Lutsen Mountains Summit Express Gondola

This high-speed gondola whisks you up to one of the best vantage points to view the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior. It’s extra beautiful in the fall! You can also hike 4.5 miles back to base, through the heart of the maple forest.

Kettle Falls

This small town is separated from International Falls by Rainy Lake and Voyageurs National Park. The iconic hotel can only be reached by boat, and the town offers boat tours that boast spectacular scenery, historic sites and beautiful colors in the fall.

Rainy Lake Bike Tours

This 10-mile scenic bike trail takes you through the town of International Falls and ends at the Visitor Center in Rainy Lake at Voyageurs National Park.

Little American Gold Mine

The largest and most successful Gold Mine on Rainy Lake can still today be explored, thanks to the ranger-led boat tours. Visitors can explore the old shaft, davit and machinery that was used to move the gold from the ore to be processed.

City Beach

The City Beach has sand beach located right on Rainy Lake, plus plenty of family fun, including a sand volleyball court, basketball court, floating swim platform and picnic areas.

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How to Get There

Because Voyageur National Park is surrounded by water and on the Minnesota-Canada border, there are not a wide variety of travel options.

By Car

To get there via automobile, you can drive via Minneapolis-St. Paul by using 1-35 and Highway 35. To travel from Duluth, the park is 3 hours north on Highway 53, and from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada the park is a 4-hour drive south.


By plane

The largest airport nearby is about 5 hours south, and is the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and the nearest smaller airport is Falls International Park. On the Canadian side, Fort Frances, Ontario, is the nearest airport.

By RV

The best way to experience the park is on the water, by boat, but another way to get there is by RV. Even if you don’t own an RV, traveling to a National Park in the comfort of an RV is possible, with RV rentals available across the country. Whether you want to travel to the park from your home entirely in an RV or fly in and drive the rest of the way, there is an option and the perfect RV available to you.

Keep in mind that the best of the park is best seen via a boat, so most RV travelers prefer to keep their RV at their campsite and rent or bring along a boat.

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Entering the Park

There is no fee to enter Voyageurs National Park, but there are some fees for tent campsites, overnight fees and some ranger-led tours and activities. For more information, click here.

We hope you’re as excited for your trip as we are for you! Voyageurs National Park is a truly unique National Park, and we’re sure you’re going to love your memories made there. Experiencing the park and your travel there in comfort is an essential part of having a wonderful vacation, and RVing is a way to ensure you’re comfortable!

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