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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 calendarhere.
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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Voyageurs National Park Hiking 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
Things to do Outside Voyageurs National Park
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.
RV Resorts & Campsites in Voyageurs National Park
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.
Campgrounds Near Voyageurs National Park
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How to get to Voyageurs National Park
Because Voyageur National Park is surrounded by water and on the Minnesota-Canada border, there are not a wide variety of travel options.
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, withRV 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.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Top things to do at Voyageurs National Park include fishing on Rainy Lake, checking out the Ash River Visitor Center, and walking around the Ellsworth Rock Gardens. There is plenty of hiking and water exploring to do here!
Yes, pets are allowed at Voyageurs National Park. Pets are allowed in frontcountry campsites, on the 1.7-mile Recreation Trail, in visitor center areas and in parking lots. In winter, dog sled teams are allowed with a special use permit.
Voyageurs National Park is 218,055 acres or 340 square miles. The park is full of cliffs, wetlands, forests, streams, and more.
Yes, there are designated camping spots at Voyageurs National Park. Because the campgrounds are only accessible by boat, RV camping at the park is a challenge. However, there are lots of RV campgrounds near Voyageurs National Park with RV hookups and other amenities.
Summer is the best time of year to visit Voyageurs National Park. The park gets a considerable amount of snow beginning in the fall and lasting until spring. By June, much of the park is open for the summer and hiking and other outdoor activities are much more pleasant.
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