Summer and Fall Programs
Voyageurs National Park offers a wide range of guided boat tours and ranger-led programs during the summer and fall, primarily June - September. Programs take place throughout the park, with boat tours departing from the Rainy Lake, Kabetogama Lake, and Ash River Visitor Centers. Stop by a visitor center or check our events calendar for the current schedule of ranger programs.
Rainy Lake Boat Tours on the Voyageur
Boat Tours on the Ne-zho-dain (Kabetogama Lake and Ash River)
Land-Based Special Interpretive Programs
The North Canoe Voyage is one of Voyageurs National Park’s longest standing and most unique educational experiences, which immerses visitors in an on-the-water living history lesson with costumed and spirited interpretive rangers. Paddle back in history aboard a 26-ft replica of a north canoe to learn the voyageur paddle salute, sing songs, and explore the adventurous life of a voyageur. The program consists of 1 hour on land and 1/2 hour on the water, but is weather dependent. Minimum age is 5, paddling is required, and while PDFs are provided, it is recommended that participants know how to swim. There are two location options for this program:
Tour & Program FAQs
Can I walk into a visitor center and make a reservation?
Yes. Walk-ons may inquire, make a walk-on reservation, and pay, with a credit card only, for a tour if space is available. Visitors may do this between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. prior to departure of a tour.
What payment methods can I use?
Credit cards are required to make all reservations. No cash, checks, or travelers checks are accepted.
How do I know what an adult, child, or toddler fee is?
Adult fees cover ages 17 and up, child fees cover ages 3-16, toddler fees are 2 and under. Go to www.recreation.gov for specific fee information.
What is the cancellation policy?
Visitors must call the National Call Center to cancel a tour, not a visitor center. If a visitor calls for any reason to cancel a tour they must call at least 24 hours prior to departure.
What if the park cancels a tour?
The park reserves the right to cancel a tour for any reason. If a tour is canceled by the park a full refund will be given to the visitor by Recreation.gov. Some reasons the park may cancel a tour are: if there are U.S.C.G. weather restrictions or not enough paying passengers.
Must I check in at a visitor center before boarding the boat?
Yes. All visitors MUST check in at the respective visitor center before boarding the tour boat. This allows park staff to make sure all reserved passengers have boarded and inform you of any necessary information.
Last updated: September 1, 2023