Permits & Reservations

Notice to Backcountry Users: All backcountry reservations for lakes that offer canoes must be made at least 4 days in advance to allow staff ample time to make key pick-up arrangements while park buildings are closed. A park ranger will reach out to the email address and/or phone number associated with your reservation 4-7 days prior to your trip to provide key pick-up instructions.

Considerations for Safe Camping: Voyageurs National Park is fortunate to have widely dispersed campsites across an expansive network of waterways, making it more possible to recreate outdoors while still complying with social distancing guidelines. The park suggests the following when planning summer camping trips, to be in accordance with federal and state efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Follow CDC and MN DNR recommendations for visiting parks and recreational facilities

  • Recreate close to home, at locations that are within your local travel recommendations

  • Do not visit any recreation areas if you are sick, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19

  • Complete all purchases and fill your gas tank completely before leaving home to minimize stops

  • Be aware that visitor centers may be closed

  • Bring supplies that allow your group to maintain proper hygiene throughout the trip, such as hand soap/sanitizer, disinfecting cleaner and sanitizing wipes

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • In common areas and parking lots, maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all time

  • Avoid camping and boating with people who aren’t members of your immediate household

  • At boat landings, give those ahead of you plenty of time and space to finish launching or loading before you approach

  • Please visit the Voyageurs National Park Association webpage for information on how to enjoy Voyageurs, stay safe, and protect the park and others.


Permit Reservations for Tent Camping

Permit Reservations for Tent Camping are required within Voyageurs National Park.
  • High Use Season: May 1 through September 30 annually
    • Amenity and reservation service fees apply.
    • Reservations become available November 15 annually for the following season.
  • Low Use Season: October 1 through April 30 annually
    • Reservation service fees apply.
    • Reservations become available March 15 annually for the following season.

Houseboat Permits

Permit Reservations for Houseboats (including sailboats and cabin cruisers) are required within Voyageurs National Park.
  • Use Season: May 1 through October 31
    • Amenity service fees apply.
    • Reservations become available November 15 annually for the following season.

Tour Boat Reservations

A Voyageurs National Park boat tour is a perfect way to view the national park. Reservations are recommended to guarantee a spot on any specific tour. All tours and fees are subject to change, please call ahead for schedule and fee changes.

Commercial Use and Special Park Use Permits

Conducting business in the park or planning that special event? Commercial Use or Special Park Use Permits are needed in Voyageurs. Learn about what you need to do to make your business or event to flourish.


Tour Boat Charters

Have a large group or do you want to make a special event more memorable? Charter the Voyageur on Rainy Lake, or the Amik on Kabetogama and Namakan Lake.

Last updated: May 30, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls, MN 56649



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