Camping Sites near Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota

Camping Sites near Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota
Voyageurs National Park is 200,000 acres of pristine forests and five main lakes on the U.S. and Canada border. Most of the areas may be reached only by boat as the lakes make it more of a water-based park. All of the waterways are linked. Hiking the many trails is very popular, as is fishing for smallmouth bass and walleye. Experiencing nature is the major attraction to this park. It is open year-round.
 

Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park offers a great nature experience, and you may experience it in much the same way French explorers did more than 200 years ago. Nearly all of the campsites are accessible only by boat. People also use houseboats to camp on the lakes.

There are 200 primitive campsites along the shores of four lakes: Kabetogama, Namakan, Rainy and Sand Point. The sites have a tent pad, fire ring, primitive toilet, picnic table and a bear-proof storage locker. Houseboat sites have the same setup with mooring posts for the boats.

There is no cost or reservations required. Camping at the sites is on a first-come first-served basis. Registration is required and there is a 14-day limit on any one campsite.

Voyageurs National Park
3131 Highway 53
International Falls, MN 56649
218-283-6600
nps.gov

 
 

Trails End Resort

The Trails End Resort is a great place to experience the great north in its own right, but it can also provide a gateway to Voyaguers for those that don't want to explore the park by boat.

Trails End has campground facilities with sites in the woods and on streams. Some of the sites have electricity and water. There are bathrooms and showers available. The campground has a bar and restaurant.

Cabins are also available. The cabins have heat, stove, refrigerator, microwave and two beds.

This campground is open year-round.

Trails End Resort
6310 Crane Lake Road
Buyck, MN 55771
888-844-2257
trails-end-resort.com

Ash River Campground

The Ash River Campground has eight primitive camping sites and provides access to the Voyaguers National Park lakes. There is a common water source, as well as outdoor toilets. The campground, operated by the state, provides the barest of necessities and is there to provide access to Voyaguers.

Adjacent to the campground is a boat ramp. Also nearby is the Woodenfrog Campground, which has an area on the lake for camping. It is primitive, with a public restroom and a community water supply. Both are in the Kabetogama National Forest and are operated by the Bear Head State Park.

Ash River, Woodenfrog Campgrounds
9301 Bear Head State Park Road
Ely, MN 55731
218-365-7229
dnr.state.mn.us

Wilderness Inquiry

Wilderness Inquiry is an outfitter that will help you camp and experience the Voyaguers National Park. They offer four- and five-day guided trips through the lakes. You will go by canoe, and will camp along the way at set aside campgrounds on the lake. Meals are provided, but campers are expected to help when needed.

Wilderness Inquiry
808 14th Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-676-9400
wildernessinquiry.org

 

Article Written By James Jordan

James Jordan has been a writer and photographer since 1980. He has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas, winning state press association awards for writing, photography and page design. In 1995 he received his master's in Christian education and completed two years of Ancient Greek at the graduate level. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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