Voyageurs National Park

Kabetogama, Minnesota 56669

Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park Professional Review and Guide

"With all their islands and campsites, the large, interconnected lakes of Voyageurs National Park provide fascinating exploration for boaters, especially sea kayakers. Unlike wide-open Lake Superior, the lakes of Voyageurs have plenty of protected coves and shorelines to paddle when weather is windy.

Voyageurs National Park, stretching 40 miles along the Minnesota-Ontario border, is a varied country where the interplay of rock, water, and forest is almost continual. In fact, a third of the park’s area is water, most of it contained in four large lakes: Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point, and the giant Rainy, which extends more than 20 miles into Canada."

Voyageurs National Park Reviews

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Sea Kayaking through the network of islands in Voyageurs National Park is something every paddler needs to do! The fall season is ideal for an extended kayaking adventure. With over 1200 islands and 95,000 acres of water in Voyageurs the area is simply a maze of waterways and backwater channels, with big water access. I paddle Voyageurs constantly, and the benefits I see are: NO Portages, NO camping fees, No Group size limits, warmer waters than Lake Superior, and extensive sea kayaking option (over 75 miles end to end) Voyageurs National Park is ideal for sea kayaks, and soon everyone will realize how wonderful the area truely is!!!!

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Trail Information

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Skill Level
Day to several day trips
Class I
Stormy weather on the big lakes can make paddling difficult or even hazardous. Paddlers must keep an eye out for motorboat traffic. Black bears are campsite pests, even on some islands; hang food or use bear lockers.
Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
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Local Contacts
Print and digital maps of lakes and campsite are available from Voyageurs National Park (; DeLorme: Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer: Pages 86–87; 94–95
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Jul 2018