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Voyageurs National Park International Falls

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Voyageurs National Park
360 Minnesota 11
International Falls
MN
56649
Tel: 218-283-6600

Where are we going today?

Voyageurs National Park is a stunning national park right in the heart of the North American continent. Here, kids can touch and explore rocks that are half as old as the world itself! They can immerse themselves in the atmosphere, sounds and sights of a boreal forest, and even experience a dark sky. 

This amazing national park has been described as a "mosaic of land and water" - and this water event makes it way right up to Hudson Bay (that's pretty impressive!). The landscape in Voyageurs National Park was formed by volcanos and earthquakes millions of years ago, and more recently glaciers. In fact, the most recent glacier was just over 10,000 years ago (kids - in geological terms that's not that long ago!)

Make sure you bring your camera because you might just come across some of the amazing wildlife that lives there! From moose, wolves, black bear, and beaver....and don’t forget to look up...what's that? It's that iconic bald eagle! 

But of course there are activities too at this beautiful park! There are ranger-led programs where you can learn more about the park by canoe trips, hikes, and even guided boat tours!

The park also has amazing hiking trails that are accessible by boat and vehicle, so anyone can really explore the Northwoods. 

If you want to extend your family day out there are over 270 sites in the national park - so you can still experience the wilderness!

And don't let winter put you off - there are plenty of snow based activities that you can participate in too - what an adventure!

Plenty of outdoor adventure in this national park for you! 

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How much does it cost?

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When can we go?

Visitor Centers open seasonally. Check for times.

Open all year round.

Teachers corner

There are environmental education programs that are offered, so give them a call and see what you can arrange for your field trip!.

I'm Hungry!

There's a picnic are near the Rainy Lake and Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center so why not bring your own picnic to enjoy!.

Healthy Eating!

Make sure you take plenty of water so you don't get dehydrated on your walks! .

Any Top Tips?

Get the kids to join the Junior Ranger program so they can get a badge and certificate!.

Doing our bit

Help the park out by keeping it clean! They do their best to keep the park and wildlife happy and healthy, so we should all! .

Need a little extra help?

Give them a call to check the accessibility of the trails and larger areas. .

Can I get one of those?

The Rainy Lake and Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center has a bookstore!.

More information

You can buy the America The Beautiful and other passes at this park.

What people are saying?

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    Make sure you take protection for mosquitoes, flies, and other bugs. Long sleeves, long pants, and boots. Lots of stagnant water around, so be forewarned.

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    awe inspiring

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    Please note I only stayed on kabetogama lake. The smaller lakes in the park may be very different from my experience, but I want give give this as a warning to people who want to stay on kabetogama.

    I think this park is great for people driving motorboats around a lake, camping, and fishing. This is NOT a good park for people who enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and peace and quiet. I went there with my girlfriend this past weekend and canoed around the lake. The scenery is lovely and as two geologists we really appreciated some of the spectacular...Read More

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    Beautiful park, worth visiting.

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    This is a beautiful place. You'll be greeted with miles and miles of open water, interesting islands big and small, and awesome opportunities for lake-based recreation. I cannot stress how important it is to carry a good handheld GPS receiver, especially if you do a big tour of the lakes in your boat. Also bring detailed maps of the park. You could very easily get lost on the water. The numbered buoys are helpful, but they are no substitute for essential navigation devices. Especially once you get into the eastern areas, everything begins...Read More

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by Chris Spencer

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Please note I only stayed on kabetogama lake. The smaller lakes in the park may be very different from my experience, but I want give give this as a warning to people who want to stay on kabetogama.

I think this park is great for people driving motorboats around a lake, camping, and fishing. This is NOT a good park for people who enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and peace and quiet. I went there with my girlfriend this past weekend and canoed around the lake. The scenery is lovely and as two geologists we really appreciated some of the spectacular geologic history of this region. However, from just before sunrise until well after sunset all we could hear was motorboats. Several of the craft knew to give our canoe a wide breadth in the lake, but others sped past us dangerously close.

If you are like us and want some quite, stay away from Kabetogama Lake (and maybe this entire park). Isle Royale is not far away and offers much more serenity.

by A Google User

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This is a beautiful place. You'll be greeted with miles and miles of open water, interesting islands big and small, and awesome opportunities for lake-based recreation. I cannot stress how important it is to carry a good handheld GPS receiver, especially if you do a big tour of the lakes in your boat. Also bring detailed maps of the park. You could very easily get lost on the water. The numbered buoys are helpful, but they are no substitute for essential navigation devices. Especially once you get into the eastern areas, everything begins to look the same; the boating channels go on forever. Also make sure you carry enough gas. You don't want to find yourself 25 miles from camp on an empty tank at nightfall. The mosquitoes will devour you.

Like most national parks, you could probably be here a week and not see everything. It's amazing how huge this place is. You'll have a memorable time as long as you're prepared. The earth, sky, and water here are simply spectacular. I cannot attest to the fishing, but it appears to be a great walleye spot.

The Weather

Wednesday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 38° F / 3° C
Humidity: 87 %
Wind: SSW - 6 MPH

Thursday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 36° F / 2° C
Humidity: 83 %
Wind: SSE - 5 MPH

Friday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 36° F / 2° C
Humidity: 89 %
Wind: ESE - 2 MPH

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