Voyageurs National Park

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Voyageurs National Park, in Minnesota, is a water-based park known for its pristine lakes and forested shores. With its interconnected waterways and abundant wildlife, it’s a canoeist’s dream.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Minnesota
Area: 218,200 acres (883 sq km) – 32nd largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Mead Wood Road – 1,410 ft (429.77 m)
Lowest Elevation: Rainy Lake – 1,108 ft (337.72 m)
Date Established: April 8, 1975
Annual Visitors: 221,434 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: International Falls, Minnesota

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Voyageurs National Park.

  1. Boating through the interconnected waterways
  2. Birdwatching, especially bald eagles and loons
  3. Joining ranger-led boat tours and evening programs
  4. Fishing for walleye, northern pike, and bass
  5. Star-gazing and northern lights viewing

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Voyageurs National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Voyageurs National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Voyageurs National Park

After hiking and exploring Voyageurs National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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