Staying Safe at Voyageurs National Park

Situated in northern Minnesota alongside the Canadian border, Voyageurs National Park protects a vast amount of forests, lakes, and waterways. Visitors to Voyageurs National Park should take the necessary safety precautions to ensure a smooth trip. 


Weather in Voyageurs National Park can change dramatically and without warning, so it’s best to be prepared for anything. Bring sturdy, waterproof hiking shoes and wear plenty of layers to easily adapt to changing weather conditions. Winter in the park can be excruciatingly cold, so if you plan to visit during the winter months, come prepared with sufficient clothing. 


You’re likely to encounter your share of wildlife when visiting Voyageurs National Park. Never approach or feed wildlife, and always maintain a safe distance from all wild animals. Make sure to store your food, trash, and scented items securely when visiting the park to avoid bears and unwanted visitors.

Other Concerns 

Much of Voyageurs National Park must be explored via water. As a result, water and boating safety are imperative to ensure a safe visit. Be aware of common lake buoys and markers. Some park activities require a permit, including camping and a Minnesota fishing license for fishing.

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