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Rod Anliker posted 02-10-2005 10:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for Rod Anliker  
Has anyone been boat camping in Voyageurs National Park?

My boys and I are considering a trip there this summer with our 170. We would camp off the boat, and this park seems well suited.

The Canadian border runs through Rainey Lake on the north side of the park. Has anyone been on the Canadian side in that area?

Thoughts appreciated...

Plotman posted 02-11-2005 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
It is a wonderful place. You can get a remote border crossing permit fairly easily if you want to cross into Canada - see the Isle Royale thread for links. I'm not sure what the camping options are on the Canadian side.

A 170 is a great boat for up there.

When are you thinking of going. The black flies can be especially pesky through mid June, and the water hasn't really warmed up, so for that reason or if swimming or watersports are part of the plan, I'd wait till mid July. (It isn't all that uncommon for northern lakes to still have substantial amounts of ice on fishing opener in mid-May!)

The divide the campsites up into those designed for houseboats and those for people tent camping.


Plotman posted 02-11-2005 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
You could also split up the drive and spend a day or two in the Apostles on the way up or back. You can reserve specific sites 30 days in advance in the apostles - I can give you some more info on that if you are interested... Bayfield is 4.5 to 5 hours from Madison. From there an easy 4 hours will get you to VNP.


Rod Anliker posted 02-11-2005 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rod Anliker    
Thanks for the note, David. You're the 2nd person that's said that about black flies -- I better listen.

Yep, saw the thread on Isle Royal and the remote pass mentioned -- I'll look into that.

We did the Apostles last summer on our 20' wooden sailboat. What a beautiful place for boat camping -- we have so many stories from that trip.

Plotman posted 02-11-2005 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
I should mention that if serious fishing is your goal, earlier in the summer is typically better...

You can also arrange for a guide to come out and meet you for a day - they do it all the time for the houseboaters.

Hendrickson posted 02-15-2005 05:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hendrickson  Send Email to Hendrickson     
I live on Rainy about five miles from the visitor center. I camp with a Revenge, a Mako or an Aquasport. All three serve this purpose quite well. I belive Voyaguers has a web page under the NPS main web page. Watch out for rocks and take it easy if you don't know the waters. Many camping spots with many on islands or in secluded bays. About to retire from federal service so hope to spend more time on the lake myself.
Hal Watkins posted 02-24-2005 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hal Watkins  Send Email to Hal Watkins     
Rod, post a note here when you pick your dates. We may try to meet up with you. I have penciled in 6 Aug, long weekend. No kids, just the bride and me in a 15' SS. We live in southern MN, a 350 mile drive to Voyageurs for us. Hal of Waseca

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