Voyageurs National Park Safety & Navigation

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Marine Band?

Marine Band is a radio frequency used by people on the water. Also referred to as Channel 16.

Does the park monitor the marine band?

When on duty, the law enforcement rangers monitor the marine band.

How far is it between park destinations?

Distances by boat between park destinations
Ash River Visitor Center to Kettle Falls = ~ 13 miles
Brule Narrows to Kettle Falls = ~ 20 miles
Crane Lake Ranger Station to Kabetogama Lake VC = ~ 39 miles
Crane Lake Ranger Station to Kettle Falls = ~ 30 miles
Kabetogama Lake VC to Ash River VC = ~ 8 miles
Kabetogama Lake VC to Kettle Falls = ~ 21 miles
Kabetogama Lake VC to Gold Portage = ~ 7 miles
Kabetogama Lake VC to Ellsworth Rock Gardens = ~ 5 miles
Rainy Lake VC to Kettle Falls = ~ 34 miles
Rainy Lake VC to Brule Narrows = ~ 14 miles
Rainy Lake VC to Cranberry Bay = ~ 7 miles
Rainy Lake VC to Anderson Bay = ~26 miles

Distances by car between park visitor centers
Ash River VC to Crane Lake Ranger Station = ~ 78 miles
Kabetogama Lake VC to Ash River VC = ~ 19 miles
Kabetogama Lake VC to Crane Lake Ranger Station = ~ 71 miles
Rainy Lake VC to Kabetogama Lake VC = ~ 36 miles
Rainy Lake VC to Ash River VC = ~ 49 miles
Rainy Lake VC to Crane Lake Ranger Station = ~103 miles

Distances from major highways to visitor centers
Highway 53 to Kabetogama Lake VC = 3 miles
Highway 53 to Ash River VC = 11 miles (8 miles to entrance road, 3 miles to VC)
International Falls to Rainy Lake VC entrance road = ~ 11 miles
 

How do I find my way around the lake without getting lost?

Visitors can find their way by using navigation maps of the park lakes. These maps mark channel buoys and rocks. Maps are sold in the bookstores at all visitor centers.