Voyageurs National Park Wildlife

Frequently Asked Questions


How many loons are in the park?

There are approximately 150 occupied territories (breeding pairs) in the park.

Where do loons nest?

Loons nest right at the water’s edge, usually in or near protected bays or other lake areas protected from the wind.

Where can I see a loon?

Visitors can see loons on most park lakes.

Where can we see moose?

There is a chance that you could see moose anywhere in the park, but your best chance is to go hiking quietly on the Kabetogama Peninsula. There is a mounted life-size bull moose at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center.

Which exotic species are in Voyageurs?

117 exotic plant species are in the park.
aquatic exotics - rainbow smelt, purple loosestrife, rusty crayfish, spiny water flea

What is the spiny waterflea?

The spiny waterflea is a tiny crustacean zooplankton. The species is native to Eurasia and were introduced into the Great Lakes from ballast water of ships in the 1980s. It is an invasive species that threatens the park’s aquatic ecosystems and fishing by competing with native fish for food and fouling fishing gear. Research has shown that the spiny waterflea can change the community composition of zooplankton and compete directly with juvenile and small fish and minnows for food, which could lead to a decrease in the abundance of these fish.

When and where was the spiny waterflea found in Voyageurs?

The spiny waterflea was first found in a portion of the park in 2006. In 2007, it was confirmed to have spread to the four main lakes in the park: Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan and Sand Point.

What can be done to prevent the spread of the spiny waterflea?

Park staff should strongly encourage visitors to drain all water from watercraft, dispose of bait in the trash, and remove all plants and gelatinous material from the watercraft and all equipment.

What kind of bears are in Voyageurs National Park?

Voyageurs only has black bears, although the color of their fur varies from brown to black. To reduce the potential for bear/human interactions, all developed tent sites have metal food lockers for food storage. The lockers are 52” wide x 36” deep x 21” high. They are designed to hold two 48 quart coolers. There are 100-150 bears in the park.

How many species of birds are in the park?

240 - Voyageurs National Park is a premier birding destination for warblers and water birds, also, many breeding bald eagles.

What are the most common fish in the park?

The most abundant fish is yellow perch. The most commonly sought after fish by anglers is the walleye.