All of the park’s 291 developed visitor use camping and houseboat sites that were affected by temporary closures to protect bald eagle nesting pairs are now reopened for public use.
Specifically, the following areas affected by the temporary closures are now reopened for public use:
- Camelback Island Campite (K-3)
- Happy Landing Campsite (K-11),
Voyageurs National Park natural resource managers follow the conservation management actions of the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Management Act (16 U.S.C. 668-668c, 1940 as amended). Each year since 1992, the park has temporarily closed the land and water areas around active bald eagle nests to visitor use during their critical nesting periods.
Park staff reported the following:
Voyageurs National Park has been monitoring bald eagle nesting activity since 1973. COVID-19 restrictions this spring resulted in the park not being able to complete our spring occupancy survey in April or early chick-rearing survey in June for the first time since we started 47 years ago. We were able to conduct our normal late-season aerial survey the week of July 23, however, to assess how many chicks were successfully fledged from nests within the park and surrounding area.
Within the boundaries of VNP, 79 nests were surveyed, of which 20 nests produced at least 1 chick that we observed. These nests produced at least 23 eagle chicks that survived to fledging: 4 on Rainy Lake, 10 on Kabetogama Lake, 5 on Namakan Lake, 3 on Sand Point Lake, and 1 on Crane Lake. We surveyed an additional 11 nests just outside of the park boundaries, which produced 2 chicks. The total number of chicks produced is on the lower end of the normal range for Voyageurs National Park but well within the range of natural variation that we’ve seen over the nearly last half-century of monitoring.