Bald Eagle Nesting Areas Prompts Temporary Campsite Closures

By KBJR Manager

Bald Eagle Nesting Areas Prompts Temporary Campsite Closures

August 6, 2010 Updated May 17, 2010 at 11:49 AM CDT

Voyageurs National Park biologists found 69 bald eagle nests within the park boundary this April while conducting their spring aerial survey to determine the number and location of nesting pairs present.

Due to this, the park has temporarily closed the land and water areas around active bald eagle nests to visitor use during their critical nesting periods.

Park managers are asking both motorized and non-motorized watercraft users to not travel within 200 meters of bald eagle nesting sites and adjacent land areas during the closure period.

Boaters are encouraged to not stop on the water within the 200 meters near active nesting sites.

Three of the park’s 239 developed visitor use camping and houseboat sites are affected by the temporary closures.

The closed developed areas are:
Namakan Lake – Sexton Island (N 62) campsite
Rainy Lake – Skipper Rock Island (R45) and Sand Bay South (R25) houseboat sites.