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Voyageurs lakes slowly dropping, campsites reopen

Border lake water levels have been declining slowly from near record levels over the past month, allowing many campsites in Voyageurs National Park to reopen, according to figures from Voyageurs National Park Monday.

All but one campsite on Sand Point Lake are open again and all but one on Lake Kabetogama has reopened, with one remaining closed due to a nearby eagles nest. And all but one campsite is open on Namakan Lake – one remains closed for long-term repairs.

All of the park’s back-country sites also are open again after last week’s assessment of flood damage by the National Park Service. Visitors who wish to rebook reservations for campsites or backcountry boat rentals may do so starting July 21, 2014 at

Rainy Lake’s level also is dropping but remains well above flood level, and many campsites there remain closed with docks and beaches still under water.

Overall, the park now has more than 130 campsites and day use sites that are open.

Rainy Lake has dropped several inches from its peak a month ago but still remains nearly 30 inches above normal for this time of year. The International Lake of the Woods Control Board said Rainy could drop several inches in the coming week, if heavy rain does not fall over the region, according to Voyageurs.