Closures in Voyageurs National Park to Protect Nesting Eagles

April 27, 2015 03:12 PM

There are some closures in Voyageurs National Park, to protect bald eagles.

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Biologists conducted aerial surveys to determine the number and location of bald eagle nesting pairs present in the park. 

The park follows the recommended 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.

Some eagle pairs nest in late March and early April and others may not initiate nesting until late April or early May. 

The closed areas are marked with closure signs and buoys. 

Park managers are asking both motorized and non-motorized watercraft users to not travel within 200 meters of nests where bald eagles are actively nesting during the closure period (early May through mid-August).

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

The breeding areas around five (5) of the park's breeding pairs are temporarily closed to campers and other human activities. After the young leave the nest, these temporarily closed park areas will be reopened for public use. 

Five the park’s 291 developed day use; camping and houseboat sites are affected by the temporary closures. The closed developed areas are: Kabetogama Lake – Happy Landing Campsite (K-11), Camelback Island Campsite (K-3), Ek Bay Houseboat Site (K-47); Namakan Lake – Sexton Is. Campsite (N-62); and Rainy Lake – Skipper Rock Houseboat Site (R-45).


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