Lantern Review of Camp Voyageur

It’s about the simple life here at Camp Voyageur, a summer spent among a small family of friends where traditions seem to permeate every corner of this hidden, rustic camp that is determined to stay “off the grid.” The Erdmann family has run Voyageur since its inception and indeed, so little seems to have changed since its founding in the ‘50s. But don’t mistake this time capsule for a relic of days gone by; instead it is a testament to the enduring values that most camps embrace. Voyageur’s heritage of simple living through recreation in lifelong activities is the basis of their program.

The family-feel of Voyageur is fostered through its almost quaint size of just 50 boys, its mixing of a small range of ages on trips, and the consistency of staffing which finds counselors returning at a rate topping 80%. Yes, it’s rustic here, even rugged, and it intends to stay that way. Many cabins are lakeside set into small openings carved out of the dense northern pine forest with a beautiful rocky shoreline peninsula creeping into a clear Minnesota lake. Voyageur sits at the threshold of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), so canoeing, kayaking and hiking trips are a natural outgrowth of their location. Each trip grows in length as campers age and their skills improve. The campers spend much of their time on the trail, bonding around a campfire, discovering the wilderness and building confidence through challenge and exploration.

Voyageur offers a relatively large number of activities in-camp given its relatively small size. They range from sports to fishing and focus on outdoor recreation. This is truly wilderness living and the context provided by the BWCA helps the boys grow in confidence. The counselors’ experience helps smooth the rigors of the trail, while providing the framework to help boys keep an eye to the big picture.

It’s worth noting that Voyageur now offers a long-term girls canoe trip program for the intrepid girls in your family.

Fast Facts

  • Boys Only
  • 50 Campers per Session
  • 2-week, 4-week, 6-week, 8-week
  • Founded in 1951
  • $

Director's Message

Camp Voyageur fosters a family feeling with less than 50 campers and a counselor for every three boys. Located adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Camp Voyageur honors the spirit of the rugged French fur traders and their traditions permeate the program. Canoeing provides the foundation for wilderness trips, whereas sports and recreation are offered through three customized activities a day, preceding a sauna, swim, pick-up game or free time. Shared adventures at Camp Voyageur can ignite an insatiable thirst for wild places and create friendships that last a lifetime.

Program Highlights

  • 25 Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Individual Activities
  • Drama
  • Tripping
  • Waterfront
  • Forest
  • Rural
  • Remote

Top 5 Activities

  • Wilderness Trips
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Soccer
  • Sailing

Travel Information

Plane (Duluth, MN): We pick up campers at the Duluth Airport. Most campers drive to camp


Camp Voyageur

(800) 950-7291

(218) 365-6042

Deb Erdmann