Sites re-opened in Voyageurs National Park

The National Park Service has re-opened the closed sites in VNP per the attached press release.

It says in the press release that the one Eagle nest at Crane Lake failed. The unsuccessful nesting attempt was at a nest up by King Williams Narrows. That nest is located within the National Park boundaries. The nest that we have been following in this blog is located at the mouth of the Vermilion River on Crane Lake. This nest is not in the National Park boundaries and is not monitored by the Park Service. We did have a successful nesting and one Eagle has fledged. He’s still hanging around the nest site and the parents are still feeding him.



Voyageurs National Park News Release

Release Date: August 1, 2012

Contact: Steve Windels,, 218-283-6692


Four of the park’s 239 developed visitor use camping and houseboat sites and one undeveloped area that were affected by temporary closures in May to protect bald eagle nesting pairs are now reopened for public use. The areas were marked with closure signs and buoys.

The four reopened developed areas are:

· Rainy Lake

Sand Bay South (R25) houseboat site and Skipper Rock

Island (R45) houseboat site

· Kabetogama Lake

Happy Landing Campsite (K11) and Yoder Island (K

37) houseboat sites.

The one reopened undeveloped areas is:

· Kabetogama Lake – West Sphunge Island Inlet

The park is obligated to 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.

Voyageurs National Park biologists found 72 nests within the park boundary this breeding season, the 40th consecutive aerial eagle survey at the park.

Since the start of the 2011 breeding season, 6 new nests have been found inside Voyageurs National Park while 7 nests have been lost when nests blew out of nest trees or nest trees fell over. Adults were observed incubating at 34 nests compared to 36 in 2011, 33 in 2010, 38 in 2009, 30 in 2006, 26 in 2004 and 2005, and 20 pairs in 1999. Incubation occurred at 1 park nest on Crane Lake, 2 on Sandpoint Lake, 16 on Kabetogama Lake, 6 on Namakan Lake, and 9 on Rainy Lake.

Thirty-three young fledged from 25 park nests: 24 at Kabetogama, 3 at Namakan, 5 at Rainy, and 1 at Sand Point. Seventy-three per cent of all fledged young in the park in 2012 originated from 16 nests at Kabetogama Lake. Nesting failures occurred at 10 territories: 3 of 8 areas on Rainy, 3 of 6 areas on Namakan, 1 of 17 areas on Kabetogama, 1 of 2 areas on Sand Point, and 1 of 1 areas on Crane Lake.

The number of young produced per occupied breeding area for the 2012 breeding population in Voyageurs National Park was 0.89. Sixty-eight per cent of breeding pairs occupying a breeding area successfully raised at least one fledgling. Breeding success of 70% and productivity of 1.0 are considered characteristics of a healthy bald eagle breeding populations; long-term averages for Voyageurs National Park approach these threshholds.

Superintendent Mike Ward said, “We appreciate the public’s assistance in protecting your bald eagles of Voyageurs National Park. Reducing the potential adverse impacts at eagle nesting areas ensures that we are successful at sustaining the VNP eagle population. Come out and enjoy the park’s eagles.”


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