Imagine a day when all you have to do is plan fun. Explore the splendor of Kabetogama Lake. Early risers often hear the lonely echoing calls of loons as they answer each other across the dusky early morning waters. The woeful sounds will raise goose bumps on the back of your neck. Gather your group, pack a picnic lunch and GO.
Cruise among the labyrinth of pine and aspen covered granite islands; view bald eagles, osprey and pelicans. Keep your eye on the shoreline for deer and bear or a rare sighting of a moose.
The most popular picnic site on Kabetogama’s north shore is the Ellsworth Rock Gardens. This labor of love began in 1944 and was completed in 1965 by Chicago building contractor J.E. Ellsworth. Now in the process of being restored, floral remnants and rock statuary combine with a dramatic view of the lake you won’t want to miss.
From here, Kabetogama Lake and Voyageurs National Park are yours to experience.
Kabetogama Resorts provide a variety of camping opportunities from primitive tenting to full hookup R.V. sites. Many require reservations.
If you’re an adventurous soul who like to explore voyageur-style, try the boat shuttle services available into the Peninsula back-country trails. Located deep in the heart of the park, the Peninsula separates Kabetogama from Rainy Lake, is accessible by boat and traversed by two main hiking trails. The Locator Lake trail near the west end of Kabetogama leads to one of over 20 remote lakes on the Peninsula. On the east end is the Cruiser Lake trail system. It consists of 21 miles of trail, connecting several wilderness campsites between Lost Bay on Kabetogama and Anderson Bay on Rainy. The Mica Bay trail enters the Cruiser Lake system from the west end of Namakan.
The National Park provides, for a fee, canoes and row boats on the peninsula, to navigate these interior lakes and the beautiful Chain-of-Lakes waterway. Many primitive campsites are provided on islands within Voyageurs National Park. No reservations needed, first-come, first-served. All overnight visitors must fill out a free self-registration permit. Voyageurs National Park will charge $35.00 a night for the two new 30 person group campsites. Reservations are required to use these sites. Visitors can make reservations online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. One site is on Rainy Lake and other site is on Kabetogama Lake.
Others may check out Woodenfrog State Forest Campground with 62 rustic sites.
For more information on primitive camping in the park, call the Visitor Center at 218-875-2111.
Lake Kabetogama is at the center of a great selection of attractions in Northern Minnesota. Be it of a general nature such as the wildflowers and wildlife or the organized attractions that man has assembled, there’s much to entertain and educate you when you visit Kabetogama. List below are many formal attractions that will keep your vacation time exciting:
VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK
3131 Highway 53
International Falls, MN. 56649-8904
Voyageur’s National Park tour boat trips into Voyageur Country (218) 875-211
KABETOGAMA METHODIST CHURCH
Please come and worship with us. Visit our beautiful church and see extraordinary wood carvings from local craftsman Herman Melheim.
HISTORIC KETTLE FALLS HOTEL & DAM
Visit the Kettle Falls Historic District where you can look south into Canada from the international border, visit the dam, the 1912 dam tenders cabin, the site of a blind pig and the 1912 Kettle Falls Hotel.
Access by boat only
KITCHEN CREEK GOLF CLUB
Box 387 HWY 11 Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada P9A3M7
(807)274-GOLF Open April-October, 18 hole course 7AM-Dus
KOOCHICHING COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM & BRONKO NAGURSKI MUSEUM
State of the art facility will preserve and educate all visitors about the history of Koochiching County with well-researched and exciting exhibits. Over 10,000 items are exhibited in the museum and cover other topics including Native American artifacts, geology, homesteading era, early settlement, farm equipment antique cars, toy and dolls, and much much more!
The Bronko Nagurski Museum is a lasting tribute to an outstanding man, athlete and citizen. It is the first modern museum in America dedicated to an individual football player.
Both museums are opened May thru September. For more information call (218)283-4316
INTERNATIONAL BORDER & BRIDGE
30 miles drive north on HWY 53. Access to Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada.
This beautiful trail runs from Frontier Resort on Ash River to Salmi Rd. in Kabetogama-26 miles with all the loops and 19-20 miles without the loops.
KABETOGAMA LAKE VISITOR CENTER
Daily, 9:00 am – 5 pm
May 7th – Sept 30th
ELLSWORTH ROCK GARDEN
Voyageurs National Park
Access by boat only.
at the Voyageurs National Park and Orr area Information Center.
Open daily, year ’round
The center offers the chance to walk through a bog without getting your feet wet! Access from HWY 53 in Orr, MN.
ECHO BAY TRAIL
Wander through aspen forests, rocky pine-covered ridges and past beaver ponds. A trail guide provides a new view on plant life on this 2.3 mile Access from Northern Lights Road in Kabetogama Community.
BOISE PAPER MILL TOURS
The art and craft of papermaking is as old as recorded history, and, in International Falls, the growth of the papermaking industry and the growth of the city have gone hand in hand. Tours are offered June through August.
ASH RIVER VISITOR CENTER
Meadwood Rd Ash River Trail Orr, MN 55771
Open daily May 7-September 30 9-5. Visit the center and enjoy hiking trails filled with pine and spectacular views of Kabetogama Lake.
RAINY LAKES VISITOR CENTER
International Falls, MN 56649
FALLS COUNTRY CLUB
Located 2 Miles West of International Falls Off Hwy 71. For tee times and reservations call (218)283-4491
VERMILION RIVER GREENS
5530 Crane Lake Rd Buyck, MN. 55771
The NOvA Experiment operated by the University of Minnesota is a liquid scintillator detector experiment seaching for electron neutrino appearance in the NuMI muon neutrino and anitineutrino beam. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, which manages the NOvA project, will generate a beam of neutrinos to send to a 14,000-ton detector in Ash River, Minnesota. The particles will complete the 500-mile interstate trip in less than three milliseconds. Because neutrinos rarely interact with other matter, they travel straight through the Earth without a tunnel. Scientists will detect a small fraction of the neutrinos in a near-detector at Fermilab and in a larger far-detector in Minnesota looking for signals that the neutrinos are changing from one type to another on their trip.
NOvA Tours Thursday 10am-3pm
Larger group tours could possibly be scheduled Monday – Thursday 8-4pm