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: