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Minnesota Boating on Lake Kabetogama

If you’re heading to northern Minnesota for summer vacationing then you likely have boating on Lake Kabetogama at the top of your list – 

and for good reason!

With thousands of acres of pristine waterways there is a variety of boating options on Kabetogama for all vacationers to enjoy. 

Guided Tours

There’s a multitude of opportunities to enjoy fishing on Kabetogama but where to start? 

One of the best ways to make the most of your time manning the fishing rod with success is exploring the lake with a local guide. Guides know the best places to look for the fish you want to hook and they can offer you valuable expertise on best practices and gear, too. 

A few guide options: 

Want to take in the lake without fishing to enjoy the views, spot wildlife and learn about this unique area? Then you can forget the gear and book a Private Tour or Water Taxi as part of your stay instead. This can be a great option for couples up to larger groups with a variety of tour times and routes available. 

Self-Guided Adventures

Then again, you may enjoy the opportunity to explore the water on your own terms; choosing where to head and when. In that case, you’ll enjoy a self-guided tour of Lake Kabetogama by boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard which you can rent from a range of local businesses

Or, perhaps you BYOB (bring-your-own-boat) to your summer vacation. There are multiple public launches you can use including one at Kabetogama, one at Ash River and another at Woodenfrog with beach and picnic areas. 

Would you like a little more adventure to your Kabetogama stay?

Consider Backcountry Camping

Voyageurs National Park has 15 backcountry camping sites through 218,054 acres including the four major lakes (Kabetogama, Rainy, Namakan, and Sand Point) and twenty-six smaller inland lakes. Backcountry camping is a unique way to explore the area and on Lake Kabetogama peninsula you can reserve a canoe with Voyaguers National Park and pick up a key at the visitor center for your trip.


Boating & Navigation Safety

Voyageurs National Park contains 84,000 acres of water with 655-miles of undeveloped shoreline and more than 500 islands. It’s a stunning area in which to enjoy your summer vacation with unique terrain. Once you’ve made up your mind about how you want to enjoy Lake Kabetogama and surrounding waterways, you should keep safety in mind. 

When enjoying self-guided adventures, check out the Voyageurs navigation site for a marked safe trail to explore over 60 miles of connected nature water ways. 

Understand water safety, local weather patterns, animal safety and more through the Vogageurs National Park Service. 

Understand and follow Child Life Jacket Law as well as Minnesota Boating Laws which must be followed both inside and outside of the parks and lakes. 

However you choose to enjoy Lake Kabetogama and the surrounding area, you’re sure to have a fabulous time. With so much incredible water to explore there’s space and time for fishing, sightseeing and more.