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Voyageurs National Park

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Attractions

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.
Yellow tent on primitive campsite near lake.
Red kayak sitting on shore of calm lake.

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
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:
Water lily on bog.

Ash River Visitor Center

(218)374-3221
Meadwood Rd Ash River Tr. 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.
Note: Only Rainy Lake Visitor Center is open all year around.
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Bog walk

(218) 757-3932
Access from HWY 53 in Orr, MN.
Bogwalk 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!
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Echo Bay Trail

(218) 283-6600
Voyageurs National Park Headquarters 360 Hwy 11 East
International Falls, MN 56649
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.
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Man made dam with rapidly flowing water.

Historic Kettle Falls Hotel & Dam

218-240-1724
12977 Chippewa Trail, Kabetogama, MN 56669
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
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Ellsworth Rock Garden

(218) 283-6600
Voyageurs National Park
Access by boat only.
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Falls Country Club

(218)283-4491
Located 2 Miles West of International Falls Off Hwy 71.
Call for tee times and reservations
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View from forest to lake.

KAB/ASH Trail

(218) 374-3131
Kabetogama, MN
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.
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International Border & Bridge

(218) 283-2541
Access to Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada.
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Kitchen Creek Golf Club

(807)274-GOLF
1171 Trans-Canada Hwy Fort Frances, ON P9A 3M7, Canada
Open April-October, 18 hole course 7AM-Dusk
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Aerial view of boat on lake.

Koochiching County Historical Museum & Bronko Nagurski Museum

(218)283-4316
214 6th Avenue, International Falls, Minnesota, 56649
State of the art facility will preserve and educate all visitors about the history of Koochiching County with over 10,000 items are exhibited in the museum. The Bronko Nagurski Museum is the first modern museum in America dedicated to an individual football player.
Both museums are opened May thru September.
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Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center

(218) 875-2111
Kabetogama, MN
Daily, 9:00 am – 5 pm
May 7th – Sept 30th
Note: Only Rainy Lake Visitor Center is open all year around.
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Kabetogama Methodist Community Church

218-875-3010
9853 Gamma Road, Lake Kabetogama, MN 56669
SUNDAY SERVICE – 9 am
Open Communion and Potluck Lunch the first Sunday of every month
Please come and worship with us. Visit our beautiful church and see extraordinary wood carvings from local craftsman Herman Melheim.
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Boat driving on water of lake at sunset.

Nova Tours

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.
NOvA Tours Thursday 10am-3pm
Larger group tours could possibly be scheduled Monday – Thursday 8-4pm
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Vermilion River Greens

(218)993-2246
5530 Crane Lake Rd Buyck, MN. 55771
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Rainy Lakes Visitor Center

(218)286-5258
International Falls, MN 56649
Note: Only Rainy Lake Visitor Center is open all year around.
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Black bear climbing tree trunk.

Voyageurs National Park

(218) 283-6600
3131 Highway 53 International Falls, MN. 56649-8904
Voyageur’s National Park tour boat trips into Voyageur Country
(218) 875-2111

Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary

(218) 757-0172
bears@americanbear.org
American Bear Association
PO Box 77 | Orr MN 55771