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Lakes of Voyageurs National Park

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

Voyageurs National Park

Luke Haara

Voyageurs’ 218,054 acres include four major lakes – Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan, and Sand Point, and twenty-six smaller inland lakes that together make up more than a third of the total park area. The smaller inland lakes are scattered throughout the park, but primarily on the Kabetogama Peninsula. The peninsula is Voyageurs’ largest landmass and can be reached by water in summer or over the ice in winter.

Rainy Lake Recreation Trail

Voyageurs National Park

The Rainy Lake Recreation Trail offers visitors a peaceful experience as it meanders along the park road, into the woods, and around rock outcrops. This paved trail is a great option for leashed pets, bicyclists, walkers, runners, and snowshoers to take in the views of forest, lake, and marsh scenery. It is a non-strenuous, accessible trail that requires about 1.5 hours round trip to complete.

Hike Kabetogama Lake Overlook Trail

Voyageurs National Park

This short handicap accessible trail takes you through a pine forest to a viewpoint where you can sit on a bench and see Kabetogama Lake framed by the trees.

Difficulty: Easy

Hiking Distance: 0.4 mile (0.6 km) total for round trip

Voyageurs National Park Has a New Tour Boat for Namakan Basin Explorations

Voyageurs National Park

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN - In the summer of 2022, Voyageurs National Park will have a new tour boat - Ne-zho-dain (pronounced Knee-Zho-Dan) - based at the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center to serve park visitors. Park Superintendent Bob DeGross is pleased to announce the park received funding to build a 32-passenger tour boat for excursions to Kettle Falls, Ellsworth Rock Garden, and to explore the waters of Kabetogama and the Namakan Narrows. The funding for the boat comes from the 2020 Federal Lands Highway Category III - Alternative Transportation Program.

The vessel name was selected from a park staff contest held in 2021. "The name translates to 'Twin' or 'Two Hearts' and is named after Chief Ne-zho-dain from the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe, an important leader who resided in Kabetogama and was reported to be the last known Ojibwe survivor of the famous Battle with the Cut Foot Sioux in his 1908 obituary in the Border Budget.”

An open house for the public is being planned for June 2022 and tours will start in mid-June 2022.

The Ne-zho-dain vessel will allow the park to restore consistent tour boat and charter services on Kabetogama Lake and will accommodate full class-size school groups for field trips, be used for charter events that highlight the park’s significance, accommodate requests for special tour/shuttles in support of community events, and is planned for ranger-led tours.

DeGross believes the new vessel can certainly serve as the new passenger flagship for Kabetogama Lake and the park. The 42-foot-long Catamaran style tour boat will be an all-weather, fully accessible passenger tour boat. Visitors can view the park’s wildlife, geology, and scenery from an enclosed cabin or open-air side and back walking areas. A hydraulic steering system and outboards with counter rotation will be installed for better vessel handling and assisting with docking in high wind conditions. The vessel was built by ACI boats based out of Washington state and delivery will be in the spring of 2022


Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park has many options for the aspiring or experienced angler. Fish abound in the 30 named lakes, which consist of four large lakes and 26 smaller interior lakes. Fifty-four fish species have been identified in the park’s aquatic habitats. Some of the better-known fish species include Walleye Sander vitreus, Sauger Sander canadensis, Northern Pike Esox lucius, Smallmouth Bass Micropterus dolomieu, Yellow Perch Perca flavescens, and Black Crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus.

Learn about fish species present in the park.

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