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Rainy Lake, Voyageurs National Park

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#56 of 84 in Nature in Minnesota
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Rainy Lake is a relatively large freshwater lake straddling the border between the United States and Canada. The Rainy River issues from the west side of the lake and is harnessed to make hydroelectricity for US and Canadian locations. The sister cities of International Falls, Minnesota, and Fort Frances, Ontario, are situated on either side of the outflow of the river from the lake. Rainy Lake and Rainy River establish part of the boundary between the U.S. state of Minnesota and the Canadian province of Ontario.Voyageurs National Park is located on the southeastern corner of the lake, where it connects with Kabetogama and Namakan Lakes at Kettle Falls. Rainy Lake is part of an extremely large system of lakes forming the Hudson Bay drainage basin that stretches from west of Lake Superior north to the Arctic Ocean. The Rainy Lake watershed includes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, portions of the Superior National Forest on the US side of the border, and the Quetico Provincial Park on the Canadian side of the border.
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  • We took the afternoon Grand Tour cruise and found it to be peaceful and relaxing. It was nice to be able to stop at one of the islands to see the sights. It would be great if they could include more s...  more »
  • We made a reservation for the 2 1/2 hour Grand Tour boat activity that leaves from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center in Voyageurs NP. The center is well done & staffed with friendly helpful Rangers & volu...  more »
  • We have planned on visiting Voyageurs National Park for some time and we were not disappointed with this particular venue. We began our day with an educational tour of the gardens and our guide was ve...  more »

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Where to stay in Voyageurs National Park

To stay inside Voyageurs National Park, you'll need not just a tent but also a boat, kayak, or canoe since the only practical access to the park is via water. If you do have a vessel, you'll have numerous campsites scattered throughout the park to choose from. Many provide picnic tables, fire pits, and food storage lockers, and some also include vaulted toilets. If you're without a boat, or you simply prefer creature comforts, choose one of the many establishments along Lake Kabetogama. The areas around Tom Cod Bay and the Lake Kabetogama Visitors Center feature rustic lakeside lodges and outdoor resorts, many of which are geared toward anglers. International Falls to the west of the park represents the area's population center, and here you'll find numerous hotels and motels.
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