Hike along one of the nine trails within Voyageurs National Park and explore the wonderful diversity the park has to offer. Trails are accessible by water and by land. Note that pets are not permitted on park hiking trails.
Land Access (accessible by car)
TRAILSOberholtzer Trail (PDF)
Hiking Distance: 1.7 miles
Hiking Time (round trip): 45 minutes
Travel from just outside the Rainy Lake Visitor Center to two overlooks to see the diversity of forest and wetland types in the park. This trail is wheelchair accessible for the first 1/4 mile. This trail is tracked for snowshoeing during the winter.
Echo Bay Trail (PDF)
This park trail is located three miles from the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center off Country Road 122. A wide path takes you from aspens to pines as you pass through lowlands and rocky outcrops. Birding is great there with a great blue heron rookery and sightings from warblers to woodpeckers. Sections of this trail are groomed for skiing in the winter months.
Blind Ash Bay Trail (PDF)
Park at the Kabetogama Lake Overlook near the Ash River Visitor Center to access the trailhead. Travel a narrow, winding, rocky trail to experience the wonders of the boreal forest and to view spectacular scenery.
Beaver Pond Overlook
This is the second trailhead on your left as you are driving to the Ash River Visitor Center. A short uphill hike leads to a rocky terrace high above a beaver pond. Although beavers are no longer active at this pond, this trail provides great birding opportunities, and the possibility of spotting large wildlife.
Voyageurs Forest Overlook
The entrance to this short trail is the first pullout on your right as you are driving to the Ash River Visitor Center, just after turning off County Road 129. A picnic table and restroom are located at the trailhead, making this a good spot to get out of your car and stretch your legs.
Kabetogama Lake Overlook
Water Access (accessible only by boat)
Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail (PDF)
The trailhead is located on the east end of Rainy Lake just past the Kempton channel. This trail takes you up a rocky cliff to a spectacular view of Rainy Lake.
Little American Island
Discover the past on Little American Gold Mine Island while you explore the history of gold mining activities. Today mine shafts, tailings, piles & machinery remain from the 1890s gold rush.
Cruiser Lake Trail (PDF)
Locator Lake Trail (PDF)
Beast Lake Trail
Did You Know?
Voyageurs National Park experienced a large, lightning-ignited fire on the Kabetogama Peninsula in 2004. This young eagle survived the fire and returned to its former nesting tree in time for park researchers to take this photo!