Land Access (accessible by car)
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.
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.
Ethno-botanical Garden Trail
Step back in time and visit a native plant garden and Ojibwe Indian camp. Learn about native and exotive flora and their mark on the park. The garden reflects the seasonal plants and the role they play in the life of the native peoples here.
Kab-Ash Trail entirety (PDF)
Oberholtzer Trail (PDF)
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. Pets are no long allowed on this trail.
Rainy Lake Recreation Trail
This trail offers visitors a wonderful experience as it meanders along the park road, into the woods, and around rock outcrops. Bicyclists, walkers, runners, and snowshoers will be treated to views of forest, lake, and marsh scenery.
Sullivan Bay Trail (PDF)
An easy hike on an old converted road which is mostly flat with one small hill toward the end of the trail with a rewarding view of Sullivan Bay at the end.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages this ten mile network of interconnected ski trails. Several routes are possible, ranging from short loops to longer excursions. You can access this system from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center area on the park's Tilson Connector Trail.
Beaver Pond Overlook (PDF)
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 Although beavers are no longer active at this pond, this trail provides great birding opportunities, and the possibility of spotting large wildlife.
Kabetogama Lake Overlook
Hiking Distance: 0.5 mile loop
Hiking Time: 30 minutes
Winter Use: Not maintained
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.
Water Access (accessible only by boat)
Black Bay Skiing and Hiking Trail (PDF)
Located across Black Bay, 1 mile north of the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. This trail takes you through northern pine country to a scenic and active beaver pond.
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