Kabetogama Lake Area Programs and Tours

A tour boat out on the lake

The Borealis Tour Boat on Kabetogama Lake


Tour Boat Reservations

All Voyageur and Borealis tour boat reservations are handled by Recreation.gov. Reservations can be made, starting April 15 annually, in advance either online or by telephone. Please see the tour boat reservation page for more information.

  • Reservations are strongly encouraged as boat tours do sell out.
  • Walk-in ticket sales stop 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Senior and Access Pass holders do receive a 50% discount for the card holder only and must have card at time of reservation.
Front View of the Kettle Falls Hotel

Take a cruise to Kettle Falls and immerse yourself into the history.


Borealis Tour Boat Schedule

Voyageurs National Park 2015 Summer boat tours will be available for reservation on Recreation.gov starting April 15, 2015.

Notice: Please plan extra time if traveling on Hwy 53 between Orr and International Falls. Road construction is taking place through August 20th. Short delays, reduced speeds and single-lanes may be possible.

Kettle Falls Cruise (accessible)
Voyage to historic Kettle Falls Hotel and Dam. Spend 2 hours on land to dine at the hotel, enjoy a picnic lunch, or explore the hotel and nearby dam. Tour fees do not include meals. Adult $40, Child $25. Reservations recommended. (6-passenger minimum)

June 14 - August 20
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
10 am - 3:30 pm

August 24 - September 23
Monday, Wednesday
10 am - 3:30 pm

Ellsworth Rock Garden
Board the tour boat (accessible) and search for active eagle nests. At the gardens, join a ranger for a tour (1/4 mile not accessible) of the unique rock sculptures and building remnants. Adult $25, Child $15. (4-passenger minimum)

June 16 - August 18
2 pm - 4 pm

Hoist Bay Tour
Board the tour boat (accessible) and cruise to historic Hoist Bay while searching for active eagle nests and other wildlife. Walk with a ranger (1/4 mile not accessible) through the remnants of an old logging camp and historic resort. Adult $30, Child $15. (4-passenger minimum)

June 19 - August 21
2 pm - 4 pm

Visitors paddling in a North Canoe

Do you have what it takes to be a voyageur?


Canoe Programs

North Canoe
Paddle back in history aboard a 26-foot North Canoe. Learn the voyageur paddle salute and explore the life of a voyageur. Minimum age is 5, paddling required, and weather dependent. Reservations recommended. Call (218) 875-2111. Free.

June 16 - August 20
Tuesday, Thursday
10:30 am - 12 pm

August 25 - September 1
10:30 am - 12 pm


Other Naturalist-led Programs

Twilight Walk into the Past
Join park staff as they portray a historic character from the region's past. Let the whispers of a different time come alive. Meet at the Woodenfrog Refectory. Call (218) 875-2111. Free.

June 16 - August 18
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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