A Colorful History
The history of Kettle Falls is as colorful as the red roof on the hotel. Constructed by timber cruiser Ed Rose and reputedly financed by Madame Nellie Bly, the Kettle Falls Hotel has accommodated and entertained travelers since 1913. Robert Williams bought the hotel in 1918 for $1,000 and four barrels of whiskey. From its somewhat scandalous past, grew a long tradition of hearty home cooking and hospitality served by the Williams family. This historic hotel was renovated by the National Park Service in 1987 so you, too, can enjoy a hearty meal, relax on the veranda or spend the night.
Kettle Falls Hotel is the only lodging within Voyageurs and is only accessible by water. For lodging information at the Kettle Falls Hotel, view the hotel web site. For other nearby lodging options, look inside the park newspaper, the Rendezvous.
Not a Sneeze on the Border!
Many centuries ago, Kettle Falls was a main artery of the travel route along the wilderness border region. Native peoples gathered, hunted, and speared sturgeon at the falls, voyageurs paddled and portaged through the area carrying their goods and furs, and prospectors traveled to the picturesque stopping place on their way to the Rainy Lake gold mines.
Did You Know?
Remnants of mining activity, like the one you see here, can still be seen on Little American Island.