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Rainy Lake Area Programs and Tours

Tour Boat Reservations

All Voyageur and Borealis tour boat reservations are now handled by Recreation.gov. Reservations can now be made up to 3 months in advance either online or by telephone. Please see the tour boat reservation page for more information about this system.

Low Water Levels

The park may operate the Borealis tour boat in place of the Voyageur when low water levels do not permit the use of the Voyageur.

The tour boat, Voyageur
An historical remnant from mining activities at Little American Island

A remnant from mining activities that can still be seen on Little American Island.

Voyageur Tour Boat Schedule

Gold Mine Tour (accessible)

Cancelled for the remainder of the 2014 season to accommodate for additional Kettle Falls Cruises. The Grand Tour can be taken as an alternative option to the Gold Mine Tour.

Discover the 1890's Rainy Lake gold rush. View the remains of the Bushyhead mine entrance from the boat, then stretch your legs with a ranger for a short walk (accessible 1/4 mile) around Little American Island. Adult $--, Child $--. (4-passenger minimum)

Grand Tour (accessible)

June 17 - September 5, except August 20, 30 and September 3
Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Board the Voyageur Tour Boat and navigate Rainy Lake in search of active eagle nests, view a commercial fishing camp from the boat, and watch for abundant wildlife. A short stop at Little American Island (1/4 mile accessible walk) explores the 1890's Rainy Lake gold rush. Adult $30, Child $15. (4-passenger minimum)

Kettle Falls Cruise

*Notice: Due to permanent mechanical issues of the Kabetogama tour boat, the Borealis, additional Kettle Falls Cruises have been added to the Rainy Lake schedule. Please see additional dates below.

* A 22 passenger minimum is required for this trip to depart, if this is not met the cruise will turn into a Grand Tour which departs at 1:00 pm. See Grand Tour description above.

August 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
Sunday, Thursday
10 am - 4:30 pm

August 30 and September 6
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

September 3, 10, 17, 24
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

September 14
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Voyage to the historic Kettle Falls Hotel. 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. (22-passenger minimum)


A north canoe voyage

Canoe Tours

North Canoe

June 17-August 23
Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday
10:00 am - 11:30 am

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. We recommend participants know how to swim. Weather dependent. Reservations recommended. Call (218) 286-5258. Free.

Family Canoe Trip

June 16 - August 18
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Enjoy a tranquil canoe trip while keeping an eye out for wildlife. We provide lessons and equipment. Minimum age is 5. We recommend participants know how to swim. Weather dependent. Reservations recommended. Call (218) 286-5258. Free.

Ethnobotanical Garden

Wild Rose found in the Ethno-botanical Garden

Other Naturalist-led Programs

Garden Tour (accessible)

June 17 - September 5, except: August 28, 30, and September 4
Tuesday - Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Join park staff and walk through Voyageurs' diverse ecosystem. An Ojibwe Indian camp awaits at the heart of the native plant garden (accessible 1/4 mile walk). Free.

Patio Talk (accessible)

June 17 - September 5, except: August 30 and September 4
Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Join a park ranger on the visitor center patio to explore more about your park. Free.

Did You Know?

A volunteer trail crew working on the Kab Ash Trail in Voyageurs National Park

Volunteers helped to maintain and clear park trails, such as the 24 mile-long Kab Ash Trail.