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    National Park Minnesota

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.

  • Reservations are strongly encouraged as boat tours do sell out.
  • Walk-in ticket sales stop 30 minutes prior to tour departure.
  • Senior and Access pass holders do receive a 50% discount for the card holder only.

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.

Voyageur Tour Boar at the Kettle Falls Dock
The Voyageur Tour Boat at the Kettle Falls dock

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


Voyageur Tour Boat Schedule

Voyageurs National Park summer boat tours, canoe tours and ranger-led programs are done for the remainder of the year, please check back Spring 2015 for our summer schedule.

Gold Mine Tour (accessible)
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 $20, Child $15. (4-passenger minimum)

Grand Tour (accessible)
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
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 $50, Child $25. (22-passenger minimum)


A North Canoe program


Canoe Tours

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

Family Canoe Trip
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.

Wild Rose flower.

Wild Rose found in the Ethno-botanical Garden


Other Naturalist-led Programs

Ethno-botanical Garden Tour (accessible)
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)
Join a park ranger on the visitor center patio to explore more about your park. Free.

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