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.
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)
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
August 30 and September 6
September 3, 10, 17, 24
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.
Other Naturalist-led Programs
June 17 - September 5, except: August 28, 30, and September 4
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.
Join a park ranger on the visitor center patio to explore more about your park. Free.
Did You Know?
The rocks you see at Voyageurs National Park are older than those found at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.