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, starting April 15 annually, 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 and must have card at time of reservation.

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 old wheel remnant from the gold mining era.

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


Voyageur 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.

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)

June 14 - August 20
Sunday, Thursday
2 pm - 3:30 pm

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)

June 15 - August 21
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
2 pm - 4:30 pm

August 23 - September 11
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
2 pm - 4:30 pm

Kettle Falls Cruise (accessible)

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 $45, Child $25. (22-passenger minimum)

July 11 - August 22
10 am - 4:30 pm

August 29 & September 5
10 am - 4:30 pm

Visitors paddling in a North Canoe

Do you have what it takes to be a voyageur?


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, paddling required, and weather dependent. Reservations recommended. Call the visitor center at (218) 286-5258. Free.

June 16 - August 22
Tuesday, Saturday
2 pm - 3:30 pm

Thursday, Friday
10 am - 11:30 am

Beaver Lodge Canoe Trip
Get a close up view of a beaver lodge while paddling the water of Black Bay. Minimum age is 5, paddling required, weather dependent. Reservations recommended. Call the visitor center at (218) 286-5258. Free.

June 14 - August 22
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Saturday
10 am- 12 pm

A wild rose flower

Wild Rose is one of many plants 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.

June 14 - August 22
Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
1 pm - 1:30 pm

Evening Campfire (accessible)
Gather around the campfire with a park ranger and hear stories of the North Woods. Free.

June 19 - August 21
7 pm - 8 pm

Ghosts of Voyageurs (accessible)
Join park staff for an evening lantern-lit journey to experience the people and past of Voyageurs country. Reservations required (starting September 1, annually). Call (218) 286-5258.

September 10, 11, 17, & 18
Thursday, Friday
7:30 pm - 9 pm

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