Winter visitors enjoy the beauty of Voyageurs National Park by snowmobile, on cross-country skis, in an auto on the ice road, on snowshoes, or in ice-fishing houses. Voyageurs invites visitors who want to get out of the cold to come to the Rainy Lake Visitor Center.
Rainy Lake Visitor Center
The visitor center offers:
Snowshoe Trails and Loan Program
Explore the winter landscape on one of the park's three packed snowshoe trails. For more information, go to winter trails.
Voyageurs National Park has many snowshoe sizes and shapes available free-of-charge during regular visitor center hours. Call the Rainy Lake Visitor Center at (218) 286-5258 for availability.
Cross-Country Ski Trails and Rentals
Enjoy the tranquility of cross-country skiing in Voyageurs National Park. For trail information, go to winter trails.
Voyageurs National Park, the International Falls Community Education Department and the Friends of Voyageurs National Park have partnered to offer cross-country ski rentals at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. There are a large number of adult-sized skis, poles, and boots available during regular visitor center hours for $5.00 a day. Children's skis, boots and poles are available free-of-charge during regular visitor center hours. Call the Rainy Lake Visitor Center at (218) 286-5258 for availability.
Routes vary depending on conditions. Check latest Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report for more information.
Ghostly winter quiet, rugged piney shorelines, and outstanding angling make Voyageurs National Park an ice angler’s dream. Place icehouses at least 50-feet from the center of snowmobile trails and the ice road. Check ice conditions before going out. Fishing license and ice house registration is required.
Snowmobiling is allowed on frozen lake surfaces and designated safety portages in Voyageurs National Park. The park provides 110 miles of staked and groomed trails for snowmobiling.
All land areas, including rock faces, are closed to snowmobiles with the exception of designated safety portages. Hill climbing is prohibited.
Obey all closure signs. Areas are closed to protect your safety and to protect sensitive resources.
Did You Know?
Remnants of mining activity, like the one you see here, can still be seen on Little American Island.