|There's lots of wonderful
activities and things to do and see at Voyageur Park Lodge. Click on the
following items to get a better idea of how you can spend your time:
|Fishing · Voyageurs National Park · Disk Golf · Hiking · Nature · Kids Activities · Beaches
Bait, Tackle and Other Related Services
For the fisherman or fisherman at heart we offer a well stocked
and organized bait house where we have;
minnows, leeches and night crawlers and you can find other items you need
for your on the water activities: pfd's, nets, maps, ice, tackle,
minnow buckets, dry towels, gasoline, oil, battery charging and
Kabetogama supports a very large walleye pike population and
lesser amounts of sauger, a close walleye cousin, northern pike,
smallmouth bass and crappie.
This is a natural, glacier-carved lake with a rocky bottom
interspersed with sandy and gravel areas. The lake level is
controlled by a dam at Kettle Falls situated between Rainy and
Namakan Lakes on the United States-Canadian border.
Walleyes spawn in early May usually just after ice out. They
scatter widely around the over one hundred islands and extensive
shoreline. These areas warm up first as Spring arrives in the
northland. Walleye fishing is very productive during these early
season weeks with lots of fish remaining in 8 to 10 feet of water.
The fish head deeper after mid to late May (10 to 15 feet) but are
still scattered. By mid-June, walleyes can be found in 15 to 20
foot depths but have begun to feed around structure. As the water
continues to warm in late June, they head for deep (30-35 feet)
flats and begin to concentrate. By July, they seek the deepest
parts of the lake. Although smaller fish can still be easily taken
in 15 to 20 feet, the larger fish present a real challenge to even
the most experienced angler.
As the lake begins to cool in mid to late August, walleye
appetites return, even though most fish stay deep into Fall.
Fortunately, there are good opportunities to catch hungry
smallmouth bass and northerns during the slower walleye weeks.
Both species are widely scattered around Kabetogama. The cold,
clear waters give excellent eating characteristics to both
Walleyes are caught best on light tackle. Most fisherman use a
small jig or spinner or "Lindy Rig" tipped with live bait (minnow,
leech or night crawler). The fish often have a very light strike
or just suck the bait in before running. These light hits can
easily be missed with heavy tackle. You can have good results by
trolling or casting Rapala- like artificial baits.
While the greater numbers of walleyes are caught with live baits,
artificial baits seem to produce larger fish. As this is a near
wilderness area, fish catching is sometimes greatly influenced by
the amount of natural food.
When you arrive for your vacation, we'll share the latest fishing
information with you and pass on any" hot spots "for the week.
You may be interested in making an investment in good fishing for
vacations to come on Kabetogama by hiring a professional guide
while you're here.
The cost is about $225-300 for an 8 hr. day plus gas and bait. We
can arrange for a guide for your trip or supply you with the names
and phone numbers of local guides and you can choose based on
conversations you have with them.
| Disk Golf is great fun for the
whole family and we have one beautiful setting for our new course.
This is a great game for disk throwers of all skill levels.
If you don't know what disc golf is, it's just like ball golf only
you use a frisbee. Eighteen elevated baskets catch the frisbee
much like holes in the ground catch golf balls. The goal is the
same, to complete the course in the fewest number of shots. Most
importantly the challenge is the same because golf is golf, no
matter what shape the tools. Missing short putts still drives you
nuts and a perfect drive still makes you feel fabulous.
Disc golf encourages top mental and physical conditioning but can
be played by anyone. Players merely match their pace to their
capabilities to pursue fun and fitness for their lifetime. Disc
golf can be played alone allowing great flexibility in scheduling.
The courses are short enough that a round can be played in an
hour. The basic requirement for playing disc golf is remarkably
simple. All you need is a golf disk.
There are disks for all to use or bring your favorite disks. We
supply scorecards and pencils and there are no greens fees for
The Rainy Lake Visitor Center Nature Trail
This is a half mile interpretative trail that is partially paved
and partially handicap accessible. The Visitor Center also has
interesting displays for your information. The Visitor Center is
located East on Highway 11 about 10 miles from downtown
International Falls. You can avoid going through International
Falls by using Highway 332 (exits right from US Highway 53
approximately 2 miles this side of International Falls) to reach
Highway 11and turning right. International Falls is approximately
30 miles from here.
The Orr Tourist and Visitor Center Bog Walk
A level trail, much of which is board walk and handicap
accessible, affords a close up view of life in northern Minnesota
bogs and wetlands. Be sure and see the displays inside the tourist
center. The Orr Tourist Center is on US Highway 53 (west side)
just south of downtown Orr. Orr is approximately 30 miles from
Locator Lake Trail
A moderate 2 mile interpretative trail from the trailhead near
Mallard Point to Locator Lake. This is only accessible by water.
The Park provides a dock for your boat and row boats and canoes on
Locator Lake you can reserve for use when you reach the end of the
trail. We can supply a trail booklet that describes each of 10
Cruiser Lake Trail
A moderate but long trail that winds from the trailhead in Lost
Bay past Agnes and Cruiser Lakes all the way to Rainy Lake. Most
people hike in to Agnes Lake for a day trip. The Cruiser Lake
Trail is only accessible by water after an approximate 45 minute
The Ash River Hiking Trail
A moderate trail about 4 miles long. It begins in the parking lot
at the Ash River Visitors Center and continues west along Lake
Kabetogama into Blind Ash Bay and loops back to the Visitor
Center. The trail is accessible by car or by boat. The Ash River
Visitor Center is about 23 miles from here and is reached by
traveling south on US Highway 53 to Ash River Trail and the
Visitor Center road which intersects it 9 miles from Highway 53.
The Visitor Center is reached by boat in about 20 minutes. There
are Park Service docks you can use while you are there.
Echo Bay Trail
The newest and closest trail to Voyageur Park Lodge. This 2-1/2
mile trail winds around the hills and wetlands surrounding Echo
Bay. The trail is accessible by car.
This peninsula and the Park itself offer countless opportunities
for serious or casual enjoyment of the many bird species that live
here or visit during migrations.
Check out live bears from the safety of an observation area.
Located in Orr, open Memorial to Labor Day at 5:00pm until
|Voyageurs National Park hosted
Voyageurs Adventures for Kids....1:30-2:30 PM Sun..Tue..Wed..Fri...
Learn about the world around you and /or become a Jr. Ranger. Meet
at the Woodenfrog Beach or if raining, the Woodenfrog Refectory.
June 16-August 16.
Evening Ranger Program.....7:30-8:30 PM Sun..Tue..Thur...Fri...Discover
the wonders of Voyageurs National Park, past and present, with a
park naturalist or guest speaker during an evening presentation at
the historic Woodenfrog Refectory Building. June 6-August 16.
Voyage by Canoe....9-11 AM...Join a ranger to learn the basics,
then set out to see nearby islands and wildlife by canoe. The Park
provides lessons, canoes, paddles anf life jackets. All from
novice to expert are welcome. Meet at the Woodenfrog
Beach. June 17-August 16.
On the Property:
- Outside Game Court
- RAVE Water Bouncer
- Disk Golf Course
- Kids Videos
| There are two sand beaches on the
property and many larger beaches on islands in the lake. Many
people love to explore the islands to find a perfectly secluded
beach to call their own.
The Woodenfrog Campground (State of MN) has a very nice day use
area that includes a large sand beach you can use. It's about a
city block from Voyageur Park Lodge.
of all ages love the water trampoline. Beaches do not have life guards.