Voyageurs National Park

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Access more than 500 islands by boat and explore this park’s seemingly endless miles of shoreline under the clear skies of northern Minnesota.

Voyageurs National Park has more than 655 miles (1,054 kilometers) of shoreline. Much of the park, including the large Kabetogama Peninsula, is best accessed by watercraft: canoe, sailboat, motorboat, even houseboat. Pack in supplies and find your own island for wilderness exploration.

Wildlife abounds in the park. Furry otters frequently play near the Kabetogama Visitor Center. As you glide near the shoreline in a canoe, watch for moose, black bear and beaver coming for a drink of water. Listen to the eerie song of loons and gaze up at bald eagles soaring overhead. Fish for walleye, northern pike, lake trout and smallmouth bass. Your watery paths follow those of the French-Canadian voyageurs who boated through the area gathering beaver pelts for the making of fur hats.

The park encourages visitors to “Hike to Health” on its 15 trails. Pick up information from a visitor center. Practice outdoor navigation skills with the GPS Scavenger Hunt.

As you hike, you’ll pass through mixed forests of spruce, fir, pines, oaks and maples. Gather wild raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and thimbleberries to make camp jam. Stay at the hike-in or boat-in campsites. At night enjoy stargazing in the clear skies and stay up late to look for the shimmering colors of the aurora borealis.

Ellsworth Rock Garden is one of the park’s highlights, with 52 terraced levels of plantings and more than 150 eclectic sculptures of stacked rocks. Come to this fascinating spot simply to enjoy the artistic designs of the garden or check with the Voyageurs National Park Association to find out what volunteer needs exist for garden or trail maintenance.

In winter, borrow snowshoes from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. Cross-country ski on trails or snowmobile or drive on frozen lakes with 2-foot-thick (60-centimeter) ice.

Reach Voyageurs National Park by car in 20 minutes from International Falls or 4.5 hours from Minneapolis. Year-round access to the park is free. Camping and boat tours have fees.

U.S. national parks offer affordable access to mountains, lakes and streams across the country. Enjoy your visit to the watery wonderland of Voyageurs National Park.

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The Nomad Motel
The Nomad Motel
2.5 out of 5
10 Riverview Blvd, International Falls, MN
The price is $79 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Situated in International Falls, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Falls Memorial Hospital, and Smokey Bear Park. Bronko Nagurski ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (121 reviews)
"Wonderful little motel to stay in International Falls while arriving and leaving"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

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Rainy Lake Vacation Home with Panoramic Views
Rainy Lake Vacation Home with Panoramic Views
International Falls, MN
Located in the heart of International Falls, this historic vacation home is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Voyageurs National Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Rainy Lake ...
3.4/5 Good! (7 reviews)
A great view
"Nice boat dock and great location. Need to improve of 1) toilets; 2)showers;"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

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Cantilever Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Cantilever Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3 out of 5
2078 Spruce St, International Falls, MN
The price is $127 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Bronko Nagurski Museum, Smokey Bear Park, and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. The Fort Frances Museum ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (82 reviews)
"We LOVED this place. Perfect in every way"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

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Days Inn by Wyndham International Falls
Days Inn by Wyndham International Falls
2 out of 5
2331 U S Hwy 53 S, International Falls, MN
The price is $76 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 30
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The Nomad Motel
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2.5 out of 5
10 Riverview Blvd, International Falls, MN
The price is $79 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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Rainy Lake Vacation Home with Panoramic Views
International Falls, MN
Rainy Lake Vacation Home with Panoramic Views
Cantilever Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Cantilever Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3 out of 5
2078 Spruce St, International Falls, MN
The price is $127 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Cantilever Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
AmericInn by Wyndham International Falls
AmericInn by Wyndham International Falls
3 out of 5
1500 MN-11, International Falls, MN
The price is $110 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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Americas Best Value Inn & Suites International Falls
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites International Falls
2 out of 5
2326 Highway 53, International Falls, MN
The price is $79 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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Beach front get away with new 50 foot dock!
International Falls, MN
Beach front get away with new 50 foot dock!
Hilltop Lodge
Hilltop Lodge
2 out of 5
2002 2nd Ave, International Falls, MN
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Echo Retreat Lake Kabetogama
Echo Retreat Lake Kabetogama
Ray, MN
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