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Rainy River Fishing Vacation Near International Falls!


Savvy anglers plan their fishing vacations around some very important time frames. First, Rainy River remains open for walleye fishing until mid-April allowing for the earliest possible open water fishing in Minnesota. This is also the time when walleye are running upstream from Lake of the Woods. In the fall, there will be another walleye run when emerald shiner minnows start entering the River from smaller tributaries.

There are spring and summer tag seasons for lake sturgeon in the Rainy River. These ancient fish have been making a strong comeback in the Rainy River. During the tag season, you will be allowed to keep one trophy sturgeon.

Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass seasons remain open continuously on Rainy River.

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Watch for Wildlife while Fishing Rainy River

A great deal of the land along Rainy River remains undeveloped and boating offers a chance to see bald eagles, osprey, beaver and otter, whitetail deer, black bear and more. Bald eagles are able to winter in the area by staying near the Rainy River Valley, the current is swift and areas of the river remain free of ice allowing eagles to feed on fish.

Rainy River runs about 80 miles, carrying water from the Rainy Lake watershed west to Lake of the Woods where it will flow north and eventually into Hudson Bay.

Access to Rainy River is Plentiful

There are public access to Rainy River getting you close to some of the best spots. The Pat Roche Access is located below the Ranier Rapids and above the dam at International Falls. Below the dam, the Ron Hall access gets you on the River at the west end of International Falls. Kuttes Landing near Pelland Junction puts you near the confluence of the Little Fork River. Another access can be found every 5 to 10 miles downstream from there.

Falls Country Club’s Greatest Water Hazard

With several holes right alongside the Rainy River, Falls Country Club features a beautiful water hazard that is also the International Border. The 18 hole Joel Goldstrand designed course is one of northern Minnesota’s top golf courses. The par 72 championship course is open to the public and you’ll find a practice range, pro-shop, bar and restaurant to serve you.

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If you any questions about the Rainy River area, contact our offices at or call (800) 325-5766 during regular business hours.




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International Falls, Rainy Lake and Ranier Convention and Visitors Bureau

301 2nd Avenue
International Falls, MN 56649

(218) 283 9400
(800) 325 5766