Camping in Voyageurs National Park
Camp by motorboat, houseboat or canoe in beautiful Voyageurs National Park at any of the 200 water accessible campsites. Campsites, free of charge and on a first come, first-served basis, offer picnic tables, fire rings and tent pads to name a few items. Permit required (free). Call (218) 283-6600 or (218) 286-5258..
Boat Cruises -Several different boat cruises. See bald eagles, osprey, loons and other wildlife commonly seen.
For more information call (800) FALLS-MN or (888) 381-2873. Limited cruises available. To check out one of the fun tours, visit
Kabetogama, Ash River and Rainy Lake visitor centers offer canoe voyages, nature walks and a “Kids Explore Voyageurs” program Call (218) 286-5258.
Kettle Falls Experience
Historic Kettle Falls Hotel, in existence since 1913, is accessible only by boat or ferry service. Experience the crooked floor in the bar, good food or a scenic view from the dam which controls the lake levels. Your stay, whether it is a day or weekend, will be a pleasurable experience. Contact the Chamber of Commerce (800) 325-5766.
Walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and crappie are all prized game fish in Rainy Lake, and it is an excellent fishery. An update is posted weekly at http://www.rainylake.org
The Koochiching Museum and Bronko Nagurski Annex are open daily and admissions vary. The museums are located in Smokey Bear Park on 6th Avenue at 3rd Street. 283 4316
The International Falls City Beach and Ranier Beach are great places to catch some sun and take a swim, both are accessible by taking county road 20 through the village of Ranier.
Forestry roads in Koochiching County offer scenic color tours, expect colors to change from mid September to Mid October. Touring Rainy Lake by boat will provide some stunning scenery as well. To learn more about a fun fall color trip, visit http://www.squidoo.com/daytriptothelost40
Koochiching County is a popular area for Bear Hunting and there are guide services available. Small game season provides an opportunity to hunt ruffed and spruce grouse, plus it’s possible to hunt woodcock waterfowl and whitetail deer. To check out some info on hunting, go to http://www.squidoo.com/grouse-hunting
Things to Do
There are many things to see and do in the area, and a website that has tons of photos and fun information can be found at http://www.squidoo.com/things-to-do-RL
What About Winter?
Snow brings the opportunity to snowmobile, cross country ski or snowshoe to experience the northland beauty. Rainy Lake is great for ice fishing, especially with portable gear, however, there are ice roads plowed in many areas for larger ice houses and several resorts offer ice fishing packages.
Icebox Days in January each year offers quite a variety of family oriented fun events and features the “Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run” an over 30 year old race event that draws well over 200 hardy runners each year. For the truly hardy, the Arrowhead 135 starts in International Falls and ends 135 miles away near Tower. Participants can bike, hike or ski the trail and need to prove they are prepared for this event.
Enjoy the sightings of such wildlife animals as the bald eagles, osprey, loons, gulls, blue herons, moose, beaver, wolves, deer and more.
Paper Mill Tours
Boise Paper offers interesting hour-long tours June through August, Monday through Friday, 8:30am., 11:00am., and1:30pm., No Admission fee, no children under 10 and reservations are appreciated. 218 285 5011.
Located at Sportsman’s Service on highway 53, the exhibits include over 100 birds and 50 animals. Admission is $1.00 adults and .50 children.
Falls Country Club
An 18-hole championship course situated on the Rainy River with spectacular views into Canada. PGA golf professional, pro shop, practice range, bar and grill. Information, 218 283 4491.
October 31, 2013
Trick or Treat Street
Backus Community Center 4-6pm 285 7225
November 7, 2013
Hard Travelin’ with Woody
Backus Concert 7pm 285 7225 at Backus Auditorium, information 218 285 7225
November 8, 2013
Power of the Purse
Fundraiser at AmericInn 5:30pm Social Hour 6:30pm Dinner and Program.
November 21, 2013
Border Concert Association 7:30pm at Backus Auditorium, Information, 291 295 7225
November 29, 2013
Twas the Lights Before Christmas Parade 7pm, Chamber of Commerce 218 283 9400.
November 30, 2013
Movies with Santa.
Cine 5, 11:30am, Chamber of Commerce 218 283 9400.
December 25, 2013
December 25, 2013
Community Christmas Dinner
Roadhouse Nightclub, open to public, 2pm-6pm.
January 1, 2014
Happy New Years!
January 16-19, 2014
Icebox Days XXXIV
Events every day. For information, Chamber of commerce 218 283 9400.
January 18, 2014
Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run
Key race event for Icebox Days, information and registration at www.freezeyergizzardrun.com
January 27, 2014
Arrowhead Ultra 135
Rugged winter race from International Falls to Fortune Bay near Tower, 135 miles south. Information www.arrowheadultra.com
Arrowhead Ultra 135
February 8, 2014
Vintage Snowmobile Ride and Hot Dog Roast-International Voyageurs Snowmobile Club information at www.ridetheborder.com
February 15, 2014
6th Annual Speed Run Against Cancer. International Voyageurs Snowmobile Club information at www.ridetheborder.com
February 28, 2014
Inland waters walleye season closes. The season remains open on the border waters of Rainy Lake and Rainy River. Call the Convention and visitors Bureau for information 800 325 5766.
February 28, 2014
Play based in International Falls and presented at Backus Auditorium. 218 285 7225
March 1, 2014
Play based in International Falls and presented at Backus Auditorium 7pm 218 285 7225
March 14, 2014
Border Concert presentation at Backus Auditorium, 7:30pm 218 285 7225
March 22, 2014
Galactic Cowboy Orchestra
Backus Concert presentation at Backus Auditorium 7pm 281 825 7225
April 1, 2014
Border Concert presentation at Backus Auditorium 7:30pm 218 285 7225
April 14, 2014
Border waters walleye season closes.
Questions? Contact Us:
International Falls, Ranier and Rainy Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau
Pete Schultz, Director
301 2nd Ave., International Falls, Mn 56649
1 800 FallsMN (1- 800-325-5766)