Rainy Lake has an excellent reputation in the Minnesota walleye fishing world. Mid-May through June you can find the walleye in shallower areas, near the weed beds and rocky shorelines, where they are foraging for the bait fish. That’s also where the smallmouth bass are likely to be and aggressive northern pike will be near the weedy edges of the shallower bays. All in all, there’s a good chance to encounter a school of crappie too. You could fill up with four species on Rainy Lake and are welcome to try. The Minnesota Walleye opener May 13, 2017 make it all legal.
Voyageurs National Park and the United State Coast Guard Lamplighters have completed buoy placement within the Park Boundaries. Voyageurs National Park encourages boaters to use caution due to low water levels. Hazards that are not typically visible or marked may be exposed.
Meanwhile, Voyageurs has announced their summer hours and the start of the interpretive programs and boat tours. Through May 27th, the Rainy Lake Visitor Center will be open Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:30 PM. On Sunday, May 28, 2017 it will be open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Boat tours and Ranger-led interpretive programs will begin on May 25th.
People are getting out on the hiking trails and finding songbirds, small mammals and other active wildlife easier to spot as the leaves are just starting to come in. In a week or two, the forest will be a dense green.
Our area ATV trails are also getting some use, the trails were open to travel on April 1, 2017 but don’t usually start seeing heavier traffic until the trails have had a chance to dry in the lower spots. Koochiching, St. Louis and Itasca County are all very ATV friendly. In our tri-county region there are thousands of miles of legal, safe, marked trails to ride.
We are ready to answer any questions you might have, contact information is listed at the bottom of the web pages on this site. If you’d like to get a regular update on our area recreation and events, subscribe to the e-newsletter, that option is also at the footer of this page.
Crossing the Border
Why not make it a two-nation vacation while you are here. Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada is only separated from International Falls and Ranier by the width of the Rainy River. Please do visit our neighbors to the north, it is a distinctly different country where you will find the people friendly and the dining and shopping options truly different. There are great golf courses, scenic drives, museums and historic sites to make for a day-trip. Stop at our office for ideas and information, we are just blocks from the International Bridge.
International Falls and Fort Frances share many events and celebrations, but are in two different countries, each with homeland protection priorities and procedures. To make travel across the border easy, bring along a passport or become a trusted traveler. Below, you will find links to help you understand the border crossing procedures and how you can become a trusted traveler.
It is possible to boat into Canada to visit and then boat back into the United States, but you must follow the proper reporting procedures. Again, the information is included in the links below, but if you have difficulty navigating or understanding the websites we have regular phone numbers you can call. Our local Customs and Border Protection phone number is 218-283-2541 and the Canadian border station is at 807-274-3655.
Many people consider making international crossing part of the trip here or home. Cross at International Falls and head east toward Thunder Bay on Lake Superior and return to the U.S. at Pigeon River. Be sure to stop at Split Rock Lighthouse as you head south on the scenic drive. Going the other way? Head west from Fort Frances along the Rainy River Valley and return to the US at Baudette. If you head west, be sure to take in Kay Nah Chi Wah Nung, an interpretive center for ancient burial mounds found throughout the Rainy Lake Watershed.
Global Entry & NEXUS Processing in International Falls, Minnesota.
The International Falls port of entry processes Global Entry and NEXUS applicants, both are trusted traveler programs sponsored by Customs and Border Protection. Additional information about Global Entry and NEXUS can be found at www.globalentry.gov or www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/nexus.
The ice is off of Rainy Lake and Rainy River is attracting anglers. The River attraction is the catch-and-release sturgeon season, pulling in one of these monster sized fish is quite a thrill. However, anglers on the lake and the river can also fish for northern pike, smallmouth bass and crappie.
In the meantime, signs of spring and summer are popping up everywhere, things such as wildflowers, mushrooms, songbirds and more. This is the time of year Ruffed Grouse are drumming and American woodcock are peenting. These are fairly noticeable breeding activities that come with spring.
Whitetail deer are browsing where they can get to new growth pushing out from damp areas well exposed to the sunlight, like the southern exposure of a ditch. Keep your eyes open while traveling our highways. It will be a month or more, but soon does will be giving birth to their fawns.
Us humans are stirring more as well. This past weekend a group of 80 ATV’s toured through the western part of Koochiching County. Bike riders are getting out on the bike paths joined by roller bladers.
It won’t be long before summer vacations start, and if you haven’t planned your outing, you should. We have information on Voyageurs National Park, accommodations ranging from Houseboats to Vacation Cottages to convenient motels near restaurants. Things to do both within and outside of the Park. If you’d like some information, just go to the bottom of the page and access our order form. We can also answer your questions by phone or email, those options are also listed at the bottom of the page.
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