Rainy Lake and Rainy River offer a host of activities for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year, from fishing and boating to snowmobiling and skiing. The following are some basic – and more obscure – facts about Rainy Lake and the surrounding area.
Rainy Lake is home to Minnesota’s only National Park, Voyageurs, which was established in 1975.
Rainy Lake is a remnant of Lake Agassiz, which was formed as the glaciers retreated north during the last ice age 50,000 to 10,000 years ago.
If International Falls sounds familiar it’s most likely because of a national weather reports referring to the city as “The Icebox of the Nation.”
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Considered by many to be the top multi-species lake in the world, Rainy Lake is an angler’s dream. Ripe with walleye, northern pike, smallmouth, black crappies and muskies, Rainy doesn’t have an “off season.” But this wide variety, coupled with the fact that Rainy covers almost 230,000 acres, can make finding fish a daunting task. For both beginning and pro anglers, hiring a fishing guide can take the guess work out of your trip and ensure you make the most of your time on the lake.
How to Hire a Guide
Begin your guide search here by checking out the websites listed and then calling your top picks. A conversation is essential to determine which guide will be a good fit for your and your party, especially if you are fishing with children.
Points of Etiquette
Your guide is dedicated to making your time on Rainy successful and memorable. Here are a couple things you can do to help:
If you’re staying at a lodge, often the owner or manager will be able to schedule a guide for you. Many guides work exclusively with lodges, so check before you begin your search.
We are having a little hot weather, and it will be great to get out on Rainy Lake. Go fishing, swim, water ski, canoe or just splash around. Rainy Lake is what the National Park is all about, enjoying this important and historic waterways crossroads.
Acreage Life magazine featured Voyageurs National Park in their latest issue. This magazine appeals to farmers throughout the Midwest. Their article points out that while it may be hot and humid where their readers are toiling away, we are enjoying relatively moderate weather and the remoteness and pristine nature of our Park.
The Rainy Lake Guide Association can help you out if you need to arrange a charter fishing trip, do a private tour of the Park, or just get a ride to an island campsite, beach, picnic area or hiking trail. They also post a report on their website. https://www.rainylakeguideassociation.com/the-fishing-weather-reports