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A Never Ending Amount of Excitement

There are many attractions to see and fun things to do year round throughout our area on land and water beginning with a visit to Voyageurs National Park. Voyageurs National Park was established because of the spectacular scenery, rich natural resources and vibrant history of this historic waterway. The Park Service offers regularly scheduled guided boat tours, canoe trips and much more at both the Rainy Lake and Kabetogama Visitor Centers.

The Rendezvous: Your Guide to Voyageurs National Park


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World Class Fishing

Rainy Lake has long been a favorite Midwest fishing vacation spot for Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Crappie. You can also fish Sturgeon on Rainy River. Because Rainy Lake and Rainy River are border waters there is an extended walleye season allowing for the latest season ice fishing on Rainy Lake and the earliest open water fishing on Rainy River. See the Calendar of Events for the premier annual Minnesota Bass Tournament.

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Hiking, Biking, Birding and More

Hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking are also some fun outdoor activities to enjoy. The area has also become a choice location for birding. Touring historic sites, enjoying scenic drives and golfing along Rainy River are also popular summer recreations. There are also several unique shops in the area for souvenirs, antiques.

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ATV & Snowmobiling

In season, ATV riders can explore forestry roads and trails from one end of the county to the other. In the winter, sledders will find hundreds of miles of groomed trails that can include the winter beauty and solitude of Rainy Lake, both from the frozen surface of the lake and overland portages.

ATV & Snowmobiling


Birding

The Rainy Lake and Voyageurs National Park area provide excellent opportunities for birders. Our widely varied habitat is within the flyways for hundreds of species of migrating birds. There are well adapted species that winter here as well.

Birding


Camping

Voyageurs National Park allows tent camping on islands throughout the park and there are houseboat mooring sites as well. You are best off to contact the National Park Service regarding camping within the park, the Rainy Lake Visitor Center phone number is (218) 286-5258.

Camping


Canoeing & Kayaking

Our National Park is named Voyageurs in honor of the fur trade era laborers that paddled the water routes deep into North America. Exploring Voyageurs by canoe or kayak will bring you up-close and personal with the spectacular scenery and vibrant history of the Park.

Canoeing & Kayaking


Golfing

Falls Country Club is an excellent 18-hole public golf course on the Rainy River just west of International Falls. The course was designed by Joel Goldstrand and offers challenges for every skill level.

Golfing


Hiking & Biking

The Rainy Lake Recreation Trail follows the south shore of Rainy River and then Rainy Lake east from International Falls to the Rainy Lake visitor Center for Voyageurs National Park. The paved trail takes you through lakeside residential areas and forested highlands a distance of about 12 miles.

Hiking & Biking


Hunting

There are vast tracts of public land in Koochiching County with an extensive system of forestry roads that provide access to the public for hunting. Common big game hunts in our county are black bear and whitetail deer with archery and firearms seasons in the fall. Small game in our area generally involves grouse or squirrel hunting. Waterfowl hunters can find good areas for duck or goose.

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Tours

Tour a Gold Mine or a Historic Hotel – Voyageurs National Park has a tour boat that can handle groups of up to 49 passengers, and offers some great destinations. Ride the Voyageur to Little American Island and you can hike interpretive trails with a ranger and see what remains of the biggest and best gold mine on Rainy Lake.

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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.


    More Fun Stuff to do in the International Falls, Ranier and Rainy Lake area.

      • Koochiching Museums: Located in Smokey Bear Park, our museum features artifacts and displays from early native nomadic villages to the fur trade era, brief gold rush and subsequent development. An annex is devoted to Bronko Nagurski, native and charter NFL Hall-of-Famer.
      • Wildlife Museum: Sportsmen’s Service maintains one of the finest taxidermy collections in Minnesota with over 100 birds and 50 mammals on display.
      • Rainy Lake Visitor Center: Displays of historic artifacts, films about the park, picnic grounds, a nature trail, boat tours and interpretive programs are provided by Voyageurs National Park.
      • Giant Statues: Photos with Smokey Bear and Big Vic are a must. Smokey is 26 feet tall and dons seasonal wear, adding flair to your photo. Thirty foot tall Voyageur Vic has been greeting visitors to Ranier for decades.
      • Village of Ranier: A lakeside jewel with fun shops, city parks and beaches and a historic rail bridge. For Railroad buffs, Ranier is the busiest rail port in the United States.
      • Falls Country Club: This par 72 public course is situated on the Rainy River and winds through the typical aspen and pine forests offering challenges for every skill level.
      • Rainy Lake Recreation Trail: A scenic paved trail open to hiking and biking connects International Falls to the Rainy Lake Visitor Center by following the south shore of Rainy River and Rainy Lake some 12 miles.
      • Rendezvous Yacht Club: There are informal races Wednesday evenings, and most captains don’t mind taking a passenger or two. Be at the Ranier docks by 5:30 for a little safety orientation.
      • Canoe or Kayak: Explore the National Park by canoe or kayak and evoke the fur trade era when the Voyageurs paddled and portaged all day through this wilderness.
      • Independence Day/Canada Day: International Falls, Minnesota, USA and Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada are sister cities separated only by the Rainy River and the International Border. Early July brings several days of celebration.
      • Waters of the Dancing Sky Scenic Byway: The byway begins at Sha Sha point on Rainy Lake and travels west along the Rainy River to Lake of the Woods, and then to North Dakota taking you through the heavily forested Canadian shield area west to rolling farmlands.

    We invite you to explore Minnesota starting with our only National Park. You will find fun things to do as a family, or on your own. Download our Visitor Guide and maps for more information and directions to many of the area attractions such as museums, statues, recreation spots, parks and more. If you have any questions 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

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