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Explore with a Voyageurs National Park Group Tour

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With four seasons of outdoor recreation, International Falls is a great destination for your group vacation, with an abundance of sights to see, places to visit, and things to do.

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Guided Tours on Rainy Lake Aboard the Voyageur

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. The tour will also take in areas where you are likely to see wildlife. Another tour travels some 30 miles up Rainy Lake to the Kettle Falls area, where a historic hotel has been serving guests for over 100 years. Kettle Falls is a remote waterways crossroads where the Namakan Reservoir pours into Rainy Lake. This is one of the few spots where you can stand on US soil and look south into Canada. Visitors to the park can also tour the Rainy Lake Visitor Center, where there are history displays, a theatre with films about the park and a self guided nature trail.

Guided Tours

Guided Tours

Group Tours within International Falls Area

International Falls is home to one of the largest and fastest paper making machines in the world, and tours can be arranged. There is a museum devoted to the history of Koochiching County as well as an addition that houses Bronko Nagurski memorabilia. Bronko is a favorite son of International Falls, achieving gridiron fame in the early days of professional football. Bronko was enshrined as a charter member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

The International Falls, Ranier and Rainy Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau has provided ride along guides to tour through the agricultural and forest products areas of Koochiching County, where there are many great opportunities to spot wildlife. The ride usually involves scenic views of the Littlefork and Big Fork Rivers.

Tours into the Rainy River Valley can include a visit to ancient indian burial mounds left by Native American cultures along the Rainy River. The McKinstry Mounds are reasonably accessible and safe to visit if the group is able to walk on some riverside trails for a bit. The Smith Site, which includes the largest mound in Minnesota is less accessible. There is no safe place to park and the hike to the mounds would be a considerable distance. There can, however be a short stop at the now closed Grand Mound Interpretive Center to talk about the history and cultural significance of the site.

Sample Group Itinerary

Sample Group Itinerary

9:00 am – Board Bus @ Lodging Property of Choice

9:15 am – Arrive @ Koochiching County/Bronko Nagurski Museums

Tour will split into two groups, one will take a guided tour of the historical displays and one will watch a biography of NFL Hall-of-Famer Bronko Nagurski and browse his collection of memorabilia. The groups trade places halfway through the tour. There will also be time to relax outdoors in Smokey Bear Park and get some photos with Smokey.

10:15 am – Depart

From the Museums, the tour will travel through the residential areas east of International Falls where they will see a historic rail bridge, pass through the busiest rail port in the United States, pass public beaches and lakeshore neighborhoods enroute to the Rainy Lake Visitor Center for Voyageurs National Park.

10:45 am – Arrive @ Rainy Lake Visitor Center

Again, the tour will split into two groups, which again trade places. One group will watch some films on the National Park, tours a museum exhibit on the history of transportation in the park and takes a guided hike on a nature trail, most of which is handicap accessible. The other group will board the 49 passenger tour boat “Voyageur” and visit the Little American Island gold Mine and other points of interest in the park.

12:15 pm – Depart

The tour will now proceed to Sha Sha point and the end of Minnesota Highway 11 East, which also happens to be the start of Minnesota’s northernmost byway, Waters of the Dancing Sky Scenic Byway, which travels from Voyageurs National Park along the Canadian border. The group could arrange lunch at Sha Sha Resort, Island View Lodge or Thunderbird Lodge.

1:30 pm – Depart

The tour will continue west on the Scenic Byway while learning more of the industrial and cultural history of the area. With some side trips to see industrial sites or points of interest in International Falls, the tour will continue west on the byway for about 20 miles down the Rainy River Valley and learn more about the farm areas, formation of the international border and the quirk of Minnesota’s Northwest Angle, the little tip of Minnesota on Lake of the Woods that is only road accessible by passing through miles of Manitoba, Canada. Then there will be a 20 minute ride on a paved Koochiching County secondary road through the farm area of Lindford and Littlefork, there can be stops at some scenic areas or parks if desired. Upon returning to International Falls, the group will have some time to browse the downtown district for souvenirs or gifts.




If you any questions about tours of the Voyageurs National Park 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

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International Falls, MN 56649

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