Things to Do...

WHERE ARE THE FALLS?
The natural falls, once a 35-foot drop over a series of rapids, is now concealed under the reservoir of water formed by the dam built in 1905. Rainy River, flowing out of Rainy Lake to Lake of the Woods, serves now as the boundary between Minnesota and Ontario but was known to pre-historic Indians, explorers and Voyageurs. Learn more about this history and the origin of the original town name “Koochiching” at the Koochiching Museums.

ANTIQUE SHOPS, SOUVENIR SHOPS, SPECIALTY SHOPS AND MALLS
A vacation is rarely complete without taking time to shop. Voyageur Country is sprinkled with unique shops, antique shops and a mall. Concentrated shopping areas include: Main Street area, Highway 53, Highway 11 West, and in the historic village of Ranier (two miles east of International Falls). Many of the resorts, houseboats B & B’s, cottages and hotels also offer souvenirs.

RANIER
The little resort village of Ranier offers:

  • Items of historic interest, including the Voyageur monument, antique rail bridge and depot.

  • Parks, boating, swimming, tennis, fishing, scenic picnic places.

  • Boat tours

  • Accommodations

  • RV parking

  • Shopping

  • Sand beaches

  • Restaurants/pubs/ice cream parlors

  • Bicycle rental

  • Paddleboat rentals

  • Bicycle and walking trails

  • Marine service

  • Rental fishing boats

Ranier also offers a full array of visitor and guest services geared to assuring an interesting and enjoyable experience for modern-day Voyageurs and fun seekers of all ages.


SMOKEY BEAR PARK
Smokey’s vital statistics: height, 26 feet; weight, 82 tons. Bring your lunch or buy “to go” downtown and enjoy the shaded picnic tables within the park. No admission fee.

KOOCHICHING COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM and BRONKO NAGURSKI MUSEUM
The Koochiching Historical Museum features 10,000 years of Borderland history. Exhibits document the northern Minnesota region including Native history and culture, European settlement and the utilization of the natural resources through the fur trade to modern forestry.

The attached Bronko Nagurski Museum is a lasting tribute to this football legend. Experience the early days of the NFL and be inspired by the greatest football player of all time.

The Koochiching Museums are located in Smokey Bear Park, at 214 6th Avenue, and are open all year. Call (218) 283-4316 for more information. Admission fee.

SPORTSMEN’S SERVICE WILDLIFE MUSEUM
View the finest private wildlife collection in Minnesota. Visitors will enjoy exhibits including over 100 birds and 50 animals. The collection is housed at Sportsmen’s Service, Highway 53. Nominal admittance fee (218) 283-2411.


VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER ON RAINY LAKE
The Rainy Lake Visitor Center is 11 miles east of International Falls on Highway 11. Phone (218) 286-5258.
The Rendezvous - Your Guide to Voyageurs National Park

The center tells the story of Minnesota’s only national park in displays, maps and presentations. Be sure to inquire about naturalist-guided activities and boat tours.


PLAYGROUNDS & SKATEBOARD PARK
The eight playgrounds in International Falls are: 8th Street, Kerry Park, City Beach, Ranier, Third Avenue East, Riverview Boulevard, Shorewood Drive and Carson-Lupie playground, which is handicap accessible. A new skateboard park is located at Kerry Park.


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WATERS OF THE DANCING SKY SCENIC BYWAY
The state of Minnesota designated Highway 11 west from Rainy Lake (International Falls) to Karlstad, MN a scenic byway. Over 47 points of interest are found on this “two-hour route.”


BIRDING & WILDLIFE IN VOYAGEUR COUNTRY OF NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA
International Falls is the center of an area where several habitat types overlap, providing excellent wildlife watching opportunities. Hiking trails within and near Voyageurs National Park offer excellent opportunities. Two books outlining birding opportunities are available at the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 301 2nd Ave. In International Falls, and are also available at Voyageurs National Park Visitor Centers.


GOLF COURSES
Falls Country Club, located next to scenic Rainy River, offers an 18-hole championship golf course that is open to the public. The par-72 course, which measures 6,632 yards from the back tees, winds through the beautiful pines and aspen of Northern Minnesota and is laced with a series of streams and ponds that provide a challenge to players of all skill levels. PGA Professional, pro shop, restaurant, bar and practice range available for your enjoyment. For tee times call (218) 283-4491. Our sister city, Fort Frances, Ontario, also offers two 18-hole championship golf courses that are open to the public. Choose from 54 holes of golf! www.fallscc.com


BEACHES
City Beach is located three miles east of International Falls on County Road 20 off Highway 11 East. You’ll find picnic tables, grills, swings, basketball courts and a large sandy beach with a lifeguard on duty. A smaller beach without a lifeguard is also located in Ranier.


BOAT TOURS
Explore Voyageurs National Park via a boat tour. Examples of tours include: Gold Mine tour, Discovery tour, sunset cruises, full moon cruises and tours to the famous historic Kettle Falls Hotel. Explore Minnesota’s only national park. Call (218) 283-6600 or (218) 286-5258.




Rendezvous Yacht Club
Yacht Club Sailboats Sailing on Rainy Lake
SAILBOAT TOURS AND RACES
The Rendezvous Yacht Club offers an opportunity to sail a bit on Rainy Lake every Wednesday evening.  Sailboats congregate at Woody’s dock in Ranier that evening for an informal race and the captains will take along a passenger or two; you just have to get there early for some sailing safety instructions. Arrive at the dock by 5:30. The Club also offers rides during Ranier Days, August 10th, 2013. You can learn more about the Yacht Club organized cruises and races at their website www.rycweb.org.

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RAINY LAKE BIKE TRAIL
One of Northern Minnesota’s most scenic bike trails begins in International Falls and ends near the Rainy Lake Visitor Center entrance to Voyageurs National Park.


HISTORIC GOLD MINES
Gold fever hit Rainy Lake in the late 1800s; and the National Park Service interprets that sparkle in our history. Visit Bushyhead Island or Little American Island by cruise boat or private vessel. Call (218) 286-5258 for the latest schedules and fees.


INTERNATIONAL BORDER & BRIDGE
The International Bridge is a popular crossing for tourists and local citizens. To visit Fort Frances, Ontario, you may drive your vehicle and pay a toll or leave your car in the U.S. and use the pedestrian walkway. Either way, you’re required to check in with Canadian Customs. When you enter the town of Fort Frances, visit their travel information center, just a half-block past Canadian Customs.

Boats, snowmachines and seaplane crossing information: Those entering the U.S. by boat or snowmachine should clear customs at the Bohman Landing videophone, (six miles from International Falls on Hwy. 11 East). Seaplanes should clear customs at the seaplane base on Rainy River, (one mile east of the dam). Call U.S. Customs at least one hour before landing, (218-283-2541).

Those entering Canada by boat should report to the Sorting Gap Marina or Rainy Lake Sports near the Fort Frances shoreline. Snowmachines should clear at Rusty Meyers Flying Services on Sandy Bay. Canada Customs information, (807-274-3655, x241).

Call the Convention and Visitors Bureau for further information, 1-800-FALLS-MN.


RAINY RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
At Rainy River Community College we foster learning and leadership by surrounding our students with an environment rich in natural wonder. Students begin great journeys in education here. Faculty and staff get to know students on a first-name basis.

RRCC's campus is an eight-building complex connected with heated walkways, a courtyard and three ponds edged by decks. The adjacent residence hall offers furnished apartment-style accommodations for students. Our varsity sports and student activities foster leadership and diversity.

Rainy River Community College has an excellent liberal arts program leading to a transferable Associate in Arts Degree, and features excellent math and science departments as well as an academic certificate in Indigenous Studies. Technical students prepare for careers as Business Office Specialists, Accounting Technicians, Outdoor Leaders, Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aides. Practical Nursing students earn a one-year diploma.

The two-year Associate in Science prepares students for transfer and majors in Computer Information Systems, Outdoor Leadership, and Math or Science Education.

At Rainy River, students not only learn what it takes to succeed, they live it.


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