RAINY LAKE: RATED BEST SUNSET
If you're looking for a family vacation or an endless supply of fishing holes--we have you covered. In the heart of Voyageurs National Park, the Rainy Lake area offers houseboat vacations, family resorts on the beach, and quick lodging stops if you're just passing through.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Rainy River is open from the dam, downriver past Pelland Junction. Anglers are waiting for the accesses to be opened so they can fit in some of the earliest open water fishing available. The photo shows Kuttes Landing just west of International Falls where the anglers have beaten a path to the open water to fish from shore.
The walleye season extends to April 14 on our border waters, plus you can try for huge sturgeon that lurk the river waters. Sturgeon fishing is catch-and-release only, and please be careful handling them, Rainy River is one of the true success stories in efforts to reestablish the species.
Rainy Lake anglers continue to get out, seeking walleye and crappie in 18 to 24 feet of water around Sand Bay, and using tip ups for big northern pike around Black Bay.
Trail conditions are deteriorating and you expect them to be closed very soon.
By Joey Bunch | email@example.com | The Denver Post
Fall for the far north
International Falls has two famous residents: Smokey Bear, who has a namesake park and 26-foot statue here, and Bronko Nagurski, the Hall of Fame football player and native son whose museum is in Big Smokey Bear Park, across the street from a massive Boise paper mill on the Canadian border.
South of this fading blue-collar milltown is Voyageurs National Park, a hub for all the best outdoor splendor that northern Minnesota offers, including opportunities to drive down a creaking ice-covered river.
Minnesota is a winter bird-watching wonderland with more than 300 species that can be found here, including the rare-to-the-lower-48 snowy owls, a large raptor with catlike yellow eyes that can turn up as far south as the Twin Cities. Winter also brings Minnesota a parliament of great gray, boreal and hawk owls.
Nearly 160 species nest in the vast forests and largest peat bogs near Voyageurs National Park, including 23 types of wood warblers. Winter visitors also include red or white-winged crossbills, pine and evening grosbeaks and bohemian waxwings.
For fans of mind-blowing questions about human existence, schedule a tour at the NOvA Neutrino Lab along Ash River, 30 miles southeast of International Falls.
There, government physicists have a constructed a 14,000-ton detector to study subatomic particles called neutrinos. Produced by the sun, nuclear decay, cosmic rays and supernovae, neutrinos pass otherwise undetected through the planet and people. Researchers hope the detector will help explain the origins of the universe and why matter, including humans, exists...
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The National Park Service has extended their ice road around Dryweed Island making a large loop to the area of Cranberry Bay and Back to Black Bay. Ice anglers have been getting out to the easy access structures that are holding walleye and crappie. Access the Park ice road at the Rainy Lake visitor Center ramp. The walleye bite has been best later in the day. suspending a minnow off the bottom with a bobber has been working in around 35 feet of water. Sand Bay and the Birch Point area remain very popular.
Snowmobile trails are in great shape and all the ski and snowshoe trails are open and in great shape too.
Photo by Full Throttle Guiding.