Lots of people come "up north" to go fishing, but biking enthusiasts are finding some awesome routes in the International Falls area. Distance-wise, there are several options for Beginners to Advanced Cyclists.
For the experienced biker there's the Arrowhead Trail, much of which is available to cyclists. It runs between the Taconite State Trail at Pike River Flowage near Peyla and to 3 miles south of International Falls (east of I-71 near Chapple).
Bikers should be aware that it is possible that some of the trail could be under water, but that's part of the adventure!
For a shorter ride, but still challenging is the 95 mile Blue Ox Trail. This is perfect for the mountain biker. These bikers will share the trail with deer and other wildlife. At it's southern end in Lake Bemidji State Park, the Blue Ox Trail–Voyageur Trail connects to the Paul Bunyan State Trail at County Road 20. The latter, carries on for another 119 miles and is paved. Finally, there is a much shorter, yet beautiful trip that starts in International Falls and continues for about 13 miles ending at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. This trip combines biking, stopping in Ranier for refreshments and taking advantage of the various historic sites in Voyageurs National Park.
What are you waiting for? Start pedaling!
For more information on trails, visit the DNR site.
Did you know Rainy Lake near International Falls, MN has over 2,100 miles of shoreline? That's about the same distance as driving from Chicago to Los Angeles! To be able to explore the highlights of Rainy Lake could take all summer. If you don't have all summer, the next best thing is to book a tour of the lake offered by the National Park Service and by area guides. The park service has a boat that can accommodate up to 49 passengers. If you want a more personal tour, several area outfitters and guides are available to show you around. They will not only point out the best wildlife viewing areas, but also give the history of this national treasure. Touring this way provides a safe and informative way to explore what the Voyageurs of long ago discovered. You'll see why it is considered Minnesota's vacation paradise.
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They say "time flies when you're having fun." If the length of a day is equivalent to how much fun you can have then June 21 gives the most opportunity for fun! June 21, which is known as the Summer Solstice, is the first official day of Summer. In the Rainy Lake area of Northern Minnesota we consider Memorial Day the "unofficial" start of Summer, and some say Summer starts on fishing opener. That's because we want to stretch the summer season out to pack in as many activities as we can to make up for the long winter days when dark hours exceed the light ones. According to the MN DNR timetable we will enjoy just over 16 hours of daylight on June 21 which is almost twice as much daylight as the shortest day of the year in December. How will you spend the gift of more daylight time?