Make a memorable ending to your day on Rainy Lake by catching a sunset at one of these easily-accessible sites. Before you go, check a weather app for sunset time and make sure your camera batteries are fully charged.
Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
Located on Highway 11 just east of International Falls, this site faces northwest and provides a view of the Rainy River and the community of Fort Frances, Ontario, on the opposite shore.
Located about 3 miles east of International Falls, the community of Ranier welcomes visitors with a restaurant, bar, brew pub, ice cream shop and several opportunities to catch the sunset. The Ranier River dock has a unique view of the convergence of Rainy Lake and Rainy River, which flows briskly under the railway lift bridge. Located at the end of Ranier’s main street, the Spruce Street dock offers the chance for a leisurely stroll, as well as the chance to see spectacular sunset. When standing at the end of dock, you’ll notice a beach with another dock not far to your right, which is another great place to watch mother nature’s end-of-day light show.
Tilson Bay Wayside Park
Further east on Highway 11, Tilson Bay has a dock, boat launch and parking lot, as well as a trail used for both hiking and cross-country skiing. Those who take the trek are rewarded with a picture-perfect view from a high ridge. You can also watch the setting sun warm the colors of the bog on the south side of the bridge.
If you have boat access, simply head onto the lake and face west for endless photo opps framed by deep blue water and rocky pine shores.
The walleye bite on Rainy Lake has shifted to later in the day, however, jigs and minnows are still the best bet. The National Park ice road has extended to Bushyhead Island providing more access to some good structure. If you are up early and itching to fish, try for a large northern pike around the mouth of Black Bay. Pike have been active throughout the day and you might do very well with a large minnow on a bare hook. Some crappie have been mixing in with the walleye around Sand Bay.
Snowmobile trails are in good shape and open to all areas east, south and west of here. This Saturday, February 3, the International Voyageurs Snowmobile Club hosts their annual hot dog roast at the shelter where the Hagerman and Arrowhead Trails meet. Join the club for a warm fire, hot dogs and great riding.
Cross country ski and snowshoe trails are also open and tracked. The Tilson Bay system and the Park's Black Bay Trails all offer a good shot at encountering wintering wildlife.
Andrea Kappelman posted the fish house photo on our Facebook Page. Thanks Andrea; great photo!