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.
Catch yourself a big one this year!
Sturgeon Tag Season reopens July 1 and it's looking plentiful for everyone.
Catch and Release Season will be back October 1, 2019 to April 23, 2020.
(Note: It is illegal to fish for sturgeon outside of sturgeon season)
From boat or land, we have seen some great action this year. Just make sure your gear can land a fish over 100lbs!!!
The current state record was caught by Darren Troseth:
Some Things to remember during Sturgeon Season:
Sturgeon Tag season from July 1 - Sep 30:
The Ron Hall access in International Falls is a sturgeon hot spot. It is just below the dam.
If you'd rather learn the tips and tricks from a pro, check the guide services below.
The volunteers of the Polar Polers Ski Club from International Falls have invested many hours to complete the new Tilson Creek Bog Walk located near the Rainy Lake public fishing pier on Hwy 11 East of Ranier. The new bog walk is situated on the first .75 miles of the Tilson Ski Trail. There is a resting spot at about the half-way point. The walk is like a floating sidewalk made from boards and is about 6 feet wide making it perfect for runners, walkers or even pushing a stroller.
The bog is an important eco-system supporting a variety of plants including the Tamarack tree (also called the Larch) At first glance, these trees look like other conifers, but they are actually deciduous as they lose their pine-like needles every fall. What makes a bog different from a swamp is bogs are made up of a floating mass of rotting moss resulting in a soil known as peat. The decaying process causes the peat moss to "burp" in the spring time as the moss releases gas into the atmosphere. It is recommended to wear mosquito repellent as the bog is a perfect breeding area for those pesky bugs. Surprisingly, some of the plants in the bog actually capture mosquitoes and other insects with their sticky leaves and are able to break down their capture as a source of nutrient.
The walk does not allow motorized vehicles. More energetic visitors can continue beyond the end of the bog walk into the ski trail system which is clearly marked on the map at the entrance and also along the way.
Check out this newly completed feature of the Voyageurs Park area soon!