Rainy Lake

International Falls, Minnesota

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Rainy Lake is a wild and scenic international waterway. More than a lake, it is an inland sea 60 miles long, 12 miles wide, and covering 350 square miles, with 2,500 miles of shoreline and 1,600 islands. The shoreline is wooded and rocky, and wooded islands are always in sight, jutting up from the deep blue water. From some of the bluffs and islands, the paddler can see the next day’s destination, 8 to 10 miles away. Rainy Lake has a capricious nature, mild and calm one minute, a white-water tempest the next. Danger, in the form of high winds and waves, is always a threat. It is safe enough, however, if the paddler stays close to shore, watches for the approach of storms or high winds, and is prepared to sit out windy days. This route leads among the islands and bays of the south shore of the lake to Soldier Point, with a quick look at Saginaw Bay. A ghost town, gold mines, a point named after a military sortie, a fish camp, scenic bays, wildlife pastures, and a rookery can be seen. Fishing for walleye, northern pike, and smallmouth bass can be very successful. A short, 0.2-mile portage across Soldier Point is the only recommended portage, and it can be bypassed. Reverse the route to return to the put-in point. Lengthen the trip by continuing to Kettle Falls or beyond.
Paddling the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park

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Paddling the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park

by James Churchill (Falcon Guides)

Rainy Lake is a wild and scenic international waterway. More than a lake, it is an inland sea 60 miles long, 12 miles wide, and covering 350 square miles, with 2,500 miles of shoreline and 1,600 islands. The shoreline is wooded and rocky, and wooded islands are always in sight, jutting up from the deep blue water. From some of the bluffs and islands, the paddler can see the next day’s destination, 8 to 10 miles away. Rainy Lake has a capricious nature, mild and calm one minute, a white-water tempest the next. Danger, in the form of high winds and waves, is always a threat. It is safe enough, however, if the paddler stays close to shore, watches for the approach of storms or high winds, and is prepared to sit out windy days.

This route leads among the islands and bays of the south shore of the lake to Soldier Point, with a quick look at Saginaw Bay. A ghost town, gold mines, a point named after a military sortie, a fish camp, scenic bays, wildlife pastures, and a rookery can be seen. Fishing for walleye, northern pike, and smallmouth bass can be very successful. A short, 0.2-mile portage across Soldier Point is the only recommended portage, and it can be bypassed. Reverse the route to return to the put-in point. Lengthen the trip by continuing to Kettle Falls or beyond.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: International Falls
Distance: 30
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 days; longer with "wind days," fishing days, and intensive exploring.
Class: Class I
Season: May through September, depending on weather
Local Contacts: Voyageurs National Park
Local Maps: USGS Soldier Point, Cranberry Bay, Island View
Driving Directions: Directions to Rainy Lake

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