The Great Minnesota Bucket List: Amusing Adventures

Load up the car with kids, sunblock, a camera, and binoculars, and go play.

Voyageurs National Park

Be a Lazy Voyageur

Look for the Lake Kabetogama Walleye, the world’s largest walleye, between Ray and International Falls, and pay homage to The Voyageur, near Crane Lake, which honors the French-Canadians who arrived in 1635.
Pile into a houseboat, pontoon, or other comfort craft for a relaxing and breathtakingly scenic trip through Voyageurs National Park, the least visited national park in the United States. Other than the access paths, there are no roads.

Modern-day voyageurs navigate 84,000 acres of water on Crane Lake, Rainy Lake, Lake Kabetogama (cab-a-toga-ma), Namakan Lake, and 26 other lakes via motorboats, sailboats, canoes, and kayaks in summer, and by snowmobile, cross-country skis, or snowshoes in winter. It’s free, although overnight permits are required.


Pitch a tent at one of 200-plus campsites. Or pull up a chair on the veranda at Kettle Falls Hotel, where Charles Lindbergh and John D. Rockefeller once stayed. 12977 Chippewa Tr., Kabetogama, 218-240-1724

Be sure to stop in at Nelson’s Resort on Crane Lake on a Thursday, when it serves a Swedish smorgasbord featuring homegrown garden vegetables. 7632 Nelson Rd., Crane Lake, 218-993-2295


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