3 Best Day Hikes in Voyageurs National Park

Below you will find the 3 best day hikes in Voyageurs! Voyageurs National Park is located in northern Minnesota just south of the Canadian border. Visitors at this park get around via boat more often than their car and most trails are waterways. However, I have listed some of my recommended hiking trails below to explore in between your fishing and paddling experiences. Official Website.

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1. Cruiser Lake Trail

This trail system crosses the Kabetogama Peninsula (north to south) which makes up a majority of the park. You’ll pass some beautiful inland lakes. Most visitors to the park are on the water so you’ll have the trail to yourself with a good chance of seeing a moose or deer. The trailhead is only accessible by boat and hikers can start either on the Kebetogama  or Rainy Lake side.

  • 9.5 miles – one way
  • 200′ gain
  • Moderate

2. Oberholtzer Trail 

This trail passes 2 overlooks through forests and wetlands and the first 1/4 miles in wheelchair accessible. The trailhead is located next to the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. This trail is accessible by car.

  • 1.7 miles – Out and back
  • No elevation gain
  • Easy

3. Black Bay Beaver Pond

Fun hike through northern pine country to an active beaver pond. The trailhead is only accessible by boat and is located across Black Bay from the Rainy Visitor Center.

  • 1.2 miles
  • No elevation gain
  • Easy

 

Click on the image below to purchase an illustrated map of Voyageurs National Park – useful if you’re driving the boat!

 

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