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Things to Do at the Ash River Trail

Minnesota attractions and events

Experience the Minnesota northwoods like never before! The Ash River Trail and Voyageurs National Park
offer you and your family and friends a truly "up north" vacation with all the wilderness activities
like Minnesota houseboating, fishing, waterskiing, canoeing, hiking, and picnicing. The unique quality and
beauty of our lakes and shoreline will have you coming back year after year. Our lake system offers easy accessibility to Lake Kabetogama, Namakan, Rainy Lake, Sand Point Lake, and Crane Lake.

Ash River is only 7 miles from the Canadian border waters of Namakan Lake. Just 16 miles and you are at the historic Kettle Falls Hotel and dam where you actually look south into Canada, while the waters flow north! Accessible only by water, boat tours are offered from June to September. Kettle Falls also offers mechanical boat portages so you can easily enjoy the east end of Rainy Lake. Another favorite place to take in some of the history of the area is the Ellsworth Rock Garden, located on the north shore of Lake Kabetogama where you'll find beautiful and creative rock statuaries.

Crane Lake

Voyageurs National Park has over 250 well-maintained campsites to be used by houseboaters, campers, and those wanting to take advantage of a day on the lake. Hike the islands, enjoy a shorelunch, swim on a sandy beach, or pick blueberries. The choice is yours! And if you are real adventurous the park provides canoes and rowboats to navigate interior lakes just as the voyageurs did. Locator Lake, Cruiser Lake, Mica Bay, and Chain of Lakes are just a few of the trails we recommend.

Enjoy a scenic drive to the Ash River and Kabetogama Lake visitor centers where the views of the lake are spectacular and we think you'll find the centers to be very interesting and informative. They also offer a marked trail system for hiking.

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Calendar of Events

February - Presidents Day Weekend--Area Lodges plan lots of fun activities & entertainment

May - Minnesota Fishing Opener

July 4th - Parade and lots of resort activities

August - Annual Golf Tournament
-"Ash River Motorcycle Run" from Twin
Cities-Weekend Before Labor Day

September 1st
- Bear Hunting Opener

September - Local Fishing Contest third Saturday every September

November  - Deer Hunting Opener

Things to do

Visitors Center   Churches
Museums / Tours   Gift Shops
Golf Courses   Summer Park Activities

Whether you travel our lakes or our land, you are sure to see soaring eagles, black bear swimming, deer wandering from the woods, or playful otters along the Ash River. The quiet of the evening will sound the howling of the elusive Timber Wolf and a showing of the magnificent Northern Lights. Enjoy!


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