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Rainy Lake Group Campsite is located on the shores of its beautiful namesake lake in Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota. Voyageurs is a mosaic of land and water, an environment of great beauty, exceptional natural and cultural resources and abundant recreational opportunities.

The park's complex system of waterways includes an important segment of the transcontinental highway traversed by French-Canadian voyageurs during the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Visitors must park their car and take to the water to fully experience the lakes, islands, and shorelines of the park. Today, motorboats, houseboats, canoes, and kayaks are all used here.

Natural Features:

Voyageurs is a place where the southern tip of the boreal forest meets and mixes with the northern edge of the hardwood forest. The area is comprised of fire-dependent forests, hardwood forests, peat lands, fens, marshes, rocky outcrops and lakeshore environments.

The rocks of Voyageurs tell a great story of mountain building, volcanic activity and glaciation. In fact, the rocks in the park are some of the oldest exposed rock in the world.

Wildlife is abundant in the region. Eastern timber wolves, bald eagles, moose and black bears can be seen in the park.


Exploring Voyageurs' extensive waterways is the park's most popular activity. Visitors enjoy canoeing, kayaking, sailing, boating and water skiing. The park boasts numerous hiking trails ranging in length from a short, 1/4-mile loop to an all-day, 9.5 mile trek.

Guided boat tours and naturalist programs are offered in the park during the summer months, primarily June through August. Programs take place throughout the park, departing from the Rainy Lake and Kabetogama Lake Visitor Centers.


This peaceful group campsite can be reached by boat only, and is 9 miles from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center by boat.

This site is accessible and a wheelchair lift is available upon request.

Within the facility are picnic tables, 2 fire rings, 7 tent pads, 4 food storage lockers, a vault toilet and dock space for 8-10 boats.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Birding
  • Boat Rentals
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Cultural Activities
  • Dock
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Fitness Trails
  • Geological Attractions
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Sailing
  • Star Gazing
  • Swimming
  • Tent Pads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • This is a boat-in only facility
  • All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in the provided food storage lockers
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack in-pack out" facility
  • Group leaders must check-in and obtain an overnight permit in person at the visitor center before traveling to the campsite
  • For delayed arrivals, Rainy Lake Visitor Center before 2 p.m. at 218-286-5258

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.60306, -92.95944
48°36'11"N, 92°57'34"W

Voyageurs National Park is approximately 5 hours north of Minneapolis-St. Paul on I-35 and HWY 53, 3 hours north of Duluth on HWY 53, and 4 hours south of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Take HWY 53 north or HWY 11 east or HWY 71 north to International Falls. Follow HWY 11 east for 11 miles to the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. Highway signs mark the visitor center entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

1797 Township Rd 342
International Falls  MN  56649

Phone Number:

Information:  (218)286-5258
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