From the Waters of Rainy Lake
From the Waters of Rainy Lake
Close your eyes and imagine miles and miles of expansive shore line. These shores are flanked by majestic mountains and brilliant green trees as far as the eye can see. Crystal waters lap up on rocky shores in some spots and sandy beaches in other areas. Imagine the peace a place like this might bring as a respite from the daily grind of your hectic life.
Can you feel the wind on your face and hear the call of the wild Loon off in the distance? Now open your eyes. This place that you just imagined does not exist merely in your dreams. It is found in Northern Minnesota, straddling the US and Canada Border. Rainy Lake. A place of beauty and relaxtion.
With over 1500 miles of shore line, and hundreds of inlets and islands, Rainy Lake is the largest lake in the extensive network of Voyageurs National Park. Because of its massive size it is less populated than most of the other lakes in the area and has the best fishing. Fishing is a year round activity on Rainy Lake, however bass fisherman will have the best success in early June. Rainy Lake is known as the best drive to smallmouth bass lake in the United States. It is also teaming with walleye, northern pike, crappie and muskies in certain areas. Whether you rent an upgraded fishing boat from the marina along with your houseboat rental or bring your own, you will never be dissapointed with your daily catch.
If fishing does not peak your interest, perhaps a hike in the expansive wilderness would suit you. You will find several marked trails approximately 20 miles up lake. Or if trailblazing is more your style, you can explore at your whim. Make sure to bring your hiking boots, bug spray and plenty of water. A camera is also a must. Not only will you enjoy the breathtaking scenery, you will most likely catch a glimspe of the local wildlife including deer, beavers and otters. An occasional bear might cross your path though this is not as common.
Temperatures at Rainy Lake are moderately temperate throughout the season. Even in the summer you might encounter a brief rain shower and crisp evenings so pack to prepare for any weather. Enjoy a campfire in the evenings any season at one of the many designated houseboat areas. You can choose between sandy beaches or rocky shores to moor your houseboat at night.
Make sure to take a trip out to tour the historic Kettle Falls Hotel, which can only be accessed by small boat. No roads lead here! This the only restaurant on the lake. Sit outside and enjoy a sandwich while taking in the amazing Fall colors in September. Or watch as families play along the smoothe waters. Keep in mind that while personal watercrafts are not allowed on the lake, waterskiing is a welcomed sport if you have your own speedboat.
A houseboat trip to Rainy Lake is just what the doctor ordered to alleviate your stress. Though the 2010 season ends October 1st, it is never too early to plan ahead for 2011. We are currently taking reservations. Contact us online or call one of our rental agents at 888-454-8825 to book your houseboat adventure.