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    Default A week in Voyageurs National Park

    Just spent a week in Voyageurs Park with my 3 daughters and their families. I have posted about the park on previous trips as this has been an annual event for us and fortunately this year all except my bride were able to join for at least part of the week (a trip back in September is planned with just her). This year we launched 2 boats from Ash River on the east end of Kabetogama and proceeded northeast about 22 miles to Kettle Falls Hotel where there is a truck portage past the falls into huge and beautiful Rainy Lake on the Canadian border. Kettle Falls is a logging era hotel between Namakan and Rainy Lake and is accesible only by water and run by a National Park concessioner. From Kettle falls we proceeded west 16 miles to our campsite on Nelson Island near the Brule Narrows on Rainy Lake where we spent our first two nights. After Nelson Island we backtracked 10 miles to stunning Anderson Bay for the remaining 5 days.

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    The park consists of 4 large lakes, Crane Lake, Sand Point Lake, Namakan Lake, and Rainy Lake. All are interconnected and navigable with the exception of the truck portage at Kettle Falls.

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    Launching at Ash River

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    Kettle Falls truck portage. Just call on VHF and they will drive down and portage you across the falls for $25. I was told that there is a gathering of wooden boats at Kettle Falls each September so may try to get some more information on that for next month.

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    Campsites are individual and reserved in advance and are equipped with bear lockers, picnic tables, tent pads and fire pits There is a burning ban in place and we were unable to use the fireplace this year. Some like this one on Virgin Island have docks and many have a sand beach or landing and a least some protection from the sometimes wild weather seen on these big lakes.

    Bruce
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    Fishing was at the top of the list for many and despite a non-functioning trolling motor on the designated fishing boat everyone had some success.

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    Granddaughter

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    Grandson no. 1

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    Daughter caught from our campsite.

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    Son in Law, also caught from shore. The smoke from Canadian forest fires made for some interesting lighting and photo effects.

    Bruce
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    Grandson no. 2

    Besides fishing we kept busy with other activities

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    An afternoon at Finger Bay

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    Waiting out the rain

    Bruce
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    Trail at Anderson Bay leading to cliff-top view

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    Dock shenanigans

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    Deluxe accommodations

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    Back to Kettle Falls for appetizers, family soccer match and rounds of "pink things".

    Bruce
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    And some sunsets to die for:

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    Yours truly


    Bruce

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    Great looking family, great time for everyone!!!! Enjoy!!!

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    Default Re: A week in Voyageurs National Park

    Looks like you had a great time. We did a houseboat rental vacation there with another family when the kids were young. Very memorable. I'd like to go back sometime with a sail and oar boat and camp cruise and then do a canoe trip in the BWCA.

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    Default Re: A week in Voyageurs National Park

    Awesome cruising ground! You're lucky folks!

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    Default Re: A week in Voyageurs National Park

    Hello Bruce,

    Some wonderful photos of a beautiful area, deluxe accommodations, exciting things to do, and best of all... BIG smiles on everyone.

    Thanks for posting the pics.

    Regards,
    Alan

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    Great trip, thank you for sharing!

    I am intrigued with your boat, she looks to be quite capable. What is the design, and is there a thread on building her?

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    Nice trip. Thanks for posting
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    Great trip! Thanks for posting. Can you please share more about your Whitefin 22 (Gengler)?

    Looks like a great cruising boat.

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    Default Re: A week in Voyageurs National Park

    Thanks all. The boat is a design by John Gengler that I found published in Boatbuilder magazine. The plans showed an open skiff and a center console version as well as what I built. There were no other boats completed to the plans that I am aware of according to a conversation with Mr. Gengler a number of years ago. I completed the build in 2005 and until 4 years ago used it exclusively in Voyageurs Park where I had a summer cabin. Since then its at my place on Lake Pepin (Mississippi River) in Frontenac Minnesota. I've forgotten the exact specs but it is plywood on frame, 22 feet long with 12 degree deadrise and powered by a 90 HP outboard. Cruises nicely and gives top speed of 36 mph if I need it. It has been perfect for me on the big lakes and hopefully will last as long as I do.

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    Bruce

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