Rainy Lake, Voyageurs National Park

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Rainy Lake is a relatively large freshwater lake straddling the border between the United States and Canada. The Rainy River issues from the west side of the lake and is harnessed to make hydroelectricity for US and Canadian locations. The sister cities of International Falls, Minnesota, and Fort Frances, Ontario, are situated on either side of the outflow of the river from the lake. Rainy Lake and Rainy River establish part of the boundary between the U.S. state of Minnesota and the Canadian province of Ontario.
Voyageurs National Park is located on the southeastern corner of the lake, where it connects with Kabetogama and Namakan Lakes at Kettle Falls. Rainy Lake is part of an extremely large system of lakes forming the Hudson Bay drainage basin that stretches from west of Lake Superior north to the Arctic Ocean. The Rainy Lake watershed includes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, portions of the Superior National Forest on the US side of the border, and the Quetico Provincial Park on the Canadian side of the border.
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  • Of the three visitor's center, this one was the largest in terms of displays/theater area/parking/etc. They are set up to handle larger crowds. Had we been there on the right day, we would have liked ...  more »
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  • Fantastic lake for fishing and camping. When winter rolls around where better to let loose on the sleds. Sunsets are something else and hence the area being called Sunset Country. Lots of great hotels and restaurants in the area on both the Canadian and American side. Come visit and enjoy!
  • Greatest recreational lake in the world. So beautiful and tranquil. Perfection.

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