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Rainy Lake

212,000 acres
Max. Depth:
161 ft.


Rainy Lake is a large, sprawling body of water crawling with islands. Its clear waters span Ontario, Canada and Minnesota, near Voyageurs National Park. In the surrounding wilderness, heavily forested and undeveloped, you are unlikely to cross paths with another person. This is a perfect area for secluded hiking, camping and other adventures.

While many parts of Rainy Lake are reachable by a couple of highways and dirt roads, most of it requires a boat to see. The best way to maximize your time is with a houseboat rental, hopping from island to island or perhaps settling on one and claiming it as your own for a week. You can stock up in International Falls, pick up your boat from Rainy Lake marina and head out on the water free from worry and protected from bugs.

All throughout the lake you'll find excellent fishing, some of the best smallmouth bass in the United States. You can also find in some parts muskies, crappie, walleye and northern pike.

Tour Companies

  • Nationwide Lakes
  • Boating, Houseboating
  • 888-454-8825

Houseboat Vacations If you've never taken a houseboat vacation before, you don't know what you're missing. Houseboating is a fun and easy way to explore the unique waters of North America. We pride ourselves on our commitment to working with our customers to help make their trip the best it can be.


Rock Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Black Crappie
Yellow Perch
Northern Pike
Fishing Methods:
Jigs,Crank Baits,Minnow-shaped Baits,,Trolling with deep-diving lures produces very well


212,000 acres
Max. Depth:
161 ft.
Water Access:
Numerous Public Boat Ramps
Camping Info
Campgrounds exist within the surrounding shores on the lake. Permits are required to camp within the Voyageurs National Park.


Water Features
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
Water Activities
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
Water Services
  • Bait Shop
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fuel Available
  • Motorboat Rentals

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