Why Go Hiking in Voyageurs National Park?

Whether you’re a hiking novice or consider yourself a pro, hiking in Voyageurs National Park creates an enjoyable, unforgettable experience for all. During your nature trek, you can expect to see beautiful species of both plants and animals. Take in the picturesque landscape, and maybe even cast a quick line.


When you stay on a Rainy Lake Houseboat, hiking in Voyageurs National Park is a great on-land activity for your entire group. The variety of hiking trails cater to different skill levels and trip lengths so you can feel confident in your decision to go hiking in Voyageurs National Park, no matter your comfort level.

Our Rainy Lake Houseboat staff can offer advice on trails, where to anchor your houseboat and more when you’re interested in hiking in Voyageurs National Park.

Explore the Area

Hiking trails in Voyageurs National Park can lead you to rocky cliffs and a spectacular view of Rainy Lake. You can also hike down into remote wetland areas where your chances of spotting a moose or hearing the howl of a wolf are likely. Make sure to keep an eye out for unique native bird species, as well as for different kinds of trees and plants.

Anderson Bay Trail

The trailhead is located on the east end of Rainy Lake, in Anderson Bay. This hiking trail in Voyageurs National Park takes you up a rocky cliff to a spectacular view of Rainy Lake.

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 1.75 mile loops
Approximate Time: 2 hours


Cruiser Lake Trail

This is part of the Anderson Bay Trail System. There is a fork where you can decide to either take the Rainy Lake Loop or hike to Cruiser Lake. The Cruiser Lake Trail crosses over the peninsula, up ridges and down into remote wetland areas. It is possible to go past Cruiser Lake to Lake Kabetogama. This part is not recommended unless you are going to camp for one night, and return the next day. Hiking to Cruiser Lake and back to Anderson Bay is easily done in one day. Enjoying a picnic on the shore of Cruiser Lake is one of the most popular activities during this day-long hiking excursion in Voyageurs National Park.


Difficulty: Strenuous

Distance: 9.5 miles, one way

Approximate Time: 6-8 hours

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Size: 50'
Capacity: 6-10 People

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