The Kabetogama peninsula has some great interior lakes that offer some different fishing and a different type of experience...
The Interior Lakes
The 26 interior lakes range in size from 20 acres to 754 acres with unique characteristics supporting up to 21 fish species, with most of the lakes having less than 10. Five of the interior lakes’ ecosystems support cold water species with three supporting Lake Trout Salvelinus namaycush, and four supporting Cisco Coregonus artedi. Lake Trout require cold, well-oxygenated water throughout the year where they feed on a variety of organisms and fishes but prefer Cisco. There is even an interior lake, Shoepack, that has its own genetically distinct population of Muskellunge Esox masquinongy.
“The interior lakes offer an experience similar to the BWCA with no portaging canoes, since the park service has canoes and row boats at many of the lakes.”
Experience the Backcountry at Voyageurs All Backcountry adventures start with a boat ride to a trail head on the Kabetogama Peninsula. A water vessel is needed to access the trail head as you can only arrive by water. Set-up camp at our backcountry campsites by hiking to and/or canoeing on the smaller lakes within the Kabetogama Peninsula. Water Taxi Services are use to transport you and your gear to and from the trailhead. Backcountry Canoes are provided on certain lakes within the peninsula to the public—both for overnight camping and single-day use— and can be reserved on Recreation.gov. Our photo gallery shows campsite pictures and amenities at each Backcountry site. Looking for Frontcountry Experiences? Frontcountry camping is accessible directly by boat and do not require the extra hiking or canoeing involved with Backcountry Camping. If you do not have boat access and want to drive your vehicle to a campsite on land, there are public and private campgrounds within the surrounding gateway communities. If you want to rent a canoe from the mainland to explore Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point, or Crane Lakes (instead of the Backcountry), Local Area Businesses offer rentals. To avoid competing with these local businesses, the National Park Service does not rent canoes for the large lakes from visitor centers. The Basics for Traveling to your Backcountry Campsite
Parking: Camping Permit holders can park their vehicles overnight at any park visitor center for up to 14 days during their trip.
Travel by watercraft to a trailhead (visitors must either use their own boat, rent a vessel, or use a water taxi).
Follow your map and hike the trails into the Backcountry.
Some backcountry sites also require the use of a canoe after hiking to reach the site location. These are available for rent by the park and staged at the end of the trail. Remember to bring your Personal Flotation Device (PFD) hiking as the park only provides the canoe and paddles.
Permits and Prices There are two ways to get a permit:
Online at www.recreation.gov