Adventure Hiking at it’s best in Northern Minnesota

Back Country Hiking in Minnesota

Accessible only by boat makes the hiking trails on the Kabetogama Peninsula an adventure to explore. The most extensive remote trail system in Voyageurs National Park is the Cruiser Lake Trails. The Cruiser Lake Trail system is a through hike across the Kabetogama Peninsula from the north shore of Lake Kabetogama to the south shore of Rainy Lake with Cruiser Lake near the midpoint.

As Tracy can attest, hiking this stretch of trails you are truly able to experience Voyageurs country, from tranquil wetlands and rugged shorelines to windswept cliffs. You hear only the sound of nature and rarely see another person on the trail. It’s also your best bet to track and see Moose.

Hiking in Voyageurs National Park on Cruiser Lake trail on Kabetogama Peninsula e view of Anderson Bay
View of Anderson Bay from Cruiser Lake Hiking Trail System – Voyageurs Natl Park Photo Credit: VNPA
Trail before it was cleared.
Before” Cruiser Lake Hiking Trail System Improvements – Voyageurs Natl Park  Photo Credit: VNPA
Forest trail.
After” Cruiser Lake Hiking Trail System Improvements – Voyageurs Natl Park Photo Credit: VNPA

There are back country campsites and several interior lakes within the Kabetogama Peninsula. You can reserve both a campsite and a canoe with the National Park and pick up a key for the boat prior to your departure. This helps eliminate lengthy portages that is common in the BWCA. In fact, to keep the interior lakes pristine and free of invasive species you are not allowed to bring your own boat. Fish for dinner and have a shore lunch!

Hiking Trail Renovation Project in Celebration of NPS Centennial

Cruiser Lake Trail


Voyageurs National Park and its charitable partner Voyageurs National Park Association (VNPA) recently completed the renovation of the crown jewel of the park’s trail system on the Kabetogama Peninsula – the Cruiser Lake Trail – as their signature project for the National Park Service Centennial. Offering perhaps the best opportunity []

We highly recommend, to both the casual or avid hiker, to add this hiking this stretch of wilderness to your bucket list! Checkout the Cruiser Lake trail system map here (click). Contact us at Northern Lights Resort to help plan your trip!

Source: Voyageurs National Park and VNPA Complete Renovation of Cruiser Lake Trail System in Celebration of NPS Centennial – Voyageurs National Park Association