All ages can hop aboard the Voyageur at Rainy Lake or the Otter at Kabetogama Lake and Ash River for naturalist-led boat tours of the parks. Among the most popular destinations: a lunch (or bring-your-own-picnic) at Kettle Falls Hotel, a former gold mine, commercial fishing camp and a chance to spot bald eagles.
There also are sunset cruises and a starwatch tour to talk about constellations and possible see northern lights. Tours are $15 to $65 per person. Infants 2 and under are free. Free evening programs and special speakers also are scheduled at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center’s campfire ring and the Wooden Frog campground near Kabetogoma.