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Fun on the Water in the Edge of the Wilderness

Edge of the Wilderness Resort Area
Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding and more!

World Class Pristine Lakes

The Edge of the Wilderness Area is home to hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of lakes and several rivers. So it’s not surprising that most vacationers and area residents alike love to spend as much time as possible on the water - be it fishing, boating, waterskiing, tubing, kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, and pontoon riding. The brilliance of the Northwoods sunsets, the secluded islands, unique shorelines, and spectacular waterfowl and wildlife take on a whole new look when viewed from a fishing boat, pontoon or other watercraft. Bring your own boat or rent one here - just make sure you get out on the water.

Back in the days of the late 18th Century and up to the middle of the 19th Century, the wilds of what would later become the Edge of the Wilderness Area were virtually uncharted. There were no roads, few trails and a trip over land was extremely difficult if not impossible. Back then, indigenous people and fur traders traversed the area’s wilderness riverways and lakes in sleek birchbark canoes. These canoes were light, easy to handle in currents and capable of turning quickly and sharply, yet were durable enough to withstand the elements and carry a large cargo. Today you can experience the same beauty and excitement when you canoe the Edge! Paddle your canoe or kayak down a pine-fringed river, across a sunset-lit lake or ride the whitewater rapids: our rivers and lakes come in all shapes and sizes and offer great adventure for beginners and experts alike.

Canoe/Kayak Trips in Itasca County Minnesota

Itasca County is an idyllic destination for canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts.

The Big Fork River flows north to the Rainy river. Most of the river is easy to canoe with several areas of Class I rapids. There are two spectacular water falls that should be be portaged: Little American Falls (Class III-IV) and Big Falls (Class IV-VI).

Recreational canoe enthusiasts enjoy the Prairie River. Much of this stream is located in Savanna State Forest which was once part of an important portage route during fur trade era.

The Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center in Marcell, MN rents canoes, kayaks, paddles, and life jackets for use on Ranier Lake. For rates and reservations call 218-832-3161.

Paddleboarding on a Minnesota lake
Paddleboarding on a Minnesota lake

Edge of the Wilderness Resort Area

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Group kayaking trip
Group kayaking trip

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Paddleboarding
Paddleboarding

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Paddleboarding on a Minnesota lake
Paddleboarding on a Minnesota lake

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