Canoe or Kayak Lake Kabetogama

Minnesota Lake Kabetogama, MN

  • Activities:

    Canoeing, Camping, Kayaking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Lake
Scenic

Large lake with many smaller islands - perfect for paddling!

Lake Kabetogama is located in Voyageurs National Park and is one of the main attractions for the park. We saw so many vehicles with boat trailers in every parking lot. There are houseboat campsites, lots of fishing, tour boats, rental canoes and kayaks. Since we don't own our own boats, we rented canoes from Arrowhead Lodge & Resort which was just down the hill from the Wooden Frog Campground. We were able to put in the water right from the lodge, but I believe you can put in from any of the Visitor Centers as well.

We went early in the morning as the wind was going to pick up later, but it was still a bit of a difficult paddle. We paddled out to some of the closer, small islands and explored some of the boat-in campsites. These sites can be reserved and would be a fantastic way to enjoy the area!

If you are truly feeling ambitious, you can paddle over to the Kabetogama Peninsula where there are fabulous hiking trails!

Pack List

  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Water proof bag
  • Water proof camera
  • PFD
  • Extra padle
Read More

Reviews

Overall rating: 

Leave a Review

There are trails to hike, camp, and canoe the backcountry. What an excellent experience! Definitely going to be a trip every year!

about 2 months ago
about 2 months ago

Great kayaking experience! Rough waves middle of the day so the earlier you start in the day the better. Also the only thing keeping this from five stars is the amount of motor boats on the lake. Not the best place if you are looking for isolation, the boundary waters would be better for that.

7 months ago
7 months ago

When it's clear and calm, you don't want to miss this opportunity. Kayak to any one of the hundreds of islands for shore lunch or set up camp for the night. You'll need a reservation to camp, but if you're not camping, be cognizant of where camp spots are located so you don't disturb those who do have reservations. Awesome experience all around!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Jess CurrenExplorer

Outdoor adventure loving mom of 3 amazing kids and wife to the best husband a girl could ask for. We sold everything in 2013 to travel the United States in our Airstream travel trailer. We bike, hike, backpack, and love to explore new places as a family.

Are we missing something? Suggest an edit

Nearby Adventures

Camp and Mountain Bike Cuyana State Recreation Area

Minnesota / Portsmouth Campground

Cuyuna Lakes Recreation Area has put a lot of time, money and resources into building this amazing IMBA trail system.

52 Saves

Kayak along the Shoreline of Tettegouche State Park

Minnesota / Northshore Mining Water Access

Begin your kayaking tour at the Northshore Mining Access (http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/kayaking/lswt_map2.pdf) in Silver Bay, right after you pass the Northshore Mining facility.

52 Saves

Canoe to the Palisades on Seagull Lake in the BWCA

Minnesota / Seagull Lake Boat Launch at Trail's End Campground

Begin your trip at the Seagull Lake boat launch at Trail's End Campground.

20 Saves