Area Activities

Cultural Attractions

Kooching Historical Museum
The Koochiching Historical Museum features 10,000 years of Borderland history. Exhibits document the northern Minnesota region including Native history and culture. Call (218) 283-4316 for more information.

Bronko Nagurski Museum
Bronko Nagurski Museum is a lasting tribute to this football legend. Experience the early days of the NFL and be inspired by the greatest football player of all time.

Mining Attractions

Minnesota Discovery Center 
TheMinnesota Discovery Center focuses on the Iron Range with a museum, mining equipment, miner’s home, children’s area, ethnic food stands, trolley ride, and an open pit mine. Call (800) 372-6437 for more information.

Tower of Sudan Mine
Fascinating hard-hat tour of mine a half-mile undergraound. Minnesota’s first underground mine, it is now a state park. Call (218) 753-2245 for more information.


Voyaguers National Park Boat Excursions
Voyageurs National Park offers guided boat tours and naturalist programs during the summer months, primarily June – August. Programs take place throughout the park, departing from the Rainy Lake and Kabetogama Lake Visitor Centers. Guided tour boats to an old gold mine, Kettle Falls Hotel, and other points with frequent bald eagle and other wildlife observation. Call (218) 283-9821 for more information.

Boise Cascade Paper Mill
See one of the largest and fastest paper making machines in the world at the Boise Paper Solutions mill, located on Second Street. Touring America magazine lists this as one of the top 18 plant tours in the country. June through August, Monday through Friday, tours are regularly scheduled; other times by reservation. No children under 10 or cameras are allowed. No admission fee.

Visitor Centers

Ash River Visitor Center
Call (218) 374-3221 for more information.

Rainy Lake Visitor Center
Call (218) 286-5258 for more information.

Voyageurs National Park and Orr Area Information Center
Call (800) 357-9255 for more information.

Wildlife attractions

Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary
Experience the world of the black bear. You will see and learn about black bears and their world. Trained naturalists will interpret bear behavior as it happens.

International Wolf Center
Exhibits on wolf legends and behavior, hands-on activities for kids, plus resident wolf pack and naturalist programs.

Sportsmen’s Service Wildlife Museum
View the finest private wildlife collection in Minnesota. Visitors will enjoy exhibits including over 100 birds and 50 animals. The collection is housed at Sportsmen’s Service, Highway 53. Call (218) 283-2411 for more information.