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Rainy Lake Canoe/Fishing Trip in Early June

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I'm planning a Canoe/Fishing trip to Voyagers/Rainy Lake in early June for about 15 guys. We normally head to the BWCA for this trip but our group has gotten too large to stay at one campsite. Two campsite breaks up the group too much. We will be bringing our pontoon and pull the canoes to our base camp.

Any suggestions for campsites, we are thinking of renting the one in Voyagers near the Brule Narrows.

After five days camping, we need a place to shower and clean-up, any suggestions? We don't want to smell each other for five hours on the way home. LOL. Also a good place for lunch.

Thanks

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Rainy Lake is quite different than the BWCA for canoeing. Rainy is better suited for motorized boats or kayaks, as it can get pretty rough. I'm not saying its impossible to fish in a canoe, it just might be a little more challenging.

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First of all welcome to Fishing Minnesota!

I do see a handful of canoes take off each year from the Visitor Center landing. The key is little or no wind to get out and back from the Brule. There are several places to tuck out of the wind and fish there and on the way out there.

On the other hand it seemed like half of the days last year were too windy for my 14'/20 hp on the Rainy.

Other obvious but often overlooked options for people who want to canoe up here are the Littlefork, Bigfork and Rainy rivers. All have excellent June fishing although the first two could even have a few more skeeters than the lake then.

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Make your reservations plenty early for the site in the Brule. It's a gorgeous site that has a lot of good canoeing areas close by, but as mentioned before I wouldn't plan on taking the canoes any real distance.

The right wind blowing across the lake can be pretty unforgiving to say the least. We had to get a crew with 3 canoes over to shore after one tipped over so they could dry out and spend the night, and that was in Black Bay about 1/2 mile from the visitor center!

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Never mind.

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FishingQueen

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Thanks for your responses. We are considering going to Namakan instead. More cover and not as much open water so we can fish from the canoes easier.

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