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I am looking for some suggestions for a family vacation this summer. Any help would be appreciated. We’re looking at going to Voyageurs National Park and renting a houseboat for a week in early to mid August. It looks like there are quite a few options. Houseboat rentals at Kabetogema, Crane, Rainy Lake to name a few. Although we won’t be fishing too hardcore, we would love to be able to have a  shorelunch or two with some fresh walleyes. It will be 4 adults and 3 kids. Does anyone have any first hand experience on these different rentals? Would you suggest one rental place over another for any reason? Nicer boats and/or accommodations, better fishing, better scenery?  Any places to avoid? Thank you for any help!

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Anywhere in Voyageurs NP is great ! Rainy lake houseboats is a great setup. Work with them on best availability for a sandy beach mourning of the boat , and a great swimming area for the kids . Rainy is huge , lots to see and do with good fishing for your shore lunches.


If if you do the Crane lake , Sandpoint , Namakin , Kab trip its the same thing as above . As for which is a better choice , hard to say as both places are beautiful . Do one this year and do the other next year , it’s the only way you will find a preference.  Enjoy !

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Thank you for the info, I will look into Rainy Lake Houseboats. Yes, a good spot for swimming and shorelunch is a great idea! I appreciate your input.

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I love going out of Crane Lake with Voyagaire Lodge and Houseboats. I love the amount of lakes you can visit and lots of great things to see. Kettle Falls Hotel, Grassy Bay Cliff, lots of great spots to fish and back bays to get out of the wind if it kicks up. The lodge they have is a GREAT way to get up there and spend the night before heading out.

Ebels Houseboat is located more on the middle of the park so there is that to consider. Have a great trip no matter where you head out from.

Been on several trips out of Crane so feel free to ask any ?s

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We are booked with Voyagaire Houseboats on Crane lake for August 19th-23. Thank you for the suggestions! Does anyone have suggestions for the walleye fishing that time of year ? I have explained “shore lunch” to the kids and adults in the group that just think it’s breading in a box. They are excited to experience it. I will probably rig up some bottom bouncers and spinners and start there to try and locate fish. Maybe the lodge will put a couple x’s On a map for community fishing spots? Tight lines1

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    • JBMasterAngler
      The mouth of the creek is quite a ways downstream from the landing, and you’ll have to cross several peoples’ docks. Entire stream is surrounded by private property. Sure, you can technically legally access the stream, but why would you want to bother with the headache of dealing with landowners that DON’T want you there? Stream is small enough to step across in most places, it’s very weedy, and lot’s of overhanging brush. Not to mention, below average at best numbers of small trout!   You want easy access? Buy a Wisconsin license! Right across the river in Pierce County alone, there’s hundreds of miles of public easements on trout streams that are ten times better than anything Minnesota has to offer!
    • JerkinLips
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    • fishingMN4eyes
      Got up Thursday evening to rain and pretty heavy wind Friday morning had us holding off on putting the boat in the water. Fished briefly Friday evening at sunset and picked up an 18" and a couple smalls. Fishing was decent Saturday morning but no real size, everything was 12-15". I had one that looked to be 17"ish flop off as I was trying to flip it into the boat. All the fish we caught were in 17-22'. We were fishing around about a 6' top but never caught anything on top. They appeared to be relating to the structure but not actually on it. Tried again Saturday evening for a couple hours and continued to pick up small walleye just like the morning. Sunday was windy again but we decided to slug it out for awhile and caught one decent perch and one small walleye. We fished similar depths and spots as Saturday but they weren't there. Marked them out in 35'+ but didn't feel like fighting the wind out in the big water so we called it quits around noon and never went back out(the wind never really did lay down or we may have tried again). Jig/minnow way outfished bottom bouncers/crawlers. Wish bottom bouncers would have worked better because it was tough to keep a jig down as fast as we were drifting and we never found a school to spot lock on.
    • Mike89
      that last pic is great!!   Hazel is saying oppps!!!  
    • MikeG3Boat
      I am heading up there tomorrow.  Where do you guys get minnows up in the area?  Tower or Cook or down in Virginia?  I have never heard of pike suckers?  How large are they?  Are you guys fishing the East or West side of the lake?  Let me know.  I am thinking of fishing the East side tomorrow and then headed to the west side from Thursday thru Sunday.  Any help would be appreciated?  I am a newby to the area.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks!
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      Finn and Hazel are getting along poor Finn get the biggest chomps from the baby shark teeth. Finn and I just want a nap, but we can’t as we are puppy patrol. 
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      Crap I am feeling like an old man today. Hazel is not letting Finn and I take a nap, but it is getting Finn and I ready for duck season.
    • JN13
      Asking $1,100 contact me at jen at malcotools.com
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