DescriptionInternational Falls is the entrance to Voyageurs National Park and its wealth of summer and winter recreational activities. The city also is a key port of entry and supply point for neighboring Ontario.
Rainy Lake offers opportunities for water sports and boat cruises through Voyageurs National Park. At 3rd Street and 6th Avenue is Smokey Bear Park, where a 26-foot-tall likeness of the well-known forest fire prevention mascot stands. The park also contains the Koochiching Museums.
International Falls is the northeastern end of the “Waters of the Dancing Sky Scenic Byway,” which runs westward to Karlstad along SR 11. The 191-mile-long route passes state parks, national historic sites, wilderness drives and a designated wildflower route, as well as such man-made landmarks as Willie Walleye in the town of Baudette. The gaping-mouthed fish statue at the corner of Main Street and International Drive is 40 feet long and 21 feet, 4 inches in girth. For brochures and a map detailing the scenic byway contact the International Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Another larger-than-life statue welcomes visitors to Ranier, 2 miles east of International Falls on SR 11. Big Vic is the 30-foot-tall likeness of a voyageur, the brawny French-Canadian fur traders who once navigated rivers and lakes in this rugged region. Ranier, situated where the Rainy River flows out of Rainy Lake, also is home to the oldest operating cantilever railroad lift bridge in the United States. From Ranier the route continues east to the village of Island View; this stretch of SR 11 makes for a delightfully scenic summer drive.
Visitor InfoInternational Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau 301 2nd Ave. INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN 56649. Phone:(218)283-9400 or (800)325-5766
Things to SeeKoochiching Museums