Local Attractions near Crane Lake, MN

While Headquarters RV Park is located in the heart of the Voyageur wilderness, it’s far from boring!  There is a summer full of fun events. Here are some of the attractions, events, and businesses you’ll want to check out during your stay with us near Crane Lake, MN! 

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Join us to celebrate Independence Day - there is no better place to be than Crane Lake!  Our world famous parade is always on the 4th - it starts at 7:00 p.m. and goes down the main street of Crane Lake (Gold Coast Road). Come at 6:30 for line up and if you want a good spot!  All are invited to join in the fun and enter the parade.  It starts at Voyagaire Lodge, turns around after the bridge and ends back at Voyagaire Lodge. Double the candy, Double the fun! Cash prizes are awarded to the best float and trust me, anything goes in this crazy parade.  Immediately after the parade, kids should head down to Norway Lodge for an exciting piñata blow up!

At dark, usually around 10:30, will be the lighting of our spectacular fireworks display. Please join us by boat or on shore at Voyagaire Lodge to enjoy this amazing show.  Fireworks are set off from a barge out in front of Voyagaire.



July 22-28, 2019

Celebrate the Rich History of Crane Lake with Pierre and the Rest of our Fun-Loving Community.

Individuals and businesses are teaming together to bring guests an unforgettable experience as a true Crane Lake Voyageur.   Fresh fish cooked over an open flame, a tradition brought back to life here in Crane Lake:  the Voyageur Fish Fry - Saturday afternoon July 27th, reflecting Crane Lake traditions of old.
Our community welcomes you to join in many activities being planned.

MONDAY, July 22nd kicks off Voyageur Days Week with the start of the Trading Post Poker Run. Register and shop at area business, pick up a card at each place, and the best 5 card hand will earn the Crane Lake Winners Card with awesome prizes! Stop at the businesses and get the details.  Vacation Bible School for the kids (ages 5-12) will be going on at the Crane Lake Chapel this week Monday through Thursday.

TUES - WED July 23-24th is the Portage, Paddle, & Swim Race. This event is growing in popularity, so advance registration is requested! In pairs, this race is a 4.6 mile loop beginning with the Vermilion Gorge Hike ending in a paddle around Bayliss Island. Carry one 20-lb Voyageur Pack you provide, and begin at Voyagaire's beach. Race against the clock (the fastest time to beat is 1 hour and 16 minutes)! After you arrive at the Gorge, we will take your pack while you swim to Pine Point Lodge and pick up a canoe or tandem kayak. There, we will give you back your pack and you can complete the race. Call 218-993-2266 to request a registration form. Start times for this event will range from 11 am - 3 pm both days. T-shirts for anyone who completes the loop!

THURSDAY July 25 1-5 pm We are very pleased to again host a brilliant Art Show at Nelson's Resort featuring the work of local artists: Terry Palm, Debbie Neurenberg, Rosalee Nieme, Lois Larson, Bob Kaiser, Chris Lang, Millie Nelson, Bonnie DuFresne, and others.  Browse beautiful art and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

THURSDAY night is Bingo, with a Voyageur Days dinner special at Voyagaire Lodge.  Bingo games begin at 7 pm and proceeds benefit our local snowmobile/ATV trails.

THURSDAY After the bingo games, head over to "Bling" at the Crane Lake Bar and Grill.

FRIDAY 10 am - 2 pm Paddle the 22' Voyageur Canoe with VNP staff dressed in full garb, and enjoy some fantastic Kids Activities (Including Minnow Races, Lawn Twister, Face Painting, Great Prizes, Arts and Crafts) from 11 am- 1 pm, July 26th at the Voyagaire Lodge beach.

FRIDAY July 26th will be a Crane Lake Painting Class at the Crane Lake Bar and Grill.  Join local artist Carole Scott as she walks you through the steps to get the results you want.  In this three hour class you will walk away with your very own painting of Voyageurs National Park.  Registration required and class is limited to the first 15 participants, with a minimum class size of six.

SATURDAY July 27 in the afternoon is the "Fry For All" Event formerly called "Ride to the Fry" from 4-6 pm at the beautiful beach of Nelson's Resort.  Enjoy the day on our beautiful area trails and end up at this delicious meal of fried fish, bread/butter, beans, German potato salad and pickles cooked over an open flame by our Crane Lake Voyageur Days hosts.  Come by BOAT, vehicle, bicycle, or ATV.  Call Jerry with questions at 218-993-2295.

SATURDAY 9 pm Live music at Voyagaire Lodge and at Nelson's Resort.

SUNDAY  Crane Lake Chapel service at 11:30.  Come as you are!  Then complete the Trading Post Poker Run by noon.  The popular Ice Cream Social concludes the weekend activities from 1-3 pm at Handbergs Marina.



Don't Miss A Beat!  Please check on the Crane Lake website for updates to this list of summer 2019 dates you can enjoy Live Music in Crane Lake.

 at Nelson's Resort, the Lost Walleyes
at Voyagaire Lodge

at Nelson's Resort, the Lost Walleyes
Steve Johnson on the piano every Thu, Fri, Sat at Nelsons Resort beginning June 14

Nelson's Resort, the Lost Walleyes
Voyagaire Lodge

Voyagaire Lodge
Steve Johnson on the piano, every Thu, Fri, Sat at Nelsons Resort

Steve Johnson on the Piano at Nelsons Resort
Voyagaire Lodge
Nelson's Resort, the Lost Walleyes

Voyagaire Lodge
21 at Trail's End, TBA

ATVAM Fall Ride and Rally  September 20 to 22, 2019

Hosted by: Voyageur Country ATV in Crane Lake, MN

Voyageur Country ATV is so excited to host the ATVAM Fall Ride and Rally.  This weekend includes a VIP trail ride on Friday with a lunch stop along the trail.  Friday night enjoy silent auctions and evening entertainment at local businesses.  Saturday will be great trail rides with an organized evening banquet sponsored by ATVAM, silent and live auction.  As details become available, we will post them here. On Voyageur Country ATV website.

Area attractions

ATV trails:  Voyageur Country ATV started in April of 2015. We are now able to enjoy miles of beautiful ATV trails in the forests in Northern MN between Crane Lake, Buyck, Cook, Lake Vermilion, Elephant Lake, Myrtle Lake, Pelican Lake, and Orr. Visit the Voyageur County ATV Website.  Our mission is to create an ATV trail system in Voyageur Country and to promote local business and commerce.  Then (secondly) to promote responsible riding on the system, and instruction for youth.

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Voyageur-Country-ATV-437373466432686/

Email: voyageurcountryatv@gmail.com


Voyageurs National Park

With over 80,000 acres of water, Voyageurs National Park is a boater's paradise. This is a unique park. With less than 10 miles of roads, visitors must leave their cars behind for a motorboat, tour boat, canoe, houseboat, kayak or sailboat.

Fishing in the Park
If you plan to fish in the park pick up the Minnesota Fishing Regulations. Know the regulations for transportation, shipment and storage of fish. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has established an experimental fishing regulation for Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point and Crane Lake.

Contact the Park
Mailing Address:
Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East
International Falls, MN 56649
(218) 283-6600


Birding is a favorite activity in the Crane Lake Area. A guide to the Birds and Wildlife of the Voyageur Country is available for download at www.birdvnp.com. Call or e-mail: 800-362-7405 or vacation@visitcranelake.com for a brochure.

Blueberry/Art Festival

The Blueberry/Art Festival, Ely’s signature summer event, features more than 260 artists and crafters, 30 food vendors and local musicians. The Ely Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event, which celebrated its 39th year in 2019. It draws some 40,000 people over a three day period to enjoy fine art, quality crafts and great ethnic food. 2019 Dates are July 26-28, 2019


While you are in town, be sure to stop at these businesses.  Each has something very special in "retail therapy" to offer you during your vacation. Handberg's  Marina, Scotts Seaplane Base, Voyagaire Lodge, Pine Point Lodge, Nelsons Resort, Anderson’s Outfitters.

Hiking Opportunities

There are many wonderful hiking opportunities within a short drive of Crane Lake.

Enjoy the Trails!

Trail/Destination                    Trail Length             Location

Vermilion Gorge                   1.5 m one-way         Across from Voyagaire Lodge

Vermilion Falls                      0.5 m along river     5 miles down CR 491

Grouse Trail                          3 mile loop              0.25 miles down the Nelson Road (on L)

Herriman Trail                       13 miles of loops      2 miles down the Nelson Road( on R)

Echo Lake Campground     1 mile loop                 1 mile down the Echo Trail (on L)

Astrid Lake Trail                   7 miles, 4 lakes        12 miles down the Echo Trail

Orr Bog Walk                        0.5 mile boardwalk   26 miles to Orr, (L) on Hwy53


Vermilion River Greens

9 Holes - Par 36
5530 Crane Lake Rd, Buyck, MN 55771
Distance: 10 Minute Drive
Call 218-993-2246 for details and tee-times
Clubs and Carts Available for Rent
Reasonable Rates
Vermilion River Tavern Open Year Round Where food, refreshments and golf accessories are available. Nestled peacefully with outdoor adventure along the Vermilion River, a scene of unmatched natural beauty of nature where Voyageurs once traversed. Plotted on 108.07 acres of rolling terrain where wildlife is prevalent. Built by the 3 Brothers 5th generation with no grants or government funding.



Voyageur County Attractions & Activities

You’ll never run out of things to do when you stay at Headquarters RV Park near Crane Lake, MN! In addition to the beautiful lakes, hiking, and scenery, there are plenty of beautiful places to explore. Here are some of our recommendations, listed in alphabetical order for your convenience.


Enjoy miles of beautiful ATV trails in the forests in Northern MN between Crane Lake, Buyck, Cook, Lake Vermilion, Elephant Lake, Myrtle Lake, Pelican Lake, and Orr.

Note: St. Louis County has passed an ordinance on County Roads 23, 24, and 422 between Lake Vermilion, Cook, and Crane Lake as well as County Road 180 between Cusson and Elephant Lake. The MN DNR has opened County Road 422, the Gold Mine Resort Road, and the Holm Logging roads near Lake Vermilion and Elbow Lake.

Birding and Wildlife in Voyageur Country

Explore the vibrant birds and wildlife in Voyageur County! A map of trailheads and bird checklist are available at the Orr Information Center and at area resorts.

Fortune Bay Casino and Boise Forte Heritage Museum & Gift Shop, Tower.

Need a great rainy-day option? The Fortune Bay Casino includes two floors of gaming excitement as well as table games, restaurant, and an excellent museum of 1,000 years of Chippewa Indian culture. Concerts and/or special events are announced monthly. View a full schedule here.

Gheen Hill Trail

Located just four miles south of Orr, this 4.5-mile, multi use trail is open for hiking, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers.

International Wolf Center, Ely

Learn about grey wolves in the north woods and with a variety of daily programs.


Headquarters RV Park is connected to a quarter-million acres of incredible waterways in one of the largest chains of inland lakes in North America.

From Crane Lake, you can travel to Voyageurs National Park, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and Quetico Provincial Park by boat.

Bring your fishing pole, because our lakes are filled with walleye, northern, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black crappie, lake trout, lake sturgeon, and panfish. Whether you’re fishing in Minnesota  or Canada, be sure to read up on the latest fishing regulations!

The Mickey Elverum Bog Walk

This handicap-accessible boardwalk allows you to see four types of Minnesota bogs and floats on the Pelican River without getting your feet wet! Interpretive signs mark the many unusual plants that thrive in acidic waters of the bog. Find the trailhead at the Orr information Center.

Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm.

Discover the past, present and future of Northeastern Minnesota with scenic trolley rides, mini-golf, geology, events and walking trails. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

North American Bear Center, Ely

See live bears in a 2-acre enclosure through windows or from the outdoor observation deck. The bear center includes an activity and education area, 50 video exhibits, and more.

Soudan Underground Mine State Park and Physics Lab

Get a glimpse of the life of the miner and explore the Soudan underground mine itself on a 3⁄4-mile trail ride. Experience the excitement of particle physics in action at the high-energy physics lab where scientists from around the world are trying to answer basic questions about the universe. This mine tour is 1/2 mile underground where the temperature is 51 degrees – so dress warm!

United States Hockey Hall Of Fame

See historical exhibits of hockey memorabilia, the Olympic Display, and the Wall of Enshrines. Located 42 miles S of Orr on Hwy 53 in Eveleth.

Vermilion Falls

This cascading flow of water drops100 feet through narrow channels of granite, over rapids, waterfalls and, finally, through a 10-foot opening to empty into Crane Lake. This is a ¼-mile hike, round trip, on gravel pat. It is handicapped accessible, with picnic tables, water and toilet available.

Vermilion Gorge

The trailhead of the Vermilion Gorge is located in the community of Crane Lake, just past the Voyageurs National Park Office. The trail has high bluffs that overlook the Vermilion River running through narrow channels of granite and provide a spectacular view. This gravel trail is 1 1/2 –miles long. It is slightly challenging and has interpretive signs. Plan for 3 hours, round trip.

The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

See black bears in the wild, with no cages or fences, in their natural habitat from the safety of an open viewing deck. Trained representatives of the sanctuary will explain bear behavior as it happens and will share information about the bears. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Local Business Partners

Voyageur County is full of wonderful business to help make your stay a great one. Here are some of our local business partners!

2020 Sites Available

Whether you’re looking to reserve a spot for the entire season or for a shorter period of time, Headquarters has a place for you! Tucked into the Voyageurs area wilderness with plenty of events and attractions nearby, Headquarters is the perfect place to make summer memories.

You can find Headquarters RV Park in heart of the breathtaking Voyageur area wilderness, on the border of Crane Lake and Buyck, Minnesota.

Headquarters offers the serenity and beauty of the wilderness while still being centrally located near many entry points of the Boundary Water Canoe Area (BWCA) and several area lakes, including:

  • Crane Lake
  • Echo Lake
  • Myrtle Lake
  • Black Duck Lake
  • Vermilion Lake
  • Elephant Lake
  • Namakan Lake
  • and many more!

Don’t miss out on the best summer of your life!
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