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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Summer 2018 Crane Lake Events

The Summer of 2018 promises to be another great one in Voyageur County. Here are some events you won’t want to miss!

Join us to celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4th. 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.


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 near the crystal clean waters of our beautiful lake, a tradition brought back to life here in Crane Lake:  the Voyageur Fish Fry - Saturday afternoon July 14th, reflecting Crane Lake traditions of old.
Our community welcomes you to join in many activities being planned.

THURSDAY July 12th is the start of the Trading Post Poker run. Register and shop at area business, pick up a card at each place, the best 5 card hand will earn the Crane Lake Winners Card with awesome prizes! Stop at the businesses and get the details.

THURSDAY  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, Bonnie DuFresne, and others.  Browse beautiful art and enjoy complimentary refreshments. 

THURSDAY night 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 July 13th activities are in the works

SATURDAY  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 8th at the Voyagaire Lodge beach.  Yes, Pierre the Pinata will be there too! 

SATURDAY afternoon is the ATV "Ride to the Fry" Event ending at the Voyageur Days Fish Fry from 4-6 pm. Purchase a button in advance to enjoy a 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. You will have a blast on the ATV ride followed by an unforgettable "shore lunch". Maps of ATV rides beginning at various locations will be available for the ride. Of course, you can come by car too!  Call Jerry with questions at 218-993-2295.

SATURDAY 9 pm Live music at Nelson's Resort. 

SUNDAY   Crane Lake Chapel service at 11:30.  Come as you are!

The Trading Post Poker Run is also going on all weekend, ending....SUNDAY at the popular Ice Cream Social from 1-3 pm at Handbergs Marina. Winners card awarded at 2 pm.


Don't Miss A Beat!  Please check back for updates to this list of summer 2018 dates you can enjoy Live Music in Crane Lake.

May 12-13 at Nelson's Resort, the Lost Walleyes
May 26 at Voyagaire Lodge, Cowboy Angel Blue 6-10 pm

June 16-17 at Nelson's Resort, the Lost Walleyes

July 6-7 at Nelson's Resort, Steve Johnson on the piano
July 7 at Voyagaire Lodge, the Christopher David Hanson Band 8p - midnight
July 14-15 at Nelson's Resort, the Lost Walleyes
July 23 at Voyagaire Lodge, the Divas 3-6 pm
July 27-28 at Nelson's Resort, Steve Johnson on the piano

August 6 at Nelson's  Resort, the Lost Walleyes
August 11-12 at Nelson's Report, the Lost Walleyes

September 2 at Voyagaire Lodge, the Circuit Breakers Band 9pm-midnight
September 17 at Trail's End,


Labor Day Weekend "Kicks Off" on Friday for a weekend of great shopping deals!

Pick up a map at Anderson Canoe Outfitters and complete the Trading Post Run enjoying end-of-season discounts and sidewalk sales at area businesses.  In the evening, dine at Voyagaire Lodge enjoying an all-you-can eat Fish Fry from 5-9 pm.

Saturday events include a Pancake breakfast at the Chapel (8-11 am), a very popular afternoon guided hike (1 pm - 4 pm) beginning at Handbergs Marina, Mystery Voyageur Arrowheads in the sand (4 pm - 6 pm) at Pine Point Lodge, and an evening dance with the Circuit Breakers Band at Voyagaire Lodge, 9 pm-midnight.

Sunday morning is a weekend highlight - the 5th annual Crane Lake 5K Walk/Run.  Be at Nelson's Resort to register between 8-8:30 am and the Race starts promptly at 9.  Preregister by August 20th please for the guarantee of a t-shirt.  (Registration forms are available at area businesses, cost is $25/adults and $20/kids 12 and under) In 2017, approximately 80 people participated in this Fun Run!  And many of them enjoyed the popular Bloody Mary Bar available afterwards.  Please call Brenda at 993-2295 if you have questions.

Sunday morning you are also welcome to attend the Crane Lake Chapel (service at 11:30).

Sunday afternoon the Trading Post Run wraps up with a popular Ice Cream Social from 1 pm - 3 pm at Handbergs Marina where prizes will be awarded at 2.  Bring your completed Trading Post Run map to win cash prizes.


Book & Bake Sale - 9am - 12 noon Saturday, May 26, 2018Located at the Crane Lake Chapel on Handberg Road. Come check out the DELICIOUS HOMEMADE TREATS for sale baked with love by local folks. Also, there will be tons of great (cheap!) books to browse. The Chapel Bazaar - 10:30 am - 1:30 pm Wednesday, July 18th 2018 This fun event includes crafts for sale, garage sale and white elephant items, books, baked goods, & a delicious lunch menu. Come hungry! The Ladies of the Lake Luncheon is being planned for Saturday August 11, 2018


2018 Dates are July 27-29, 2018
Orr, Minnesota Celebrations

July 3rd Fun Day at the Bay celebration in Orr Minnesota
Come join the fun Tuesday July 3rd 2018 Join us for a parade, crafts, food booths, a street dance, a 5K run/walk and fireworks

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!

2018 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!
Make your reservation today! (218) 750-1376