Blustery Days Among the Archipelago of Rainy Lake.
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Destination: Voyageurs National Park , MN
Miles Paddled: 20
Storms, rain and strong winds cut short our efforts to explore Rainy lake. We did however enjoy a brief sojourn to Saginaw bay, which has left us eager to explore it further.
Soboleski Bay is on the south shore of Rainy Lake and provides a beautiful and sheltered location from which to explore the lake. Located within an easy paddle of Saginaw bay and its archipelago of islands it allows day paddle access to nearly the entire extent of the lake.
We launched from Rainy Lake Visitors center. Half way to our camp storm clouds started brewing over our shoulders and we sought shelter on a small island. After the rain passed we headed East again amongst the islands, only to be hit this time by strong squalls. When we did eventually arrive at Soboloski Bay we were delighted to find it sheltered and warm.
We woke to a gorgeous day. Warm sunlight breeze. After breakfast we headed East along the southern shore of Rainy lake. Linking together the channels between the mainland and the islands we found our way around the Eastern peninsular and into Saginaw bay. After a lunch break we retraced our way back to camp for a pleasant relaxing evening.
With rising winds forecast along with thunderstorms we broke camp and headed back early. Winding our way between the mainland and the islands we were protected from the gusts until the last exposed open stretch to the Visitors Center. Our kayak’s bows crunched ashore as the first thunder clap sounded and rain started. A short but fun taster of what Rainy Lake has to offer.
Unseasonably great weather allowed us to explore the length of the lake, discovering the magnificent Johnson Falls. Sitting out an electrical storm and surfing home on the backs of large wind driven waves, all led to a magical experience.
Island Hopping, Dodging the Weather, and Campfires. We returned to the comfort of Namakan Island in the Fall of 2020. Seeking respite from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus we base camped at site N28 on the southern shore.
Beautiful Weather, CAlm Water, and Magnificent Scenery. Five days of glorious weather, gave us beautiful sunsets, and the ideal conditions to explore the sights of Namakan and Kabetogama lakes.
Staying on two islands gave us day paddling access to all our destinations, and allowed us to experience the best of both lakes.