Crane Lake

Crane Lake, Voyageurs National Park: Address, Crane Lake Reviews: 5/5

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LSUTraveller
Denham Springs, LA1,667 contributions
Lovely lake
Jun 2021
A beautiful lake with lots of recreational housing. Good jumping off spot to Quetico Provincial Park, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Voyageurs National Park. Several great places to eat/stay along the shores of Crane Lake and great fishing
Written June 7, 2021
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Emily S
Hudsonville, MI18 contributions
Beautiful!
Jul 2018 • Couples
Crane Lake is the beautiful western starting point into the boundary waters of Voyageurs National Park. Lovely!
Written July 15, 2018
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montanapescado
Colorado Springs, CO552 contributions
Beautiful lake!
Jul 2017 • Couples
This is one gorgeous body of water. Much of it is developed, but there are pristine spots as well. It also serves as an excellent gateway into the even more magnificent Voyageurs National Park
Written June 5, 2018
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Mark S
13 contributions
Part of Creation Not Seen in My Area
Sep 2017 • Family
The geography and beauty of the Crane Lake area is a part of creation those of us in Southern Indiana and Kentucky seldom experience. Our part of the county is beautiful but the Crane Lake area has a beauty all its own. Crane Lake offers much for family or sportsmen and women. The fishing is excellent as the waters teem with various types of fish. In one day, I caught seven species! Bear and Grouse hunting are available during late fall and winter. There are waterfalls to see and hear, nice hiking trails, old trappers' cabins, unnumbered pine trees, otters and bald eagles. Though there may be many boaters on the water and many float planes entering and exiting the area, Crane Lake still has a charm and peaceful atmosphere that overrides noise and boat traffic. There are lodges and restaurants in the village of Crane Lake. However, the main attraction for me was and is fishing. Numerous fishing packages are available from 3 days to 2 weeks from the economy plan to the pampered plan. Even if you or your family care not for fishing, you will still be able to enjoy and appreciate a part of God's creation that many never experience.
Written October 31, 2017
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captainkarlhanke
Wausau, WI32 contributions
great vacation
Aug 2016 • Friends
From the first phone call to the last wave goodbye the whole experience was professional and exceeded our every expectation.

This was our first houseboat vacation and we asked a lot of questions via phone calls and emails. All questions were answered quickly, and in detail and the staff was always professional and friendly.

When we arrived the staff at the front desk welcomed us and had every thing ready for us to sign and a brief overview of the rules was explained. When it was time to board our home for the week we backed our car to the loading dock about 6 young men helped us carry all of our supplies to the boat. A staff member then came on our boat and explained every thing we needed to safely drive the boat and navigate the waters.

We used the lodge-to-boat hospitality service everyday. The service was easy to use and once again the staff acted quickly and in a professional manner.

We did have a small issue with a water pump but within 15 min of calling the base a boat was at our location and was fixing the problem!

The lakes also rocked ! Lots of sandy areas to beach the boat each night many have fire rings and even swing style grills to cook on.

We enjoyed every aspect of the boat including swimming and going down the slide on the boat (which was a blast). One couple stayed at the lodge the night before boarding and their experience from dining to cleanliness and comfort was impressive. Six adults went on this trip and all 6 agree we will do it again.

We would highly recommend the Voyagaire Lodge. The reception, wait staff, cleaning crew, deck crew, hospitality driver - everyone and everything was exceptional!!!

Karl and Annie Hanke
Wausau, Wisconsin
Written August 28, 2016
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Mary M
Green Bay, WI23 contributions
Interesting Rock wall
Jul 2016 • Friends
Fun boat trip down through Crane lake to the Grassy wall. Very beautiful but long trip from where we stayed at Randolph Bay on Namekon.
Written August 1, 2016
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PaulDuaneBrinkman
Virginia, MN89 contributions
Awesome Border Country Lake Chain
Jul 2016 • Couples
Crane Lake is one of two gateways to a chain of border lakes that includes Crane, Little Vermillion, Sand Point, Namakan, and Kabetogama. Part of Voyageurs National Park and adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), the lake chain covers 100,000 acres of fresh water, flowing north into Rainy Lake at Kettle Falls. Four seasons of recreation with summers among the best for fishing, boating, camping, and exploring.
Written July 29, 2016
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Julie1220
Reeseville, WI2 contributions
Voyagaire Houseboat out of Crane Lake
Aug 2015 • Family
Treasured times with our family in the beautiful Voyageur National Park! We had only a few days with our adult children this summer and they shared their all time favorite family trip was on our houseboat from Voyagaire Houseboats out of Crane Lake. We were blessed to get a reservation and really enjoyed the new lodge. Coming the night before for dinner on their beautiful deck and to head out early makes the Bed and Breakfast package a great deal! The peacefulness and beauty of days spend in the park are amazing and the crew at Voyagaire go above and beyond to make every trip memorable and comfortable. We cherished time cruising - stopping to slide or jump in to cool off and exploring island after island. Loved being able to have our pup along - totally makes the family vacation complete! Cliff jumping, fishing, and much time for R & R make this our family's favorite. Hoping to do this again someday! Thank you Voyagaire Houseboats for the excellent hospitality and great service. Without a doubt the comforts of the boat make this wilderness excursion the BEST!
The Wahl Family, Wisconsin
Written September 6, 2015
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Sean S
San Diego, CA15 contributions
Voyagaire Houseboat out of Crane Lake
Jul 2015 • Family
This is an amazing way to spend a week.

The location - Voyageur National Park is a beautiful place. It does not shock you with awe like a single location does, it is not going to stun you like Yosemite Valley or the Grand Canyon. That does not make it less beautiful though. It is one of the most peaceful places you can be. The beauty and peace grows on you and makes you want to just stay. Your cell phone won't work so you will be forced to look at endless shores filled with pine trees, deserted beaches to pull in and swim or fish, cliffs to dive off, and endless other adventures to have. While you are at it, find some wild blueberries and eat your heart out.

The creatures - This is not a place for the faint of heart in regards to bugs. There are leeches. Just go with it and try not to freak out. Figure out as fast as possible when the mosquitoes come out at night. This is greatly to your advantage because DEET and a fire are only going to get you so far. Eagles will be around, maybe not as many as you hope, but the moment you watch one dive in to the water and come out with a fish you will count yourself blessed. I am pretty sure the healthiest deer in the world reside here. They are glossy coated and huge. Fishing is great, if you like that kind of thing, my brother does.

The water - Swimming, the water slide off the boat, cliff jumping, fishing, etc. It is all great. The water is amazing.

The boat - Remember that you will be beaching this thing every night, dragging sand and rocks and dirt and leaves and everything else all over the deck and in to the living quarters. This is not the Ritz on the water. It is however a comfortable place to spend a week. The kitchen has what you need and the beds get the job done. The main detraction is the difficulty in getting airflow at night. The A/C is great but if you shut down the generator at night to save gas it may prove to be a stuffy and warm nights sleep. Check your deck chairs before you leave as you may be asking for more from the delivery service.

The Customer Service from Voyagaire - This is the best. Ice, food, beer, snacks, garbage pickup. They do it all. Just pay the $75 bucks and take advantage of their hospitality.

This says it all - we had an issue with our dog and needed to get to a vet as fast as we could. By the time I made it back to the lake from the vet an hour or so down the road, it was late in the evening and most people were off duty. One of their porters who was already off work took me out to the boat so that I could be back with my family, which was important because it was one of my kids birthdays.

This is a great vacation to take with your family. It will be an experience you will always remember. And if you take this vacation, use Voyagaire, they are a wonderful group of people and will do their best to make sure you are having a great time.
Written August 29, 2015
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Jim G
Saint Paul, MN306 contributions
Great way to start a trip into Voyageurs National Park
Aug 2015 • Family
Great entry point to Voyageurs National Park. Voyagaire housboats were a great way to see the park and the lodge serves a great breakfast on your way in or out of the park.
Written August 10, 2015
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