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News from Lake Kabetogama, Minnesota

Welcome to Lake Kabetogama.org, a place to share information on the Lake Kabetogama area.
Lake Kabetogama is one of four vast, interconnected lakes in Voyageurs National Park. Lake Kabetogama, Rainy Lake, Namakan Lake, and Sand Point Lake are part of the 14,900-square-mile Rainy Lake basin. Lake Kabetogama is about 25000 acres in size with about 200 islands and has a maximum depth of about 90 feet.
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Lake Kabetogama has hundreds of island campsites maintained by the Park with docks, tent pads, campfire rings and primitive toilets. Most also have lockable bear boxes for your food. Some of my favorites are Windigo Bay, great views, Cutover Island on the south side, Grassy Island site, another one with great views, but it does have bears at times,  and my favorite, Blue Fin Bay, which has great crappie fishing, views and lots of wildlife.

The following is from the Voyageurs National Park web site-


Sleep under the stars in one of over 200 designated campsites in Voyageurs National Park. Be serenaded by loons, and listen for the chance to hear the howl of a wolf.

 

 

Campsite Locations

All designated campsites in the park are accessible only by water. TheNational Geographic Map of Voyageurs National Park is the only map the shows all of the campsites (as of 2011) in the park. It can be purchased at the visitor centers or online from our cooperating association, Jefferson National Parks Association.

You can also view all locations of campsites, houseboat sites, and day use sites (as of 2009) in Google Maps:

  • Three-dimensional view of locations on satellite photos (browser plug-in required; high bandwidth)


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  • Two dimensional view of locations on a topographic map (low bandwidth)

 

If you have free Google Earth software on your computer, you can download and save this Google Earth (KML) file to your home computer. Like the maps above, it contains every campsite, houseboat site, and day use site in Voyageurs National Park as of 2009.

There are also several hike-in campsites on the Kabetogama Peninsula, but a boat is required to access the trailheads. Some of these campsites are located on interior lakes and have canoes available for checkout. Download the Boats on Interior Lakes Program brochure (PDF) for more information.

There are drive-up campsites located just outside of the park at the Woodenfrog and Ash River State Forest campgrounds. See the campgrounds page more information.

Regulations

free permit is required for overnight stays in the park. You can get your permit at a park visitor center during regular business hours or self-register at one of the permit stations located near all park boat launch facilities.

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1938 Press Photo Emmett Weakley with fish at Lake Kabetogama, Minnesota
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National Park Service To Waste More Taxpayer Dollars!

Voyageurs National Park News Release

Release Date: February 29, 2012

Contact: Steve Windels, steve_windels@nps.gov, 218-283-6692

Voyageurs National Park to Collar Moose and Wolves

Voyageurs National Park plans to capture up to 6 adult moose to attach state-of-art GPS collars in March 2012 as part of a continuing project to investigate the potential effects of "Climate Change" and other factors on(and this is what the damn National Park Service wastes our tax dollars on!)the long-term viability of moose in the park. The project is a collaborative effort among scientists from Voyageurs National Park, the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI), and the U.S. Geological Survey. They should bring in AlGore to ride a moose and shed some tears for Bullwinkle! BAN THE SUV!!

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Grants available for events celebrating 50th anniversary of Minnesota state water trails

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Minnesota’s state water trails system, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging communities and outfitters to apply for grants to plan and implement special events throughout the state.

“Contrary to national declines in outdoor recreation participation, canoe and kayak registrations in Minnesota have continued to increase,” said Erik Wrede, state water trails program coordinator for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “In fact, kayak registrations increased 56 percent from 2008 to 2012. However, many canoe and kayak owners have either never heard of or do not know much about the Minnesota state water trails system. This anniversary is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness about the state water trails system and increase participation in water recreation.”

A total of $15,000 is available for the grants, which are new this year and made possible by funding from watercraft registration. Individual grant amounts will depend on the number and nature of the applications received. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 20.evilwithin Read more »

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Opening Day Walleyes On Kabetogama

Fishing opener is fast approaching so I'll share some ideas for catching Kab walleyes and sauger. The early season walleyes are in shallow water like you find in Tom Cod Bay, Moose Bay and a smaller overlooked bay, Bald Rock. Kabetogama walleyes can also be found relating to shallow water structure, includes rocks, weeds, timber, as well as sand flats and breaks, depending on what’s available. The area between Cemetery Island and 3 Sisters is always good along with the east end of 3 Sisters(you'll always see lots of boats on this spot). Trolling from the opening into Gold Portage to Windigo Bay campsite is also good early in the season.

One of the keys to early season success on Lake Kabetogama is finding the areas that hold the largest, and most active schools of fish. A lot depends on ice out, the earlier the ice out the faster the water warms before opener. Some of the best fishing opener spots can be right off the docks at some of the resorts. Park Point sits right on the end a Peninsula and can be good, I've fished from the dock at Driftwood on opener and had great success and I know some people from the Twin Cities who go to Grandview just for the dock fishing. They always get a bunch of nice fish. Use a slip bobber and a minnow just off the bottom.

Everything being equal, look for areas that may be warmer than the rest, even if it’s only a degree or two. That would suggest northern and western most shorelines like Tom Cod and Bald Rock, as they receive the largest benefit of a warming sun.

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At listening sessions, hunters give deer managers an earful

By Joe Albert Associate Editor

Brainerd, Minn. — DNR deer managers have met with hunters in three parts of the state as part of a listening session tour to hear what they’re thinking.

While some of the nitty gritty that hunters talk about varies by area – sessions have been held in Bemidji, Brainerd, and Cambridge – the overall message is the same: “What we’re hearing from folks, certainly, is that they would like to see more deer,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. “We knew that going in.”

The sessions, which the DNR is co-hosting with the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, continue this week – in Morris and Nicollet on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively – and next week – in Virginia on Tuesday. Read more »

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June Crappie’s

We were able to find some crappie yesterday, June 7th between the storms and wind.  We ducked in behind Cutover to get out of the wind and anchored just off Nagurski Point in the Rock Garden area.  We were fishing in about 20-25 with slip bobbers waiting for the weather to calm down and started catching crappies on a jig and fathead.  Another spot that has started is along the SW side of Bittersweet Island right at dark.  Try an Uncle Buck Crappie Killer and bobber right in close by the weeds.  Some nights are really good, with some occasional 14-15" fish.  Bittersweet is real close to Woodfrog campground.

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Crappie Fishing Strategies For Kabetogama and Namakan

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Crappies are one of the most sought after species of fish in Minnesota. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is because they are always so eager to take the bait and then they put up a nice struggle for their size. This makes fishing for them fun, entertaining and perfect for anglers of all ages and skill levels. The other reason they are so popular is because the sweet-tasting fillets of the crappie are simply delicious.

The state record for the black crappie in Minnesota weighed five pounds and the white crappie
was a little less than four pounds. These catches were very impressive for this species of fish because crappies normally don't grow much larger than two or three pounds. A little less than two pounds is the average weight for a crappie.

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Game Warden Reports – March 28th, 2014

 

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked snowmobilers and anglers in the Lake of the Woods area. A meeting was attended with officers from both DNR Enforcement and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources regarding border resource issues.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) spoke at a career fair in Thief River Falls, checked area coyote hunters, and assisted a local sheriff’s office with a case in which stolen ATVs were recovered. A North Dakota game warden was assisted with open cases. Multiple calls concerning a bear exiting a den near a county highway were received, and those concerned were advised that this is a normal and non-threatening occurrence. A report of an old, ugly blue whale on a beach was checked out-

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CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports the sheriff’s office was assisted with attempting to locate a suspect wanted on a felony warrant. Time was spent closing a case from this past deer-hunting season, with enforcement action taken.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) received a TIP call about an angler keeping an illegal-length walleye and then leaving on a snowmobile ride while leaving tip-ups unattended. When CO Gorecki arrived, the angler again was fishing but was using extra lines and eventually admitted to leaving his tip-ups unattended for approximately two hours. After further investigation, numerous filleted walleye and sauger carcasses were found buried in the snow, including a 27-inch walleye. Enforcement action was taken. Read more »

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Cold and Snow

We had a temp of -22 last night and NOAA site says -24 tonight, great for making ice. Ice fishing is just beginning, and I'll be out this morning around Bittersweet, Three Sisters and Pine Island. These have always been great early season walleye and sauger hotspots. Crappie can sometimes be good at Bittersweet right now. I have a new Otter Outdoors Pro XT1200 Cabin Ice Shelter that I can tow behind the Ranger or, when the snow gets deeper, the Ski-Doo Cross Country snow machine. I'll post some pictures of todays catch later this evening.

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May Walleye Fishing

Fishing has been pretty slow everywhere on Kab. North and east winds and changing weather have really screwed things up. June has got to be better than May was. Looks like the weather will finally warm up and the winds will die down and be from the west/southwest over the weekend. I notice lots of boats by the Ram Island channel marker, but I don't know if they are catching fish or if it is a case of boats following each other because they can't find any fish. Peterson Bay has been OK for sauger in about 25' of water.

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Fishing opener is on; planning and caution urged

Ice or no ice, Minnesota’s walleye and northern pike fishing opener is Saturday, May 11.

Anglers who have traditionally headed north for the first weekend of the season should check ice conditions and the availability of public water accesses and roads leading to them. Good sources of information are bait shops, resorts and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) area offices.

Even if the ice is out, some waters traditionally open may be closed to fishing to protect fish spawning areas. Information on seasonal closures is available by following the seasonal closures link.

Water temperatures will be colder than normal even if ice is out. Frigid water can affect more than the bite; it can have dangerous and potentially fatal impacts. Anglers should exercise extra caution and wear life vests. Hypothermia occurs quickly in cold water and the shock of falling into icy water also can cause cardiac arrest, even for people in good health.

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