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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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Welcome to Lake Kabetogama.org, a place to share information on the Lake Kabetogama area.
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Survey Date: 06/12/2014
Public Access Information
Ownership Type Description
National Park Service Concrete
National Park Service Concrete
Special and/or Experimental Fishing Regulations exist on this lake. Please refer to our online Minnesota Fishing Regulations.
Lake Area (acres): 24034.09
Littoral Area (acres): 7440
Maximum Depth (ft): 80
Water Clarity (ft): 8.8 (5.6-13.5)
Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): N/A
Fish Sampled for the 2014 Survey Year
Number of fish per net
Average Fish Weight (lbs)
Normal Range (lbs)
Burbot Gill net 0.15 0.1 - 0.3 0.57 0.7 - 2.1
Cisco Species Gill net 3.20 N/A 1.38 N/A
Lake Whitefish Gill net 0.05 0.1 - 3.0 2.55 0.9 - 2.8
Northern Pike Gill net 1.70 1.1 - 2.4 3.42 2.8 - 4.3
Redhorse Gill net 0.20 N/A 5.85 N/A
Rock Bass Gill net 1.05 0.6 - 1.6 0.21 0.2 - 0.3
Sauger Gill net 2.90 2.1 - 4.3 0.59 0.3 - 0.5
Smallmouth Bass Gill net 0.55 0.2 - 0.6 1.55 0.7 - 1.2
Walleye Gill net 5.45 3.6 - 10.8 1.70 0.8 - 1.3
White Sucker Gill net 2.30 1.4 - 3.0 2.50 1.7 - 2.2
Yellow Perch Gill net 8.05 1.4 - 6.8 0.50 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.
Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2014 Survey Year
Species Number of fish caught in each category (inches)
0-5 6-8 9-11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30+ Total
burbot 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3
cisco species 0 1 1 23 39 0 0 0 64
lake whitefish 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
northern pike 0 0 0 0 9 15 6 4 34
redhorse 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4
rock bass 6 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 21
sauger 0 2 19 32 5 0 0 0 58
smallmouth bass 0 0 1 7 3 0 0 0 11
walleye 1 7 12 20 51 18 0 0 109
white sucker 0 0 0 8 34 4 0 0 46
yellow perch 5 40 110 6 0 0 0 0 161
Fish Stocking Activity
Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years
Year Species Size Number Pounds
2010 Walleye fry 2,500,000 24.8
2009 Walleye fry 2,000,000 20.0
2008 Walleye fry 2,035,000 20.4
1 - indicates fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.
2 - indicates fish purchased by the DNR for stocking.
Stocking Fish Sizes
Fry - Newly hatched fish that are ready to be stocked usually called "swim-ups". Walleye fry are 1/3 of an inch or around 8 mm.
Fingerling - Fingerlings are one to six months old and can range from a size of one to twelve inches depending on the species. Walleye fingerlings range from three to eight inches each fall.
Yearling - Yearling fish are at least one year old. A one-year-old fish can range from three to twenty inches depending on the species. Walleye yearlings average from six to twelve inches.
Adult - Adult fish are fish that have reached maturity. Depending on the species, maturity can be reached at two years of age. Walleye reach maturity between the ages of four and six years.
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INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN: March 3, 2016- Voyageurs National Park staff strongly urges visitors to stay off the ice due to the inconsistent weather that is causing freezing and thawing conditions. These freeze-thaw conditions create an inconsistency in ice thickness and quality making ice travel hazardous and unsafe.
Snowshoe and cross country ski loans at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center have stopped for the season.
District 5 - Eveleth area
Last updated: 2016-07-05
CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports lots of people out enjoying the holiday weekend with the weather finally cooperating. Boating and fishing enforcement activities on Rainy Lake were monitored with enforcement action taken for no angling license in possession, insufficient number of PFDs, operating watercraft after sunset without required lighting, and overlimit of walleye. Instruction of emergency vehicle operation and driving training for fellow officers was conducted at Camp Ripley.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports a quiet 4th of July weekend. Area lakes were monitored for fishing and boating activities. Activity levels appear down from previous years. Time was spent at public access sites, monitoring area forest roads and following up on a report of a beached blue whale. Turns out it was the Hildabeast eating puppies on the beach.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers this past week on Lake Vermilion. Angling was slow. CO Velsvaag also worked the lake over part of the holiday weekend and observed lots of boating activity, with multiple complaints on jet skis operating too fast near shore and other boaters.
Last updated: 2016-06-13
CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports fairly busy weekend with lots of people enjoying the nicer weather. Fishing, boat and water safety, invasive species enforcement activities took up most of the week. Enforcement action was taken for over limits of and northern pike, illegal length walleye, transport/ possession of unmeasurable walleye while on the water, and possess fish that were unlawfully taken in Canada. Wolf depredation cases were also investigated during the week.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports fishing success continues to be poor on Lake Vermillion with few fish seen. Lake Kabetogama has been great for those who know how to fish.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers this past week and assisted at a work detail in Hill City. Velsvaag took several calls on nuisance animals and minnow trapping regulations.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked boaters, anglers, ATVs, and state park and invasive species enforcement. An ATV stop for a couple of ATV violations, also resulted in a driving after suspension violation, carrying a concealed handgun and an arrest on a $1,000 warrant. Other enforcement action was taken on take fish over limit, no angling license in possession, an invasive species violation and a number of PWC and boating violations.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) the officer investigated illegal storage of property on state land. Nuisance beaver permits were issued for removal in trouble areas. The officer responded to a deer killed by a vehicle and a possession permit was issued. The officer spent the weekend assisting other officers at Hill City, working the mud run in Quadna. Numerous contacts were made, and enforcement action taken.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a Firearms Safety Class at the Laurentian Learning Center and spent time patrolling for ATV and OHM traffic. Enforcement action was taken for allowing illegal operation of an OHM by a juvenile and operating an unregistered OHM. Area lakes have been producing crappies for anglers. Unfortunately some of those anglers make the conscious decision to not purchase an angling license. CO Frericks assisted other COs at the Quadna Mud Nationals event in Hill City. Enforcement action was taken for operating unregistered ATVs and other violations.
International Falls #2 - vacant.
District 5 - Eveleth area
Last updated: 2016-02-09
District 5 - Eveleth area
Last updated: 2016-03-22
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports slow fishing activity on the Rainy River as all the rain and snow have dirtied the water. A public waters issue and a possible wolf depredation were investigated, along with a youth firearms safety class presentation was given. Enforcement action taken for the week included no angling license in possession, no current boat registration, no current ATV registration, and operating ATV on public roadway.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Ray) reports much of the week was spent working angling and AIS enforcement on the Rainy River. The walleye bite on the Rainy River was exceptionally good early in the week before local rain and snow storms moved into the area. The storms brought increased runoff into the river causing water clarity to be reduced to only a few inches. The fishing success was poor at best on the river moving into the weekend. CO Kittelson and CO Van Asch spent time speaking at a local firearms safety class giving the laws and ethics presentation. CO Van Asch testified on a pending case in court and a possible wolf depredation was investigated in the area and is ongoing. Enforcement action was taken for several angling and watercraft registration violations.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports little outdoor activity over the week, rain followed by heavy wet snow slowed most activities. Small streams that had opened early in the week had refroze over by the weekend. Equipment work continues as does computer work
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) observed that after the recent heavy snow fall very few anglers are venturing out on to the ice. Time was spent on Lake Vermillion monitoring water skipping activities. A trespass complaint was taken and a suspect was charged with the offense.
NORTHEAST REGION (Region 2)
Regional Manager: CAPT Tom Provost – K200 –
1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 218-999-7809
District 5 K210 Supervisor: LT Greg Payton 218-735-3982
K211 International Falls #1 Darrin Kittelson 218-285-9501
Koochiching K213 Ray James Van Asch 218-360-0922
St Louis/Koochiching K214 Orr Troy Fondie 218-410-6807
St Louis/Koochiching K215 Cook Vacant K210 218-735-3982
St Louis/Kooch/Itaca K216 Tower Marc Hopkins 218-404-5472
Saint Louis K217 Hibbing Don Bozovsky 218-263-3603
Saint Louis K218 Virginia Matthew Frericks 218-404-0600
Saint Louis K219 Aurora Mark Fredin 218-638-2600 Saint Louis
A Lake Kabetogama woman was seriously injured when her snowmobile struck a tree in northern St. Louis County on Monday.
The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said Vivian Kec, 57, was one of eight people operating snowmobiles on the Arrowhead Snowmobile Trail about 10 miles north of Cook just after noon when she failed to negotiate a curve and the snowmobile hit a tree.
Kec was taken to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth by a Life Link III helicopter and was listed in serious condition on Monday evening. She was wearing a helmet when the accident occurred, and alcohol was not a factor, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The St. Louis County Volunteer Rescue Squad, Cook Fire and Ambulance and Virginia Ambulance also responded to the accident.
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We started a new ATV club – Voyageur Country ATV – in late April. We had 66 people at an organizational meeting on April 25 where all 66 joined the new club. We have had tremendous support and interest from the local ATV community. To date we have over 500 adult members. We are in the process to add approximately 60 children of family memberships to our member count. Children between 12 and 16 who have ATV Safety Certificates will become family members (we also want to know children of members between 12 and 16 who are interested in a safety course because our club will sponsor classes).
Our membership includes folks from Orr, Leiding Township, Camp 5 Township, Crane Lake, Portage Township, Beatty Township, and Cook (plus other places). Our mission is foremost to create an ATV trails system in Voyageur Country and promoting local business and commerce. Then (secondly) to promote responsible riding on the system, and instruction for youth.
While there are many miles of ATV trails in the forests between Cook, Lake Vermillion, Crane Lake, Elephant Lake, Myrtle Lake, Pelican Lake, and Orr, there is not a connecting system of roads open to ATV use. Thereby, making it difficult to go from one trail to the other without trailering or loading machines onto trucks and trailers. This method also creates a situation of several trucks and trailers parked along the forested roads.
Our club has met with The US Forest Service regards to the Forest Roads 491 and 203 between Crane Lake and Elephant Lake. We have met with St Louis County regards to County Roads 23, 24, and 422 between Lake Vermillion, Cook, and Crane Lake. And regards to County Road 180 between Cusson and Elephant Lake. These roads could be the backbone of a larger trails system in Voyageur Country. We have also met with the MN DNR regards to the Managed trails at County Road 422 and the Gold Mine Resort Road, and the Holm Logging roads near Lake Vermillion and Elbow Lake, and we have met with Molpus Companies regards to property and ATV access between Black Duck Lake and the Sheep Ranch Road north of Cusson. In early October, some of these roads opened for ATV use as a pilot for a new permitting ordinance for St Louis County.
Local government-wise, our club has met with Portage, Leiding, Camp 5, Beatty, and Crane Lake Townships and received support from them for our trails proposal to the US Forest Service and to St Louis County. We have met with City of Cook and City of Orr and they too have written letters of support. We are currently working on an Ordinance review of Two Harbors, Hermantown, Chisholm, and Eveleth regarding ATV use and will present to both Cook and Orr.
I have attached a couple letters to our local government representatives that I sent out late winter as we were beginning to organize. And 2 letters of support (from Crane Lake Visitor Bureau and one from Township of Crane Lake). We have other support letters from other townships that I did not include.
Our club officers are:
President – Brad Sokolowski
VP – Mike Koski
Treasurer – Gretchen Janssen
Secretary – Melissa Rabas
Trail Administrator – Steve Koch
Board Members – Tom Tacik, Bruce Beste
At this time, I believe this evening’s presentation will be done by Steve Koch and me. We will bring along maps of the proposed trails system.
Thank you. Bruce.
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Updated: February 3, 2016
All snowmobile trails and portages are being groomed with the small groomers.
Pressure ridges have settled down this week and have not been moving for the time being but continue to be monitored.
There are some small pockets of slush that formed over the weekend. They are not deep and currently do not present a hazard. The pockets should firm up with this colder weather.
Ski and snowshoe rentals are now available at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center.
Please check back, or like our facebook page for the most up-to-date conditions. Thank-you.
**Voyageurs National Park facebook page is a public page, one does not have to have an account to access and view postings.
International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) - Open, Staked
Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) - Open, Staked
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) - Open, Staked
Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) – Open, Staked
Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) - Open, Staked
East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Open, Staked
Rudder Bay (Orange Trail) - Open, Staked
***Please remember the snowmobile speed limit within the park is 45 mph on frozen lake surfaces and 25 mph on all overland portages. Speed limit signs are posted at trailheads and overland portages.
Rainy Lake Ice Road- Open to Cranberry Bay and around to the North side of Dryweed
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road- Open from Kabetogama boat launch to Ash River boat launch and Sphunge Island loop
Echo Bay Ski Trail- Open, packed, tracked
Black Bay Ski Trail- Open- Birch (novice) Loop: packed, tracked- Pine (Intermediate) Loop: packed- Ridge (Advanced) Loop: open
Tilson Connector Trail- Open, packed, tracked
KabAsh Trail- Open
Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail- Open
Blind Ash Bay Trail- Open, packed
Oberholtzer Trail- Open, packed
Sullivan Bay Trail- Open, packed
Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski loans are available at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center.
In response to a recent lone wolf sighting in the Ash River area, Voyageurs National Park staff have rerouted sections of the park’s snowmobile trails.
The wolf appears to be alone with no pack and has followed three snowmobilers. In order to ensure visitor safety, park staff are taking precautions by monitoring the wolf and re-routing small sections of the park’s Green and Yellow Trails. Read more
Status of the Fishery (as of 06/12/2010)
Spring came early in 2010 and while it was not a particularly warm summer it did provide an extended growing season and an early start for many of Lake Kabetogama's fish species. Record early ice outs in the area and only one cold snap during the month of May allowed Kabetogama's black crappie and smallmouth bass to spawn successfully. Low water levels in early spring deprived northern pike and
perhaps perch of the vegetation preferred for spawning which may have delayed or reduced the success of those species spawning efforts. Strong year-classes of walleye are not occurring as frequently as they once were. While at this time we are unsure of the cause, high juvenile mortality appears to be affecting walleye recruitment and therefore production of strong year-classes.
This high juvenile mortality has dropped considerably in the last two years, but the effects of that decrease may take several years to become apparent in the walleye community of Lake Kabetogama. CLICK HERE FOR MORE