Voyagaire is located in Crane Lake, Minnesota. Crane Lake is a small tourist town that functions as a gateway to Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Because the park is on the border chain of lakes that separates the U.S. and Canada, it also has a customs station and a sea plane base. If you visit, make sure to grab lunch and a beer at Voyagaire. You can reach them at 800-882-6287 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to contact them first. On this particular day, we were walking to the Vermilion Gorge and Vermilion Falls and were just stopping in Crane Lake for a bite to eat. I happened to be staying in Creekside cabin at Elbow Lake Lodge (you should also check out End of the Road Cabin too) this particular weekend and went to Crane Lake for a lunch and a walk to the Vermilion Gorge. There is a lot to do in the area too, so make sure you check out our page on things to do around the Lake Vermilion Area too.
When you come to visit Crane Lake you will quickly notice it is not a large place. On the north end is Voyagaire Lodge and Houseboats. They have a great restaurant with a gorgeous view. It literally looks across the lake to the BWCA and just a little further down is Canada, and the Voyageurs National Park.
We enjoyed an hour long rest to eat and play around the lake.
It is very possible Voyagaire has one of the best restaurants in the region. During summers, you can eat on the patio and watch sea planes land coming into the base and customs, and in the winter, it is a snowmobile hot spot and will have tons of snowmobilers coming out of the national park to eat.
I enjoyed the great burger above and we ordered pizzas for the kids. They were superb. What about the houseboats? Well I’d love to do a few articles on those for you too. Maybe I will be able to go back this fall and give one a try. But for now, you will have to be satisfied with seeing them on the dock.