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Wheeler’s Point River Access

Public access locations for anglers fishing the Rainy River in the fall are a great way to take a break, pick up lunch or some snacks for the boat. Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River is serviced by a number of beautiful river accesses.  The closest access to Four Mile Bay, Pine Island and Big Traverse is at Wheeler’s Point. The MN DNR maintains this access and it is like a four lane highway for boats to be launched. During tournaments, a spectator will be amazed at the hundreds of boats with contestants from all parts of the country waiting in their boats like horses in stanchions before they depart on their race. Wheeler’s Point river access is the headquarters.

We’re starting our tour of river access points here because as the waters cool, walleyes move in from the big waters and are found in shallower depths along Pine Island, etc. Then another illusive phenomenon happens. A small fish called the emerald shiner moves up the Rainy River to do its spawning.

The emerald shiner is one of hundreds of small, silvery, slender fish species known as shiners. The identifying characteristic of the emerald shiner is the silvery emerald color on its sides. It can grow to 3.5 inches in length and is found across North America from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, commonly in large, deep lakes and rivers, though sometimes in smaller bodies of water as well. It feeds on small organisms such as zooplankton and insects, congregating in large groups near the surface of the water. It is a quite common fish and is often used as a bait fish.

The next public accesses on the Rainy are located in the town of Baudette. Near the Canadian Border crossing, you will find a popular public dock at the rest area known as Peace Park. There is a boat ramp with ample parking for boats and trailers at this site.

Moving into the center of town on the Baudette Bay is a brand new boat dock where you can tie up your boat and walk up Willie Walleye Hill to get a coffee or find groceries and supplies at the local grocery store.

At the eastern side of Baudette at Timbermill Park you will find a great place to dock your boat and again there is plenty of parking area available.

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Rainy River Public Accesses

Moving to the east six miles from Baudette crossing into Koochiching County is Vidas Landing, a beautiful public access point that sees a lot of travel. About 11 miles to the east is Frontier Landing with fire rings, rest rooms and the availability of camping right at the access. Further down Hwy 11 at the town Birchdale, Nelson Park is located on the road traveling north off of Hwy 11.

Here again, you’ll find a great access spot for your boat and the campground is one of the most beautiful spots along the river. (Be sure to stop in to the Birchdale Store while in the area. It is probably one of the most unique country stores to be found in the state.)

The enclosed photo is a great diagram of the access points in the area. Like walleyes follow the shiners up river in the fall to get their fill of their favorite food, you can also follow the Rainy for the river fishing while you are able to access that river in many many spots.  Come north, enjoy the beauty and stay at a beautiful resort to make your fall experience complete.

Last modified: 09/10/2020

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