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Little American Gold Mine

Historic Site
Visitors arrive at Little American Island to tour the now defunct gold mine. – International Falls, Rainy Lake and Ranier CVB

The remnants of the largest and most successful Gold Mine on Rainy Lake can be part of a ranger-led boat tour on Rainy Lake and is well worth the visit. A gold rush attracted miners, shop owners, laborers and more in the late 1800's and this mine was one of about a dozen. Handicap accessible trails allow you to explore the old shaft, davit and machinery used to move the gold ore from the mine to be processed.

Time Period Represented

The mine was in operation in the 1890's.

Accessibility Notes

Trails and interpretive signage are handicap accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome but must be leashed in Voyageurs National Park.


Little American Island is accessible throughout the spring, summer and fall. Ranger led tours follow a set schedule.

Seasons Open

Spring, summer and fall.


There are no fees

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