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Posts From The Road: A Day In Ranier

on September 1, 2019 - 7:17am

An information sign and large carving of a voyageur welcome visitors to the tiny village of Ranier, Minn. The town is situated on Lake Rainey and adjacent to the U.S. and Canadian border and Voyageurs National Park and just minutes away from International Falls, Minn. Photo by Gary Warren/

The views of Rainey Lake and the area were stunning as we walked around Ranier after checking in at the RV park. Shown is a small lighthouse and piers during the last light of the day. The railroad bridge the background crosses the Rainey River where it enters the lake and is the dividing line between the U.S. and Canada. The trees lining the lake on the other side are in Canada. Photo by Gary Warren/

Formerly of Los Alamos

On a recent trip to the north woods country of Minnesota and Wisconsin, we wanted to check out Voyageurs National Park, which is located in Minnesota near International Falls and the Canadian border.

We rarely make reservations more than a day in advance, which was the case as we drove into the area that day. Thanks to the internet, we located a couple of options in the International Falls area and chose to stay in the town of Ranier, Minn.

This was one of those happy surprises as we drove down the lane to the small park where we were to spend the night. We were amazed by the quaint town of Ranier and its beautiful location. Lakeview RV Park sat on Rainey Lake and consisted of four or five cabins and about five spots for RVs. Our spot was literally in the owner’s back yard with a fabulous view of the lake just steps out our door.

That evening we walked around the area taking photos and admiring the beauty of the place. How we wished we had time for a longer stay here but we were planning on moving on the next day, which we did. Now this hidden gem is on our radar and we will schedule a much longer stay when we return.

Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he shares his photographs, which appear in the ‘Posts from the Road’ series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

The pink and white Lady Slippers or Showy Lady Slippers is the state flower of Minnesota and could be seen in abundance around the area in Ranier. The beautiful flower is a member of the orchid family. Photo by Gary Warren/

Our van RV sits steps away from the lake and piers where we enjoyed watching the sun set and where we enjoyed starting our day in the morning. A view that we will return to, hopefully sooner than later! Photo by Gary Warren/

The depot in Ranier and the railroad bridge crossing from the U.S. into Canada across the Rainey River. We saw many train loads of timber and lumber moving along the tracks. Photo by Gary Warren/