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Cruiser Lake to Brown Lake and Anderson Bay

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Voyageurs National Park

Cruiser Lake to Brown Lake and Anderson Bay is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kabetogama, Minnesota that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 8.7 miles Elevation Gain: 738 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching





no dogs

1 month ago

We hiked the southern end of the Cruiser Lake trail system from Eks Bay to Quarter Line Lake and Eks Lake. The interior lakes were stunning and we didn’t see anyone else out on the trail. Saw several ruffed grouses. There were a lot of ticks (this was in May), but not many mosquitos or other bugs.

8 months ago

10/4/19 Did only the loop end (2 miles). Some great vista views and great Fall color.

Fri May 17 2019

Incredible number of beaver dams and beaver activity everywhere. In may it we had loads of ticks hiking the trail and camping - 40 between the 2 of us in one day, but it was well worth it!

Thu Sep 06 2018

9-3-18 to 9-5-18. Hired a water taxi from Woodenfrog to Lost bay. the loop East of the Cruiser Trail was hard to follow and had to use Map, compass and GPS to make our way back to the cruiser trail. Saw otters in Cruiser lake, and headed to our camp Brown Lake. Cruiser Trail was very well marked and we saw no-one for 2 days. very much enjoyed hiking to Anderson Bay. Added on the trail to Beast Lake And Mica Bay. saw lots of Moose droppings! Hiked back along Cruiser Trail, which was well marked. Great hike and bugs were minimal on this early September hike.

Sat Jun 30 2018

Cruiser lake trail end to end is well marked, mixed shade and sun. Isolated. Head nets are necessary. Ticks were very problematic despite full coverage with clothes and deet. We stayed at Cruiser Lake B5 which was in pretty bad shape. Anderson cove was beautiful. We saw no other hikers on the trail in 5 days.

Mon Jun 26 2017

Great hiking, just be ready for the the warmer months be ready for lots of bugs (mosquito's, ticks, etc), and know how to purify your own water. Over two days the trail was empty of any other people, and we had it all to ourselves. Reserve your campsites well in advance through the NPS website and get your keys for the canoe's on the lakes. We used the Arrowhead lodge to shuttle us to the trailhead, but there's lots of others that can do it too...and if you got your own boat you can moor off right at the trailhead.

Mon Aug 13 2018