By Seth Nelson, National Park Service
This spring, Voyageurs National Park maintenance staff constructed a new picnic area on the lawn of the Ash River Visitor Center that is accessible to all. The new picnic area has two accessible picnic tables and an accessible fire ring for visitors to enjoy a lunch or just have a fire and enjoy the evening. The Ash River Visitor Center sits on top of a rock ridge overlooking beautiful Kabetogama Lake with views to the east and west. The previous picnic area was located on a point below the visitor center with a steep incline that was difficult to access.
About the Ash River Visitor Center
The Ash River Visitor Center is located in the historic Meadwood Lodge. Take a moment to explore this historic, rustic building. There is a bookstore, a children's activity corner, exhibits, a small theater, and a staffed information desk. Programs are sometimes offered as staffing allows. There is a free public boat launch and separate paddle access area are available.The Ash River Visitor is closed from late September - late May. The Ash River area is accessed off Highway 53 just south of the Kabetogama Lake turn-off. Drive on the scenic Ash River Trail (County Road 129) .