Koochiching Economic Development Authority
(800) 452-3569
405 3rd Street P.O. Box 138,International Falls, MN 56649
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Northwestern Koochiching County

Northwestern Koochiching County extends from the hamlet of Loman through the community of Birchdale and west to Clementson, Minnesota where the Rapid River empties into the Rainy River. The Rainy River defines the northernmost border of this picturesque area and offers sterling opportunities for the angler and sightseer alike. The area offers several accesses to the Rainy River with boat ramps at Loman and at four other locations as you travel west. The State of Minnesota offers services and casual access at the Manitou Rapids wayside rest and Franz Jevne State Park the most pristine mile on the Rainy River where camping and angling opportunities await. 

The area is settled on the banks of the Rainy River with many of its residents involved in agriculture or the wood fiber industry. Natural resources are at the core of the recreational opportunities with hunting and fishing topping the list. Nearly endless trails and logging roads are available for hiking and skiing. Groomed snowmobile trails wind through the wilderness, provide access to other communities and add charm to the winter season.

The River Valley Development Association provides economic leadership and leads the area with novel celebrations and events. The entire area congregates in Birchdale to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day taking in “America’s Parade” followed by the “World’s Greatest Potluck.” The third Saturday in August brings “The North American Sturgeon Championship” to Nelson Park in Birchdale; winners take home more than $1,000 in cash winnings. You’re not a complete angler until you have experienced the oldest king of freshwater fish, for information call Nelson’s Fine Store at 218-634-2583. Other events include a robust “Oktoberfest” and “Pioneer Days” held in mid-July.

The Indus School provides “K through grade 12” education and serves as a springboard to institutions of higher learning. Four local churches provide spiritual guidance and welcome all to their services.

Please visit birchdalearea.org for more information.

KEDA | 218.283.8585 |
405 3rd Street, International Falls, MN 56649