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Ellsworth Rock Gardens

Voyageurs National Park, MN
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Take a water taxi to Ellsworth Rock Gardens

We took a water taxi from the Arrowhead Lodge (where we were staying), to the Ellsworth Rock... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
Wallingford, Connecticut

Nice place to stretch your legs for a little hike. You will appreciate the parks efforts to try and... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
wolverville .
Erie, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

We took a water taxi from the Arrowhead Lodge (where we were staying), to the Ellsworth Rock Gardens. For about a 20 year period, Jack Ellsworth, painstakingly used the native rocks in the area to create an amazing set of rock sculptures which were set...More

Thank maloney1969
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Nice place to stretch your legs for a little hike. You will appreciate the parks efforts to try and restore this gem. Mr. Ellsworth is a great testament to what National Parks are all about. Watch for otters as you arrive and enjoy!

Thank wolverville .
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

This place is a hidden gem. Go back in time 60 years or so and see what one man and his wife did with the wonders of nature. It ranks right up there with any art museum. The rock sculptures, the history and knowing that...More

Thank MrCharlie447
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Our family takes National Park Trips year round. This latest quick trip was an attempt to check one off the list before school started. Going to a water based park is always tricky when you only have a few days and are not bringing or...More

Thank quarrykid
Reviewed 3 September 2016

I would love to see this when the flowers were all in bloom. Just the rock formations were impressive. Definitely worth the hike though the garden!

Thank CarolS1641
Reviewed 2 August 2016

It was an interesting place to visit and gave as a great break from fishing. Wasn't as good artistically as I anticipated, but enjoyable and clean. Worth the effort to go see.

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 1 October 2015 via mobile

If you get the chance while you are visiting Lake Kabetogama you have to stop at the rock gardens. The story that goes with the garden is amazing.

Thank Joevanguse
Reviewed 19 August 2015

In the center of a pristine park lie the Ellsworth gardens that remind you of the Coral Castle (Florida) or the redwood carving outside the petrified forest (new mexico). Rock chipped in the shape of too many to mention items. The most unusual thing is...More

Thank pat c
Reviewed 1 August 2015

You will need to find a guide or have a boat to get to the dock, but it is worth the effort. You'll find a self-guided brochure at the entrance with 15 stations that walk you through the gardens and statues that Mr. Ellsworth spent...More

Thank Ted O
Reviewed 23 July 2015

Had just a few short hours to visit Voyageurs National Park. Ended up missing the scheduled NPS sponsored boat tour to Ellsworth Rock Gardens. Went to Arrowhead Resort on Lake Kabetogama and was able to hire a water taxi\pontoon boat ride over to the Gardens....More

Thank Kim E
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