Ellsworth Rock Gardens

Ellsworth Rock Gardens, Voyageurs National Park: Address, Phone Number, Ellsworth Rock Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Ellsworth Rock Gardens
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stevenelson33
Saint Paul, MN28 contributions
Fun to see the rock sculptures and gardens.
Aug 2021 • Family
The self guided tour was fun to read and search for the sculptures made by Jack Ellsworth. Amazed that he used primaries tools to construct. This was part of Larry’s Voyageurs Tours and Taxi spots to stop at. Larry shared many great facts of the lake and the rock gardens. The kids (8 & 12) had fun looking around too. It was unfortunate that the lack of rain that made the flowers not as healthy as normal years. Recommend checking out if you are able to get there by boat or taxi.
Written 6 August 2021
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ajschu
Bayport, MN95 contributions
Tranquil homage to artistic design
Jun 2020 • Family
We have made Ellsworth one of our yearly stops during our visit to Lake Kabetogama. My boys (13 and 11) love the chance to climb among the rock sculptures and enjoy the view. The site has recently been updated with a wonderful new dock and we have caught fish here on two visits. We often bring a picnic to enjoy in the shelter as well. The site includes picnic tables, grills and vault toilets. We have been the only ones at the site during at least part of every visit. Bring bug spray.
Written 4 June 2020
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Diantha W
Salt Lake City, UT108 contributions
One man's art nestled within a natural masterpiece
Aug 2019
Ellsworth Rock Gardens is a unique site. Often national parks preserve areas with little human impact. Before the area was Voyageur's NP, Mr. Ellsworth turned a rocky outcropping into a garden of lilies and rock sculptures composed of local granite. Although the site is manmade, it is beautiful and serene. We joined the National Park boat tour and, Ranger Jim, our guide did a phenomenal job teaching us about the park and the gardens. We really appreciate him and Captain John taking us out despite the wind that day! Once docked at the gardens, Jim let us roam with the map and answered questions for us. The National Park has done a great job restoring the gardens, and I can't wait to see what they do with it in the future. The tour leaves from Kabetogama VC and lasts about 1.5 hours. We took all of the tours offered by the National Park and thoroughly enjoyed each of them. I highly recommend doing so and making reservations in advanced on the website recreation.gov. There is a great discount for seniors.
Written 20 August 2019
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randy m
Beecher, IL47 contributions
back in the old days
Sep 2018
Nice to see it being semi-taken care of. I originally saw it back in 1957 when Ellsworth and wife were still alive and actively working on it. I have nice color pictures of all the lilies in full bloom. Even the teepee at the top of the hill was fully in tact. We talked to both of them in their cabin while they were having lunch. It was a sight to see back then.
Written 19 March 2019
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DRGilbert
Naples, FL202 contributions
A very special place for a tasty shore lunch
May 2018 • Friends
Shore lunch is always one of the highlights of walleye fishing in the great north woods. But to enjoy a wonderful walleye lunch amidst the beauty and creativity of the Ellsworth Rock Gardens makes it even more enjoyable. We ate our tasty lunch cooked on two Coleman stoves by our knowledgeable fishing guide, Travis Carlson, in a picnic shelter and then strolled the grounds fashioned as a hobby by Jack Ellsworth from 1944 to 1966. Accessible only by boat, as are many of the sites in Voyageurs National Park, it is well worth the journey to visit this historic spot,
Written 30 May 2018
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AndyB5542
Minneapolis, MN3,661 contributions
Crowded
May 2018 • Family
We boated over to the gardens, because it’s not accessible by car. The dock isn’t that big so we had to wait for a spot (Memorial day weekend). There were a lot of people walking around.

It takes maybe a half hour to tour the gardens. There are info brochures available. There are also pit toilets and picnic tables.
Written 29 May 2018
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Tom G
Wallingford, CT425 contributions
Take a water taxi to Ellsworth Rock Gardens
Jun 2017 • Couples
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 next to terraced flower beds. You can take about 15 minutes to slowly work your way around the Rock Gardens and marvel at the amount of effort that went into these artistic creations. If you are in the area of Kabetogama, Minnesota, I would highly recommend taking the journey out to see Ellsworth Rock Gardens.
Written 3 July 2017
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365-24-7
Erie, CO33 contributions
Nice
Aug 2016 • Family
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!
Written 17 October 2016
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Mrcharlie447
Kearney, MO115 contributions
A step back in time!
Sep 2016 • Couples
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 one man completed it by himself over 20 years is amazing. They have a great little picnic area and bathrooms. Accessible only by water. Don't miss this place.
Written 15 September 2016
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quarrykid
7 contributions
Perfect place for a family to explore
Aug 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 renting a watercraft. We were lucky that our resort host was willing to bring us out to Ellsworth and wait for us. Our family (kids ages 13,10,6) dig stuff like this and we enjoyed reading about the gardens, learning the history, locating the sculptures and spying on the frogs in the water holes. An hour was just the right amount of time for us, and we were glad to be the only ones there at the time. Tourist season was on the way out and Ranger boats were not scheduled that early in the morning. We could have brought a picnic if we had timed it for later in the day and extended our time. It was a feather in the cap of our trip.
Written 15 September 2016
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