Cascade River State Park is a beautiful park with a rushing river running throughout its entirety. Large waterfalls that lay within a volcanic rock gorge, lined with moss and ferns, are one of this parks magnificent features. Only ten miles southwest of Grand Marais, a trip to explore all this park has to offer would leave you with no regrets. When you’re there, you might want to try these five activities:
1. Fish: The Cascade River is known for its perfect fishing spots and beautiful scenery. If no luck is found in the river, Lake Superior is only a short distance away. Steelhead, brook trout and salmon are some of the common fish that could be reeled in at this park.
2. Take a Hike: Including trails up both sides of the river, this park offers 18 miles of trails that are perfect for a long or short hike. The trails lead to a variety of destinations, including Lake Superior, Lookout Mountain and the Cascade River Falls.
3. View the Rushing Waterfalls: The beautiful stair-step waterfalls that cascade down the river are what give this park its name. With a nice waterfall near the footbridge on Highway 61 and additional waterfalls two miles inland, the views make the hike very worthwhile.
4. Grab Your Skis and Hit the Trails: With 27 kilometers of trails, Cascade River State Park offers an easy loop for beginners and lots of fun for the more experienced skier. There are plenty of moderate and difficult trails that connect to trails outside the park.
5. Bird Watch: Different birds visit and live in the state park throughout the year. Print off a birding checklist for the state park, grab a pair of binoculars, and make your way to Cascade River State Park.