3 05, 2022

Fall River Waterfall

2022-05-03T19:57:43+00:00Activities & Attractions, Grand Marais, Waterfalls|

On the outskirts of Grand Marais, you will find the Fall River Waterfall. This once-hidden waterfall is located just past Highway 61 about 2 and a half miles from Grand Marais. The Fall River Waterfall cascades down 30 feet just a few feet from the river's mouth flowing into Lake Superior. This waterfall is not found in a State Park and, until recently, was a well-kept secret. Previously visited mostly by locals and Lake Superior kayakers who would often camp at the mouth of the Fall River. As of 2021, this section became a little more well-known and less off-the-beaten-path. [...]

22 03, 2022

North Shore Waterfall Season

2022-03-25T14:18:58+00:00Activities & Attractions, Waterfalls|

The North Shore Waterfall Season is a short but incredible time of the year when the spring snowmelt suddenly brings once-frozen area waterfalls to life. The North Shore often receives over 100 inches of snow in the winter. As this snow melts in the spring, it finds its way into the rivers and streams traveling to Lake Superior. Along the way, the sudden increase of water flow finds its way over the area's waterfalls. And when the water melts away from established streams, it often forms its own path to the Big Lake. These seasonal streams flow over the cliffs [...]

11 03, 2021

North Shore Waterfalls

2022-03-08T14:00:56+00:00Nature, Waterfalls|

The North Shore is home to dozens, if not hundreds, of waterfalls. Sometimes, especially in the spring, it seems like waterfalls are everywhere along Minnesota’s North Shore. Some of them run throughout the year, while others need heavy rain to form. In the winter, frozen snowfalls are popular winter climbing destinations. So, no matter what time of the year, visitors and locals alike flock to the area's many waterfalls. Dotted along the North Shore are hidden waterfalls that take some effort to get to, such as the falls at the Stairway Portage near Rose Lake. Others are much easier to [...]

5 01, 2021

Clearwater Lake

2021-02-19T17:26:24+00:00Gunflint Trail/BWCA, Waterfalls|

Clearwater Lake is a beautiful lake 33 miles north of Grand Marais, MN up the Gunflint Trail. It is one of the clearest lakes in the area and is also partially in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. You can also access three other BWCA lakes from Clearwater. Caribou Lake, West Pike Lake, Mountain Lake can be portaged off of Clearwater and all three offer different ways of completing the Clearwater Main Route. This lake is also where Clearwater Castle is located. This lake is 1,344 acres in size and approximately 130 feet deep at its deepest point.  When fishing, [...]

2 01, 2020

Root Beer Water

2021-09-06T17:10:39+00:00Activities & Attractions, Lutsen, Nature, Waterfalls|

Cascade Falls and Root Beer Water  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. If you have explored rivers and lakes along the North Shore you’ve probably noticed that the water is the color of root beer. Why? Most people think it’s caused by water containing large amounts of silt. However, the actual reason is that North Shore rivers carry tannins from swamps. Decaying vegetation also makes the color [...]

2 01, 2020

Illgen Falls

2022-04-07T14:14:42+00:00Activities & Attractions, Beaver Bay/Silver Bay/Finland, Waterfalls|

Illgen Falls may not be the most well-known waterfall on the North Shore, but this waterfall makes the top of our waterfall list. This is because of the great vantage point for viewing the falls. This waterfall is approached and initially viewed from the top. Most area waterfalls are viewed from below. Also, if desired, Illgen Falls visitors are able to walk right up to the river and falls.  From this viewpoint, you can experience the power of Illgen Falls.  Even during dry periods, you'll likely find water rushing down the falls. Located in Tettegouche State Park, Illgen Falls is [...]

2 01, 2020

The Devil’s Kettle Waterfall

2021-02-25T20:26:07+00:00Activities & Attractions, Grand Marais, Waterfalls|

The Devil's Kettle Waterfall. A scary-sounding name for the area's most mysterious waterfall. Located on the Brule River flowing through Judge C.R. Magney State Park near Hovland, MN, 20 miles north of Grand Marais, MN, the Devil's Kettle Waterfall has been baffling visitors for decades.  One side of the river rumbles onto a stone embankment and down the rocks. As waterfalls typically do.  The other side, however, flows into a geological wonder known as the Devil's Kettle, and… disappears? A Geological Wonder Well, perhaps not.  The mystery of the Devil's Kettle Waterfall has been stumping visitors and geologists alike for [...]

2 01, 2020

Cross River Falls

2021-02-25T20:35:32+00:00Activities & Attractions, Schroeder/Tofte, Waterfalls|

Cross River Falls Cross River Falls is probably one of the easiest waterfalls to visit along the North Shore of Minnesota and is definitely worth the stop. Just southwest of the Temperance River State Park in Schroeder, these falls are part of a wayside park that is actually larger than the nearby state park. The falls are literally within feet of Highway 61 and can even be seen from the highway. The first set of falls are up along the Superior Hiking Trail, but the big portion of the falls is found at the wayside park. The handy pedestrian bridges [...]

2 01, 2020

Caribou Falls

2021-08-11T15:38:57+00:00Activities & Attractions, Beaver Bay/Silver Bay/Finland, Waterfalls|

Caribou Falls North Shore hikes are truly unlike any others around. Pair it with a spectacular 35-foot waterfall and you will be sure to remember it for years to come. Travel 60 miles north of Duluth on Highway 61 and the hike begins at the Caribou Falls State Wayside rest stop. As of fall 2017, the wayside rest stop has been redone. It now features a newly paved parking lot, bathrooms, and a new section of trail. The trailhead is marked with a Superior Hiking Trail sign to the left of the bathrooms. About a half-mile into the woods where [...]

2 01, 2020

Beaver Falls

2021-02-25T20:36:39+00:00Activities & Attractions, Beaver Bay/Silver Bay/Finland, Waterfalls|

Beaver Falls Not many adventurers on the North Shore stop to check out the raging rush of water known as the Beaver River Falls. Visible from Highway 61 in Beaver Bay, the falls plummet down over the rocks and provide a perfect place for visitors to have a great hike with beautiful scenery. Keep your eyes peeled from the highway to get a view of the huge stack of four drops that run a course of over 350 feet, or stop at the nearby rest area for the opportunity to get up close to the falls. The falls area of [...]

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