Welcome to my "Minnesota Waterfalls" Page. From Sept. 29 through Oct. 5, 2008, I was in Duluth, Minnesota and the surrounding area. Below are photos of many waterfalls in the region extending from Schroeder along the northeast coast of Minnesota down through Duluth to Jay Cooke State Park near Carlton. I was absolutely amazed by the sheer number of waterfalls located within the city limits of Duluth! I visited 4 of the City Parks, all of which are well maintained, and found numerous waterfalls in each park. My favorite, by far, has to be Tischer Creek located in Congdon Park on the north side of the city. BE SURE TO check out a newly added (April 20, 2011) video of the Congdon Park waterfalls (from that 2008 trip) in the "Tischer Creek" section below! As you walk the trails of the roughly mile and a quarter long and narrow park, there seems to be a waterfall around every bend in the creek ... and I am talking many in the ten to twenty foot range (or higher)!! What an absolutely stunning place this absolute gem of a city park is!
Some of the waterfall photos are my usual "link with description" style, where you click on the link at the left to see the photo; others, where there are many photos from a region, are within their own slideshows. About 3/4 of the way down this page, you will find a link to a slideshow (which is actually 2 slideshows linked together) of scenes from around Duluth (and Superior, WI) - ships, fall colors, and more.
At the very bottom of the page are photos of the ships I saw on this trip (in a larger photo-format than the same photos which are included in the slideshows).
I would like to recommend the book
Minnesota Waterfalls by: Steve Johnson and Kenneth Belanger to anyone who wants to go waterfall hunting in Minnesota. The directions and descriptions are quite good.
Click Here for more waterfall photos from Michigan and Wisconsin.
Image to the right:
Beaver Falls are located in Beaver Bay along Minnesota's north shore. The falls are visible from the bridge on Highway 61.
This page will follow the waterfalls from Minnesota's North Shore beginning with the Temperance River Falls in Temperance River State Park, which is two miles north of Schroeder, then south down through Duluth to the waterfalls in Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton, which is southwest of Duluth. The waterfalls in the city of Duluth will be presented by the city parks in which they reside.
NOTE: The file sizes of these photos are mostly in the 180KB - 280KB range (about three times larger than other files on this site), so they may take a little longer to load
For the ship lovers out there, Click Here to go directly to the ship photos from this trip
North Shore Waterfalls
Temperance River Falls in Temperance River State Park (near Schroeder):
Falls #1 - The first falls we come to flows through a narrow gorge under a pedestrian bridge Falls #1 - Close-up of the falls Falls #2 - Further along is this pretty falls Falls #2 - Close-up Falls #3 - Further up the river really gets wild Falls #3a - The upper part of the previous falls Falls #3 - A wide look at the same stretch of falls Falls #3 - Looking down-river at the same stretch of falls Falls #3 - Close-up of the lower part of the long, narrow falls
Tettegouche State Park Waterfalls on the Baptism River north of Silver Bay:
Here are two of the four major waterfalls in Tettegouche State Park:
High Falls - A view of the falls from alongside near the top High Falls - This suspension footbridge crosses the river above the falls Illgen Falls - Further up-river is this 40-ft. waterfall
Beaver Falls on the Beaver River in the town of Beaver Bay:
Beaver Falls - A view of the entire multi-tiered waterfall Beaver Falls - Close-up of the falls at the top of this long waterfall Beaver Falls - The middle part of the falls travels through a narrow chute Beaver Falls - Close-up of the top two tiers of this gorgeous waterfall Beaver Falls - Close-up of the twin falls making up the bottom of the waterfall
Gooseberry State Park Waterfalls (midway between Beaver Bay and Two Harbors):
A look at three of the four major waterfalls in the park system:
Lower Falls - These are the Lower Falls in the system Lower & Middle Falls - A lot of tourists were here today near the lower two tiers of the falls Middle Falls - Close-up of the wide Middle Falls Upper Falls - Just a short walk upstream leads us to the charming Upper Falls
Lester Park in the City of Duluth - this is the northernmost park in the city and boasts two separate streams - Lester River and Amity Creek:
We will start with the northernmost Lester River Falls:
Japp Hole Falls - This falls is partially under the bridge on the east side of Superior Street Japp Hole Falls - A view from the bridge looking down-river Japp Hole Falls - A close-up look at the lower part of this falls more falls - This triplet waterfall is small, but pretty Lester Falls - Although hidden by foliage, this is a great waterfall more falls - A bit further upstream is this winding waterfall more falls - Further upstream is another waterfall mostly obscured by foliage Upper Falls - The final falls is also partially obscured by foliage
Next, let's look at the waterfalls along Amity Creek:
Amity Falls - Starting at the base of the creek and walking up-river, this is the first set of winding falls Amity Falls - This area is known as "The Deeps" Amity Falls - A gazebo sits near "The Deeps" Amity Falls - Follow this waterfall from the top center of the photo (barely visible through the trees along Seven Bridges Road) Amity Falls - We are at the seventh bridge on Seven Bridges Road looking upstream at a gorgeous, cascading waterfall. Amity Falls - Another waterfall appears below the seventh stone arch bridge Amity Falls - ... and continues in a long slide down a narrow chute before widening out
William A. Irvin - The old U.S. Steel ship is now a floating museum in the city of Duluth William A. Irvin - Stern view USCG Sundew - Retired Coast Guard boat is also open for tours in Duluth American Century - Viewed from high above Duluth heading for the harbor entrance at Canal Park in Duluth on Sept. 30 Quebecois - Making the turn into the inner harbor in Duluth also on Sept. 30
USCG Alder - Entering Duluth at Canal Park on Sept. 30 USCG Alder - Stern view in the inner harbor American Century - The tour boat, Vista Star, goes in for a close look at the 1000-footer which is loading coal at SMET, which is actually in Superior, WI (across from the boat launch in Duluth where the photo was taken on Sept. 30) American Century - Close-up of the ship at SMET Asiaborg - Unloading at Duluth Port Terminal on Sept. 30
John J. Boland - Wide view loading coal at SMET on Oct. 2 John J. Boland - Close-up at SMET Quebecois - Heading out of the inner harbor on Oct. 2 to go out in Lake Superior to clean its holds before re-entering the harbor to load grain Quebecois - Making the turn toward Canal Park and the open lake Quebecois - Bow view close-up
Quebecois - Heading under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Quebecois - Stern view heading out the channel at Canal Park Quebecois - Stern view passing one of the lighthouses that guard the entrance to the channel at Canal Park Quebecois - ... and passing the other lighthouse at Canal Park Quebecois - Meets the inbound USCG Alder on Lake Superior
USCG Alder - Enters Duluth past the lighthouse J.W. Shelley - The ex-Algoma Central Marine ship, Algocen, heads toward Duluth for a load of grain on Oct. 2 J.W. Shelley - Heading for the lighthouse and the channel at Canal Park J.W. Shelley - Inside the channel passing one of the lighthouses J.W. Shelley - Passing the other lighthouse
J.W. Shelley - Close-up inside the channel J.W. Shelley - In the inner harbor Asiaborg - Departs the Twin Ports via Superior Entry on Oct. 2 John J. Boland - Departs the Twin Ports via Duluth with the Asiaborg in the distance Robert S. Pierson - Departs Duluth passing a sailboat and the anchored Orsula on Lake Superior on Oct. 3
Robert S. Pierson - Close-up Orsula - The saltie is anchored in the Duluth Anchorage awaiting a dock, where they will eventually load grain
Well, that concludes the Minnesota portion of my latest waterfall trip.