Where to go: Thinning leaves no longer muffle the Brule River as it heads toward Lake Superior. The Devil?s Kettle Trail takes hikers close up to fall river sounds and landscape color. While hiking any of the trails, take in the vibrant colors of the understory. Brilliant yellow and gold leaves litter the pathways and lighten up the areas of a fall foot tour.
What you'll see: Most deciduous trees are past peak color, but now is the time of the tamarack oranges, yellows, and golds. Although these trees are already dropping some needles, the tamarack easily dominate the late autumn color of their swampy habitats. Fall winds have considerably thinned the crowns of the aspen, birch and maple, but some color still clings. Currently there is an abundance of vibrant yellow, red, maroon, orange, even some pink in the protected osier, mountain maple, honey suckle, elderberry, willow and hazel of the forest undergrowth. Autumn still offers splendor to the visitor?s eye.
Also of interest: Look for the otter playing in the Brule, or an osprey fishing the shallows. Several grouse have recently been seen in the campground and parking lot areas. Sightings of timber wolves and bald eagles have made unforgettable experiences for some visitors. The rustic sites of the campground are available until the campground closes on October 19th; drinking water will no longer be available at that time. The park will remain open for day-use visitors.Last updated: October 16, 2014
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4051 East Highway 61
The park is located 14 miles northeast of Grand Marais on State Highway 61.
Best time to contact the park:
Memorial Day - Labor Day: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fall, Winter & Spring: Please contact Cascade River State Park at 218-387-3053.