Where to go: Tour County Road 14 for inland maple colors; then visit Judge Magney State Park to hike the Devil's Kettle Trail. Get transported through fall on one of the woodland hikes of the Gauthier Creek or the Timberdoodle Trails.
What you'll see: Fast forward to fall! The inland hard maples are brilliantly peaking and the moose/mountain maples along the shore are yellows and many shades of orange. The paper birch and the aspen are heading towards 50% turned with yellows and goldens. The understory is dotted with the maroons, reds, and dark oranges of the bush honeysuckle and the purple blues of the asters.
Also of interest: The imminent run of the pink salmon has the bald eagles cruising the Brule. This September week has been sunny and warm, but come prepared with an assortment of outerwear. Showers and flush toilets will be available through October 4; drinking water will be available through mid-October, weather permitting.Last updated: September 24, 2014
Canít decide between a one-day or year-round park permit? The DNR has a special offer that can help. Start by purchasing a one-day permit for $5 and visit as many state parks as possible. After visiting the state parks, trade in the one-day permit by the end of that day and get $5 off the purchase of a year-round permit. Year-round permits, which cost $25, provide unlimited access to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.
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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.