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Cascade River State Park

Come to Cascade for the rushing river and grand waterfalls that lay within a gorge, lush with moss and ferns that grow on black volcanic rocks. Hike the trail through birch, spruce and white cedar; stop to see the views of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Trails connect with the Superior Hiking Trail and the North Shore State Trail and offer great recreational opportunities to hikers and cross-country skiers. Drive-in and backpack campsites are available.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Visitor Alert!

Beginning in May 2016, you will be able to make a same-day reservation at many locations, and reserve every campsite at every state park and recreation area. Learn more.

No restroom or shower facilities available in 2016

The current restroom and shower building is scheduled to be demolished in spring of 2016 and construction of a new facility will take place during the 2016 season. There will be no showers or flush toilets in the park during this time. Rustic vault toilets will be available. Campsites located near the existing building may also be closed. Please check back for updates or contact the park office at 218-387-6000.

Campsite numbers have changed

The way the campsites have been numbered in the past has now changed. Please view the new map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. for the new numbering system.

For more information on any of these changes, please contact Cascade River State Park at 218-387-6000.

(Updated April 28, 2016)

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Cascade River State Park.


Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Cascade River State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Hiking

tree Camping

tree Skiing

tree Waterfalls

tree Fishing

tree Scenic areas along river and lake


Best time to contact the park:

Spring, Fall & Winter: Daily, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Summer: Hours extended.


3481 West Highway 61
Lutsen, MN 55612

tel: 218-387-6000

fax: 218-387-3054

email: cascaderiver.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

10 miles southwest of Grand Marais, and approximately 265 miles from the Twin Cities. The office is located just off State Highway 61 at mile post 101.