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Gooseberry Falls State Park

Gooseberry Falls is the gateway to the North Shore. It is known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, Lake Superior shoreline, Civilian Conservation Corps log and stone structures, and north woods wildlife.

Listen to the thunderous roar of the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River as it plummets through a rocky gorge. Watch for waves, ships, or the moon rise on Lake Superior from an ancient lava flow known as the Picnic Flow.

Hike or ski to see the Fifth Falls through a forest of evergreens, aspen, and birch, and enjoy camping in modern campsites, picnicking, and relaxing along the Lake Superior shoreline or the Gooseberry River.

To get the most out of your visit, stop by the Joseph N. Alexander Visitor Center where you can find park information, interpretive displays, a park video, Nature Store, and more. Don't miss the Gateway Plaza for outdoor interpretive signs on area resources and history.

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

Visitor Alert!

Construction update:

The project to restore the exterior of the historic log and stone building along Highway 61 is finished, but the building will not open for public use until interior work is completed.

The Lakeview Shelter and Lady Slipper Lodge rehab project is also finished, except for a few minor details. Both buildings got a new roof, paint, lights and masonry repairs. Lady Slipper had several interior beams replaced and Lakeview has a new paved sidewalk and accessible restrooms. These lovely CCC buildings are now ready for many more years of use!

Accessibility improvements were also made at the Upper Sanitation building this season, and 4 campsites received accessibility modifications (19, 21, 42 and 43).

Thank you for your patience during construction!

State Park Deer Hunt

There will be a deer hunt at Gooseberry Falls State Park on November 8 through November 23. All areas of the park north and west of Highway 61 (upper side of highway)will be closed to the public and open only to hunters on these dates. There is no hunting in the areas of the park south and east of Highway 61 (lake side of highway), which will remain open to the public. View map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.

Last updated September 29, 2014

Park Notes

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

Learn More about the Park:

Self-guided tour: Ideal for group outings, but also fun for families and any visitor to the park. (Information includes photos.)

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Gitchi-Gami State Trail Access:

The 2.5 mile segment of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail that runs through the park is now paved and ready for use - it's great for biking! The trail connects our lower picnic area to the rest of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail along Highway 61, so there is now continuous paved trail from Gooseberry to the town of Beaver Bay, with access to the Gooseberry Visitor Center, campground and the shores of Lake Superior.

Parking is available at our lower picnic area lot, which is adjacent to the trailhead. Due to frequent high levels of traffic, parking for longer than two hours is not always available at our visitor center lots.

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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 Gooseberry Falls State Park.


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

Park Highlights

tree Scenic Waterfalls/Lake Superior Shoreline

tree Visitor Center/Nature Store

tree Historic CCC Log & Stone Structures

tree Year-Round Naturalist

tree Multi-Use/Accessible Trails

tree Gateway Plaza


Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


3206 Highway 61 East
Two Harbors, MN 55616

tel: 218-834-3855

fax: 218-834-3787

email: gooseberryfalls.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

From the town of Two Harbors, follow State Highway 61 northeast approximately 13 miles to the park.