Tettegouche State Park
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Come to Tettegouche for a great sense of the North Shore: the spectacular overlooks at Shovel Point; rocky, steep cliffs and inland bluffs; the cascading 60 ft. High Falls of the Baptism River; and the historic Tettegouche Camp where visitors can stay the night.
This is a hiker's paradise with miles of trails that overlook the Sawtooth Mountains and wind down to inland lakes accessible only by foot.
The Palisade Valley Unit features broad scenic vistas coupled with an expanse of multi-use, four-season trails. Two more trout lakes complement the fishing opportunities within the rest of the park.
The park is also known for rock climbing opportunities and quality birdwatching in the spring, summer, and especially the fall.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
Visitor center construction
Temporary park entrance map
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The new visitor center is now under construction. Learn more. The park will remain accessible for both camping and day use throughout construction. The old visitor office and rest area have been closed. Parking for the Lake Superior shoreline trails to Shovel Point and the Baptism River is limited to a small parking lot by the Baptism River and the Cart-in Campground parking lot. Restroom facilities will be very limited during construction.
Look for our temporary entrance and office off Highway 61 just southwest of the Baptism River Bridge. (See map above.)
Red Dot Trail Report 5/29/13
Red Dot Moose Walk Trail will be open as of 5/30/13. This year we have experienced washouts and trees down due to heavy winds. We have taken care of the worst but some washouts may take time to get fixed, SO RIDE WITH CARE. The wind fell trees have been removed, however new ones may have fallen since.
Due to nesting Peregrine Falcons on Shovel Point and Palisade Head, the following climbs are closed until further notice:
On Shovel Point: All climbs off the last climbing platform are closed. These include: Soldier of God, I Laughed I Cried It Became Part of Me, The Great Yawn, Undercover, and Gold Plated.
On Palisade Head: The Poseidon Adventures, Echoes, A Job Half Finished, But Fear Itself
Disruption of the nesting area can cause nest failure. Please respect signed area closures, and keep your distance from defensive peregrine adults. When disrupted, peregrines will typically give a loud, repetitive 'kak-kak-kak-kak-kak' call and swoop in on intruders. If you hear or see this behavior, retreat from the area. You might be disrupting the nest site. Stop by the park office if you have questions.
I Can Climb! On the North Shore
Registration for I Can Climb! On the North Shore is now open. This 90-minute program ($5 per climber) is for participants age 10 or older. Climbers are lowered from the top of a cliff above Lake Superior and then climb back up with professional instruction. No experience necessary. Learn more.
Want to keep up with the park between your visits? Explore the park through the eyes of our visitors, or share your own Tettegouche experience on Tettegouche 365—an online slideshow showcasing one visitor-submitted photo for every day of the year.
Camping is available year-round!
Tettegouche State Park has camping facilities available year-round. When the park office is not open, Minnesota State Park permit fees and camping fees are payable at the self-registration station located at the park office.
Please remember: A campsite may be occupied by a group of six or fewer people using one camping shelter. Groups of six or fewer traveling in one vehicle may have one additional tent with prior approval from park staff.
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Firewood Restrictions Information:
Bird Checklist at Tettegouche State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
5702 Highway 61
Silver Bay, MN 55614
The park is located 58 miles northeast of Duluth. Entrance to the park is 4 1/2 miles northeast of Silver Bay on U.S. Highway 61.