Tettegouche State Park Snapshot Tour

This state park offers stunning views of sea caves, a sea stack, and Palisade Head. View Lake Superior in all seasons. As you travel along the shore, be sure to stop by.


Photo of stunning view down the shoreline traverses sea caves, a sea stack, the mouth of the Baptism River, and Palisade Head.
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Overlook on Shovel Point

A 20 minute walk from the visitor center will bring you to this breathtaking overlook on Shovel Point.  This stunning view down the shoreline traverses sea caves, a sea stack, the mouth of the Baptism River, and Palisade Head.


Photo of the 63 feet high, the High Falls of the Baptism River.
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Below High Falls

At 63 feet high, the High Falls of the Baptism River is the tallest waterfall within Minnesota’s state border.


Photo an overlook providing fantastic views of one of the most picturesque valleys in Tettegouche.
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Palisade Valley Overlook

This overlook provides fantastic views of one of the most picturesque valleys in Tettegouche. This is a great vantage point to watch for wildlife in the valley below.


Photo of the historic Tettegouche Camp, located on the shores of Mic Mac Lake.
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Tettegouche Camp

Nestled on the shores of Mic Mac Lake, historic Tettegouche Camp is a great destination for a day hike or overnight stay. Four cabins are available to rent year-round at this secluded hike-in facility, and the Lodge is open as a picnic shelter for day use.
 


Photo of a historic boathouse on Mic Mac Lake.
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The Boathouse

This historic boathouse has been the gateway to Mic Mac Lake for many canoers and fisherman for nearly a century. Canoe and fishing rod rentals are available through the park office at this hike-in only lake.


Photo of the top of Palisade Head with stunning views of the Lake Superior shoreline.
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Palisade Head

Drive right to the top of Palisade Head for easily-accessed, stunning views of the Lake Superior shoreline. This feature was formed 1.1 billion years ago from a violent volcanic eruption. While cooling, the lava rock shrank and cracked, creating the columnar joints that make this area so great for rock climbing. Keep children in hand while exploring these high cliffs.


Photo of the mouth of the Baptism River shoreline, that offers carry-in kayak access for the Lake Superior Water Trail.
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Baptism River Mouth

A short walk from the visitor center, the mouth of the Baptism River is a great place to fish, skip rocks, or just relax and watch the waves on Lake Superior.  This is also a carry-in kayak access for the Lake Superior Water Trail.


Autumn photo of an overlook of Bear Lake, from the Superior Hiking Trail, of rugged and beautiful terrain in the park.
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Superior Hiking Trail

Stretching from one end of the park to the other, the Superior Hiking Trail cuts through some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain in the park. This challenging hike offers many scenic views like this overlook of Bear Lake.


Photo of the High Falls Overlook, perched above the 63 foot High Falls, providing a view of the Baptism River valley.
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High Falls Overlook

This overlook above the 63 foot High Falls provides a dramatic view of the Baptism River valley.


Photo of the Tip of Shovel Point with a view of Lake Superior shoreline toward the Sawtooth Mountains.
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The Tip of Shovel Point

A hike out to the very end of Shovel Point rewards you with a fantastic view up the shoreline toward the Sawtooth Mountains.


Photo of the Tettegouche Lake Overlook in the foreground with Lake Superior in the distance.
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Tettegouche Lake Overlook

This overlook boasts two lakes: Tettegouche Lake in the foreground and a glimpse of Lake Superior in the distance.


Photo of ice-covered Tettegouche and Mic Mac Lakes in the foreground.
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Tettegouche Lake - Winter

With the leaves down, this overlook takes on a new life by allowing fantastic views of ice-covered Tettegouche and Mic Mac Lakes in the foreground, as well as a glimpse of Lake Superior in the distance. Winter is a great time to explore the park’s interior by ski or snowshoe. Snowshoe rentals are available at the park’s visitor center.


Photo of Two Step Falls downstream from the High Falls on the Baptism River.
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Two Step Falls

Just downstream from the High Falls on the Baptism River, you'll find a two for one deal… a lovely pair of waterfalls that flow into a large pool.


Photo of the overlook on Red Dot Trail, which runs through Tettegouche State Park and provides motorized access to the rugged highlands.
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Overlook on Red Dot Trail

Explore the Red Dot Trail with your ATV in the summer or snowmobile in the winter. Portions of the trail run through scenic Tettegouche State Park and provide motorized access to the rugged highlands. This Lake Superior Overlook is a great place to pull off to the side of the trail and stretch your legs.


Photo of secluded Crystal Bay where you’ll find Cave of the Waves, the longest sea arch on the north shore of Lake Superior.
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Crystal Bay

The Lake Superior Water Trail runs past the Tettegouche Shoreline and provides access to secluded beaches like Crystal Bay. Here you’ll find Cave of the Waves, the longest sea arch on the north shore. This unusual cave-like arch takes a 90 degree turn inside before it exits on the other side.


Photo of a floating bog located in the park.
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Floating Bog Bay

Tettegouche offers a wide array of habitats including this floating bog. The diversity of habitats found within the park provides homes for over 40 species of mammals and 140 species of birds.


Photo of a picturesque waterfall, one of several within the park.
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The Cascades

This picturesque waterfall is one of several within the park and cascades down to a set of rapids.


Photo of a shoreline view of Superior Beach Trail Spur off the Shovel Point Trail.
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Lake Superior Shoreline

The shoreline just outside the visitor center is a great place to start your exploration of the park whether you have 5 minutes or an hour to spare. This view can be found at the Superior Beach Trail Spur off the Shovel Point Trail.


Photo of snowy trail to Tettegouche Camp that takes you over a large ridge and into a lake-filled valley in the heart of Tettegouche State Park.
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Trail to Tettegouche Camp

This location marks the pinnacle of a scenic hike that leads you to the historic Tettegouche Camp on the shores of Mic Mac Lake. The 1.7 mile hike takes you over a large ridge and into a lake-filled valley in the heart of Tettegouche State Park.


Photo of one of four historic cabins on the shores of Mic Mac Lake and is available to rent year-round.
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Tettegouche Camp Cabin B

One of four historic cabins available for rent, this three-room cabin is located about ten feet from the shores of Mic Mac Lake. Its large screened-in porch overlooks the lake and the hills of the park. It sleeps six and is available year-round.


Photo of a rustic two-room cabin interior, that sleeps six, comes with a canoe, and is available year-round.
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Tettegouche Camp Cabin A

One of four historic cabins available for rent, this two-room cabin has a view of Mic Mac Lake from the large screened-in porch. It sleeps six, comes with a canoe, and is available year-round.


Photo of the drive-in campground offering secluded, well-screened sites that are available year-round.
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Drive-in Campground Site

Located inland above the Baptism River, the drive-in campground offers secluded, well-screened sites that are available year-round.


Photo of a cart-in campsite providing a more secluded camping experience near the Lake Superior shoreline.
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Cart-in Campsite

The park’s 13 cart-in campsites provide a more secluded camping experience near the Lake Superior shoreline.


Photo of a Superior Hiking Trail campsite on the shores of Bear Lake, a designated trout lake.
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Superior Hiking Trail Campsite

One of five Superior Hiking Trail campsites between Silver Bay and Highway 1, this campsite sits right on the shores of Bear Lake. Now a designated trout lake, this dramatic basin was carved by glaciers thousands of years ago.


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