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Cascade River State Park

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Where to go: The maples at Cascade River State Park are just beginning to show signs of fall. Hints of color can be seen while hiking up to Lookout Mountain. In just a few short weeks this will be a fantastic fall color viewing location.

What you'll see: Moose maples are beginning to change and other maples will not be far behind. Wildflowers are just past their peak and are winding down. Asters, goldenrod, Joe-pye weed, and black-eyed Susans are all winding down. The bees are busy feeding on the fading blossoms.

Also of interest: Fall is a wonderful time to visit Cascade River State Park! Take a walk along the river to a few waterfalls, view Lake Superior along the lake trail, or hike up to Lookout Mountain at 600 feet above Lake Superior. Salmon have not yet begun their fall run up the river but we should begin seeing them soon.

Last updated: September 18, 2014 

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Getting there

3481 West Highway 61
Lutsen, MN 55612

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.


Phone: 218-387-3053

Email: cascaderiver.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Spring, Fall & Winter: Daily, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Summer: Hours extended.