Where to go: Start with the Devil's Kettle Trail, stopping at overlooks to take in the widening horizons. Try a swish through the leaves of the Timberdoodle loop; be surprised by the views of Lake Superior. Perhaps leave the park and head to Paradise Beach; it's a great time of year to observe the many moods and colors of the lake.
What you'll see: Colors are more subtle now except for the burnished gold that sticks to a few lucky aspen. The colors are muddier now, but expect the tamarack to start showing off. Many of the mountain maple leaves have fallen; some red osier has taken on mottled maroons speckled with greens and pinks. The thimble berry bushes are especially a colorful yellow-green right now.
Also of interest: The campground is closed for the season and water is unavailable. The park remains open for day-use visitors.Last updated: October 21, 2014
Canít decide between a one-day or year-round park permit? The DNR has a special offer that can help. Start by purchasing a one-day permit for $5 and visit as many state parks as possible. After visiting the state parks, trade in the one-day permit by the end of that day and get $5 off the purchase of a year-round permit. Year-round permits, which cost $25, provide unlimited access to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.
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4051 East Highway 61
The park is located 14 miles northeast of Grand Marais on State Highway 61.
Best time to contact the park:
Memorial Day - Labor Day: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fall, Winter & Spring: Please contact Cascade River State Park at 218-387-3053.