Cascade River State Park

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Cascade River State Park

Come to Cascade for the rushing river and grand waterfalls that lay within a gorge, lush with moss and ferns that grow on black volcanic rocks. Hike the trail through birch, spruce and white cedar; stop to see the views of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Trails connect with the Superior Hiking Trail and the North Shore State Trail and offer great recreational opportunities to hikers and cross-country skiers. Drive-in and backpack campsites are available.

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Visitor Alert!

Changes to the Cascade River Campground

Sections of the campground closed until spring:
Construction began in October to bring electric to twenty campsites in the main campground. Sections of the campground will be closed until construction has been completed in the spring. Please view campground map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. for details on the campsites that are now closed.

Campsite numbers have changed:
The way the campsites have been numbered in the past has now changed. Please see park map for the new numbering system.

Reservable and non-reservable sites:
Now that we have both electric and non-electric campsites, the designation of some campsites has changed to provide a better mix of reservable and non-reservable sites across the campground. Please see the park map for more details.

For more information on any of these changes, please contact Cascade River State Park at 218-387-3053.

Last updated December 9, 2014

Park Notes

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

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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 Cascade River State Park.


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

Park Highlights

tree Hiking

tree Camping

tree Skiing

tree Waterfalls

tree Fishing

tree Scenic areas along river and lake


Best time to contact the park:

Spring, Fall & Winter: Daily, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Summer: Hours extended.


3481 West Highway 61
Lutsen, MN 55612

tel: 218-387-3053

fax: 218-387-3054


Getting There

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.