Gooseberry Falls State Park

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Gooseberry Falls State Park


Gooseberry Falls is the gateway to the North Shore. It is known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, Lake Superior shoreline, Civilian Conservation Corps log and stone structures, and north woods wildlife.

Listen to the thunderous roar of the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River as it plummets through a rocky gorge. Watch for waves, ships, or the moon rise on Lake Superior from an ancient lava flow known as the Picnic Flow.

Hike or ski to see the Fifth Falls through a forest of evergreens, aspen, and birch, and enjoy camping in modern campsites, picnicking, and relaxing along the Lake Superior shoreline or the Gooseberry River.

To get the most out of your visit, stop by the Joseph N. Alexander Visitor Center where you can find park information, interpretive displays, a park video, Nature Store, and more. Don't miss the Gateway Plaza for outdoor interpretive signs on area resources and history.

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Visitor Alert!

Waterfalls Updates:

The falls are open! Around 1:30 pm on Friday, April 11th the ice went out. All falls are flowing! If you visit please be cautious that are trails to the falls are still covered with snow and maybe icy and that the river is rushing fast! Admire them at a safe distance.Minnesota Parks and Trails Facebook pageThis link leads to an external site. where we will be posting photos.

Construction info:

The project at the log and stone building on Hwy. 61 that used to serve as our Visitor Center is now finished. The 2 (non-historic) additions were removed, the roof was replaced and stonework repaired. The exterior of the original CCC structure is now restored, but the building is not yet open for public use.

We're also looking forward to more preservation work on 2 other log and stone CCC buildings - the Lakeview Shelter and Lady Slipper Lodge. If you were thinking of renting one of these for an event, please call and check on availability before making plans. Construction will take place this spring/summer on these buildings.

A smaller project will happen in the campground this season - we'll upgrade 4 campsites (19, 21, 42 and 43) and some facilities near the Upper Sanitation building (water, parking and sidewalks) for accessiblility. ADA project work should begin after Memorial Day weekend. The San building will need to be closed for about a week during this project - we'll post info here when the dates are known, but it's likely to be in early June.

Last updated April 10, 2014

Park Notes

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

Learn More about the Park:

Self-guided tour: Ideal for group outings, but also fun for families and any visitor to the park. (Information includes photos.)

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Gitchi-Gami State Trail Access:

The 2.5 mile segment of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail that runs through the park is now paved and ready for use - it's great for biking! The trail connects our lower picnic area to the rest of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail along Highway 61, so there is now continuous paved trail from Gooseberry to the town of Beaver Bay, with access to the Gooseberry Visitor Center, campground and the shores of Lake Superior.

Parking is available at our lower picnic area lot, which is adjacent to the trailhead. Due to frequent high levels of traffic, parking for longer than two hours is not always available at our visitor center lots.

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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 Gooseberry Falls State Park.

Birders:

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

Park Highlights

tree Scenic Waterfalls/Lake Superior Shoreline

tree Visitor Center/Nature Store

tree Historic CCC Log & Stone Structures

tree Year-Round Naturalist

tree Multi-Use/Accessible Trails

tree Gateway Plaza


Hours

Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Contact

3206 Highway 61 East
Two Harbors, MN 55616

tel: 218-834-3855

fax: 218-834-3787

email: gooseberryfalls.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

From the town of Two Harbors, follow State Highway 61 northeast approximately 13 miles to the park.