Cascade River State Park

 

 

     
 
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Location
 
 

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Size

 
 

5,392 acres statutory, 2,875 owned

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

3481 West Highway 61
Lutsen, MN 55612

N47 42.661, W90 30.637

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35

 
         
 

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          Cook County  
          Northeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

18 miles

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

The park may hold one or more managed hunts in the fall.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Northern Superior Uplands

   
  Ecological Subsection    

North Shore Highlands

   
  Land Type Association    

North Shore Till Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype

Dry Bedrock Shore (Lake Superior)

Exposed Mafic Cliff (Lake Superior)

Lowland White Cedar Forest (North Shore)

Mesic Felsic Cliff (Northern)

Mesic Mafic Cliff (Northern)

Northern Wet-Mesic Boreal Hardwood - Conifer Forest

Paper Birch - Sugar Maple Forest (North Shore)

Slumping Clay/Mud Slope (River)

Sugar Maple Forest (North Shore)

Upland White Cedar Forest

Wet Mafic Cliff (Northern)

Wet Rocky Shore (Lake Superior): Bedrock Subtype

White Pine - Red Pine Forest

Young Forest Complex

   
  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      
         
 

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Lower Cascade River Falls

 
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Cascade River State Park MN
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Published on Feb 13, 2014

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Oct 12, 2021

Cascade River State Park Campground sold out? We can help! Get an availability alert when someone cancels with Campsite Assist: https://www.campsitephotos.com/campsite-assist/?c=Cascade+River+State+Park&id=67028

Published on Oct 28, 2013

Cascade River State Park campground has 40 single-family campsites for tents, trailers and RVs (up to 35 feet). Twenty of the sites have electric hookups. There are also 5 backpack sites and 2 group sites. The campground has modern restrooms (showers and flush toilets), drinking water and a dump station. Firewood is available for sale from the campground host. Services are limited during the winter (vault toilets and no water/showers or dump station). There are six drive-in sites available in the winter (3 with electric and 3 without). Each developed site has a table, grill and fire ring.

 

 

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Nov 12, 2021

Hugging the rugged, rocky coast of Lake Superior, Cascade River State Park is located at the northeastern tip of Minnesota and has more than its share of nature’s majesty. With the rushing Cascade River, spectacular waterfalls, deep gorges with black volcanic rocks covered in moss, and old cedar, spruce, and birch forests with many different types of wildlife, Cascade River State Park is a magnificent spot for hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. Numerous smaller trails link with the North Shore State Trail and the Lake Superior Trail, offering spectacular views of Lake Superior. The park has several drive-ins and campsites for those who want to stay longer.

 
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Mar 5, 2019

Along the trails and river in Cascade River State Park near Lutsen, Minnesota up along Lake Superior's North Shore. Taken during a short camping trip in June 2018.

 
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Uploaded on Apr 26, 2009

Hiking at Cascade River State Park in northern Minnesota. Lots of waterfalls. A great place to visit on the Great Lakes.

   
  Cascade River State Park, Minnesota Campground drive through review
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Published on Jul 23, 2013

This state park is on Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior and has a campground, hiking trails, waterfalls, and is close to Grand Marais. This video gives you an overview, and a drive through showing you the campsites.

   
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Mammals

 
 

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

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Visits

8/10/2011                
 
 

Birds

 
 

Three bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Special Concern

Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist (Complete)

eBird Field Checklist (Picnic Area)

 
         
 

Fishes

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Two fungi and lichen species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Special Concern

Fan Lichen (Peltigera venosa)

Methuselah’s Beard Lichen (Usnea longissima)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

 
         
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

One insect and arachnid species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

Special Concern

ocellated darner (Boyeria grafiana)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
         
 

Mammals

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

 
         
 

Plants

 
 

Eighteen plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:

Endangered

bitter fleabane (Erigeron acris var. kamtschaticus)

bog bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum)

elegant groundsel (Packera indecora)

pale sedge (Carex pallescens)

Threatened

alpine woodsia (Woodsia alpina)

Braun’s hollyfern (Polystichum braunii)

small-flowered woodrush (Luzula parviflora)

Special Concern

Allegheny vine (Adlumia fungosa)

common butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris ssp. vulgaris)

Douglas hawthorn (Crataegus douglasii)

Hudson Bay eyebright (Euphrasia hudsoniana var. ramosior)

inflated sedge (Carex vesicaria)

intermediate sedge (Carex media)

least moonwort (Botrychium simplex)

pale moonwort (Botrychium pallidum)

quill spikerush (Eleocharis nitida)

spike trisetum (Trisetum spicatum)

yellow sedge (Carex flava)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp FPn73a

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype FDn43b1

Dry Bedrock Shore (Lake Superior) LKu43a

Exposed Mafic Cliff (Lake Superior) CTu22a

Lowland White Cedar Forest (North Shore) WFn53a

Mesic Felsic Cliff (Northern) CTn32d

Mesic Mafic Cliff (Northern) CTn32a

Northern Wet-Mesic Boreal Hardwood-Conifer Forest MHn44

Paper Birch - Sugar Maple Forest (North Shore) MHn45a

Slumping Clay/Mud Slope (River) RVx54a

Sugar Maple Forest (North Shore) MHn45c

Upland White Cedar Forest FDn43c

Wet Mafic Cliff (Northern) CTn42a

Wet Rocky Shore (Lake Superior): Bedrock Subtype LKu43b2

White Pine - Red Pine Forest FDn43a

     
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