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Cascade Falls

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Cascade Falls State ParkWhat a coincidence! The first waterfall located on the Cascade River is called Cascade Falls. A short distance from the trailhead, this waterfall lies within a gorge filled with moss and ferns growing on black volcanic rock. As you follow the trail lined with birch, spruce, and white cedar, stop to see the views of Lake Superior along the way.

Located within the Cascade River State Park, the Cascade Falls is only the first of many waterfalls located within the park. The string of waterfalls located near the mouth of the river have been given the name “The Cascades”, which are very well known to many for their unique beauty. A quick hike up a well-maintained trail brings you to many overlooks and bridges that span the Cascades.

The Cascades are especially known for their fishing and fall colors, but double as a perfect spot to strap on your cross-country skis during the winter months. Plan a day to hike the trail and enjoy the area’s beauty, and maybe even take a dip in the crystal clear water.

TThings to do on the North Shoreo get to the Cascade Falls: Follow directions to Cascade River State Park. The falls are located one-third of a mile northeast of highway 61. Parking is at the mouth of the river

Note: If you have been to Cascade Falls in the past, you’ll likely notice a major change: the old cedar tree that grew in front of the waterfall has recently fallen. A new view of the falls has now opened up for visitors. Check out the change when you are there next!



Want to learn more about area waterfalls or Cascade State Park? If so, check out previous posts of ours like the Top North Shore Waterfalls and Top 5 things to do at Cascade River State Park.

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Gales of November

Monday, November 9th, 2015

U-A-hansel_bryan_111220-1056You’re wrong if you think there’s nothing to do on the North Shore during the fall/early winter season! As the seasons change and the temperature drops, Lake Superior becomes alive with the gales of November!

Gales are winds that exceed 39MPH. They are created by air pressure differences between low pressure systems and high pressure systems. The greater the difference, the higher the wind speeds are. These winds create enormous white caps just like you’d see in the ocean. You haven’t seen Lake Superior until you’ve seen what the gales do to the lake.

The gales of November have produced some of The Lake’s most violent storms, including the storm on November 10, 1975 that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald. In 2010, the Extratropical Cyclone hit Northeastern Minnesota with winds up to 65 miles per hour.

Although no one wants to find themselves in the middle of the Lake during one of these storms, many people head to the North Shore in hopes to view or surf (yes, surf!) the spectacular waves that these gales create. Ships also stay closer to shore during the early winter months (the waters are safer), so it’s the best time to spot ships along the North Shore.

Don’t forget to pack your surfboard on your next trip to the North Shore. Or, leave it at home and plan on sitting back, with camera in hand, to enjoy the sometimes 15-foot waves splashing against the rocky shore!



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