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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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Birding on the North Shore

Monday, September 21st, 2015

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Each year, many people flock (pun intended) to the North Shore in hopes of spotting some of Minnesota’s rarest birds. Lake Superior’s size and weather patterns result in birds preferring to follow the shore of Lake Superior south (or north – depending on the time of year) over flying over the large body of water. The shore becomes a funnel for migrating birds during the spring and fall migratory season. Saught after birds include various raptors, ravens, shorebirds, gulls, warblers, ducks and grouse. Many of these and other rare birds can be found in forested areas, along lake shores (both Lake Superior and nearby inland lakes), near sewage ponds and next to rocky cliffs.

Below are six North Shore birding hot-spots worth checking out:

Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve: The reserve, which became the state’s first Audubon Important Bird Area in 1994, is considered one of the premiere migration sites in the country. It because the first Audubon Important Bird area. Birds that fly through the area tend concentrate on the bluffs in Duluth.  Get a great view of the bluffs from Hawk Ridge. The best days to go are days with a northwest wind, when hundreds or even thousands of birds can be spotted flying through the area.

Split Rock Lighthouse state park: this park is an Audubon Important Bird area because of the presence of Peregrine Falcon aeries (nests). This powerful and fast-flying bird was almost eradicated by pesticide poisoning in the last century. Fortunately, the bird made a remarkable rebound and can be found in many places around the country, including the North Shore.

Palisade Head: This area is also an Audubon Important Bird Area because of the presence of Peregrine Falcons. Watch for the bird along the Palisade Head cliffs.

Tettegouche State Park: 143 species of birds have been recorded at Tettegouche. The park has a high population of black-throated blue warblers.

Gunflint Trail: the forest surrounding the Gunflint Trail is some of the best coniferous bird in Minnesota. Watch for Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadees, Yellow-bellied and Olive sided flycatchers, warblers, Boreal Owns and a variety of woodpeckers.

Superior National Forest: Considered one of 100 Globally Important Bird areas by the American Bird Conservancy, The Forest has 155 nesting bird species, the most birds of any national forest in the United States.

Did you know?

Birding checklists are available for each of Minnesota’s eight North Shore state parks. Find the checklists at the links below.

Gooseberry Falls State Park
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Tettegouche State Park
George H Crosby Manitou State Park 

Temperance River State Park
Cascade River State Park

Judge C R Magney State Park
Grand Portage State Park 

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