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About Tettegouche State Park

Great for camping near Minneapolis and 58 miles northeast of Duluth in Lake County on scenic Minnesota Highway 61 lies a massive reserve of lakeside beauty and scenic wilderness. Situated on the shores of the mammoth Lake Superior, Tettegouche State Park is a Minnesota marvel which earns its name from the Tettegouche Club, an association of local businessmen which purchased the park in 1910 from the Alger-Smith Lumber Company. In fact, it was the club's members who guarded over the area, up until 1979 when the state of Minnesota acquired 3,400 acres from the Nature Conservancy, including Tettegouche Camp.

Today this park is absolutely huge, spanning 9,346 acres of wetlands, forests, and sandy beaches. The acreage contains six inland lakes which contain walleye and northern fish, four waterfalls, and an extensive 70 foot sandy beach right on Lake Superior. And thankfully, all of this beauty is now preserved. In fact, the Tettegouche Camp, on Mic Mac Lake, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Perched on the Baptism River, one of the park’s most famous attractions is High Falls, the highest waterfall located (entirely) within Minnesota. The Baptism River Campground is home to a number of campsites with and without electric hookups, as well as a heated building open year-round, with flush toilets and showers, even in the winter. Firewood can be purchased at the park entrance year-round. Five picnic areas are also available with fire rings and tables. However, not only does Tettegouche boast the State’s highest waterfall and winter heated showers, it also contains one of the largest network of hiking trails in the region.

All in all, the park contains over 35 miles of hiking and ski trails, including access to the famous Superior Hiking Trail. The park is one of only four state parks in Minnesota offering rock climbing. Both Shovel Point and Palisade Head cliffs are popular spots offering climbing directly over Lake Superior. Additionally, on its North boundary, Finland State Forest and the Red Dot motorized trail attract OHV enthusiasts from all over the nation for the world class trails and off-road terrain. Thankfully, all of this wilderness creates plenty of room for animals to roam freely.

In fact, it’s normal to see all sorts of wildlife at Tettegouche. A a huge variety of flora and fauna shelter watchable animals such as the woodpecker, red squirrel, white-tail deer, peddle, snowshoe bunny, beaver, and weasel. Moreover, diligent spotters will encounter moose, wild bear, waterway otter, and red fox. Not as commonly spotted, one can find the timber wolf and even the Northern Flying Squirrel. For bird lovers, the recreation center is a great location to spot peregrine birds of prey that nest along the trees and bluffs of the Lake.

The park contains several camping areas, with drive-in, cart-in, walk-in and kayak-in sites.One accessible cabin is open for reserve at Illgen Falls. Furthermore, the parking lot at the entrance to the park also serves as a highway rest area, with a year-round visitor center, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, restrooms, and vending machines. Aside from the accessible cabin, there are also four cabins available for those willing to hike in.

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Tettegouche State Park is located in Minnesota
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50 Reviews of Tettegouche State Park
High and twostep falls

Trip to the falls in fall!!! Beautiful colors and amaxing views!!!

Hike and skyline

Great day hike and so many different trails. Went down to cove and relaxed on rocks in lake superior and also went up top to scenic overlook where lots of rock climbers were climbing!!!

Waterfalls

Tettegouche State Park is beautiful in all seasons!! We went here primarily for the hiking, so many options with different views at this park it has a great variety for everyone! You can hike up along the coastline of Lake Superior, you can go down the coves and climb on the rocks, or they have a few nice waterfalls hiking inland up the river! One thing I will say about the waterfalls, it's about a 3 mile round trip. When you get about a mile in there's a staircase that leads down to the 2 step falls. Now the two step falls are beautiful but there's ALOT of stairs. If you not feeling up to the stairs skip the two step falls and continue on to the high falls which are much more worth your time and energy!

Great hiking

We stayed at a cart in site. There are tons of hiking trails there! We hiked up the Baptism River to the upper falls and continued on to the scenic overlook of Lake Superior, great view. Unfortunately it rained two out of the three days we were there so we didn't get to hike as much as I would have liked, but the views we did see were amazing

Gorgeous campground

Absolutely gorgeous campground with great hiking. Only downside are the typical state park rules of being quiet by 10pm and no drinking, but otherwise it's a beautiful area and well worth it.

Beautiful North Shore

The north shore of Minnesota is beautiful. Granite cliffs line the drive north of Duluth Mn. This is where you will find Tettagouche State park. The park has many hiking trails and a beautiful waterfall!

Tettegouche Hike In Cabin (B) Review

The Tettegouche Hike In Cabins are located on the back (North West) side of the park, a side not frequented by the many day hikers and the rest of the campers. The cabins are located 1.7 miles away from the parking area, accessible only by foot. The hike to the cabins is along a minimum maintentce service road, so the going is fairly easy, but there is a fair amount of vertical tilt to the hike, so be prepared to shed a layer or two, especially if you're not in great shape.

The cabins themselves are situatied on Mic Mac Lake, which is a remote freshwater lake. Cabin rental comes with access to the centrally localed shower house (running water and hot showers!), all the firewood you can hope to burn, a hand pump for water, and access to the main cabin lodge, perfect for large group lunches.

Cabin B has two bunk rooms, each with a full size bunk bed with full size bunks on top and bottom, which means you could (in theory) put 8 people in the cabin without resorting to putting anyone on the floor or on the couches in the living space. There is also a cooktop, mini fridge and freezer. The cabin is heated with a woodstove (which we put through it's paces on a breezy and chilly late May weekend).

We spent time hiking the nearby trails up to Mount Baldy and taking in the views of Lax Lake, Mic Mac Lake, Lake Tettegouche and many of the nearby ponds and streams. When it started raining, we played a few dozen games of cribbage and took advange of the cooktop to be able to cook our camp meals inside while we stayed warm and dry. There is also a camp ring and bbq grate outside the cabin for outdoor cooking and s'mores in nicer weather.

Cabin B is my favorite cabin at Tettegouche Camp, situated right on the edge of Mic Mac Lake (like 3 feet away)!

Tettegouche Hike In Cabin (B) Review

The Tettegouche Hike In Cabins are located on the back (North West) side of the park, a side not frequented by the many day hikers and the rest of the campers. The cabins are located 1.7 miles away from the parking area, accessible only by foot. The hike to the cabins is along a minimum maintentce service road, so the going is fairly easy, but there is a fair amount of vertical tilt to the hike, so be prepared to shed a layer or two, especially if you're not in great shape.

The cabins themselves are situatied on Mic Mac Lake, which is a remote freshwater lake. Cabin rental comes with access to the centrally localed shower house (running water and hot showers!), all the firewood you can hope to burn, a hand pump for water, and access to the main cabin lodge, perfect for large group lunches.

Cabin B has two bunk rooms, each with a full size bunk bed with full size bunks on top and bottom, which means you could (in theory) put 8 people in the cabin without resorting to putting anyone on the floor or on the couches in the living space. There is also a cooktop, mini fridge and freezer. The cabin is heated with a woodstove (which we put through it's paces on a breezy and chilly late May weekend).

We spent time hiking the nearby trails up to Mount Baldy and taking in the views of Lax Lake, Mic Mac Lake, Lake Tettegouche and many of the nearby ponds and streams. When it started raining, we played a few dozen games of cribbage and took advange of the cooktop to be able to cook our camp meals inside while we stayed warm and dry. There is also a camp ring and bbq grate outside the cabin for outdoor cooking and s'mores in nicer weather.

Cabin B is my favorite cabin at Tettegouche Camp, situated right on the edge of Mic Mac Lake (like 3 feet away)!

There was construction going on...

I'm sure that it's better now, that the construction is done (sometimes, construction ends up making things better in the end), but when we were there, things were all crazy. Hard to get around. However, that aside, we had a pleasant site that was remote enough from others (it was a cart in site). The sites are closer to the highway than we would have liked (you could hear the road noise). Not to mention that the campground is relatively close to private property, and while the kids were exploring the rocks and beach, ended up on the property line and the park ranger was called. We did have a great family experience, but not our favorite place to camp.

Rain on your wedding day...

My wife and I arranged to get married on the stone beach at Tettagouche in 2001. We arrived Friday night after the Ranger Station was closed, so we deposited our payment in the box.

The next morning, we went to the station to upgrade our weekend pass to a year state parks pass. On telling the rangers we planned on getting married in the park, he replied "oh, you will need a special permit for that". I said "it's just me, her, and a court clerk coming up from Two Harbors…and we need two witnesses…"

"Oh, that's different. It's supposed to rain all weekend- but we'll stay after to be witnesses, and if it's raining we'll start a fire and you can get married in the lodge!"

Sure enough, it rained. Sick of sitting in our tent, we made the most of it-put on rain ponchos, hit the trails, and enjoyed the bridges and waterfalls. And that evening, the Rangers fired up a huge fire in the lodge stone fireplace, took pictures, and signed as witnesses for our wedding. One of them had been married in the park as well, at the river outlet to the lake.

According to Japanese tradition, if it rains on your wedding you will have a happy marriage. We've had a lot of adventures together!