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.
This was our first camping trip of the year:) The camping sites are very roomy with a picnic table and fire pit. Some campsites also have bear proof food lockers. We camped in a site that also had electrical hook up. For those that want to have more privacy, there are cart in sites. At the entrance of the campground there are very clean men's and women's restrooms that have private showers. There are hiking trails that are clearly marked to each of the waterfalls. The views are spectacular!! There are plenty of spots for fishing too!!
We stayed in the "cart-in" sites. The sites were close enough that we were able to easily haul all of our gear without the cart, but far enough from the main camping area that it was nice and quiet. The campground is also a delightfully quick hike away from the falls. You can hear them at night, and it is very peaceful. The bear boxes at the site are also convenient so hauling food to the car at night is unnecessary, and the boxes are big enough to stash extra gear or valuables while you're not on site (padlock compatible).
Very close to great sections of the Superior Hiking Trail and the baptism river. Beautiful in the summer if you're willing to make the drive from the twin cities or further. Campground is clean and scenic. Great for just the weekend or a week long stay!
We spent a chilly November night in one of the camper cabins. The cabins are about a 1.5 mile walk from the parking lot, up and over a hill. We arrived after 10pm and make the hike to camp in the dark with the help of our headlamps. Cabins themselves were nice, bed, wood burning store, kitchen prep area, and a small table. There are several cabins for rent. The cabins are alongside a lake, with beautiful views and plenty of access to hiking trails and the Superior Hiking Trail as well.
Tettegouche is a fantastic park for a weekend getaway, a week long camping trip, or even a day hike-through. Clean campsites and shower houses, friendly staff, and picture perfect views of scenery and Lake Superior!
The walk-in campgrounds here are fantastic. THey are very spacious and private, located on a bluff on the edge of Lake Superior. Sleep to the sound of crashing waves. Scramble down the bluff to a virtually private beach. Use a rickshaw to bring your stuff to your campground; I think we had to walk 1/4 mile from the parking lot to our campsite. Awesome campground.
We booked two nights in the "cart-in" campsites. I love the concept and the sites were well kept, close enough to facilities but far enough away and from other campers to get a nice quiet and private camping area. WARNING, book early, we had two book our two night in different "cart-in" sites so we had to move all our stuff into the new site couple hundred yards away, return the cart for our new cart specific for our site and so on. Very tiring process so I would only do "cart-in" again if we get consecutive nights at the same site, duh ik but point taken. I'd recommend "cart-in" sites closest to the shore, better views! But park in general is great with lots of hikes with varying degree of difficulties. Will def return! Oh and sites have bear lockers for food and scented items.
I have spent many weekends at Tettegouche, in the group campground, in the tent campground, and in the hike in cabins. What a great state park! Lots of trails to hike. Beautiful waterfalls to experience and photograph. A nature lover's dream. Campground has centrally located water and shower facilities. Very nice visitor center at the main park gates.
Tettegouche is beautiful right next to Lake Superior. 23 miles of hiking trails, 34 modern campsites (With Flush toilets and showers) and 13 cart-in campsites. Check out some of the picnic areas (1) Baptism River, (2) Nipisquit Lake, and (3) Bean Lake.
This is one of the most popular Minnesota State Parks and fills up fast. Plan ahead so you can stay in this beautiful place.
There are a bunch of drive-in or hike-in sites here that you can reserve ahead of time. Pretty peaceful area with good facilities. At the Baptism River sites there are even showers and flush toilets.
What I love most about this campground is the proximity to awesome activities. You can take a hike to view the impressive waterfalls, or you can head towards the cliffs for some truly spectacular rock climbing over Lake Superior.