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About Temperance River State Park
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Temperance River State Park is located in Minnesota
47.554 N
-90.874 W
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10 Reviews of Temperance River State Park
Great day visit

Another place to have some great hiking. The views we're fantastic and the trails well maintained.

On lake superior and close to trails ...

Have stayed here a couple times. Great sites. Some with amazing views of lake superior. Good spot for through hikers of SHT. Near trails and adventures. Staff are nice and helpful. Quiet and well maintained campground.

So close to the lake!

Temperance River has two really nice campgrounds, each with their own highlights. The Lower Campground sits on the lake and if you’re fast enough you can get lake view sites reserved. We were at camping with family that was RV camping so we chose two sites right next to each other. They were sites 57 and 58. The bathrooms were just vault toilets a little bit down the road so not super convenient as with the shower bathrooms at the Upper Campground but they worked fine for us. Our site did not have a view of the lake but was a fine size for our car and a large tent. A short 3 minute walk brought right to the lake and rocky beach where there were plenty of books and crannies to explore. The Temperance River also comes out in this beach so you can play around that as well. From our location at Temperance we easily explored and enjoyed hiking the Oberg Mtn Loop, trails like Honeymoon Bluff up the Gunflint and visiting other parks like Cascade River.

great stay

The sites are generously sized, well spaced, wooded and private. short walk to get to Lake Superior shoreline. Pet friendly. clean showers. tons of water spigots and vault toilets spread throughout the park. Will definitely stay here in the future.

Beautiful Views!!!

In spite of the rain. Camped here for an overnight while touring the North Shore. I camped in the Lower Campground #45. Small campground must serve as overflow for the Upper Campground. Pit toilets. However, the shower house and modern facilities are just a short jaunt over in the Upper CG. Facilities were clean, hot water in the showers!!

Awesome hiking and right on the North Shore

We LOVE this campground, as it's an awesome place to to call home base for a bit and take day trips around the North Shore. We camp every summer with three other families and this week we ended up in the lower campground of Temperance River State Park. The sites were nice and private with paths between so we could go see our friends next to us. The only downfalls were: the showers were across the river and up a LOT of steps and our site was just down from Hwy 61, so was a bit noisy with traffic at times.

Day trips:

  • Lutsen for alpine slides, gondola rides and hiking
  • Grand Marais for shopping, mini golf, hiking, and breweries
  • Hike the Temperance River trail (although sketchy with a lot of small children who like to go too close to the edge)
  • Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center - a small gem where the kids got to learn about rocks and the geology of the North Shore. maybe a bit above their heads, but the adults loved it!
  • Just throwing rocks in the lake from large boulders just down from our campground

Highly recommend this as a place to stay for short or longer periods of time due to how much there is to do around the area!

Clean, beautiful

This is clean beautiful family campground. Right on Lake Superior and Temerance River. We will be going back!

Great hiking.

A real gem. Intimate wooded campsites! Exceptional hiking trails. Beautiful water features.

Decent place to stay for a night

Due to severely late trip-planning, this was the only North Shore state park with a site available that didn't require backpacking in. We stayed at cart-in campsite #31 which you can practically see from the cart-in parking lot. A cart for each cart-in site is provided, and there is a pit toilet and a water spigot located at that parking lot. The site is located above lake superior and slightly inland, so a decent view if you are sitting in the right spot but it has nothing on the lake-side sites at Split Rock Lighthouse state park.

The reason for the average rating is that this campground is kind of long and skinny, which means that you will hear all the cars going by at 60 MPH unless you have a large buffer between your site and Hwy 61. The trail system isn't nearly as vast as neighboring state parks- you can pretty much do a quick stroll through the lake-side portion of the park or go up the trail that follows the river (so lovely). You can take offshoot trails that are part of the Superior Hiking trail- but these are kind of overgrown and I'm tick-phobic. I wouldn't consider this a must-camp destination, but it was perfectly suitable as a quick place to spend a night on our way up to the Gunflint trail.

I would say this is a great campsite for campers who aren't leaving their site much or for people who don't need a lot of trail options.

The main bathroom facility isn't nearly as nice as the new one at Cascade River, but it is well-maintained considering its age. I would recommend showering early to avoid lines- I think there were just two or three shower stalls?

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One of my favorite place to camp.

There is so much to do! Exploring, fishing, swimming in a beautiful State Park. The campsites are nice, good facilities and close to other State Parks along the north shore of Lake Superior!