Cascade River State Park, Minnesota

A Photo Essay: Minnesota’s Lake Superior Shore

One of the activities we have been looking forward to most this summer was camping, especially along the Lake Superior Shore.  There are so many great spots in Minnesota to camp, and we finally had the opportunity to sneak away for almost a week of camping in two different areas.  Our first stop was Cascade River State Park in northeastern Minnesota; this campground is located right by Lake Superior, one of the beautiful Great Lakes.

We were excited to explore the towns and State Parks located along Lake Superior’s shore–we made stops at Grand Marais, Lutsen, Split Rock State Park, Gooseberry Falls, Two Harbors and Duluth.  It was our first time visiting Grand Marais, and I fell in love with the adorable little town.  The harbor with all the boats was so picturesque, especially with the fog that rolled in over the lake.  Lutsen was also a lot of fun; we hopped on the Mountain Tram for some great views and flew down the hills on an Alpine Slide.  Another activity that always makes it on our list is hiking.  Thankfully, Minnesota is a great spot for hiking, and the trails we ventured out on were beautiful.  We ran out of time to try the longer 7 mile hike at Cascade River State Park, but we did have a chance to climb the 3 mile trail to and from Lookout Mountain, and let me tell you–the views did not disappoint.  Luckily, the scenery made it easy to forget about the heat; our paths wound through the forest and past waterfalls and rivers. It has been so fun to get out and explore our home state again, and we can’t wait to keep discovering even more!

Here’s a look at Minnesota’s Lake Superior Shore from Duluth to Grand Marais:

Cascade River State Park, Minnesota

Cascade River State Park, Minnesota

Cascade River State Park, Minnesota

Cascade River State Park, MN

Cascade River State Park, MN

Cascade River State Park, MN

Cascade River State Park, Minnesota

Cascade River State Park, Minnesota

Cascade River State Park, Minnesota

Cascade River State Park, Minnesota

Cascade River State Park, Minnesota

Mountain Tram, Lutsen, Minnesota

Mountain Tram, Lutsen, Minnesota

Grand Marais, MN

Sven & Ole's Pizza, Grand Marais, MN

Dockside Fish Market, Grand Marais, MN

Hering at Dockside Fish Market, Grand Marais, MN

Grand Marais, MN

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Marais, MN

Grand Marais, MN

Grand Marais, MN

Grand Marais, MN

Grand Marais, MN

Grand Marais, MN

Grand Marais, MN

Grand Marais, MN

Grand Marais, MN

Split Rock State Park, Minnesota

Split Rock State Park, Minnesota

Split Rock State Park, Minnesota

Betty's Pies, Two Harbors, MN

Gooseberry Falls, MN

Gooseberry Falls, MN

Duluth, MN

Canal Park Brewery, Duluth, MN

Canal Park, Duluth, MN

Canal Park, Duluth, MN

Canal Park, Duluth, MN

Ship in Canal Park, Duluth, MN

Ship in Duluth, MN

Lift Bridge in Duluth, MN

Lake Superior, Duluth, MN

Lake Superior, Duluth, MN

Duluth, MN

Lighthouse, Duluth,  MN

 

Have you ever been to Lake Superior or any of the Great Lakes?

 

16 Comments
  • Meg
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    Posted at 01:21h, 31 July Reply

    Looks amazing!! One of my husbands cousins is getting married here next year and I can’t wait to spend some time exploring the area! Beautiful pictures 🙂
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  • antonette - we12travel
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    Posted at 01:27h, 31 July Reply

    I’ve only been to Lake Ontario but just in Toronto and Niagara on the Lake, never to travel around like you guys did. It’s great to see so much nature (we love it) and space for camping and hiking. I wish Holland wouldn’t be so small so you could camp in places like these but unfortunately that’s not allowed here.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:27h, 14 August Reply

      I didn’t realize there isn’t much space to camp in Holland, but I guess it makes sense! If you ever get the chance to visit the Lake Superior area, we would definitely recommend it–it’s gorgeous and there are a lot of fun things to do! Hope you enjoyed Niagara on the Lake and Toronto–we love that area too 🙂
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  • Dave Cole
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    Posted at 04:29h, 31 July Reply

    I think this may be the one Great Lake I’ve never visited and it looks like I have been missing out. The elements of natural beauty, quaintly maintained towns and breweries usually do not fail in terms of a good experience. Those fish and chips look just about perfect and would be an excellent reward after a day of hiking.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:29h, 14 August Reply

      I agree–those elements always make a great spot! You are right, the fish and chips were delicious and the perfect reward after hiking 🙂 If you ever get a chance to head up to the area, we would recommend it!!
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  • Serena
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    Posted at 06:46h, 31 July Reply

    Wow, this place really looks beautiful!
    And your photos are amazing too.
    I exp. like the 4th one from above, where the water kinda looks “misty”: it gives to it such a magical atmospheare!
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  • Ashley
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    Posted at 10:30h, 31 July Reply

    I haven’t spent any time in Minnesota or the Great Lakes unfortunately. I will be in Michigan in about a month though so I’m excited. Your pictures are gorgeous – I especially love the one looking at the kayak from the trees!
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  • Alli
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    Posted at 08:58h, 01 August Reply

    These are beautiful photos, wow. I love the photo of the water all soft like that, and especially of the sailboat at sunset!! Looks like a gorgeous area for camping and hiking.

  • Beth
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    Posted at 14:14h, 04 August Reply

    Those are some beautiful shots! I’ve never been to Lake Superior, but I live 2 minutes from Lake Michigan. I really want to head north and visit Minnesota! (and Canada, but that’s a different story!)
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  • Chris Boothman
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    Posted at 17:25h, 04 August Reply

    Gorgeous collection of shots here that really make this an excellent photo essay of Lake Superior. I really love photo essays because images can speak more than a 1000 words as they really capture your imagination and you ponder seeing those gorgeous waterfalls (at least I do!) and other stunning natural landscapes in the region.
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