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North Shore State Parks

Every Minnesota vacation should include a stop at state parks. The eight state parks are jewels along the North Shore - each showcasing some of the best land, rivers, mountains, cliffs, shoreline and forests of the area.

And they are incredibly accessible. Stop by to stretch your legs and you can cross a footbridge over a river, spend an hour and you can explore Lake Superior's shoreline or hike to a gorge, spend half a day and you snowshoe or ski or attend a naturalist program.

State Parks near Caribou Highlands Lodge

Temperance River State Park

Features: Temperance River - stunning gorges, waterfalls, footbridge, Lake Superior - cobblestone beach
Activities: hike, bike, kayak, picnic, camp, wildlife, snowshoe
Location: on Hwy 61 in Schroeder
Contact: 218-663-7476 or Visit Website

Cascade River State Park

Features: Cascade River - cascades, small falls & footbridge, Lookout Mountain, Lake Superior shoreline beach
Activities: hike, kayak, picnic, camp, wildlife, cross-country ski, snowshoe
Location: on Hwy 61 in Lutsen
Contact: 218-387-3053 or Visit Website

Judge C.R. Magney State Park

Features: Brule River waterfalls including the famous Devil's Kettle
Activities: hike, picnic, camp, fish, wildlife, snowshoe
Location: on Hwy 61, 35 miles NE of Caribou Highlands Lodge
Contact: 218-387-3039 or Visit Website

More North Shore State Parks

Grand Portage State Park

Features: 120-foot High Falls of the Pigeon River
Activities: hike, picnic, wildflowers, scenic views
Location: on Hwy 61, 55 miles NE of Caribou Highlands Lodge
Contact: 218-475-2360 or Visit Website

George H. Crosby Manitou State Park

Features: Manitou River & waterfalls, Lake Benson and quiet wilderness
Activities: hike, picnic, backpack camp, fish, wildlife, snowshoe
Location: 20 miles SW of Caribou Highlands Lodge, 14 miles off Hwy 61
Contact: 218-226-6365 or Visit Website

Tettegouche State Park

Features: Baptism River and 60-foot High Falls, Shovel Point, Palisade Head,
Lake Superior shoreline & 4 inland lakes
Activities: hike, picnic, bike, kayak, fish, camp, wildlife, snowshoe, cross-country ski, snowmobile
Location: 20 miles SW of Caribou Highlands Lodge
Contact: 218-226-6365 or Visit Website

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Features: Split Rock Lighthouse, Visitor Center & Lightkeeper's homes, Lake Superior shoreline
Activities: hike, picnic, bike, kayak, camp, wildlife, snowshoe, cross-country ski, snowmobile
Location: 32 miles SW of Caribou Highlands Lodge
Contact: 218-226-6377 or Visit Website

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Features: Gooseberry River, 5 waterfalls, naturalist programs, Lake Superior shoreline
Activities: hike, picnic, bike, kayak, camp, wildlife, snowshoe, cross-country ski, snowmobile
Location: 40 miles SW of Caribou Highlands Lodge
Contact: 218-834-3855 or Visit Website

National Parks

Grand Portage National Monument

Features: Historic Stockade - log Great Hall, Kitchen & Canoe Warehouse, Visitor Center, Lake Superior shoreline & historic gardens
Activities: hike, picnic, bike, explore, wildlife and Rendezvous Days & Pow Wow - 2nd weekend in August
Location: off Hwy 61, 55 miles NE of Caribou Highlands Lodge
Contact: 218-475-2202 and 218-387-2788 or Visit Website

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