This is the third post in the Upstate Minnesota posts series. Catch up on part one & part two.
After lunch, we got back on the road. I thought that a few hours of driving through the autumnal landscape would have been enough to cure us from nature's beauty, but at each turn it was hard to stop ooh-ing and aah-ing. Each turn revealed something new to look and marvel at. While lunching at Larsmont Cottages, we decided to head out first to the Tettegouche State Park, located in the Silver Bay area of Minnesota.

The state park was not hard to locate, with visible signs along the road indicating that we would be soon arriving to our destination. Google Map was also a huge help there, as for a long time we drove along the shore line and the view was simply made out of trees and pavement. Once we'd reached our destination, we parked the car, and went inside the visitor center to pick up a map and get an idea of what we could realistically see before the nightfall. We knew we wanted to see some waterfalls, so we made sure to circle one of the hiking trails that would lead us to one. We then headed out, with the goal to first go look at the shore and save the waterfalls for last.

And now, a little bit of history (because, why not?).

Tettegouche State Park is located 58 miles (93 km) northeast of Duluth in Lake County on scenic Minnesota Highway 61. Originally owned and protected by the Tettegouche Club, an association of local businessmen which purchased the park in 1910 from the Alger-Smith Lumber Company, the park was sold in 1971 to the deLaittres family, before being acquired in 1979 by the state of Minnesota.
The park is 9,346 acres (3,782 ha), and contains six inland lakes, four waterfalls, and a beach on Lake Superior. The High Falls waterfall located on the Baptism River is the highest waterfall located entirely within Minnesota and measures 70-foot-tall (21 m)! The park contains 22 miles (35 km) of hiking trails*, 12 miles (19 km) of ski trails, and provides access to the Superior Hiking Trail.

* This is why Tettegouche State Park is considered to be a hiker's paradise with miles of trails that overlook the Sawtooth Mountains and wind down to inland lakes accessible only by foot. Pretty cool, uh?

Come back tomorrow for more scenic views!


Tettegouche State Park
5702 MN-61, Silver Bay, MN 55614
Phone: (218) 226-6365 | Website

Best time to contact the park: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST

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