Cascade River State Park3481 W Highway 61
Lutsen, MN 55612
10 miles southwest of Grand Marais, and approximately 265 miles from the Twin Cities. The office is located just off State Highway 61 at mile post 101.Get Directions
As the name implies, this park offers spectacular waterfalls in the heart of the North Shore country. Hike up the hills of birch and spruce forests for scenic overlooks of Lake Superior. 18 miles of hiking trails; 17 miles cross-country ski trails, connecting to a network of 196 km of North Shore trails. 2 miles snowmobile trails. Camping offered year round. Drive-in and backpack campsites are available.
Hours & DatesPhone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008) Apr-Sep, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily; Oct-Mar, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon - Fri and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat & Sun CT
- Daily camping maximum: $23.00
- Daily camping minimum: $15.00
Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.
- Open in fall
- Open in winter
On-Site Facilities & Services
- Located on a lake or river
- Cross-country ski trail (groomed)
- Hiking trail
- Snowmobile trail (groomed)
- Eco-friendly landscape/facility design
- Energy efficiency/conservation
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
Number/Type of Campsites
- Total number of campsites: 51
- Total number of campsites available in winter: 6
- Flush toilets in campground
- Group camp facilities
- Hot showers in campground
- Pets allowed in campsite
- Pull-through sites
- Sanitary dump station
- Secluded campsites
- State Parks Campgrounds
Length of Stay
- Daily site rental
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 308 reviews
There were people who parked on route 61 to take the trail to the falls. However, for 7 dollars for a day for all the Minnesota State Parks you can fit into a day, go inside the park to enjoy the...
— Ritamarie J, September 17, 2020
Really enjoyed our hike in the park. Stayed closer to the river. Not too difficult and beautiful scenery. Well maintained.
— MartyScatterday, September 7, 2020
This is a great quick stop with parking right off of Hwy 61. It is short hike to see the Cascade Falls and The Cascades. Great stop for families! I would stop again!
— BVELock, August 17, 2020
Beautiful place to hike on the North Shore. The trails weren’t overly difficult but offered the beauty you’d expect from the area. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
— llsv10, August 7, 2020
Great location across from Lake Superior. Beautiful creeks and waterfalls throughout, not too crowded, and the hiking was relatively easy - though if you spent a few hours here, you got a great...
— Staehlin, August 3, 2020