Prominent features of every state park (see our parks directory below) along Minnesota's north shore of Lake Superior are spectacular scenery, rivers, waterfalls, camping and hiking. All have running water and showers. Some parks also have road bike paths and mountain bike trails. Some have camp sites for people canoeing or kayaking on lake superior; some have interior lakes suitable for canoeing, swimming and fishing. A few parks have rustic cabins for rent and some have backcountry camping sites.
Only some of the park campgrounds have electric hookups for RVs; only some have dump stations. If you RV and water and electric hookups are important, private campgrounds along the route may offer more complete facilities.
All the north shore state parks have day use facilities, with some parks particularly well appointed for the day use visitor. So even if you are staying at a private campground, motel, resort, or B&B you can enjoy the recreational amenities that abound in the State Parks.
Below each parks' link, we'll list some of what we consider the strengths or most attractive features of each of the parks.
A day use visitor pass is good at any park along the north shore. An overnight visitor sticker is good at other parks the following day. As a consequence, we often sample 2 or more parks a day (for the price of one) as we travel along highway 61.
While all of the campgrounds have a certain number of sites that can't be reserved in advance, know that these parks along the North Shore are especially popular from mid-June to late September so advance reservations are recommended - and definitely on the weekends.
Andrew Slade is a veteran outdoorsman who has extensively explored Minnesota's North Shore both camping and hiking. He also has trekked the entire Superior Hiking Trail. These are his favorite day hikes along the North Shore.
By Andrew Slade, a Duluth resident who has camped extensively along the Minnesota North Shore of Lake Superior. His guide book offers detailed profiles of 23 of his favorite campgrounds along or near the lake . . . plus information on 43 other campgrounds and camp sites.
Gooseberry Falls [more info]
Shovel Point - Tettegouche
Info on municipal campgrounds along the North Shore
Two Harbors Page:
Gooseberry Falls - Gooseberry River
Split Rock Falls - Split Rock River
Beaver Falls - Beaver River
High Falls - Baptism River
2 Step Falls - Baptism River
Manitou Falls - Manitou River
Caribou Falls - Caribou River
Cross River Falls - Cross River
Temperance River Cascades
Cascade River Page:
Cascades - Cascades River
Cascade Falls - Cascades River
Devil's Kettle Falls - Brule River
High Falls - Pigeon River
Hikers & Trekkers
Please visit Superior Hiking Trail Association Website for books, maps, guides to hiking along the North Shore. These folks take care of many of the trails you will use along the Minnesota North Shore . . . so support them with some purchases or join the Association.
Agate Hunters & Rock Pickers
Here's our page from our side trip visit, 35 miles south of Duluth, to the Minnesota Geology Interpretive Center near Moose Lake, Mn. Has some good pictures of Lake Superior agates - particularly how they might look laying on the beach. Interested in learning more about those "rocks" found along North Shore beaches? See our Rock Hound pages.
Continuing your Travel & Trekking
Around Lake Superior
Superior Trails Lake Superior Circle Tour
By Andrew Slade, a Duluth, Mn resident who has camped extensively along the Minnesota North Shore of Lake Superior. His guide book offers detailed profiles of 23 of his favorite campgrounds along or near the Lake plus information on 43 other campgrounds and camp sites.
SuperiorTrails.com - Reinhold Development - 2021
Superior Trails Guide to MN North Shore State Park Camping and Campgrounds.
Lake Superior Camping
& Campground Directory
Best Camping along the Lake Superior Circle Drive.
Follow our Hunt for the
in Duluth, Minnesota
Enjoying lake breezes and views at the Canal Park Brewery Beer Garden - Canal Park.