George Crosby Manitou
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George H. Crosby-Manitou State Park is located in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota near Tofte and Finland.

George Crosby Manitou State Park

How to Get to George H. Crosby-Manitou State Park: Drive 7 miles north from the village of Finland on Lake County Road 7.

Park Highlights:

  • This was the first Minnesota State Park created for backpackers. The park encompasses 6,682 acres, and most campsites are located alongside the Manitou River. This is one of the best, yet least known, wilderness areas along the North Shore of Lake Superior.
  • George H. Crosby was a mining mogul who wanted this land to remain a wilderness, and donated the funds to make it happen. If you love to hike, this is a wonderful place for a day hike, even if you choose not to camp here.

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George H. Crosby-Manitou's Natural Attractions: The wilderness, the Manitou River, and Benson Lake all add to the attraction. Hiking trails will take you to deep gorge overlooks and, on one trail, to a beautiful waterfall. The adventurous will discover some hidden fishing spots and swimming holes.

Things to Do in George H. Crosby-Manitou State Park: Hiking is what most come here to do. The easiest hike is the mile-long boardwalk around Benson Lake. Most trails are steep and rugged. The most beautiful hike is along the West Manitou River Trail. Fish for the abundant trout in Lake Benson; motors are prohibited here. If you don't want to camp or hike, at least enjoy a picnic at Benson Lake or a drive along the nearby Baptism River for viewing the fall colors.

Camping in George H. Crosby-Manitou State Park: The 21 primitive campsites are from ½ mile to 4½ miles from the parking lot. All are accessible only on foot. Most sites are beside the river, with a few near the lake. Drinking water is available at the hand pump just past the entrance kiosk and up the steps on the right. You won't have to carry water to your campsite if you have a purification kit. Fire rings and vault toilets are provided.

More Attractions in This Region: Visit the North Shore Fishing Museum in Tofte. Lutsen is a year-round attraction. Summer activities include miles of mountain bike trails, horseback riding, an alpine slide, and a gondola ride. In winter, Lutsen Mountains offers the largest ski area in the Midwest with 90 ski runs. 

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Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Gooseberry Falls State Park > Split Rock Lighthouse State Park > Tettegouche State Park > Temperance River State Park > Cascade River State Park > Judge C R Magney State Park > Grand Portage State Park


Send mail c/o Tettegouche State Park
5702 Highway 61
Silver Bay, MN 55614
Phone: 218-226-6365
Fax: 218-226-6366

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