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Tettegouche State Park 

Tettegouche State Park is located in the Arrowhead region of northeast Minnesota near Silver Bay.

Tettegouche State Park

How to Get to Tettegouche State Park: Drive 4.5 miles north of Silver Bay on Highway 61 to the park entrance. 

Park Highlights:

  • With 9,346 acres, this is the largest state park on the North Shore. Established in 1979, it is also one of our newest state parks; however, the area that is now the park has long been protected
  • The stunning shoreline scenery includes two magnificent cliffs, Shovel Point and Palisade Head...listed as one of the Top 10 North Shore Attractions. Most of the park sits within Minnesota’s “mountains,” the Sawtooth Range.  
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Tettegouche State Park’s Natural Attractions: The Baptism River draws its waters from six lakes, and cascades through the park over a series of waterfalls. The most popular of these is the High Falls at Grand Portage, the highest waterfall that is entirely within state boundaries. You can get to this beautiful spot with just a half-mile round-trip hike from the parking lot.

Things to Do in Tettegouche State Park: Four picnic areas are located within the park: at the Baptism River Wayside, the Trail Head picnic area, Nipisquit Lake, and Tettegouche Camp. Anglers flock here for fly-fishing during the spring and fall salmon runs. Rock climbing is allowed within the park. Stop at the park office for guidelines and permits.  

Tettegouche is a hiker's paradise. Hike the 23 miles of trails that include 12 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail that are within the park. You will hike through tree-filled valleys, past gorgeous waterfalls, and enjoy stunning views of Lake Superior.

For a short hike, the 1.2 mile Shovel Point trail follows the shoreline to a 100 foot tall cliff. From there, on a clear day, you can see Wisconsin!

There are 1.5 miles of mountain bike trails, and 6.5 miles of ATV trails. In winter, enjoy 15.5 miles of cross-country ski trails, 4 miles of skate-skiing trails, and 12 miles of snowmobile trails. Snowshoeing is permitted throughout the park, except on groomed trails.

Camping in Tettegouche State Park:  The main campground is located along the Baptism River and has 28 drive-in sites for tents and RVs; 22 sites have electrical hookups. Five backpack sites are located along the Superior Hiking Trail and 13 cart-in sites are along the shore of Lake Superior. Five kayak sites are also located at the cart-in campground. Two primitive group sites are available that each accommodate up to 35 people. Other lodging includes Tettegouche Camp with four cabins, and the Illgen Falls Cabin that sleeps six. Call the park office for descriptions and rental details. Picnic tables, fire rings, showers, and flush and vault toilets are provided. There is a dump station in Silver Bay.

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Silver Bay was built in 1951 to provide homes for employees of Reserve Mining Company. Stop at the marina to walk out onto the breakwater or to schedule a charter fishing trip. Enjoy the public 9-hole golf course and driving range in town. Visit Bayside Park for picnic areas and a swimming beach.

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


5702 Highway 61
Silver Bay, MN 55614

Phone: 218-226-6365


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