Minnesota Waterfalls

 

Two waterfalls in Minnesota: Pigeon River Falls and Baptism River Falls... have an interesting story.....

 

While visiting the high, beautiful waterfall on the Pigeon River recently, the locals told us that the name of this waterfall is “High Falls” and it is the “highest waterfall in Minnesota” ...more than one hundred feet high.  The signs read: High Falls - 130’ high.  WOW.....! ! !  -but it sure doesn’t look that high.

 

While visiting the high, beautiful waterfall on the Baptism River later that same day, the locals told us that the name of this waterfall is “High Falls” and it is the “highest waterfall in Minnesota” ...one hundred feet high.  WOW.....! ! !  -but it sure doesn’t look that high.

 

So… Ah…. Erlemme see here... Both waterfalls have the same name: “High Falls” (NOT a very original name, huh...???) AND... they are not very far away from each other along “The North Shore” of Lake Superior... AND... They are BOTH the “highest waterfall in Minnesota” ... AND... They are both 100 feet high or... more...  ...WHAT...! ! !

 

Research has revealed that extreme kayakers (who carry rescue ropes with them) have measured these waterfalls with more accuracy than most anyone else. They have measured Pigeon River Falls to be 85’ high” ...and Baptism River Falls to be about 63’ high

 

Hey... call these waterfalls by any name you wish & make any claim you can imagine for their height, but I call them by the name of the river that they are on while appreciating some measure of honesty concerning their height.

Pigeon River Falls

The Pigeon River here at this spectacular waterfall, is the boundary between Canada and the USA.       Lowell Hill Photo

 

beta facts:

name- Pigeon River Falls

height- 85’

GPS coordinates- ±48°00.290’N 89°35.880’W

access- is via a well-marked trail from Grand Portage State Park in Minnesota near the Canada border

nearest town- Grand Portage is about 10 miles southwest of here

fun fact- The truth does not diminish the beauty of this splendid waterfall

 

 

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Baptism River Falls

I have been told that a few of those insane, extreme kayakers have successfully paddled over this 63’ high beautiful waterfall.....! ! !     Lowell Hill Photo

Please do NOT try this at home... or away from home either...

 

beta facts:

name- Baptism Falls

height- 63 feet

GPS coordinates- ±47°21.080’N 91°12.610’W

access- is via a trail from George H Crosby State Park

nearest town- Illgen City is about 3 miles southeast of here

fun fact- The truth does not diminish the beauty of this splendid waterfall

 

AND...

...a mile or so downstream, also connected by that same trail, is another named waterfall:

Two Step Falls... The upper and lower tiers are about 10’ high each.  This photo is only showing the upper tier.  The lower tier is just downstream from what this photo shows...  Lowell Hill Photo

 

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South ­­­­Loft Falls

South Loft Falls is a tiered waterfall.  All 4 tiers of South Loft Falls are shown in this photo.  The total height of all 4 tiers combined is about 50’       Lowell Hill Photo

 

beta facts:

name- South Loft Falls

height- + 50’ (the sum height of all 4 tiers)

GPS coordinates- ±48°01.023’N 90°03.858’W

access- is a half mile bushwhack downstream from Loft Lake - on Shoe Lake Rd.  East of Road 16 which runs north of Hovland.

nearest town- Hovland is about 18 miles south of here

fun fact- South Loft Falls is very beautiful, secluded -and a “bushwhack” to visit

 

We have found this area to harbor several more very high waterfalls, that we have yet to visit and document.  Loft Mtn, Loft Lake and Loft Falls all appear on the left-hand side of our map below.  Feel free to right-click-save-as on our map, to save it to your desktop and print a hard copy for your hike.  This image is public domain.   

 

Loft Mountain Topo Map

this map is the only known map to show Loft Falls and Falls Creek Falls

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Portage Falls

Yours truly, here at 20’ high Portage Falls... The 20’ waterfall seems small, because I am too close to the camera.  Lowell Hill Photo

 

beta facts:

name- Portage Falls

height- 20

GPS coordinates- ±47°59.983’N 90°02.159’W

access- is a 100-yard-long unmarked trail from the intersection of Road 16 and Road 313 in Grand Portage State Forest **

nearest town- Hovland is about 17 miles south of here – the North Shore of Lake Superior

fun fact- This is sweet country 

 

Portage Falls is near the bottom of the map above

 

**Land ownership in this area is checkerboard between Superior National Forest, Grand Portage State Forest and small parcels of private land

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The Devils Kettle

The Devils Kettle is a mysterious 35 foot high waterfall on Minnesota’s Brule River up along Lake Superiors North Shore   Lowell Hill Photo

 

beta facts:

name- The Devils Kettle

height- 35’

GPS coordinates- ±47°49.758’N 90°02.970’W

access- is by trail from Judge C R Magney State Park

nearest town- Hovland is about 4 miles east of here

fun fact- As you can see in the photo above... half of this waterfall’s water disappears down into a sink-hole in the bedrock... which causes some people to believe that it mysteriously vanishes forever... however... the river’s volume of flow is the same above and below the falls ...therefore nothing vanishes anywhere.

 

The Devils Kettle is not the only waterfall along the Brule River.  There are several other waterfalls on this river.  The waterfall in the photo below is a quarter-mile downstream from The Devils Kettle.  The trail in to visit The Devils Kettle stops by this waterfall on its way.

40’ high Upper Falls of the Brule River...not very steep but extremely violent...!!!  -on a lightly rainy day...    Lowell Hill Photo

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Cascade falls

Cascade River has many waterfalls, but this 30 footer is one of the better...    Lowell Hill Photo

and...this same waterfall appears on the cover of “Northwoods Whitewater” by Jim Rada.  See him in his kayak, cresting the brink of the falls...! ! !  He’s braver than I am.

The kayakers call this waterfall: “Lover’s Leap”

BTW this book is an interesting read...! ! !

 

 

beta facts:

name- Cascade Falls

height-30’

GPS coordinates- ±47°42.595’N 90°31.448’W

access- is via a marked trail from Cascade River State Park

nearest town- Grand Marais is about 9 miles east of here

fun fact- lots of beautiful waterfalls here 

 

more beautiful waterfalls along Cascade River, some near 20’ high – I’d like to watch those extreme kayakers paddle thru here hey…! ! ! -and they really do this.

 

Lowell Hill Photos

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Temperance falls

The Temperance River flows thru an AMAZING Gorge & has many waterfalls.  Hidden Falls (shown above) is the highest at about 30’   Lowell Hill Photo

 

beta facts:

name- Hidden Falls

height- 30’

GPS coordinates- ±47°33.372’N 90°52.428’W

access- is by trail from Temperance River State Park

nearest town- Taconite Harbor is about 3 miles southwest of here

fun fact- VERY AMAZING PLACE…!!! 

 

Lowell Hill Photo

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Gooseberry Falls

There are 3 main tiers to Gooseberry Falls.  The photo above shows the main falls near the highway and the lower tier in the foreground.  All 3 tiers are about the same height... approximately 40 feet high each.    Lowell Hill Photo

The 40’ high upper tier (shown below) ...upstream a short ways above the highway

There’s a nice little natural arch at Gooseberry Falls hey…! ! !    Lowell Hill Photo

Lowell Hill Photo

 

beta facts:

name- Gooseberry Falls

height- all three tiers are the same height = 40’ each

GPS coordinates- ±47°08.582’N 91°28.072’W

access- is from Hwy 61

nearest town- Castle Danger is about 2.5 miles southwest of here

fun fact- close to Hwy 61, paved trails... easy access for all 

 

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There are many waterfalls within Banning State Park

We hope to document them all someday, but until then... here are a couple of them:

Big Spring Falls

At Big Spring Falls in Banning State Park, the Kettle River falls about 12’

 

beta facts:

name- Big Spring Falls

height- 12’

GPS coordinates- ±46°06.802’N 92°51.457’W

access- Drive south on Pine Ave a mile or two.  Park at the locked gate and hike the trail to Big Spring falls.

nearest town- Sandstone is about 2 miles north of here

fun fact- Men buried this beautiful waterfall under water for years...!!! then thankfully the dam was removed about 20 years ago and the falls re-appeared...! ! !

 

Big Spring Falls appears near the center of the lower map.

Topo Map

*note that Wolf Creek Falls appears on both maps, right where the two maps join.

North Map

 

South Map

 

 

Wolf Creek Falls

  

12’ high Wolf Creek Falls is a very pleasant hiking destination within Banning State Park

 

beta facts:

name- Wolf Creek Falls

height- 12’

GPS coordinates- ±46°08.800’N 92°51.665’W

access- is from Banning State Park or hike north from Robinson Park

nearest town- Sandstone is about 1 mile south of here

fun fact- Banning State Park is GREAT HIKING......! ! ! 

 

Two Natural Arches at Hells Gate Rapid -One on each side of the Kettle River.

 

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