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Cascade River State Park, Lutsen

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Cascade River State Park is a state park near the northeastern tip of Minnesota, USA. The park is in a rocky and rugged location where the Cascade River descends to meet Lake Superior. It has many different types of wildlife including various birds and mammals.

Cascade River State Park is also connected to the Superior Hiking Trail.

The site was originally named Cascade River State Wayside. It was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps starting around July 1934. One of the projects was a huge 535 feet (163 m) overlook wall, built from locally quarried gabbro. The roadside development plans were drawn by Arthur R. Nichols and Harold E. Olson. The project was considered a model for roadside development. The development work was supervised and inspected not just by National Park Service employees, but also by members of the Minnesota Highway Department, staff of the Minneapolis Park Board, Civilian Conservation Corps individuals, members of the Minnesota Legislature, and some Canadian officials. The wayside was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 4, 2003.
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  • This is one of my favored waterfalls and easy to walk to. This is the first waterfalls. Loved the appearance! 
    This is one of my favored waterfalls and easy to walk to. This is the first waterfalls. Loved the appearance!  more »
  • Unbelievable on how the water cuts through the rocks and the leaves were very nice. Not too long of hike to reach the good vantage points. 
    Unbelievable on how the water cuts through the rocks and the leaves were very nice. Not too long of hike to reach the good vantage points.  more »
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  • SO GLAD we stopped and hiked this! Amazing views even though the water levels were low. Looks like it would be a great place to go camping as well!
  • Saw this park on our way back from Grand Portage State Park. Stopped on the side of the road and made the short hike to see the falls. It was gorgeous. Definitely recommend.

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