mm 99.8 Cascade River State Park

Cascade follows the park tradition of bringing the river to you. Parking is at the mouth of the river and Superior’s expanse [and within the park, one-third of mile northeast on Hwy 61]. A quick-jaunt up well-maintained trails brings you to overlooks and walking bridges spanning the cascades. Like Gooseberry, Cascade touts its fishing and fall colors, but outdoes itself on its cross-country ski trails. If you want to ski over the river and through the woods, strap on your skinny skis at Cascade.


COVID-19 Update

State parks, recreation areas, campgrounds, and other public lands remain open to the public for people to enjoy; however, visitors will experience some changes in services available. State park visitor centers, contact stations, and other ancillary buildings will be closed. With contact stations closed, visitors will pay through self-pay and informational kiosks located at each facility. Visitors are also encouraged to purchase daily and annual park passes through the online portal before they visit.

For the time being, state parks naturalist programs are canceled. We are working to determine which of these programs are compatible with social distancing and will resume naturalist programing to the extent possible. State park bathrooms, vault toilets and shower buildings that are currently open will remain open, with increased cleaning protocols.

details from the MN DNR

  • Visitor Center

    Open year round 9am-3pm with extended summer hours

    Nature Store, firewood and ice

  • Camping

    Open year-round

    • 40 drive-in sites (35′ RV length limit)
    • 6 drive-in sites are plowed throughout the winter, 3 electric and 3 non-electric
    • 4 pull-through sites
    • 2 tent-only group sites, each  up to 20 people
    • 5 backpack sites .5 to 1.5 miles from parking
    • Seasonal flush toilets and showers -mid-May to mid-October
    • Vault toilets
    • Seasonal dumping station
    • Firewood and ice are sold at the park


  • Maps

    Park & Trail Map – does not have updated campground map [below]

    Campground Map

  • Waterfalls

    Stair step cascades up the river; nice waterfall right below the footbridge, additional waterfalls 2 miles inland.

  • Picnic Areas

    Seven on Lake Superior; and an inland reservable enclosed shelter with picnic tables, a wood stove and a beverage vending machine.

  • Hiking

    state-park-cascade-trailsign18 miles several trails to cascades, waterfalls, overlooks, up the river, through the forests and down to Lake Superior

    Superior Hiking Trail passes through park

  • Fishing

    In Lake Superior, Cascade River and the streams within the park

  • Cross-country Skiing

    27K; an easy loop for beginners, lots of interconnected moderate and difficult trails that also connect to trail systems outside the park; warming house

  • Snowmobiling

    2 miles of groomed trails that connect to local trails and the State Trail

  • Snowshoeing

    Anywhere in the park except on groomed trails

  • Warming House

    The warming house is available at the cross country ski trails trailhead.