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Temperance River State Park

State Park, Provincial Park, or Protected Area
Mike Knitter

You're sure to hear the rush of the raging Temperance River as it exits the narrow river gorge and enters Lake Superior. This park offers the opportunity for all ages and abilities to explore the 1.1 billion year-old bedrock that defines Minnesota's North Shore. To the north of Highway 61, you can witness a plunging waterfall or drop a line for a chance to catch a brook, brown or rainbow trout. To the south of Highway 61, a bridge will take you high over the gorge for a spectacular birds-eye view of the river mouth. The park offers some of the best camping along the North Shore. 55 semi-modern campsites are situated right on the shore of Lake Superior and are taken quickly during summer months. Backpack sites are also established along the eight miles of hiking trails. In winter, you might find yourself following a variety of animal tracks such as deer, moose, wolf, fisher or bobcat along the 12 miles of cross-country ski trails. Carlton Peak, at an elevation of 1,526 feet, is a favorite Lake Superior look-out for visitors to Temperance River State Park.

Recreational Opportunities

Camping, hiking, fishing, biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sight-seeing, wildlife-watching and more. Several major trails run through the park including the Gitchi-Gami State Trail (biking), North Shore State Trail (ATV/snowmobile), and Superior Hiking Trail (hiking).

Accessibility Notes

Parts of the park are accessible. For more information, call the park at 218-663-7476.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome in Minnesota State Parks. They must be accompanied at all times, on a six-foot leash and cleaned up after.


Seasons Accessible

The park is open year-round.


Standard Minnesota State Park fees apply. Current pricing for vehicle permits, camping and other amenities can be found at

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