Illgen Falls—Tettegouche State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Farthest upstream on the Baptism River from Lake Superior is Illgen Falls. Set at the back of a cleft in the gorge, Illgen leaps off a steep escarpment at its crest, free-falling for most of its 40-foot drop before crashing into the tannin-stained plunge pool at its base. The current in the broad pool circulates slowly beneath sheer, bowl-shaped cliffs, curving away from the falls into a wide, V-shaped gap.
The whirling water has eroded away the softer rock layers beneath the cliffs, creating overhanging ledges with several dramatic overlooks of the falls, pool, and swiftly flowing river downstream. On the south side of the pool, the cliffs extend steeply upward an additional 40 feet, with fringes of sentinel pines and slender aspen."