Tettegouche State Park

Silver Bay, Minnesota 55614

Tettegouche State Park

Tettegouche State Park Professional Review and Guide

"A rugged full day of hiking among the alpine-like lakes and their surrounding hills, with overlooks of the park lakes and Lake Superior. More than a dozen overlooks of Lake Superior and interior lakes, Shovel Point, which has at least half a dozen overlooks itself, and Baptism High Falls. Tettegouche State Park presents a little of everything the North Shore has to offer. The park has miles of rugged trails, high waterfalls, and stunning cliffs along the lake front.

In the late nineteenth century the park was the center of a logging operation that had its main base along the shores of Micmac Lake. This operation lasted only a few decades, until the tall pines were cut down. Next, a Duluth business club bought the land for a retreat—exactly the kind one imagines executives have far off in the woods— and named the place Tettegouche. The name comes from an old French-Canadian phrase meaning “meeting place.” Today, the park offers a remote retreat, open to the public."

Tettegouche State Park Reviews

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My dad and I hiked the trails here this past winter. We went to the falls there and got a great view of the Baptism River from a viewing platform perched high above the river. A nice park, this does lack grand views of the lake and the hike can be a bit monotonous. I did however like the large hills rising above us which I suppose would not be visible in the summer when the trees have leaves. I liked the park, but I don't think I would go all nine miles, probably just to the falls.
I really liked this trail. Although the views of the lake are not easy to come by, the sense of being in the BIG woods is unmatched. There are many hiking trails in the area, so you can turn this into a week, or weekend experience.
Trail was well maintained but lacks enough views to make it a great hike. Due to the fact that it does not follow a ridge-line, you have to continually climb up a hill for a mediocre view and then back down to the next hill. It''s a lot of work for a little reward. The Baptism River near Tettegouche State Park is beautiful but the only real treat on this hike.

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Trail Information

Silver Bay
Nearby City
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
860 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,600 feet
Top Elevation
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Contacts
State park trail map; USGS quads: Silver Bay and Illgen City.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018