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Temperance River State Park

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Park Info

Temperance River is the place where you can enjoy rushing waterfalls surrounded by a forest of pine, spruce, cedar, and birch trees. This park offers hiking, picnicking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and fishing.

You will see several different species of wildlife. If fishing is your game, both the Temperance and Cross rivers are designated trout streams. Brook, brown, and rainbow trout have been stocked in the Temperance River over the years and have now established natural populations! Chinook salmon and steelhead have also been introduced in the vicinity of the Temperance River, so you may find one on your line.

There is so much to see and learn about this amazing park, so please check out the website linked below and the park office when you go!

All of this info came from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website, so credit where credit is due. Click here to view the original source.

Accessibility

  • Parking is in designated areas on both sides of the road. Be aware that parking is on the side of a busy highway. There is plenty of room, but caution is always good in these scenarios.
  • Bathrooms were located on the lower falls, where we hiked. They were vault toilets. We did go over by the visitor center (turn at the fancy sign) and use the bathroom there, however, it is vault style as well.
  • Trail access is pretty easy to find on either side. We stayed on the shorter side, so just enter by the brown sign and follow the trail.

Trail info

By the time we got to Temperance…our last location, I was pretty fatigued. I didn’t have it in me to do the 3.30 miles I had planned out originally, so we went the short route. Technically it isn’t actually a hiking trail, but it is a fun place to see. We saw the lower falls and part of the gorge, and the mouth of the river where it meets Lake Superior. There are some stairs and a bridge, which were okay for me, but could be an issue for those with mobility issues. If you’re steady, I’d say give it a shot.

The route we went would fall into the easy category of my rating scale as it was fairly flat and the stairs were not very steep.

Be safe out there! If you have stuff to say, comment below 🙂 REMEMBER YOUR MAPS AND PASSPORT STAMPS!! Seeyalaterbye <3

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