Caribou Falls State Wayside

 
     
 
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This recreation area is closed in the winter from the first major snowfall in late November through late March.

 
     
 

Ownership

 
 

Minnesota DNR logo

 
     
 

Links

 
 

Minnesota DNR

 
     
 

Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

Caribou Falls State Wayside was established in 1947.

 
     
 

Management

 
 

 

 
     
 

Comments

 
 

 

 
     
 
Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

 

 
         
 

Printable Map(s) with GPS coordinates

 
         
         
 

Size

 
 

91 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

N47 27.858, W91 1.824

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

Parking limit six hours. Overnight parking is not allowed.

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

No fee (?)

 
         
 

Driving Directions

  Area and County  
 

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          Lake County  
          Northeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

2¼ miles

The Caribou River Spur of the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) follows the east side of the Caribou River 0.54 mile from the trailhead and parking area on Highway 61 to the Caribou Falls. A long set of wooden stairs leads from the bluff down to the base of the 35-foot waterfall. The trail continues 0.35 mile on the spur and on the main SHT to the northern boundary of the wayside. Google Earth shows what appears to be a pedestrian bridge crossing the Caribou River 0.22 mile north of the falls. The Minnesota DNR (Geospatial Commons) shows a trail that follows the west side of the river from the crossing back to Highway 61 to form a 1.66 mile hiking loop.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

Trout fishing

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Northern Superior Uplands

   
  Ecological Subsection    

North Shore Highlands

   
  Land Type Association    

North Shore Till Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Aspen - Birch Forest

Aspen - Birch Forest: Hardwood Subtype

Northern Mesic Mixed Forest

Wet Mafic Cliff (Northern)

 

   
  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      
         
 

Natural Features

     
 

River gorge, waterfall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caribou Falls WMA

Caribou Falls State Wayside is adjacent on the east and west to the East and West Units, respectively, of Caribou Falls Wildlife Management Area.

           
 
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Caribou River gorge

 
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Other Videos
 
  4 Caribou Falls State Wayside, Minnesota
ZBYSIO I JADZIA
 
   
 
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Published on May 31, 2013

   
  Caribou Falls / Superior Hiking Trail / Waterfalls of Lake Superior's North Shore
Pine Forest Camper
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 4, 2014

The family and I stopped at the Caribou Falls Wayside Rest and took a jaunt up the half mile trail there to see the falls. This is a rather easy hike. Very little elevation change and the trail might as well be paved. That doesnt mean there wasnt a wow factor waiting for us at the end.

The video runs a little long at 17 minutes but you'll have to forgive me as this doubles up as a home movie and my attempt to bring the entire experience (including the waterfall) home with me.

For those who are wondering I would have gladly carried my little girl however had I done so no one would have carried the camera and recorded any video. No video would have forced me to leave the entire experience there and left you without an opportunity to peak in on this.

If you'd like more info on waterfalls in the Lake Superior Area there is no better source than "Waterfalls of Minnesota's North Shore" by Eve and Gary Wallinga which currently has limited availability. I have a copy and its currently stored at an undisclosed location. Safe and ready for the next waterfall hike on the north shore.

DISCLAIMER:
This is not for the faint of heart. Patience is a must. This is not a 25 second video clip. Nor is it filled with silly stunts or acrobatics. Instead think Sunrise Earth or Lawrence of Arabia panoramic shots.

   
  Caribou Falls, Caribou River, Minnesota
Jonathan Katje
 
   
 
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Published on Jul 16, 2012

A half mile hike on the Superior Hiking Trail takes you to the amazing Caribou Falls on the Caribou River, seen here in 2012 at high water compared to our visit a year prior.

   
  Caribou Falls, MN
FreeStateMarc
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 15, 2012

This is a recording of the falls taken on September 8th, 2012.

   
  Caribou Falls, MN
PORIM101
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 27, 2012

We in Caribou Falls, on Caribou river close to scenic North Shore Drive along lake Superior.

   

 

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5/26/2011                
 
 

Birds

 
 

eBird Field Checklist

 
         
 

Fishes

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

One fungi and lichen species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

Endangered

Shag-Belly Stippleback Lichen (Dermatocarpon moulinsii)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

 
         
 

Plants

 
 

Three plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:

Threatened

alpine woodsia (Woodsia alpina)

Special Concern

intermediate sedge (Carex media)

spike trisetum (Trisetum spicatum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Aspen - Birch Forest FDn43b

Aspen - Birch Forest: Hardwood Subtype FDn43b2

Northern Mesic Mixed Forest FDn43

Wet Mafic Cliff (Northern) CTn42a

     
         

 

 

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