Gooseberry Falls State Park


Area and County

    Lake County
    Northeast Minnesota

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1,682 acres statutory, 1,661 owned


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Park Office

N47 8.421, W91 28.173

Hiking Trails

20 miles

1 mile handicapped accessible


No hunting

Ecological Classification Province  

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Northern Superior Uplands


North Shore Highlands

Land Type Association(s)

Split Rock Till Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Aspen - Birch Forest: Hardwood Subtype

Exposed Mafic Cliff (Lake Superior)

Gravel/Cobble Beach (Lake Superior)

Lake Superior Rocky Shore

Sedge Meadow: Bluejoint Subtype

Upland White Cedar Forest

Wet Mafic Cliff (Northern)

Ownership Minnesota DNR logo        

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Wayne Rasmussen

This is likely the most frequented park in Minnesota because it offers easy access, good hiking, great views and often friendly wildlife near the visitor center.

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Park Entrance

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Middle Falls

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Upper Falls

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Aspen - Birch Forest: Hardwood Subtype

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Published on Feb 10, 2014

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  A Walk In The Park: Gooseberry Falls
A Walk In The Park

Published on Mar 3, 2014

Minnesota DNR says: "Gooseberry Falls is the gateway to the North Shore. It is known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, Lake Superior shoreline, Civilian Conservation Corps log and stone structures, and north woods wildlife."

Season: Winter
Year Opened: 1937
Size: 1,682 Acres
Annual Visits: 630,269

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  Gooseberry Falls State Park - Video Tour

Uploaded on Apr 13, 2011 - Take this video tour of Gooseberry Falls on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. If you haven't been to Gooseberry Falls, you'll want to go. If you have been to Gooseberry Falls, you'll want to go back. Visit for more on Gooseberry Falls State Park in Minnesota and to see our Minnesota Audio Tours.

  #31,... Gooseberry Falls State Park! MN.

Uploaded on Nov 18, 2010

Just a few clips & photos of Minnesota's Gooseberry Falls!

  North Shore Camping, Fall 2009. Gooseberry Falls State Park, MN (edited version)

Uploaded on Oct 1, 2009

5 guys, beer, food, hiking, lake Superior, no rain(!), campfires, music, etc.





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Seven bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:



Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)





Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist


Eight plant species with conservation status in Minnesota and one species on the watch list are found here:



alpine woodsia (Woodsia alpina)

longleaf arnica (Arnica lonchophylla)

smooth woodsia (Woodsia glabella)


Special concern

common butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris ssp. vulgaris)

Douglas hawthorn (Crataegus douglasii)

Fernald’s false manna grass (Torreyochloa pallida var. fernaldii)

Hudson Bay eyebright (Euphrasia hudsoniana var. ramosior)

Wolf’s bluegrass (Poa wolfii)


Watch list

eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp FPn73a

Aspen - Birch Forest: Hardwood Subtype FDn43b2

Exposed Mafic Cliff (Lake Superior) CTu22a

Gravel/Cobble Beach (Lake Superior) LKu32e

Lake Superior Rocky Shore LKu43

Sedge Meadow: Bluejoint Subtype WMn82b1

Upland White Cedar Forest FDn43c

Wet Mafic Cliff (Northern) CTn42a




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