Kodonce River State Wayside


Area and County

    Cook County
    Northeast Minnesota

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131 acres


N47 47.638, W90 9.241

Hiking Trails

This wayside park is an access point to the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT). Park at the paved parking area on the south side of MN 61. On the north side of the highway there is a sign for the SHT. The trail here is a spur for the SHT, leading 0.6 miles north to the main trail. There are 1.3 miles of trails in this wayside. Most of that is on the Superior Hiking Trail.


No hunting

Ecological Classification Province  

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Northern Superior Uplands


North Shore Highlands

Land Type Association(s)

North Shore Till Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Aspen - Birch Forest, Balsam Fir Subtype

Bedrock/Boulder Shore (River)

Cliff/Talus System

Gravel/Cobble Beach (Lake Superior)

Northern Mesic Mixed Forest

Upland White Cedar Forest

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What’s In a Name?
On April 1, 1947, this site was officially designated Kodonce River State Park. In 1969 it was demoted and renamed Kodonce River State Wayside. It is often referred to as “Kadunce River State Wayside,” even in Minnesota DNR news releases. It protects the last mile of a gorge where Kadunce Creek (also called Kadunce River) drops 300 feet and empties into Lake Superior. The area is mapped on the USGS Kadunce River quad. The original name may have been an alternate spelling or a misspelling, but it remains the official name of the site.








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Superior Hiking Trail Spur

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Gravel Beach

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Kadunce Creek

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  Paula Schlotec
kadunce river crew (guss lives)

Published on Jul 14, 2012

trip up the kadunce river in Grand Marais, MN 7/13/2012




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Uploaded on Aug 26, 2008

Walk up the Kadunce River.

  Kadunce River w/Ellie & Jeremy
Sarah Reller

Published on Aug 13, 2013

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  Kadunce Canyoneering
Bryan Hansel

Uploaded on Jun 21, 2009

Canyoneering the Kadunce River in NE MN.




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



luminous moss (Schistostega pennata)



Braun’s hollyfern (Polystichum braunii)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype FDn43b1

Bedrock/Boulder Shore (River) RVx43a

Cliff/Talus System CT

Gravel/Cobble Beach (Lake Superior) LKu32e

Northern Mesic Mixed Forest FDn43

Upland White Cedar Forest FDn43c




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