If we build eight more parks on the North Shore this morning, the campgrounds would be full by tonight, said the cheerful ranger at the Tettegouche Visitor Center.
Let's see what we can find for you.
Patty was aprehensive. Her internet search for campsites along the North Shore had yielded nothing for the upcoming weekend. The weather was perfect, the family vacations were in full swing and the little village of Grand Marias was setting up for a festival.
Cascade River has 6 non-reservable sites right now, first come, first served. They will fill up later 'cause it's 65 miles away.
We were Off, tailwind pushing us and looking over our shoulders hoping we weren't missing something.
Yet another cheerful and capable Minnesota Ranger assigned our site -- an electric one! -- and we were off to see the Cascades.
WOW! This little river is only seventeen miles long, but it finishes with a fury of rock-carving energy.
...and it just keeps going until It meets the Lake Superior "surf".
Circling back in the next days (to see if we missed anything), we found much to see a few miles inshore from Hwy 61 -- The gravel road along the gentle Baptism River covered with Lilies and looking very "Moosey" to us, walk-in campgrounds by stream and lake in the Manitou SP and a perfect little State Forest campground just a few miles inland, VIRTUALLY EMPTY. We think there are lots of other places ignored by the travelers on Hwy 61.