Behold the raging roar of the North Shore during the spring snowmelt as the waterfalls of our many rivers – the Baptism, Gooseberry, Split Rock, Caribou, Manitou and Beaver ­crash and plunge toward Lake Superior. 

Cast a line where the rivers meet the lake. Get outdoors to explore before the bugs and ticks have a chance to. And head indoors to sip a relaxing beverage, delight in small town charms and find a keepsake. (Hint: It’s maple syrup season.) 

Do nothing but sit and watch waves crash. Staring at that endless big lake horizon, any time of year, is good for the soul.

spring fly fishing along North Shore river in Lake County MN

spring Waterfalls in action

west-split-rock-river-falls at split rock lighthouse national park

Explorer's guide to waterfalls in lake county

Did you know that there are more than 12 waterfalls in Lake County – the most of any county in Minnesota? Of course, many visitors are familiar with Gooseberry Falls and the High Falls in Tettegouche State Park; however, between the North Shore and the BWCAW, you’ll find off-the-beaten-path trails and breathtaking waterfalls to explore.

Check out this guide and add these North Shore falls to your waterfall-viewing bucket list.