Temperance River State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, located between the communities of Schroeder and Tofte on Highway 61 on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It has campsites, picnic areas, and hiking trails on both sides of the Temperance River.Plan your Temperance River visit and explore what else you can see and do in Minnesota using our Minnesota itinerary planner.
The Temperance River area was first permanently inhabited by Europeans in the 1830s. Settlers had to decide what to name various geographical features. When the geographical surveyors came through the area in 1864, they noticed that one particular river ran into water which was so deep that no sand bar formed at the mouth. Because there was no "bar" that river was named "Temperance." In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps built several overlooks at certain places along the riverside. In 1957, the state organized 539acre of land into Temperance River State Park.
Temperance River has two campgrounds, one on each side of the river. Both campgrounds are closer to Lake superior than most state park campgrounds near the lake. Besides the "bar-less" mouth of the river, Temperance River has three waterfalls which can be reached by footpath. The park is also one of four Minnesota state parks to allow rock climbing, along with nearby Tettegouche State Park.
Temperance River Reviews
Temperance River is a gorge-ous stop just off the highway. Parking is easily accessible, and it's less than a 5 minute walk from the car to take in some of the most beautiful views along the North Sho... more »
Three buddies riding our motorcycles around Lake Superior when we took a break here. Good parking on both sides of HWY 61. Signage explaining the layout was present. We walked a short distance and dow... more »
It's not the most challenging trail, which is how we typically rate our hiking trails, but the rocky terrain and stunning views of the gorge make this trail a must-see on every one of our trips up to ... more »
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