Jan 14

Top 10 Waterfalls in Minnesota

Famous for its lakes Minnesota’s waterfalls might get overlooked.  They shouldn’t.  With 100 or so named waterfalls Minnesota has not only a large quantity they also have a nice selection of quality cascades.  My wife and I are a bit of waterfall junkies.  Hearing the roaring water, trying to capture a silky-smooth picture, and enjoying a family outing in nature got us hooked.  Oh, sweet natural world. We love to explore you.  Our first trip to Minnesota was a quick one to the Twin Cities which we enjoyed.  But we did not get to see much of what the natural side of Minnesota has to offer.  However, in the near future we will be going back.  Not wanting to miss some of the best waterfalls to see we compiled this list of the Top 10 Waterfalls in Minnesota.   After checking the internet and reading Lisa Crayford’s book Waterfalls of Minnesota.  Here is what I came up with.

Top 10 Waterfalls in Minnesota

  1. Winnewissa Falls

Winnewissa Falls


One of the smaller waterfalls on the list with a height of just 15 feet and width of 12 feet. What makes it special is that it is framed in by red rocks. Located at Pipestone National Monument.  It will cost to see this waterfall but the good news is the monument is highly rated.

  1. Illgen Falls

Illgen Falls


A powerful waterfall located at Tettegouche State Park gives its visitors a chance to see it from the base as well as its apex.  This 29-foot waterfall is one of two from Tettegouche State Park to make my list.

  1. Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls


Arguably the most famous waterfalls in Minnesota.  Minnehaha Falls is located in the heart of the Twin Cities.  This popular city park is free and is popular, but this 53-foot waterfall is worth sharing with the rest of the crowd.

  1. Minneopa Falls

Minneopa Falls


One of the larger waterfalls in the southern part of the state.  At 40 feet tall, Minneopa Falls is worth the admission fee to Minneopa State Park.  To make the place even more worthwhile there is another scenic though smaller waterfall also on the parks ground.

  1. The Cascades on the Manitou River

Superior Hiking Trail


The Manitou River drops over 50 feet during this cascade.  When the river is raging, it is a powerful sight.  However, the fall is just as pretty throughout the season.  The Cascades on the Manitou River is located at George H. Crosby Manitou States Park.

  1. Middle Gooseberry Falls

Gooseberry Falls - Middle


Gooseberry Falls State Park sums up the experience of Minnesota’s Northshore.  Nice hiking, great waterfalls, and shoreline views.  Home to Middle Gooseberry Falls A 25-foot waterfall that changes throughout the season.


  1. High Falls on the Baptism River

High Falls, Tettegouche State Park (8)


The tallest waterfall located entirely in Minnesota. This 60-foot waterfall is located on a 3-mile roundtrip trail.  Definitely worth the hike.  This is the second waterfall at Tettegouche State Park making the place a must see in Minnesota.

  1. Kawishiwi Falls

kawishiwi falls


A massive waterfall located in the northern town of Ely.  Kawishiwi Falls is 140 feet wide and 70 feet tall.  One of the largest by volume in the state.

  1. High Falls on the Pigeon River

High Falls


The tallest waterfall in Minnesota at 120 feet. Located in Grand Portage State Park which Minnesota shares with Canada. The width of High Falls also varies with the season from 20 to 200 feet.  It was hard to not make this my number one.

  1. Partridge Falls

Partidge Falls—a true redux


Partridge Falls located near Grand Portage off of Partridge Falls Road is a waterfall I can’t wait to see.  Not the biggest or tallest but something about the photos I have seen of Partridge Falls places it as my number one.  I guess it is the fact that you get right near the base of this power large waterfall that makes it special.

We hope you enjoyed our list of the best state parks in America.  With close to 100 waterfalls to choose from it was very hard to just choose 10. Like any top 10 list they are subject to opinion so please give us yours and let us know what you think of our list, is there anything that you think we should not have put on our list and what would you replace it with by leaving a comment.  We are always looking for a new place to visit so let us know about your favorite waterfall in Minnesota.

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  1. Cecilia Schell

    These are gorgeous. Hope we get to see some of these soon.

    1. Kenny and Karen

      Yeah it should be great.

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