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My Adventures at Minnesota's State Parks
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Park Recommendations
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Minnesota Wildflowers
Bear Head Lake
Beaver Creek Valley
Big Bog SRA
Big Stone Lake
Blue Mounds
Buffalo River
Cascade River
Charles A. Lindbergh
Crow Wing
Cuyuna Country SRA
Father Hennepin
Forestville/Mystery Cave
Fort Ridgely
Franz Jevne
George Crosby-Manitou
Glacial Lakes
Gooseberry Falls
Grand Portage
Great River Bluffs
Hayes Lake
Jay Cooke
John Latsch
Judge Magney
Kilen Woods
Lac Qui Parle
Lake Bemidji
Lake Bronson
Lake Carlos
Lake Louise
Lake Maria
Lake Shetek
McCarthy Beach
Mille Lacs-Kathio
Monson Lake
Moose Lake
Myre-Big Island
Nerstrand-Big Woods
Old Mill
Red River SRA
Rice Lake
St. Croix
Sakatah Lake
Savanna Portage
Split Rock Creek
Split Rock Lighthouse
Temperance River
Upper Sioux Agency
Wild River
Zippel Bay
Pipestone National Monument
Contact Me

Location: I-35 Exit 195 Askov/Sandstone (appx 55 miles south of Duluth)

Lodging: drive-in campground, 1 camper cabin, 4 canoe sites

Activities: canoeing, boating, hiking

Lake/River: Kettle River

Special Attractions: Wolf Creek Falls, old quarry site, Big Spring Falls (accessed from Exit 191)

Banning DNR

Kettle River

Visited in 2006 & 2007. There are two small waterfalls at this park. Wolf Creek Falls appears to be accessible from either the main park or from Robinson Park in Sandstone. When I attempted to access it from the latter, a large pile of rocks obstructed the journey. Instead I drove back to the park and walked along a series of trails to reach it. Not sure if things have improved in the time since I was there. The second waterfall, Big Spring Falls, is accessed by going to I-35 exit 191 and taking MN 123 to east on Minnesota St and then south on Pine Ave. There is a small parking area and a short trail that leads to the river. The Quarry Loop Trail is also interesting. A pamphlet was available at the beginning of the trail with information on each of the markers along the way.

Here is a picture of the quarry house:

Inside Quarry House

Big Spring Falls (right next to it is a neat little indented area perfect for sitting)

The glorious Kettle flows smoothly through the area

Railroad bridge on trail from Robinson Park (before the rock pile)

Wolf Creek Falls

On the trail

Right up next to the falls (dorky, I know)

Mini kettles