Tettegouche State Park featured on the 2004 Minnesota State Park
A shoreline view of one of Minnesota?s popular North Shore state parks
is showcased on the 2004 Minnesota State Park Annual Permit that will
go on sale to the public beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1.
?Tettegouche State Park, located on the shore of Lake Superior, near
Silver Bay, is the featured park on the new annual permit,? said Kate
Brady, public affairs and marketing supervisor for the Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and
Brady explained that a permit is required on vehicles entering a
Minnesota State Park or Recreation Area.
?Visitors can purchase either a daily permit or an annual permit that
is good for an unlimited number of visits to any state park or
recreation area for one year from the month of purchase,? said Brady.
?In 1964 we began to feature a state park on the annual permit that
you see on vehicle windshields. For the new permit, we used a
photograph of the dramatic shoreline of Tettegouche State Park.?
Tettegouche State Park Manager Phil Leversedge said, ?the selection of
Tettegouche for the 2004 permit coincides with the celebration of the
25th anniversary of its establishment as a state park in 1979. The
image featured on the permit showcases Palisade Head with Shovel Point
in the background,? said Leversedge. ?In addition to the park?s unique
shoreline, Tettegouche offers 9,346 acres rugged, semi-mountainous
terrain, six inland lakes, cascading rivers and waterfalls, and an
undisturbed northern hardwood forest.?
Leversedge added that the diverse ecosystem attracts more than 40
species of mammals and 140 species of birds including peregrine
falcons that nest in the park and make a ?special appearance? on the
new permit .
Paul Sundberg, who donated the use of his photograph for the permit,
admits that the photograph is one of his favorites, not only for the
rich colors, but also because of what the viewers ?don?t see.?
?If you enlarge the image, you will find a natural surprise,? said
Sundberg. ?There is a peregrine falcon nesting on the cliff.?
The rugged beauty of the Lake Superior shoreline and the surprises it
offers is something Sundberg is familiar with in his work as park
manager of Gooseberry Falls State Park, another of the state?s North
Shore parks and the most-visited park in the system.
Stay the night in a log cabin
Historic Tettegouche Camp is another unique feature in the park. The
camp, comprised of a group of restored 1920s-vintage log cabins, is
located on the shores of Mic Mac Lake. The land was purchased from the
Alger-Smith Company by the Tettegouche Club in 1910. The camp and its
facilities went through several ownerships until the property and land
surrounding it was established as a state park in 1979. The camp is
accessible by foot, mountain bike, cross-country skis or snowshoes.
The four rustic cabins are available year-round for daily or weekly
rental. The camp also includes a main lodge building with fireplace
and picnic tables, and a modern restroom and shower building that
serves overnight visitors.
The park also has another lodging facility, the Illgen Falls Cabin,
that is available for daily or weekly rental year-round.
Recreation every season of the year Tettegouche is a hiker?s paradise
with its 23 miles of trails, including 10 miles along the Superior
Hiking Trail. In winter, visitors can cross-country ski, snowmobile or
snowshoe in the park. Camping, fishing, birdwatching and rock climbing
are just a few of the many recreational opportunities available at
This year, as in the past, the new permit will go on sale beginning
Oct. 1. After this year, however, the annual permits will go on sale
starting the first of January. As a result, the Tettegouche permit
which is good for one year from the month of purchase, will be sold
through December of 2004. The annual permit is good for one year from
the month of purchase and permits an unlimited number of visits to all
state parks. The cost for the 2004 State Park Annual Vehicle permit is
$25. A second vehicle permit costs $18. A special permit for
Minnesota's residents with disabilities is $12. Permits can be
purchased at any state park or at the DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette
Road, St. Paul. Permits can also be ordered by phone from the DNR
Information Center by calling (651) 296-6157 (Twin Cities metro area)
or toll free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367).