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Tettegouche State Park featured on the 2004 Minnesota State Park annual permit

Photo 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 Recreation.

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 Tettegouche.

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).
 

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