Sunday, May 8, 2011

Waterfalling Duluth

Another nice day meant that I just had to get outside and explore a bit. I was able to convince Noelle to come along with me even though she was a bit wary of my planned adventure for the day, an exploration of a few waterfalls in the Duluth area that we'd never been to before. We grabbed our Waterfalls of the North Shore book, a camera and headed out with our first destination being the Sucker River.

We parked the car at a pull off on Old Scenic Highway 61 and headed down to the mouth of the Sucker River.
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There were quite a few fishermen there, and at least one of them had caught a fairly large fish, probably a Steelhead Trout. The waterfall on the lake side of the highway wasn't much to write about but the one on the other side of the bridge was nice enough.
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After exploring for a few minutes we returned to the car and headed southwest to the French River.

At the mouth of the French River is a DNR fish hatchery. We parked in the lot there and headed down to the river. Near the mouth of the river we were treated to the sight of many fish heading upstream to spawn. It was quite interesting to watch. The amount of energy they seemed to invest into swimming against the strong current was amazing. Eventually we headed upstream to a few small waterfalls.
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Noelle seemed more interested in watching the fish, and so I headed even further upstream by myself past a concrete dam to a few more small falls. I turned around at a railroad bridge.
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When I returned to Noelle we watched the fish swim upstream a bit more before getting back into the car for the drive back to Duluth. 
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Once we returned to Duluth we headed to Lester Park and a few more waterfalls on the Lester River. We parked about 1.2 miles up Lester River Road from Superior Street. There's an old road there that we hiked along to view a few small waterfalls on the Lester River.
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The highlights were an unnamed waterfall just near the pull off where we parked and the waterfall the author's of our guidebook called Nude Swimming Hole Falls.

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