Caribou Falls, Minnesota

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, Universityof Wisconsin - Green Bay

Caribou Falls is about a kilometer upstream from Highway 61. The lower part of the gorge is deeply incised into Pleistocene till.
A spur trail leads to the falls, via a staircase not for those with heart problems (below).
The staircase leads to the stream and the base of the falls, which are cut into Keweenawan metavolcanic rocks. There seems to be no place to see the falls in their entirety, since they make a 90 degree turn halfway up.
Looking downstream from the falls.

Below: another spur trail leads to an upper lookout. The photos below show the gorge upstream of the falls.

Left: the lip of the falls isn't even visible from here. There really seems to be no safe place to view it.
Left: looking downstream from the upper lookout, with Lake Superior in the distance.

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Created 22 June 2007, Last Update 06 June 2020