A cleverly named river flows into Lake Superior’s North Shore. Most of the rivers have a sand bar that extend out into the Lake, but the Temperance has no bar—thus temperant. Further upstream in Temperance River State Park the Superior Trail leads to a place called Hidden Falls.

Superior hiking trail

Superior hiking trail

Eventually the trail leads to the Temperance River and the falls surrounded by pine, birch, spruce.

Hidden Falls, Temperance River State Park, Minnesota

Hidden Falls, Temperance River State Park, Minnesota

Do you see the doughnut in the image above? There’s often foam in white water that will gather in eddies, but this cove created a five foot toasted coconut doughnut.


Some hikers came from the other direction and enjoyed diving into the deep pools by the falls. It is Minnesota after all, so wet suits are good idea even in July.


I’ll leave you will a long exposure view of the boulders in the river.