If you like waterfalls, then a road trip to Minnesota will not disappoint.
With over 100 known waterfalls throughout the state, there are plenty of waterfalls to keep you busy for any entire waterfall chasing adventure.
The majority of the waterfalls are located in the northern part of the state, but you’ll also find gems in urban and other regions around the state.
If you want a great road trip, check out the North Shore of Minnesota from Duluth to Grand Portage. We did this trip in July 2020 and loved every minute of it. So many waterfalls and many are easily accessible from the road.
This map was created with the help of the book Waterfalls of Minnesota by Lisa Crayford. This is a must-have book to keep in the car with you when you head out on your Minnesota waterfall adventures. It gives detailed instructions for finding each waterfall location. Which can be difficult for some of the remote waterfalls.
Map of Minnesota Waterfalls
How to Use This Map: Click on the icon on the top left-hand corner. You will now see a list of all of the waterfalls in Minnesota.
For more info on each, click on the map icons.
To see the map in more detail, click on the [ ] in the top right-hand corner. This will open a larger map where the details of each point can be found by clicking on the location point name in the list on the left.
You can also save the map for your own use by clicking the⭐ next to the map name. This will save the map to your Google Maps, where you can make a copy and use it for your own trip planning.
To view the saved map on your phone, open Google Maps, click “saved” on the bottom, and then “maps” on the lower right. For offline viewing refer to steps 5-7 in How to Create a Custom Google Map.
Minnesota Waterfall Facts
How many waterfalls are in Minnesota?
There are over 100 known waterfalls in Minnesota that are accessible to the public.
What is the tallest waterfall in Minnesota?
High Falls on the Pigeon River is the tallest waterfall in Minnesota.
Located on the border of Canada and Minnesota near Grand Portage, High Falls tumbles 92-120 feet down. This waterfall can have a significant flow of water especially in the spring and early summer. Therefore, you may want to carry a rain jacket with you when you view the falls.
Tips for Visiting Minnesota Waterfalls
Use a Map That Doesn’t Rely on Cellular Service
Cell service can be intermittent when traveling anywhere, so it’s not recommended that you rely solely on your phone’s maps system.
Here are two things you can do to help make sure you don’t get lost:
- Have a paper map with you. You can use your trusty old road atlas.
- Before you leave for your trip, download a map of the area in either Google Maps or Apple Maps so you can use it offline (when you don’t have cellular service). This is a critical step for any road trip adventure.
Don’t Follow Google Maps Blindly
While we love Google Maps we have found that it takes us on some strange routes while traveling in more rural areas.
Google seems to want to take you on the most efficient route regardless of the type of road or road blockages you may encounter. We’ve been directed to go down dirt roads that were not passable with our two-wheel drive van and had to turn around.
Therefore, be mindful of where Google is telling you to go and don’t be afraid to override the given directions
Leave No Trace Behind
One of the ways we can make sure these beautiful areas can be enjoyed by all is to leave no trace when visiting. Other than some footprints, the next person to view the waterfall should have no clue that someone was here before.
Therefore, pack out what you brought in. This includes any toilet paper if nature calls while you are on the trails. A plastic ziplock bag is perfect for packing out used toilet paper.
Get Minnesota Waterfall Guide Book
The book Waterfalls of MInnesota by Lisa Crayford is a great resource for anyone exploring Minnesota’s delightful waterfalls.
This book gives details on each waterfall including, GPS coordinates, detail directions on how to find the falls, walking distance to falls, and trail condition. It also give tips on viewing each one and has some lovely pictures.
Bring Bug Spray
Many of these waterfalls are located in areas that are prone to having a large mosquito population. One of the worst things is getting to a waterfall and not being able to enjoy it because you are getting eaten alive my mosquitos.
Be Mindful of Private Property
The waterfalls noted on the map are all currently on public land or accessible with a fee. When exploring these waterfalls, there may be private land around the waterfall.
Be mindful of any private property or no trespassing signs. Out of respect for property owners, do not venture into these restricted areas while on your waterfall adventure.