Top 5 Minnesota Frozen Waterfalls

Chasing frozen waterfalls across Minnesota

Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, also happens to have quite a few waterfalls, not quite 10,000 of them (unless you count all the little offshoot streams that may create waterfalls along Hwy. 61 during an especially wet summer) but enough.

Minnesota also has this crazy reputation for being cold. Like really cold. That also might be true… But now picture how amazing cold weather combined with a waterfall can make fore some spectacular winter sight-seeing!

Top 5 Minnesota Frozen Waterfalls

frozen minneopa waterfalls in mankato

1. Minneopa Falls

Little to no public visit Minneopa Falls in the winter so you should have the place to yourselves. Make sure to explore the limestone rock surrounding the falls and read the names and messages carved in there.

2. Minnehaha Falls

Beautiful at all times of year, these falls are located in Minneapolis and are actually closed off to the public during the winter, due to safety concerns. While this doesn’t stop some people it is still best to view the frozen falls from a distance to avoid getting hurt.

3. Grand Portage State Park High Falls

grand portage state park frozen waterfalls

120 feet of frozen beauty along the Minnesota and Canada border, nothing can beat that in the dead of winter!

4. Gooseberry Falls

One of the most well known falls in the state, Gooseberry Falls and the surrounding park makes for quite the sight in the winter. Plan to spend the day exploring the park.

5. Baptism River High Falls at Tettegouche State Park

With a 60 foot drop these are the highest waterfalls in Minnesota (those which fall entirely in MN, I should say). A breathtaking sight any time of year, but seeing them frozen is all the more impressive.

Frozen Devil Track River and waterfallsPlus all the frozen waterfalls that aren’t necessarily waterfalls during the summer, but rather slow trickles of water. Pictured above is a frozen waterfall along Devil Track River outside of Grand Marais in Northern Minnesota.

What are your favorite Minnesota winter adventures? Do you have a favorite frozen waterfall? Learn more about Minnesota by following along on my Minnesota Pinterest board.

Looking for things to do during the Minnesota Winter? Travel means icy road trips so make the most of it by visiting these top 5 frozen waterfalls near Minneapolis, Lake Superior and across the state

Join the newsletter


Planning your next Outdoor Adventure?

Get your free

National and State Park Checklist

of Minnesota

by clicking here!

Powered by ConvertKit

4 Thoughts on “Top 5 Minnesota Frozen Waterfalls

  1. Wow! These look awesome! Great shots!

  2. When do these falls start to melt? We’re visiting MN the first week of Match this year!

    • Greta AlmsNo Gravatar on February 16, 2017 at 7:51 am said:

      Great question Lizz! What part of the state are you visiting? I ask because it’s been unseasonably warm. Normally March would be when they’d start to melt but I know Minneopa and Minnehaha have already started melting. The way northern falls may still be ok though if we get another cold snap here again soon. But either way the falls are still gorgeous visit- sometimes even cooler to visit when melting! Good luck and enjoy our beautiful state!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Post Navigation