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Continued: Great Lakes ice show provides a silver lining to winter

  • Article by: LISA MEYERS MCCLINTICK , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 24, 2014 - 7:25 AM

On the North Shore, check out state parks or waysides with rivers and beaches, such as Split Rock Lighthouse, and the state parks at Gooseberry Falls, Tettegouche and Temperance River, where the staff says its series of gorges sport gigantic icicles.

The North Shore’s frozen waterfalls are equally admirable. At Gooseberry Falls, just outside Two Harbors, water freezes mid-cascade, and skiers can take the 2.4-mile loop to Fifth Falls, where some ice caves have formed. At any of the falls, listen and look closely. You’ll likely hear — and maybe see — the mighty rivers running beneath the ice.

The still-pulsing water promises winter will end someday. First the ice must bust free, allowing the rivers to thunder spectacularly into spring.


St. Cloud-based travel writer Lisa Meyers McClintick wrote “Day Trips from the Twin Cities” and blogs at She can be reached at

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