Best of the Lake: Park Questionnaires

What follows are the complete questionnaires answered by various popular parks around Lake Superior for our Best of the Lake article in the August/September 2011 issue of Lake Superior Magazine. Not all questions were answered if they were inapplicable to the park.

Best of the Lake Article

Index to Parks:
Amnicon State Park • Apostle Island National Lakeshore
Batchawana Bay Provinicial ParkBear Head Lake State Park
Big Bay State ParkCascade River State Park
Copper Falls State ParkGreoge H. Crosby-Manitou State Park
Gooseberry Falls State ParkGrand Portage National Monument
Grand Portage State ParkIsle Royale National Park
Jay Cooke State ParkJudge Magney State Park
Kakabeka Falls Provinical ParkKeweenaw National Historical Park
Lake Superior Provincial ParkLake Vermilion State Park
McLain State ParkPattison State Park • Neys Provincial Park
Pancake Bay Provincial Park • Obatanga Provincial Park
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore • Pigeon River Provincial Park
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park • Pukaskwa National Park
Rainbow Falls Provincial ParkSleeping Giant Provincial Park
Split Rock Lighthouse State ParkSoudan Underground Mine State Park
Tahquamenon Falls State Park • Temperance River State Park
Tettegouche State ParkWhite Lake Provincial Park
 

Amnicon State Park, Wisconsin

How many people visited the park in 2010?
Just under 88,000.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
Four named waterfalls, numerous other pools and cascades.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
850 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
The one room office was built in 1967.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
None.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
About 20 feet.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
The river walk is 3/4-mile long; the nature trail is 3/4-mile long; and there’s another 3/4-mile hiking trail.

How many campsites are in the park?
36 primitive campsites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
Over the last three years, 10-12 weddings per year.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
None.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Pets are allowed most everywhere except on the nature trail. All pets must be on a leash at all times in the park.

When was the park established? When did it open?
The park was first established as a county park in 1923 as Bardon Park. In 1961 the park was transferred to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and became Amnicon Falls State Park.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs?
No.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

How many people visited the park in 2010?
156,945.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
None.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
69,372 of which 27,323 are submerged lands in Lake Superior and 33,500 of the land acres (80%) are within the Gaylord Nelson Wilderness Area. The islands are spread out over a portion of Lake Superior nearly 290,000 acres in size.

What year was the visitor center built?
The park’s visitor’s center is within an old county courthouse that was built with locally quarried brownstone in the late 1880s. The Park Service signed a lease with Bayfield in the late 1970s, and the park has had its headquarters and visitor center there since.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
156 miles of shoreline.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
No waterfalls.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
More than 50 miles.

How many campsites are in the park?
65 designated sites, of which eight are group sites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
One to five.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
None are specifically accessible.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
Six light stations, eight lighthouses.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Pet are not allowed in government buildings, historic buildings or on public transportation (including boats). Otherwise, they are allowed within the park, but need to be on a 6-foot or shorter leash.

When was the park established? When did it open?
1970

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
Five permanent, about 15 seasonal, but it varies from year to year, and there are volunteers at approximately seven locations.

Does the park have a webcam?
No

Does the park have a garden? If so, how many different kinds of vegetables are grown?
Yes, the park has a garden on Raspberry Island. A variety of vegetables are grown, based on what the light station keepers grew.

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Batchawana Bay Provincial Park, Ontario

How many people visited the park in 2010?

How many waterfalls are in the park?
None.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
169 hectares.

What year was the visitor center built?
No center.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
About 3 kilometres.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
No waterfalls.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
None.

How many campsites are in the park?
None.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
0-1.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
None.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout?
No.

When was the park established? When did it open?

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
No naturalist program.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Bear Head Lake State Park, Minnesota

How many people visited the park in 2010?
90,152.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
None.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
4,523 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
The park office was built in 1997.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
23 miles.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
No waterfalls.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
17 miles.

How many campsites are in the park?
Eighty campsites (73 drive-in, 45 electric, 4 backpack, 1 boat-in, 1 group camp), five year-round camper cabins, and one year-round guesthouse.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
Approximately 1 wedding annually.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
None.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Pets are allowed throughout the park. Pets are not allowed in buildings, including guesthouse and camper cabins.

When was the park established? When did it open?
1961.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
No naturalists on staff. Bear Head Lake State Park offers a variety of programs throughout the summer and a small number of programs during the winter.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Big Bay State Park, Madeline Island, Wisconsin

How many people visited the park in 2010?
Useage is pretty static. We fill up to capacity each year. We are a high demand park with limited capacity.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
None.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
2,500 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
1997.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
1 1/4 miles of beach.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
No waterfalls.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
7 1/2 miles.

How many campsites are in the park?
61 group.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
About 12.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
1 mile.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Pets are allowed on the trails but not on the beach or beach trails.

When was the park established?
Established and opened in 1963.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
No fulltime naturalists; staff members fulfill that duty. There are naturalist programs, but only in the summer.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Brimley State Park, Michigan

How many people visited the park in 2010?
65,000.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
None

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
100 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
No visitor center.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
1,400 feet.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
No water falls.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
No designated hiking trails.

How many campsites are in the park?
237 modern sites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
Two on average.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
None.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Pets are welcome, but are not allowed in the designated swimming area.

When was the park established? When did it open?
Established in 1923; opened to the public in 1926.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs?
No naturalist on staff. Programs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Cascade River State Park, Minnesota

How many people visited the park in 2010?
160,393.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
Six - the Cascades are a series of five waterfalls and the Cascade Falls is one waterfall.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
5,550 acres within the statutory boundary.

What year was the visitor center built?
Contact station/nature store built in 1986.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
Approximately 1.5 miles of Lake Superior shoreline.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
Approximately 70 feet.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
18 miles.

How many campsites are in the park?
Forty drive-in sites, five backpack sites and two group sites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
None.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
None.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Pets are not allowed in buildings. They are allowed in the campground and on trails as long as they are on a leash no longer than 6 feet and are attended to at all times.

When was the park established? When did it open?
1957.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
No naturalist on staff. Approximately one program is held at the park per year.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin

How many people visited the park in 2010?
150,000.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
Four.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
4,000 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
1997.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
One-quarter mile.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
35 feet.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
15 miles.

How many campsites are in the park?
56.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
Four.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
1 mile.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Not on any nature trails, beach, or picnic area.

When was the park established? When did it open?
1929.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs?
No

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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George H. Crosby-Manitou State Park, Minnesota

How many people visited the park in 2010?
32,406.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
The Cascades is the main waterfall.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
6,682 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
1955 is when the park was dedicated.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
None.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
The Cascades fall about 30 feet over a few hundred feet.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
24 miles of hiking trails.

How many campsites are in the park?
21 backpack sites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
About one or two.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
None.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Throughout the year, and on trails.

When was the park established? When did it open?
1955.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs?
One year-round and one seasonal (summer) shared with Tettegouche State Park.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota

How many people visited the park in 2010?
630,269.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
Upper, Middle and Lower (two sides) plus Fifth Falls. There are smaller ‘rock slides’ in between.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
1,741 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
1996.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
About 1.65.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
Upper is 30 feet; drop for Middle/Lower combined is about 60 feet.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
20.

How many campsites are in the park?
69 regular and three group camps.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
Twenty-nine that we know of (rented shelter for event). There are more that we don’t know about – small groups that show up for a shoreline or falls ceremony – plus many other wedding parties that stop to take pictures.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
1 mile of trails in the Visitor Center/falls area, plus the paved Gitchi Gami State Trail (our sections starts at the Picnic Flow lot on shore and extends to Beaver Bay).

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Pets are allowed anywhere but in buildings, and must be attended at all times and on a leash no more than 6 feet.

When was the park established? When did it open?
1937.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs?
One year-round naturalist and four summer naturalist staff. Regular daily programs offered during the summer and occasional or by request the rest of the year.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota

How many people visited the park in 2010?
104,300.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
None.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
710 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
Opened in 2007.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
A little less than 1 mile of lakefront.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
No waterfalls.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
9 miles.

How many campsites are in the park?
Two, and only at Fort Charlotte on the Pigeon River.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
Typically three to four.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
Approximately one-quarter mile to our main visitor area.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Only on trails and campgrounds when leashed.

When was the park established? When did it open?
Established in 1958 and essentially open at that point because it was a historic site prior to that, and it was operated by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs?
We mostly have historic re-enactors; in a typical year, we have 8-10 re-enactors. Other than in the summer, limited programming in the winter.

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Grand Portage State Park

How many people visited the park in 2010?
36,692.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
Two.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
300 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
Built in 2009 and 2010; opened in September 2010.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
None on the lake (frontage on the Pigeon River totals about 13,000 feet).

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
120 feet – tallest in Minnesota.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
5 miles of trails.

How many campsites are in the park?
None.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
None.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
The half-mile trail to the High Falls is wheelchair accessible.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None. On clear days, Rock of Ages Lighthouse (at Isle Royale National Park) is visible from Highway 61 just south of the park.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Pets are allowed on park trails, but they must be on a leash. Only service animals are allowed in the visitor center.

When was the park established? When did it open?
Established 1989, opened in 1994.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs?
Other than in the summer?
One park naturalist. Naturalist programs are available, check our website for schedules and details.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

How many people visited the park in 2010?
15,793.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
We note only one waterfall “Siskiwit Falls.” This is on the south shore of the Island, below Siskiwit Lake at the Malone Bay Campground. The falls is approximately 8 feet high and cascades for about 1/8 of a mile before entering Lake Superior.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
894 square miles or 571,790 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
There are three visitor centers at Isle Royale. The largest and best visitor center is on the Southwest side of the island at Windigo, built over two years, 1996 and 1997.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
338 miles of Lake Superior shoreline.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
Approximately 8 feet.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
165 miles of trails.

How many campsites are in the park?
36 campgrounds and 201 total campsites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
On average, one per year.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
Isle Royale is 99 percent federally designated wilderness. The trails are rough and rugged. In the Windigo and Rock Harbor areas combined, we may have 1 1/2 miles of paths that are wheelchair accessible.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
There are four lighthouses: Rock of Ages, Rock Harbor, Isle Royale and Passage Island.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Pets are not allowed inside the park boundary – the boundary extends 4.5 miles into Lake Superior.

When was the park established? When did it open?
The park was authorized by Congress on March 3, 1931; the park was established on April 3, 1940, and was finally dedicated on August 27, 1946.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
During the summer season we have 12 interpreters that work out of the visitor centers. Interpretive programs can be found in Rock Harbor, Windigo, and on our ship, M.V. Ranger III. During the fall, winter and early spring, educational and interpretive programs are offered.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Jay Cooke State Park, Minnesota

How many people visited the park in 2010?
302,052.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
No waterfalls, but the rushing rapids of the St. Louis River are found in the park.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
8,818 acres or 13.75 square miles.

What year was the visitor center built?
The River Inn Interpretive Center was built in 1941 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The new Park Headquarters where people stop for information, gifts, vehicle permits and camping registrations, opened in February 2011 and is next to the original River Inn Interpretive Center (the building most people are familiar with.)

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
The park is not on Lake Superior. 6 miles of the St. Louis River are contained within the park boundaries.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
No waterfalls, but the rushing rapids of the St. Louis River are found in the park. The largest drop is about 10-15 feet.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
50 miles of hiking trails; of these, 10 miles are also horseback trails and 8 miles are also mountain biking trails. In addition, we have about 7 miles of paved trail, part of the Willard Munger State Trail that runs past the park.

How many campsites are in the park?
78 drive-in campsites (21 electric), four walk-in campsites and four backpack sites. Also, five camper cabins.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
About 10 weddings a year, but also an equal amount of family reunions.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
One-half mile of paved trail and 3 miles of grass trail.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Minnesota State Parks allow pets in all state parks as long as they are on a leash and picked up after. There are no restrictions to areas of the park except inside buildings.

When was the park established? When did it open?
The park was established and opened in October 1915.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
There is one year-around naturalist and two summer naturalists on staff. Naturalist programs are offered to the public year-around.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Judge Magney State Park

How many people visited the park in 2010?
68,850.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
There are two waterfalls on the park trails: Devil’s Kettle Falls and the Upper Falls.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
The statutory boundary of the park includes 4,642 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
There is no visitor center at Judge Magney.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
There is no lakefront access in the park; however, Paradise Beach is just a mile away and is a favorite for agate hunting. The Lake Walk of the Superior Hiking Trail is less than 2 1/2 miles away from the park.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
Devil’s Kettle Falls is approximately 50 feet tall.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
There are approximately 9 miles of park trails. The Superior Hiking Trail connects with the trail system both on the western and eastern boundaries of the park.

How many campsites are in the park?
27.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
None as there are no park shelters or facilities to accommodate them.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
Currently there are no trails at Judge Magney State Park that are wheelchair accessible.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Pets are not allowed in park buildings (with the exception of service animals), but pets are allowed on park trails and in the campgrounds. They must be restrained by a portable enclosure or a leash no longer than 6 feet. Visitors must also pick up pet waste and dispose of it properly.

When was the park established? When did it open?
The park was established as Brule River State Park in 1957; the name was changed in 1963 when the Legislature designated this park as a memorial to Judge C. R. Magney.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
There are no naturalists on staff. There have been programs given by volunteer naturalists or a naturalist from another state park.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, Ontario

How many people visited the park in 2010?
234,975.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
Two.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
500 hectares (1,235.5 acres).

What year was the visitor center built?
1985.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
None. The park is on the Kaministiquia River.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
Kakabeka Falls is 39 meters (127 feet). Little Falls is about 15 meters (49 feet).

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
18.2 kilometres (11.3 miles).

How many campsites are in the park?
169.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
Five.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
2 kilometres (1.2 miles).

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Yes, but they must be leashed and owners must properly dispose of pet waste.

When was the park established? When did it open?
Operated as a park in 1957; regulated in 1967.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs?
One naturalist from May to the end of September, plus three students in July and August.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Keweenaw National Historical Park, Michigan

Background: Keweenaw NHP is not your typical national park. While most people envision the vistas of the Grand Canyon or the vast expanses of Glacier National Park, or the Grand Tetons, most national parks are based on significant cultural resources. Once again, most would then think of Gettysburg or Independence Hall or the hallowed monuments of the National Mall. While Keweenaw NHP is indeed a national park that focuses on cultural resources, it is still very different than your typical national park. It is one where the National Park Service owns few buildings and very little land, and where Congress has provided a permanent citizen-based advisory commission to manage the park as a partnership.

Although the park’s technical “boundaries” encompass 1,860 acres, the ephemeral boundaries span 800,000 acres of Upper Michigan’s Copper Country. This partnership preserves the historic resources – both natural and cultural – through collaborative efforts of the Park Service, the Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission, 19 non-Federal Keweenaw Heritage Site partners that administer 26 sites, and communities that stretch from Copper Harbor to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park at the west end of the U.P.

How many people visited the park in 2010?
While individual site visitation varies, 200,000+ visitors come to Upper Michigan’s Copper Country in a given year, with most enjoying at least one type of experience with the historic resources of Keweenaw NHP partners.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
Depending on snowmelt and occasional torrential downpours, there are too many to count. Named falls, however, number 16 within the ephemeral boundaries.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
The legislated boundaries of Keweenaw NHP include 1,860 acres, of which the National Park Service owns and administers about 150; the ephemeral boundaries, however, encompass a 50-by-100-mile area – nearly 800,000 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
Keweenaw NHP’s first visitor center – the Calumet Visitor Center, in the historic Union Building – is scheduled to open on the park’s 19th anniversary, October 27, 2011.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
“Lakefront” within the legislated boundaries of the park is restricted to the historic Quincy Smelting Works site along the Portage Shipping Canal, which bisects the Keweenaw Peninsula, connecting with Lake Superior at either end. However, the “ephemeral” boundaries of the park are primarily along the Lake Superior shoreline, and constitute approximately 200 miles of lakefront.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
Not available.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
There are hundreds of miles of trails – both hiking/biking and water – throughout the Copper Country.

How many campsites are in the park?
There are hundreds of campsites at the park’s two state park partners and several municipal and private campgrounds throughout the Copper Country.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
The number of weddings that occur “in the park”have not been recorded.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
Not available (although the two state park partners both have accessible trails available).

How many lighthouses are in the park?
There are three lighthouse at the park’s partner Keweenaw Heritage Sites: Copper Harbor Lighthouse is administered by Fort Wilkins Historic State Park; Eagle Harbor Lighthouse is administered by the Keweenaw County Historical Society; and the Ontonagon Lighthouse is administered by the Ontonagon County Historical Museum.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Pets are allowed throughout, and pet owners are encouraged to be respectful of private property and other visitors.

When was the park established? When did it open?
Keweenaw National Historical Park was established in 1992 and “opened” for business immediately. Services have continued to expand over the years with the development of the Keweenaw Heritage Sites program, the NPS Information Desk at the Quincy Mine & Hoist site, and the opening of the Calumet Visitor Center this fall.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
Since Keweenaw NHP is primarily a cultural resource park, it does not currently have a naturalist on staff, although the park’s interpreters connect the cultural resource stories to the natural resources of the Copper Country, and particularly to the geologic story.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario

How many people visited the park in 2010?
Campgrounds, 11,761; backcountry/interior, 6,667; day-use visitors, 75,673; Visitor centre, 25,639. (Visitor Centre probably includes other users, so these are not cumulative)

How many named waterfalls are in the park?
Named falls are: Agawa Falls (Agawa River, Towab Trail), Lady Evelyn Falls (Sand River Canoe Route), Calwin Falls (Sand River Canoe Route) and Till Creek Falls. Unnamed falls: falls on Lower Sand River (near day-use picnic area and along hiking trail), falls on Lower Baldhead River (Orphan Lake Trail), falls on South Old Woman River (South Old Woman Trail) and Gargantua River (Coastal Trail, near Warp Bay). Also, numerous other small falls along rivers and streams throughout the park.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
621 square miles or 1,608 square kilometres.

What year was the visitor center built?
Opened in 2004.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
About 77 miles or 125 kilometres of Lake Superior shoreline (does not include shorelines of islands).

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
About 85 feet or 25 metres (Agawa Falls, Agawa River or Till Creek Falls).

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
84 miles or 135 kilometres.

How many campsites are in the park?
243 car campsites (at three campgrounds), 200 backcountry campsites (paddle-in or hike-in sites).

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
Occasional weddings.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
None really.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None, just a few beacons.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Pets allowed in the campgrounds and the backcountry, except for Agawa Rock Pictographs Trail; not allowed on beaches at day-use areas (Old Woman Bay and Katherine Cove) or beaches in the campgrounds (there is a designated pet area at Agawa Bay Campground). Pet rules apply, such as keeping pets on a 6-foot leash, stoop and scoop, don’t leave unattended on your campsite and don’t disturb others (barking).

When was the park established? When did it open?
Established in 1944 (only the seventh provincial park in Ontario; there are 329 now). No real facilities until Highway 17 was completed through the park in 1960, then campgrounds, picnic areas and a few trails opened.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
Under the park’s Natural Heritage Education program, there’s one fulltime naturalist, three seasonal naturalists and five student naturalists. Programs occur mostly in July and August, including on-site guides at the Agawa Rock Pictographs, guided hikes, Jr. Naturalist Programs, evening amphitheatre presentations. May be guided hikes, school groups or special events in spring and fall.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Lake Vermilion State Park, Minnesota

How many people visited the park in 2010?
No system is in place to capture the numbers.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
Zero.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
Approximately 3,000 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
One has not been built yet. The park is still in the development stage.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
The park is not on Lake Superior, but there is approximately 5 miles of shore along Lake Vermilion.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
No waterfalls.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
Approximately 8 miles of snowmobile trails were open this past winter, but there are no official trails that have been established at this time.

How many campsites are in the park?
Zero, the park is still in development stages. There will be camping at a future date.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
None.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
We have no established trail system at this time. The park is still in the development stage.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Yes, they are allowed throughout the park, but must be on a leash at all times.

When was the park established? When did it open?
Opened in 2010 and still in development.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs?
We are offering some boat rides and interpretive hikes on the property. The staff is the same staff that works at Soudan Underground Mine State Park.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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McLain State Park, Michigan

How many people visited the park in 2010?
154,455.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
None.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
443 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
There is no visitor center.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
Two miles on Lake Superior and 1 mile on Bear Lake.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls? No waterfalls.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park? 2.5 miles of trails.

How many campsites are in the park? 97 campsites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park? Five to six.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
Zero miles are ADA accessible.

How many lighthouses are in the park? One.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Yes, pets are allowed except in buildings.

When was the park established? When did it open? 1929.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
The park has an Explorer Guide that gives naturalist programs in the summer only

Does the park have a webcam? No

Does the park have a garden? No

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Pattison State Park, Wisconsin

How many people visited the park in 2010?
198,000.

How many waterfalls are in the park? Three waterfalls accessible to the public– Big Manitou Falls and the twin Little Manitou Falls.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
1,476 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
Office, 1995; nature center, 1940.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
Approximately .38 miles of land borders Interfalls Lake.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls? Big Manitou Falls at 165 feet is the highest waterfall in the Midwest, and is the fourth highest east of the Rocky Mountains.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park? 7.4 miles of formal trails.

How many campsites are in the park? Pattison has 59 regular sites and 3 backpack sites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
Pattison hosts about a dozen larger, formal weddings, as well as 10-15 small intimate weddings.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
Accessible trails exist to both sets of waterfalls, as well as the main picnic area. These total approximately .35 miles.

How many lighthouses are in the park? Pattison does not have any lighthouses.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Pets are allowed in all areas except buildings, nature trail, main picnic area and the beach. Pattison has a one-mile loop dog trail, as well as almost 6 miles of trails open to dogs.

When was the park established? When did it open?
Pattison was established in 1920, and it had some form of services soon after.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer? The Friends of Pattison & Amnicon Falls State Parks hire a summer naturalist. During the summer, evening programs are offered seven days per week.

Does the park have a webcam? No.

Does the park have a garden? No.

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Neys Provincial Park, Ontario

How many people visited the park in 2010? 22,281.

How many waterfalls are in the park? None, although, approximately 6 kilometers to the east of Neys is Mink Creek, which boasts a gorgeous waterfall. This is accessed by an unmarked trail on the south side of highway 17. The waterfall is only about 300 meters from the highway, but it is quite a steep descent to reach the base of the falls.

How many acres or square miles are in the park? 5,383 hectares, 13,302 acres or 20.78 square miles.

What year was the visitor center built? 1976. Many renovations were conducted throughout the fall of 2010 to the spring of 2011.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park? There is a 1.5-kilometre-long beach spanning in front of Prisoner’s Cove day-use area, Area 1 campground, Area 2 campground, Area 3 campground, and the Little Pic day-use area and playground. There are many more kilometres/miles of shoreline if you include the Coldwell Peninsula and the islands just off the Coldwell Peninsula.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls? No falls in the park, but Mink Falls is approximately 15 meters high.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park? There are 5.5 kilometers of maintained hiking trails throughout Neys: the Dune Trail (1.0 km), Point Trail (1.5 km), Under the Volcano Trail (1.0 km), and Lookout Trail (2.0 km). (Please note: We also have the Coastal Trail (15 km) which was once an established hiking trail in the park, but due to a shortage of time and resources, this trail has not been brushed in recent years.)

How many campsites are in the park? 144.

How many weddings take place annually in the park? In 2010, none, but there have been weddings in previous years.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible? None.

How many lighthouses are in the park? None. (There is a lighthouse on the Slate Islands in Lake Superior, directly out from Neys Provincial Park. Slate Islands Provincial Park is part of the Nipigon Cluster of Provincial Parks managed by Linda Trapp, park superintendent.)

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds? Pets are allowed throughout the park but must be leashed at all times. Pets are allowed in the campgrounds as well as on the trails.

When was the park established? When did it open? Neys was established in 1965.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
There are currently four staff members in the Natural Heritage Education (NHE) department at Neys. There are a variety of naturalist programs offered, ranging from guided hikes with the NHE staff, to evening plays and performances on a nightly basis, to the Junior Naturalist Program offered to children interested in learning about local flora and fauna. Naturalists typically run programming through July and August.No facilities are open in the winter months.

Does the park have a webcam? No.

Does the park have a garden? No.

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Pancake Bay Provincial Park, Ontario

How many people visited the park in 2010?
61, 784 visitors.

How many waterfalls are in the park? One, on the Edmund Fitzgerald Lookout Trail.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
1,723 hectares.

What year was the visitor center built? We don’t have one.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park? 3.2 kilometres of sand beach.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls? Approximately 10 feet.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park? 17 kilometres.

How many campsites are in the park? 338.

How many weddings take place annually in the park? One to two.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible? 2 kilometres.

How many lighthouses are in the park? None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds? Yes, on a leash. There is a section of beach that allows dogs. Other than that, they are prohibited on the campground beach.

When was the park established? When did it open? In 1958 the land was designated for park use; in 1968 it was established as a provincial park

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer? The naturalist program is seasonal, with three naturalists on staff.

Does the park have a webcam? How many? We have one, a “critter cam.”

Does the park have a garden? No.

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Obatanga Provincial Park, Ontario

How many people visited the park in 2010? 6,000.

How many waterfalls are in the park? None.

How many acres or square miles are in the park? 23,250 acres or 36 square miles.

What year was the visitor center built? There is no visitor center.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park? The park is not on Lake Superior, but it has 3 kilometres of interior lakefront, and it it has many lakes, rivers and streams.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls? No waterfalls.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park? About 8 kilometres.

How many campsites are in the park? 140 total, with two campgrounds and the backcountry sites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park? One.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible? None.

How many lighthouses are in the park? None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? Yes, but they must be leashed and cannot be in the beach area.

When was the park established? When did it open? Opened 1962, established 1967.

How many naturalists are on staff? None.

Does the park have a webcam? No.

Does the park have a garden? No.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

How many people visited the park in 2010? 499,281.

How many waterfalls are in the park? Seven named waterfalls: Munising, Miners, Bridalveil, Mosquito, Chapel, Sable and Spray. There are countless others.

How many acres or square miles are in the park? The Lakeshore is managed in two zones for a total of 73,235 acres (114.5 square miles). The Shoreline Zone is owned by the National Park Service and includes 33,929 acres. The Inland Buffer Zone is a mixture of state of Michigan, Forestland Group and other private lands encompassing 39,306 acres.

What year was the visitor center built? Interagency Visitor Center, 400 E. Munising Ave. in Munising, was built in 1988. Buildings that house the Munising Falls Interpretive Center and Grand Sable Visitor Center pre-date the park.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park? The park is 42.8 miles long with about 42 miles on Lake Superior.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls? Sable Falls tumbles 75 feet. Chapel Falls cascades 60 feet. Miners and Munising falls plunge about 50 feet.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park? More than 90 miles of trails.

How many campsites are in the park? Three drive-in campgrounds have a total of 67 campsites; 14 backcountry campgrounds have a total of 63 individual sites and eight group sites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park? Seven wedding permits were issued in 2010.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
About 1 mile.

How many lighthouses are in the park? One – Au Sable Light Station. There are three former U.S. Coast Guard stations – Munising U.S. Coast Guard Station at Sand Point, Munising Front and Rear Range Lights and Station, and the Grand Marais U.S. Coast Guard Station.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds? Pets are permitted along roads and in designated developed areas such as Munising Falls and Miners Castle. Pets are permitted in drive-in campgrounds.

When was the park established? When did it open? Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is America’s first national lakeshore, authorized on October 15, 1966. On October 6, 1972, ceremonies in Munising marked the establishment of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

How many naturalists are on staff? While several staff members may include “naturalist” in their day-to-day work, Pictured Rocks officially has one.

Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer? Yes. Summer programs for adults and kids; winter programs in schools and special events.

Does the park have a webcam? No webcam. The city of Munising has this one: http://www.cityofmunising.org/web-cam.html

Does the park have a garden? No.

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Pigeon River Provincial Park, Ontario

How many people visited the park in 2010? This number is not tracked.

How many waterfalls are in the park? Two.

How many acres or square miles are in the park? 2,345 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
8 kilometres or 4.9 miles of shoreline.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls? High Falls of the Pigeon River, 28 meters or 92 feet.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park? 9.6 kilometres or 6 miles.

How many campsites are in the park? None, as this is a day-use park.

How many weddings take place annually in the park? None.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible? 350 meters or 383 yards.

How many lighthouses are in the park? None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Yes, but they must be leashed and owners must properly dispose of pet waste.

When was the park established? When did it open? Opened as a park in 1957.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? No staff naturalists.

Does the park have a webcam? No.

Does the park have a garden? No.

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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

How many people visited the park in 2010? About 300,000.

How many waterfalls are in the park? Eleven to 12 named, and as many as 92 total depending on the source and definition of “waterfall.”

How many acres or square miles are in the park? 60,000 acres.

What year was the visitor center built? 1983.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park? 24 miles.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls? 22 feet, Manabezho Falls Presque Isle River.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park? More than 90 miles of hiking trails, 26 miles of Nordic ski and mountain biking trails.

How many campsites are in the park? About 175, plus 65 backpacking campsites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park? A few.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible? Less than 1 mile.

How many lighthouses are in the park? None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds? Yes, on a 6-foot leash and pets cannot be left unattended at any time. Pets are prohibited inside any park building (including cabins).

When was the park established? When did it open? Legislatively in 1944; the first season was 1945.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? One fulltime naturalist, plus a seasonal assistant.

Other than in the summer? Yes, year-round programming except in the slowest seasons.

Does the park have a webcam? No.

Does the park have a garden? No.

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Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario

How many people visited the park in 2010? 7099 people.

How many waterfalls are in the park? Pukaskwa has two iconic waterfalls: Chigamiwinigum Falls on the White River, whose power can be observed from the newly constructed suspension bridge (Note: Expected opening date for the bridge is July 15, 2011). The falls stretch 400 metres, or 1,312 feet, through a gorge with a 21 metre, 69 foot, drop to Lake Superior. Second is Cascade Falls near Otter Island in the backcountry of the park, made famous by Canadian painter, canoeist, producer, filmmaker and conservationist Bill Mason. The cascading falls are approximately 16 metres or 52 feet from top to bottom.

How many acres or square miles are in the park? 1,878 square kilometres or 725 square miles.

What year was the visitor center built? The park was officially opened in 1983 when most of its visitor infrastructure (including campground, roads, administration building and visitor centre) were completed.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park? Pukaskwa National Park has more than 90 kilometres or 56 miles of Lake Superior coastline. That’s not counting the shoreline along its hundreds of interior lakes and dozens of creeks and rivers.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
Chigamiwinigum Falls on the White River, with a 21-metre, or 69-foot, drop to Lake Superior.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park? Pukaskwa boasts 65 kilometres or 40 miles of hiking trails.

How many campsites are in the park? Front-country has 67 sites at Hattie Cove, including 29 electrical sites; backcountry has 13 campgrounds along Lake Superior coastline, plus almost infinite shoreline camping opportunities.

How many weddings take place annually in the park? On average, maybe one every five years.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair-accessible? Front-country facilities, like the campground, comfort stations and visitor centre are accessible. Due to the rugged terrain none of the trails in the park are completely wheelchair-accessible. However, 500 metres, or 1,640 feet, of boardwalk along the Beach Trail make it possible for wheelchairs to access Horseshoe Beach for spectacular sunset watching.

How many lighthouses are in the park? There are no lighthouses within Pukaskwa, but Otter Island Lighthouse guides the way for Lake Superior boaters in Pukaskwa’s backcountry waters.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds? Pets are permitted throughout Pukaskwa National Park, but must be kept under control and on a leash at all times for the safety of the pet, wildlife and other visitors.

When was the park established? When did it open? The federal-provincial agreement was signed in 1978. The park officially opened in 1983.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer? Pukaskwa National Park employs four naturalists (two year-round) and offers a variety of programs, activities and special events year-round. Unique interpretive programs with Aboriginal and cultural themes are frequently featured.

Does the park have a webcam? No, but park ecologists have begun using wildlife cams in the backcountry and we hope to share some of the images on our website shortly.

Does the park have a garden? Mother Nature is our only gardener so far at Pukaskwa, but Parks Canada is open to developing community garden space in the future as a new visitor opportunity.

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Rainbow Falls Provincial Park, Ontario

How many people visited the park in 2010? From May 21 to October 11, 2010, Rainbow Falls had 18,000 visitors.

How many waterfalls are in the park? One waterfall, made up of a series of cascading falls (approximately 300 meters long) on the Whitesand River. The waterfall is fed by Whitesand Lake.

How many acres or square miles are in the park? Rainbow Falls Provincial Park encompasses 1,423 acres between the two campgrounds.

What year was the visitor center built? Rainbow Falls does not have a visitor center.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park? Rainbow Falls Provincial Park has three beaches; the East and West beaches are in Whitesand Lake campground, and Rossport beach is in the Rossport campground, and together, these three beaches span approximately 1.5 kilometre or .93 mile of lakefront.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls? The approximate height of the tallest waterfall is 40 feet, or 12.2 meters.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park? Rainbow Falls offers three hiking trails: The Superior Trail, a linear trail with a returning distance of 2.4 kilometres, offers beautiful views of Lake Superior. The Back 40 Trail, a linear trail with a returning distance of 2.8 kilometres, leads hikers to a panoramic view of Whitesand Lake and Lake Superior.

Rainbow Falls Trail, a linear trail with a returning distance of 3 kilometres, first takes hikers alongside the cascading waterfalls and then continues upwards to a series of scenic views of Whitesand Lake and Lake Superior. The Rainbow Falls Trail is also a part of a much larger trail system known as the Casque Isles Trail. This 52-kilometre trail runs through Rainbow Falls Provincial Park, and visitors who continue on past the Rainbow Falls “trail end” sign may continue west along the Casque Isles Trail to the village of Rossport (approximately 11 kilometres). Visitors may also continue east along the trail for approximately 41 kilometres to Terrace Bay. An access point to the Casque Isles Trail exists at the community of Schreiber’s Beach Road, approximately 11 kilometres east of the park.

How many campsites are in the park? Rainbow Falls has a total of 133 campsites at Whitesand Lake and Rossport locations; Whitesand campground contains 97 campsites, and Rossport campsite offers 36 sites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park? Although two weddings have occurred at Rainbow Falls, the annual average would be 0.

How many miles or kilometers of trails are wheelchair accessible? Rainbow Falls does not currently offer any wheelchair accessible trails.

How many lighthouses are in the park? None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds? Leashed pets are permitted throughout the park’s campgrounds and trails. Leashes are not to exceed 2 meters in length, and owners must clean up after their animals. Pets are not permitted at Whitesand Campground’s East or West Beaches or Rossport Campground’s Superior Beach.

When was the park established? When did it open? Rainbow Falls was first developed as Whitesand Park by the Rossport Conservation Club in 1951, which was later turned over to the Department of Lands and Forests in 1959. It was established in 1960, and regulated under the Provincial Parks Act in 1963.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer? Rainbow Falls does not currently employ a naturalist. While naturalist programs are not offered on a weekly basis, the park does host several annual events, including the Canoe Regatta & Corn Roast, Spirit Hike and Bass Blast fishing day.

Does the park have a webcam? Rainbow Falls does not have a webcam.

Does the park have a garden? Rainbow Falls does not have a garden.

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Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario

How many people visited the park in 2010?
53,903.

How many waterfalls are in the park? No significant waterfalls.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
61,161 acres or 95 square miles.

What year was the visitor center built? 1992.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park? About 75 kilometres or 47 miles.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park? 100 kilometres or 62 miles of hiking trails, 50 kilometres or 31 miles of ski trails.

How many campsites are in the park? 240.

How many weddings take place annually in the park? Two.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible? 0.5 kilometres.

How many lighthouses are in the park? None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds? Pets are allowed in the campground and on park trails, but must be on a leash.

When was the park established? When did it open? Established in 1944 as Sibley Provincial Park, renamed to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in 1988.

How many naturalists are on staff? Five.

Does the park have a webcam? No, we have an online weather station www.weatherlink.com.

Does the park have a garden? No, can only grow plants indigenous to the park.

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Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota

How many people visited the park in 2010?
327,626.

How many waterfalls are in the park? One.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
2,134 acres.

What year was the visitor center built? Split Rock Lighthouse Visitor Center opened at the historic site in 1986.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
Seven miles of uninterrupted public lakefront.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
Around 20 feet.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park? 12 miles of hiking; 8 miles of cross-country ski trails; 4.5 miles of paved bike; 6 miles of mountain bike; 3.5 miles of snowshoe; 1 mile of winter hiking.

How many campsites are in the park? 20 cart-in and four backpacking sites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park? 15-20.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible? Short segments in use areas are accessible, where you can get a view of the lake or go to a picnic site. Also, two of our cart-in sites are accessible.

How many lighthouses are in the park? One (Split Rock Lighthouse Historic Site, run by the Minnesota Historical Society.)

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds? Pets leashed and attended at all times are allowed throughout the natural area of the park, including on trails, in the campground and at picnic areas. They are not allowed on the grounds of the historic site or inside any of our public buildings.

When was the park established? When did it open?
Authorized in 1967 and opened in 1971.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
There are no naturalists. (Contact the Minnesota Historical Society historic site at 218-226-6377 for information regarding lighthouse tours and interpretive programs.)

Does the park have a webcam?
No webcam.

Does the park have a garden?
No garden, just lots of tree & shrub planting efforts.

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Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Minnesota

How many people visited the park in 2010?
35,798.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
None.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
Approximately 1,014 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
The visitor center is an old mine building, so it was built prior to the park being established.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
Approximately 5 miles of shore along Lake Vermilion.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
No waterfalls.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
Approximately 5 miles.

How many campsites are in the park?
None.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
None.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
The underground tours are accessible and the surface facilities are accessible, but the rest of the hiking trails are not ADA accessible.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Yes they are allowed throughout the park, but they must be kept on a leash at all times.

When was the park established? When did it open?
The park opened for tours in 1965, but the land was transferred to the state in 1963.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
We have eight seasonal interpreters. Our main program is offering underground mine and physics lab tours, but we also offer a variety of other interpretive programs. These additional programs are geared toward summer, but our tours are usually available year-round by reservation.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Michigan

How many people visited the park in 2010?
466,579 visitors.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
The Upper Falls consists of one big waterfall, the Lower Falls consists of 5 smaller waterfalls.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
48,127 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
We do not have a visitor center. We have an outdoor information pavilion at the Upper Falls called the Fact Shack that was built in 2007.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
Lake Superior – Whitefish Bay, 5 miles.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
50 feet.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
43 miles.

How many campsites are in the park?
277.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
We do not keep track of this statistic, but we would guess over a dozen.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
1.4 miles.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Leashed pets are allowed throughout the park (except inside buildings).

When was the park established? When did it open?
Dedicated as a Michigan State Park in 1947.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
There’s one fulltime, year-round interpreter, plus three fulltime summer interpretive assistants. Yes, there are programs offered on weekends between Labor Day and mid-October. There are also guided snowshoe hikes and lantern-lit ski/snowshoe trails every Saturday in February.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Temperance River State Park, Minnesota

How many people visited the park in 2010?
275,931.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
Hidden Falls is the main waterfall viewable by the public. Much of the river is a cascading, twisting stream.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
539 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
1957 is when the park was dedicated.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
1 mile.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
Hidden falls is about 20 feet.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
22 miles of hiking trails, 7 miles of snowmobile trails just outside the park.

How many campsites are in the park?
Twenty-eight drive-in, six walk-in and 14 cart-in sites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
About two or three.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
One quarter-mile.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Throughout the year outdoors. Pets are not allowed inside buildings.

When was the park established? When did it open?
1957.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
One year-round and one seasonal (summer) shared with Tettegouche State Park.

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota

How many people visited the park in 2010?
390,208.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
Four: Illgen Falls, High Falls, Two Step Falls and the Cascades.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
9,346 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
1986.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
2.5 miles.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?
High Falls is 60 feet.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
25 miles of hiking trails, 15.5 miles of ski trails, 12 miles of snowmobile trails, 6.5 miles ATV trails.

How many campsites are in the park?
Twenty-eight drive-in, six walk-in and 14 cart-in sites.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
About five or six.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
One quarter-mile of trail.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Throughout the park with the exception that they cannot be inside buildings.

When was the park established? When did it open?
Established in 1979, and development was done in 1986.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs? Other than in the summer?
One year-round and one seasonal (summer).

Does the park have a webcam?
No.

Does the park have a garden?
No.

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White Lake Provincial Park, Ontario

How many people visited the park in 2010?
29,000.

How many waterfalls are in the park?
None.

How many acres or square miles are in the park?
4,000 acres.

What year was the visitor center built?
No visitor center.

How many miles or kilometres of lakefront are within the park?
None on Lake Superior, but it has 7 kilometres of shoreline on an interior lake.

What’s the height of the highest waterfalls?

How many miles or kilometres of trails are in the park?
10.6 kilometres.

How many campsites are in the park?
187.

How many weddings take place annually in the park?
None.

How many miles or kilometres of trails are wheelchair accessible?
None.

How many lighthouses are in the park?
None.

Does the park allow pets throughout? On trails or only in campgrounds?
Yes, in campgrounds and leashed on trails.

When was the park established?
Opened in 1962, established in 1963.

How many naturalists are on staff? Does the park have naturalist programs?
One naturalist, seasonal. Yes, there are programs.

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