Temperance River State Park

Temperance River State Park is located at one mile north of the town Schroeder on State Highway 61.

It is said the park got its name because, unlike other North Shore streams, the river had no bar at its mouth. At one time, the waters of this particular river flowed so deep and so strong into Lake Superior that there was no build-up of debris. This meant that there was no “bar.” What could you call a river without a bar? For an appropriate, if slightly tongue-in-cheek selection, “temperance” fits perfectly.
— MN Department of Natural Resources

Last weekend, we attended a wedding up north; after the wedding, we visited a couple of state parks and Temperance River State Park was one of them.

Which bridge photo do you like better? I like them both; I like them equally, I am afraid.

Hidden fall is one other attraction in the park.

When we approach the hidden falls, a group of young kids came to greet us. “We are going to jump down the cliff!” one kid said excitedly.

“Is it safe?” I asked.

“Yes. We have two guys down there checking it out and they said okay.”

A moment later, the kid who went down checking came back. “Is it deep enough?” I asked.

“I think so,” He said.

“You have to be 100% sure, okay? Don’t risk,” I said.

Wei positioned himself preparing to take a good photo when the boy jumped. I told him we had to leave. “I don’t want them to jump because of us. If we stay, I am afraid they jump only because they had told us they would.”

After telling them to be careful, we walked away. Right before we were out of their sight, I turned around and saw them waving at us. “OMG, they are going to jump,” I said to Wei.

The kid did, and we did take a couple of photos.

Temperance River State Park is beautiful, but it was the smile on those young boys’ faces that made the trip unforgettable.

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About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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30 Responses to Temperance River State Park

  1. Mother Hen says:

    Wonderful photos Helen! I kind of shudder… the things people do…

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  2. neihtn2012 says:

    I like all three photos!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Hien. The second photo looks smaller here, so it is probably hard to compare. On one hand, I thought it had to be taken in portrait mode, but then I wasn’t so sure. My husband definitely like the landscape one. I didn’t quite understand his reason 😉
      Have a wonderful day.


  3. loisajay says:

    I really like the last photo, Helen. The water looks like soap suds! How did the photo of the (brave) kids turn out?

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Lois. Hope there is no storm damage in your area.
      The photos turns out pretty good… I mean I like them 😉 At first, I posted one photo here, but at the last minute I took it off. I am always hesitated when posting kids’ photos, except photos of my great nephew and niece, which I had a long discussion with my nephew and he said it was okay. I know it’s legal for us to take others’ photo in a public place, but I think we should protect kids. Do I worry too much?
      Can anyone jump off a cliff in a park as long as there is no sign saying not-to?
      (I emailed you a couple of the photos. Hope you like them as much as I do 😉
      Have a wonderful day.

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      • loisajay says:

        Something is going on in WP that is not allowing me ‘like’ a comment…darn it. I know what you mean about kids photos. I had a young boy ask me why I was taking his photo. He happened to be standing next to my husband, who was fishing. Kids were all over the place! I put my camera down and didn’t take any after that. Weird feeling for me.
        Your photos were wonderful–very exuberant, Helen! I loved them.

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  4. Cee Neuner says:

    Beautiful photos. I lived up on the north shore (ages 4 through 8) in Tofte. Nice to see photos of it. 😀

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  5. Woowww, stunning photos Helen!!!

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  6. prior.. says:

    Hi H – wonderful photos – and I like the first bridge photo most – and u tease us wondering what the kids jumping might have looked like – but hearing about it is enough – and very scary to imagine them swimming in there – but if they think it is safe – :0

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Y. After giving some thoughts, I think I will post the kid’s photo on my next post 😉 I think it should be ok to post it, right?
      Water didn’t look clean, I should add. I definitely wouldn’t jump, but that’s exactly why I’d missed a lot of fun. Ha.
      Good night.

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      • prior.. says:

        Yeah / it looked dirty – but also a little unsure about the depth and any jagged rocks.
        And I think it would be okay to share the pics – and if u feel uncomfy maybe u could blur the faces – I might do that in the future

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  7. Dalo 2013 says:

    Beautiful scenes and photos, the 3rd shot is fantastic.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Randall. America is beautiful! We have so many beautiful county parks, state parks, national parks… and all are accessible for everyone! I know you are very familiar with all parks. I haven’t visited many (30, probably) and every time I visit one, I am very excited. 😉
      Have a wonderful day.


  8. Jet Eliot says:

    Wow, lovely rock walls and strong water flow, this park looks so inviting. Enjoyed the story of the boys and all three photos, Helen.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Jet. We have many beautiful parks here. Every time someone asked me why I chose to stay in such a cold place, I thought of our state parks 😉
      Have a wonderful day.


  9. Edward Tan says:

    Such an interesting name, thanks for sharing.

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  10. Lady Oscar says:

    what a beautiful writing! I enjoy reading your daily travelling thoughts. The bridge is very inviting. I wish I could visit as well.
    It is fall. It is still like summer here… enjoy the real fall scene around your beautiful area!

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  11. quabbinite says:

    I think the first picture of the bridge is more appealing. It seems to be localized from the vantage point, allowing for a better angle on the rocks and the water. The second photo seems more removed from the scene but still looks great!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you so much for your comment. The truth is that I took the first photo and my husband took the second one. And I like mine better; he likes his. Ha. I am so glad that you are on my side!!! 😉
      Have a wonderful day.


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