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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