So I decide to take a trip to northwest Wisconsin and the Minnesota shoreline this May. I check the weather the night before, and notice that they’re expecting snow! This should be interesting, since I was hoping that it might be just a little bit warmer than that. Oh well, the weather in the Midwest can be rather unpredictable.
I visited Amnicon Falls State Park first, and while it’s snowing, it’s not too bad. Then I visit Pattinson State Park, and that’s when it starts to snow noticeably. The temperature is in the 30s, though it’s not terribly uncomfortable. My shoes are soaked from the very wet snow. Because of the cold, I decided rather quickly not to hike the trail from Big Manitou Falls to Little Manitou Falls. I’m in luck because it’s just a short drive from one parking lot to another to view Little Manitou Falls…if I could just find the turn to the parking lot for Little Manitou Falls. I only passed it twice (and noticed that I had passed it) while searching for it.
I park, walk through the slushy snow along the short trail to the falls, and am surprised at the beauty that is in front of me. It’s the smaller of the two falls in the park, but with the snow falling in the background, it’s just beautiful.
There are multiple ways to access the falls.
A) From US-2/US-53 in Superior, head south on WI-35 for 13 miles, following the signs to Pattison State Park. The parking lot for Little Manitou Falls will be on your left (if you’re heading south), and the sign is angled in such a way that it can be hard to recognize at first.
B) If you’re coming from Amnicon Falls, which is relatively nearby, ask for directions from the park ranger. They are very helpful in letting you know which roads to avoid. Signs along the way will help you get to Pattison State Park.
Where in the World is Little Manitou Falls?: map