The Shallows/Lester Falls, Minnesota

Let me start out by saying that I’m not actually sure whether this is The Shallows. I think it is, but I could be wrong. It is a waterfall on the Lester River, and since it’s the one that I found, I’m calling it Lester Falls/The Shallows.

The Lester River was one of the last stops on my way back to the Duluth Airport. I parked at one of the parking areas along the river, and I wasn’t really sure where to look for the falls. I’m assuming there are smaller ones along the way…I wandered on the right side of the river, and found a trail that had steps that led down to the river. That’s where I found the waterfall of interest. It’s a very nice waterfall, with the rock patterns around it being interesting.


  1. From Duluth, head north on MN-61 for a few miles.
  2. There will be a sign indicating the Lester Park. You’ll turn left on to Lester River Rd.
  3. After going a short distance, you’ll find the parking areas for the park. If you stop at one of those, you should be able to find trails that follow the river.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 20′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

The Shallows (Lester Falls) in May 2010

Where in the World is The Shallows/Lester Falls?


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