Amity Falls, Minnesota

Amity Falls in May 2010

Northeastern Duluth contains a number of waterfalls that are very easy to visit. One is known as Lester Falls (or The Shallows). Along a creek, Amity Creek, that runs nearly parallel with the Lester River, you will find Amity Falls. Amity Falls is the easier to find, though if you’re in the area, stop by and visit both. They are less than a mile from each other.

Amity Falls is found in Lester Park. There are numerous pathways that crisscross the park, and I wouldn’t even be surprised if there were some way to walk from Amity Falls to Lester Falls. I’m not sure how easy it would be to describe that path, though. After parking along the main road, you only have a short distance to hike to the falls. A pedestrian bridge crosses right over the falls. One great viewpoint is on the south side of the creek, though it does require a somewhat downhill climb. Another view of the falls is more easily accessed from the north side, though for some reason, I just don’t seem to remember the view being as good. While Amity Falls is not extremely large or tall, it is still a very enjoyable journey.

Directions:

  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 onto Occidental Boulevard.
  3. Go down somewhat less than a mile until the road crosses the river.  Right around that area, you’ll find a makeshift parking area in along the dirt road.
  4. From there, it’s just a very short hike to the falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 20′
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Amity Falls?

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.

Directions:

  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?