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Tettegouche Arch Falls into Lake Superior

By August 23, 2010

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Arch at Tettegouche State Park, before the collapseThe North Shore of Lake Superior is a popular getaway from the Twin Cities for the beautiful scenery and plethora of ourdoor activities. One popular destination is Tettegouch State Park, about an hour's drive north of Duluth. Tettegouche is right on Lake Superior, with its shoreline of sheer cliffs, bays, and dramatic rock formations.

One of Tettegouche's most photographed sights, a rock arch on the shore of the lake, collapsed sometime earlier this week. The top of the arch fell into the lake, leaving just the pillar which once supported the rock bridge.

The Duluth News Tribune has more before and after photographs of the arch, and the pillar that remains.

With care, it's possible to walk out to the shoreline where the arch once stood. Or for a bird's eye view, visitors can hike out along nearby Shovel Point for a great view along the lakeshore, and see the ocean-like crashing waves at the end of Shovel Point, where the rocks meet the lake.

Even without the arch, the view from Shovel Point is still worth the hike, and there's plenty of other things to see and do on the North Shore if you are looking for a peaceful getaway, or action packed adventure. And another reason for a North Shore getaway -  the photo in this article was taken in mid-summer on a day that was as cool as it looks. Sure, the North Shore's mosquitoes are fiercer than the urban ones, but the weather is often much more bearable than the current heat in the Twin Cities.

Arch at Tettegouche State Park before it collapsed. Photo Clara James


August 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm
(1) Jay says:

Wow, and these two pics were just taken last month. Glad I got them. I always wanted sunrise pics of the place. 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaylarson/4916320491/ &  

August 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm
(2) minneapolis says:

Great photographs Jay – thank you for sharing!

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