Photos: Fueled by snowmelt, North Shore waterfalls put on a show


The Gooseberry Falls State Park middle falls flow under a clear night sky.
1 The middle falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park flow under a clear night sky on April 9 on Minnesota's North Shore. 
Tettegouche State Park high falls descends 70 feet.
2 High Falls at Tettegouche State Park is the highest waterfall entirely within the state of Minnesota. Here, the river roars after a full day of precipitation on April 9. The Baptism River drops 70 feet at High Falls as it makes its way to Lake Superior. 
Mist and spray hang in the air over the Cascade River.
3 Mist and spray hang in the air over the Cascade River as it descends through a churning gorge on its way to Lake Superior on April 9 at Cascade River State Park near Lutsen, Minn. 
A toppled tree sits motionless over a churning Cascade River.
4 A toppled tree sits motionless over a churning Cascade River at Cascade River State Park. 
he evening sun shines through the trees along Amity Creek.
5 The evening sun shines through the trees along Amity Creek just before a waterfall that descends into what locals call "The Deeps" on April 3 in Duluth. 
Water from the Gooseberry River roars over the middle falls.
6 Water from the Gooseberry River roars over the middle falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park on April 4. 
A tight shot of the middle falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park.
7 A tight shot of the middle falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park reveal a variety of colors. Tannins from decaying vegetation cause the color of many North Shore rivers, including the Gooseberry River, to appear root beer-colored. 
The Pigeon River drops 120 feet within Grand Portage State Park.
8 The Pigeon River drops 120 feet within Grand Portage State Park at High Falls, marking the border between the United States and Canada and laying claim to the highest waterfall partially in the state of Minnesota. 
The Pigeon River drops 120 feet within Grand Portage State Park.
9 The Pigeon River drops 120 feet within Grand Portage State Park at High Falls near Grand Portage, Minn. 
The Temperance River flows on its way to Lake Superior.
10 The Temperance River flows on its way to Lake Superior within Temperance River State Park near Schroeder, Minn. 
Fog descends among the treetops to Baptism River.
11 Fog descends from the treetops to the Baptism River on April 9 just below High Falls -- the highest waterfall entirely in the state of Minnesota. 
The Cascade River makes its way through a gorge
12 The Cascade River makes its way through a gorge filled with waterfalls big and small Tuesday, April 9 at Cascade River State Park near Lutsen, Minn. 
Amity Creek empties into what locals call
13 Amity Creek empties into what locals call "The Deeps" on April 3 in Duluth. Not far downstream, Amity Creek merges with the Lester River before emptying into Lake Superior. "The Deeps" is a popular and sometimes dangerous swimming hole during the summer. 
Part of the Brule River within Judge C.R. Magney State Park is ice covered
14 The portion of the Brule River within Judge C.R. Magney State Park featuring the Devil's Kettle waterfall remains covered in ice on April 9 near Hovland, Minn. Steeped in mystery and lore for many years, the Brule River splits at this location, with one potion continuing to flow toward Lake Superior and another portion descending into a hole where it seemingly disappeared. The mystery of where all this water went was solved in 2017 when a groundwater hydrologist from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources decided to look into the mystery by measuring the water flow above and below the falls. It turns out, the measurements were the same, meaning the water was reappearing right at the base of the falls. 
The Pigeon River drops 120 feet within Grand Portage State Park.
15 The Pigeon River drops 120 feet within Grand Portage State Park at High Falls. 
Water rushes past trees along Amity Creek.
16 Water rushes past trees along Amity Creek just before a waterfall that descends into what locals call "The Deeps" in Duluth.