The large dirt parking lot for this trail is just north of Fernberg Road (County Road 18, MN Highway 169) about 6 miles east of Ely, MN. There are no fees or permits required to park here or to visit the falls.
Need to Know
The trail is short and relatively easy but it has rocks and roots and can be slippery in places if it's been raining. There is a main trail with several side trails to different vantage points overlooking the falls. Be very careful on the rocks above the falls - they can be very slippery if wet and you do not want to slip and fall into the rushing waters below.
The name Kawishiwi in the Ojibwe language means "river full of beaver or muskrat houses". This waterfall is between Garden and Fall Lakes on what was once an important trade route. Native Americans, explorers and voyageurs have portaged around them since time immemorial. The wooded and winding trail down to the falls offers beautiful photo opportunities, as do the falls themselves. The path is relatively easy and can be extended to include the portage trail which is still in use today.
Shared By: BK Hope