Woman injured after hitting rock face at popular cliffside swimming hole


A woman trying to jump into the water at a popular cliff diving spot instead hit the rocks and was taken to the hospital Thursday.

Northland's NewsCenter reports the 30-year-old was at the non-sanctioned swimming hole near Lester Park known as "The Deeps."

According to the Duluth News Tribune, she tumbled while trying to jump into the water and hit the rock face. The paper says she was conscious when taken to St. Luke's Hospital.

Her condition hasn't been reported.

"The Deeps" is a known swimming spot for Duluth residents, a small waterfall along Amity Creek as it heads toward the Lester River, with the opportunity to jump off a 25-foot cliffside into the water. Here's a video of a group diving off the cliff into the water (a YouTube search will pull up even more videos):


It's a popular spot – but dangerous, which is why it's not a sanctioned swimming area, Assistant Fire Chief Dennis Edwards told Northland's NewsCenter.

Neatorama says it's actually a natural basalt formation, and says depending on where you jump from, getting to the water can "require jumping a considerable horizontal distance."

In 2010, a 22-year-old woman suffered a broken pelvis and crushed tailbone when she didn't jump far enough and hit the rock face, Northland's NewsCenter reported at the time.

"If you don't go fast enough, if you get scared you won't commit and you can fall too close to the rocks," her friend told the station.

Another man, in 2013, wrote a first-person account on perfectduluthday.com of narrowly missing the rocks, and swore off ever jumping from the cliff again. Here's his video of it.


The spot isn't a recent discovery. Shorpy has a picture that's dated to 1904, showing a group of young naked boys taking a dip in "The Deeps" – note there is some nudity in the photo.

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