Cook County Blog

It's finally spring in Cook County - 2022

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 5/12/22 3:34 PM

The annual Minnesota Walleye Fishing opener is on Saturday, May 14, 2022! This long and snowy winter is sure to supercharge spring walleye activity. However, due to a late ice-out, and in some cases still ice on the lake, it will be important to be cautious this fishing opener. 

 

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Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Summer, Grand Portage, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors

2022 Waterfall Season Will Make a Splash

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 4/8/22 9:16 AM

Every year, hundreds of thousands of acres of melted snowfall finds its way into Lake Superior and on the way, creates quite the show. With this winter’s heavy snowfall, a significant thaw cycle and predictions for above-average flooding indicate Cook County will have a spectacular waterfall season. Waterfall season typically lasts about three weeks and could begin as soon as mid-April. 

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Topics: Scenic Drives, Outdoors, phenomena

Fall Color Report on the North Shore and Gunflint Trail | 2021 | Updated weekly

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 9/1/21 11:31 AM

Fall is one of the most captivating seasons on the North Shore and Gunflint Trail. Our deep green forests transform into brilliant fields of red, orange and yellow over the course of a few short weeks. Whether your fall color viewing plan is to go for a hike, bike or a scenic fall color drive - we're here to help guide you towards the best activities

COVID-19 update: Our community has worked hard to keep COVID-19 infections low. Businesses in Cook County are operating in accordance with Minnesota Department of Health guidelines and remain open to serve guests. It is strongly encouraged that everyone continue the practices of social distancing, frequent handwashing, use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and wearing of masks indoors and whenever a business has a posted preference. Please adhere to our Visitor Pledge and mask when asked!

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Topics: Fall, Scenic Drives, Outdoors, phenomena

Paddle and Play on the Gunflint Trail

Posted by Lily Nelson-Pedersen on 4/20/21 12:55 PM

Canoeing is a sport that can be intimidating. There are rules about boats, PFD’s, and a lot of flak from experts on how to hold your paddle correctly. But once you know what you’re doing, padding through the BWCAW can be one of the most memorable and influential experiences of your life. To get you started, or “Wet Your Paddle”, Gunflint Trail Outfitters have banded together to offer newbies a chance to try an hour of paddling for free. AND they’ll even give you one of those experts I talked about earlier to teach you how to do it! This program, called Wet Your Paddle, is an incredible deal and a great way to spend a few hours on your annual family vacation learning something new, together! To prepare you for your first Wet Your Paddle adventure, here is some more information on canoeing, the BWCAW, and how to strut your stuff in the backcountry.

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Topics: Gunflint Trail, Summer, Kids & Family, Outdoors, BWCAW

Fall Color Report on the North Shore and Gunflint Trail | 2020 | Updated weekly

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 9/10/20 10:28 AM

Fall is one of the most captivating seasons on the North Shore and Gunflint Trail. Our deep green forests transform into brilliant fields of red, orange and yellow over the course of a few short weeks. Whether your fall color viewing plan is to go for a hike, bike or a scenic fall color drive - we're here to help guide you towards the best activities

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Topics: Fall, Scenic Drives, Outdoors, phenomena

Visiting Cook County: What to Expect This Winter Season up North

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 5/21/20 2:09 PM

For generations, we have been a welcoming destination for friends near and far looking to get away. That will never change. Our community continues to follow COVID-19 regulations, working together to create a safe and memorable destination for you.

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Topics: Summer, Outdoors, BWCAW, Lake Superior

Tell Us A Story - Surviving social distancing through storytelling and imagery

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 3/19/20 2:44 PM

Tell Us A Story - Surviving social distancing through storytelling and imagery 

During this time of social distancing and isolation, let's join together to share stories of your favorite times in Cook County. Tell us a story about the time you encountered a moose on the Gunflint Trail, or when you taught your kid how to skip rocks in the Grand Marais harbor. Tell us about that time you learned to ski at Lutsen Mountains or about how all of your senses were heightened the first time you felt the raw power of nature crash down High Falls in Grand Portage

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Topics: Summer, Outdoors, Northern Lights & Night Sky, BWCAW

Find Winter Adventures on Cook County Trails

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 12/10/19 8:37 AM

Winter means something different to everyone. Up in Cook County, Minnesota, it means freedom. Freedom to explore. Freedom to push your limits. Freedom to adventure to your heart’s content, and then relax and recuperate for as long as necessary. No judgment! Up here, winter slows things down, so you can focus on whatever you need in the here and now.

So… what winter adventures do you want to tick off your bucket list on your next stay in Cook County? Here are just a few for inspiration.

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Topics: Winter, Kids & Family, Outdoors

Our Top 8 Tips for Seeing the Northern Lights in Minnesota

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 11/11/19 12:13 PM

For many, seeing the northern lights is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s a chance to experience the mystical, feel connected with something almost otherworldly and experience natural beauty at its utmost perfection. There is simply no comparison to seeing the northern lights with your own eyes.

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Topics: Winter, Kids & Family, Outdoors

Beware the Gales of November | Lake Superior Storms and Shipwrecks

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 11/7/19 8:00 AM

Beware the Gales of November

Fall is a tumultuous time of year along Minnesota’s North Shore. We’re battered by huge, icy swells that pommel our shoreline. Every day is a gamble. Will the Gales of November make it impossible to take to the water? Or will the lake be still as a sheet of glass? Every year, Lake Superior sees about 30 inches of precipitation, most of which falls May through October. Over the years, we’ve had some truly incredible storms pass through the region, wreaking havoc, sinking ships and making the news.

The Minnesota Sea Grant has conducted extensive research into why, exactly, so many epic storms develop around Lake Superior. It all has to do with climate, and what is going on in the air above the big lake. The experts explain that “collisions between belts of low and high pressure from the Gulf of Mexico and Canada generate the region's wildest storms and blizzards.”

During November, the winds really start to pick up. This is caused by low-pressure systems passing over the lake, bringing on the Gales of November. During this time, wind speeds can easily reach 50 miles per hour, and gusts can exceed 100 mph. In Cook County, this natural phenomenon is a cause to celebrate.

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Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Winter, Grand Portage, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors