Cook County Blog

Celebrating 40 years of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 10/17/18 3:04 PM

Happy anniversary to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (commonly known as the BWCAW/BWCA)! On October 21, 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act into law, amending the national Wilderness Act of 1964.

While the 1964 National Wilderness Act included the BWCAW in the National Wilderness Preservation System, the new Act signed in 1978, set the course leading to the wilderness as it is known today. Each year, over 150,000 visitors travel from around the globe to explore the pristine waters that are home to moose, wolves, bears and more.

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Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Grand Portage, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors, Northern Lights & Night Sky, BWCAW

Be Inspired by Nature This Fall in Cook County

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 8/20/18 9:00 AM

Being out in nature is an incredible thing. It’s one of the primary reasons so many fine folks choose to make the journey north every fall. Cook County is the perfect place to be inspired by nature. Stepping out of the towns and into natural areas engages every one of our senses. The views take our breath away. The smells bring us back to our childhood. The sounds of animals, birds and the wind through the trees have a calming effect, washing away the stressors of everyday life. You’ll feel invigorated after spending time in the elements and tasting that first fall brew or exquisite local wine is the icing on the cake.

Simply being out in the wilderness forges connections between the land, our minds and our bodies. It’s no wonder so many of us turn to nature for inspiration.

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Topics: Fall, Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Services, Grand Portage, Kids & Family, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors

Boundary Waters Basics: Insider Tips for Planning a Memorable Family Camping Adventure

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 7/11/18 1:28 PM

The pristine waters. The dramatic, glacially-carved landscape. The seemingly unending wilderness. A trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is a chance to set technology aside and spend days on end out in the elements. Maybe you’ve been wanting to take your family camping in the BWCAW for years but haven’t taken the leap quite yet. Maybe you’re a seasoned BWCAW veteran thinking about taking your little ones in for the first time. Maybe you fall somewhere in-between.

No matter your experience level, a trip into the BWCAW will challenge your family to slow down, work together and to enjoy life’s simplest pleasures. This is the year you transform your family into a Boundary Waters family.

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Topics: Events, Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Services, Summer, Art, History & Culture, Grand Portage, Kids & Family, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors

Visit Cook County – Top 5 Fun Summer Activities

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 6/6/18 8:00 AM

Our Top 5 Fun Summer Activities

Although we love Cook County all year round, there’s something inherently special about summer up north. Its sunny and warm (but not too warm, thanks Lake Superior!). It’s peaceful, but there are lots of things to do. We have hundreds of thousands of visitors in Cook County every summer, but somehow, there’s room for everyone to breathe. Everyone can do their own thing and find fun summer activities to experience and enjoy.

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Topics: Events, Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Services, Summer, Art, History & Culture, Grand Portage, Kids & Family, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors

How to harvest the perfect Christmas tree in the Superior National Forest

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 11/28/17 10:32 AM

How to harvest the perfect Christmas tree in the Superior National Forest

Have you ever harvested your own Christmas tree from the forest? If you are someone who likes to choose your own adventure and drink hot chocolate from a thermos while wearing a festive flannel - Christmas tree hunting is for you! For as little as $5 you can embark on a memory filled adventure out into the forest to find the perfect Balsam fir tree.

What you’ll need to make your outing successful:

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Topics: Winter, Art, History & Culture, Kids & Family, Outdoors

Rare Autumn Rain Storm Creates Raging Waterfalls in Minnesota

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 10/3/17 12:25 PM

 

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Topics: Fall, Grand Marais, Scenic Drives, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors

Swimming Hot Spots - Best Places to Cool off in Cook County

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on 7/6/17 11:40 AM

Swimming Hot Spots

It’s getting to be that time of year! The best place to cool off from the summer heat is the water. This post will tell you the swimming hot spots around Cook County.

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Topics: Summer, Kids & Family, Outdoors

Water Adventures You Absolutely Need to Try in Cook County This Summer

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on 7/3/17 8:00 AM

Summer is finally here and we’re so excited to get out on the water. With the heat rising, it’s important to find ways to stay cool while you’re out having fun. And you’re in luck: Cook County actually boasts more water than it does land, making it the perfect place to cool off from the summer heat. Add some of these water adventures to your summer bucket list:

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Topics: Summer, Kids & Family, Outdoors

Top 10 Things to Do in Cook County This Summer

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on 6/1/17 8:00 AM

With an abundance of outdoor activities, historical museums and dining & entertainment options, there’s an adventure for everyone in Cook County all year round. Cook County really comes to life in summer when days are longer and temperatures are warmer. From kayaking on Lake Superior to fishing along the Gunflint Trail, there’s so much to see and do this summer in Cook County. It’ll be Labor Day before you know it, so we whittled the list down to 10 essential summer activities.

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Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Scenic Drives, Services, Shopping, Summer, Art, History & Culture, Grand Portage, Kids & Family, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors

30 Min. Climbs - Quick hikes around Cook County.

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on 5/24/17 11:46 AM

30 Minute Climbs

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Topics: Summer, Outdoors