PR: Cook County Accommodations Have Rare Openings Heading into the Fall Travel Season

Cook County Accommodations Have Rare Openings Heading into the Fall Travel Season

Gunflint Trail Resort on a lake

Gunflint Trail Resort on a lake

Cook County, Minn. – Sept. 2, 2021 – Now is the time to plan a fall getaway. Cooler temps mean leaf change is on the horizon, the U.S. Forest Service just announced the reopening of portions of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and local resorts have rare openings during peak season for reservations.

Amid concern regarding the wildfires in northeastern Minnesota, lodging properties in Cook County have seen a recent spike in cancellations despite no imminent threats. While the Greenwood Lake, Whelp and John Ek fires all remain active, they are between 5-40 miles away from the homes and businesses in Cook County. Due to drought conditions, the U.S. Forest Service had closed the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) until Sept. 3, however on Sept. 2, the closure order was lifted beginning Sept. 4 for the majority of the BWCAW with the exception of a few notable areas.

Local resorts, lodges and other accommodations are ready to welcome those who have been waiting for a reservation opening.

“Suddenly we have availability – something that’s been tough for people to find this summer. We’re open and ready to host visitors during what most consider the best part of the season,” said John Fredrikson, owner of Gunflint Lodge and Outfitters on the Gunflint Trail. “Now is the best time to visit with cooler temps, fresh air and fall colors.”

Although the drought will likely change the timing and vibrancy of Cook County’s fall color experience, fall colors will occur. Visit Cook County will be posting fall color updates on our social media outlets. Check out our fall color blog from last year for a breakdown of the fall color progression.

“Our local webcam library is another great way to track the fall color progress” said Kjersti Vick, Marketing & Public Relations Director. “These cameras are placed in several locations around the county providing a true snapshot of what is occurring right now in each community.”

To view webcams, including a live video feed of the Grand Marais harbor, visit

For coordinating interview with local lodging owners, as well as photos of Cook County, please contact Visit Cook County Director of Marketing & Public Relations Kjersti Vick at

About Visit Cook County 

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades — most recently it was named USA Today’s Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine’s The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel’s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn. “Naturally Unforgettable.” Connect on social media using #donorthmn, Twitter @CookCoVisitorsFacebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at



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