Seasons in Cook County

Whether it’s summer, fall, winter or spring, it’s always a good time to visit Minnesota. Along the North Shore in Cook County, adventure awaits no matter the season. Up here, seasons change and weather can be unpredictable, but that’s all part of Cook County’s charm. Winds from coming down from Canada can bring a quick chill, but a breeze off Lake Superior on a hot, summer day makes all the difference in the world.

We know how to make the best of our long, cold and wonderful winters. Come spring, we’re ready to hit the trails to enjoy spring bloom and waterfall season. Summertime is spent in, on or around the water, and our fall foliage is simply spectacular. There’s always a good reason to visit Minnesota.

Explore each season below and discover activities and ideas for your next North Shore getaway.


Cook County is the premier destination to view fall colors in Minnesota. Starting in early September, the air turns crisp and clear. Shortly after…


Spring here may bring sunshine and t-shirt weather or a foot of fresh powder – or both, so prepare for all spring activities. 


Summer vacation is what Cook County was made for. It’s a bright and sunny wonderland that stays comfortable all season long thanks to the giant…


There’s no better place to play this winter. In Cook County, Minnesota, winter is long for a reason – fun!

Storm Season

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…

Dark Sky Season

Catching a glimpse of the northern lights is at the top of many "bucket lists". We have created a comprehensive list of some of the best…

Waterfall Season

Hundreds of thousands of acres of melted snowfall finds its way into Lake Superior and on the way, creates quite the show. The roaring rage of…