Spring in Cook County

Spring North for Adventure

Spring in Cook County is truly one-of-a-kind. A spring day may be sunny and bright but still have record snowfall. It’s also an enjoyably long and diverse season, beginning in March and wrapping up in June. It kicks off with sprinter–the tail end of winter that boasts sunny days, lovely temps and perfect snow for hiking, downhill skiing and snowboarding and cross country skiing.

Then we’ll have a more traditional spring awakening, when ice recedes, groundwater swells and our landscape comes alive with waterfalls, wildflowers and animal activity. Spring is always an adventure. We recommend packing for t-shirt weather, fresh snow and everywhere in between, so you’ll be ready to enjoy it all.


Do things differently for your next spring break adventure. We invite you to head north for a spring break that breaks tradition in Cook County.

You’ll find sunshine and beaches here too, but you’ll be better served at this time of year by a good pair of hiking boots than your favorite flip-flops. Temperatures warm up in March and April, and we often have snow through Easter weekend, and are often able to alpine ski until May! It’s a wild ride, and you’ll love every minute.

Dressing for success on all your outdoor adventures comes down to two words: LAYER UP! Check out our handy infographic for tips on the best layering techniques for spring in Cook County.

Spr↑ng North for Waterfalls

As the inland snow begins to melt, the waterfalls begin roaring like you wouldn’t believe. From Minnesota’s tallest waterfall in Grand Portage to the pop-up falls along Highway 61, waterfall season is truly a sight to behold. Explore more >>

Spr↑ng North for Trails

It always feels amazing to get back out on the trails after spending more time indoors all winter. In spring, you could be skiing, snowshoeing or hiking, depending on Mother Nature’s mood. Explore more >>

Spr↑ng North for Fore!

The golfers out there have been itching to get back out on the course, and spring is a delightful time to dust off the clubs. If the weather is right, you can play 18 and then hit the slopes at Lutsen or enjoy late-season skiing. It doesn’t get much better than that! Explore more >>

Spr↑ng North for Fishing

Cook County holds the state records for largest Chinook Salmon, Pink Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Lake Trout, Whitefish and Walleye. With over a thousand inland lakes plus dozens of rivers and streams, the opportunities to catch a trophy are limitless. Explore more >>

Spr↑ng North for Wildlife

In late May and June, the wildflowers come out in full force on the Gunflint Trail and the North Shore. Plus, all sorts of animals start moving and shaking after hunkering down for winter. There’s never a dull moment, and you can savor it all. Explore more >>

Spr↑ng North for Birding

The Superior National Forest has over 155 different species of birds and has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area. From the shores of Lake Superior to the Superior National Forest and everywhere in between, Cook County is a birder’s paradise. Explore more >>

Spr↑ng North for Paddlesports

The best part about paddling in the spring? No bugs! It’s also a great time to view wildlife. As animals awaken and leaves are just beginning to bud, you can see miles of shoreline from the seat of your canoe. Explore more >>


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