In Spring, Cook County, Minnesota Comes Alive

Spring here may bring sunshine and t-shirt weather or a foot of fresh powder – or both, so prepare for all spring activities. Often you can downhill and cross country ski through Easter weekend.

When the warming sun melts the ice and snow, you’ve got a recipe for wildflowers, frisky critters, and rowdy waterfalls. It’s easy to see why spring in Cook County is a season to remember.

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Feel the Rush of Waterfall Season

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. Check out our waterfall map to plan your adventure.

Begin Your Paddling Season Early

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.


Did you know that Cook County holds the state records for largest Chinook Salmon, Pink Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Lake Trout, Whitefish and Walleye? Well, according to the Minnesota DNR it’s true and with over a thousand inland lakes plus dozens of rivers and streams, it’s easy to see why.


In late May and June, the wildflowers come out in full force on the Gunflint Trail and the North Shore.


The Superior National Forest has over 155 different species of birds and has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area.

FREE birding guide to Cook County MN
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