Spring Activities

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

When the temperatures get above freezing during the day, and stay below freezing at night - that`s when the maple sap starts running. Maple syrup is one of the North Woods` finest delicacies. There are two maple syrup operations in our county, Wild Country and Caribou Cream, both located near Lutsen. They sell their product at their headquarters, as well as numerous stores around the region. You can also take tours during the warmer months. Check Wild Country Maple`s link or call Caribou Cream at 218-336-7841
Location: Lutsen
Spring Skiing

Spring Skiing

We often have good snow into April. That usually means some of the best skiing of the year. Starting in March the days get warmer and the nights are still chilly. The snow crusts over and leads to super fast downhill runs, speedy Nordic trails and fast skate skiing on the inland lakes. The longer days and warmer weather add much to the enjoyment.
Location: County-wide
Waterfalls

Waterfalls

In early spring (usually sometime in April) the snow starts to melt, the rivers thaw, and the waterfalls come alive. The North Shore is covered with rivers and creeks that empty into Lake Superior. Many of these have spectacular waterfalls that are only a short hike inland. A few special ones are Cross River, Temperance River, Cascade River, Brule River (Devil`s Kettle) and Pigeon Falls.
Location: County-wide
Birding

Birding

Watch the North Woods spring to life in early June. The spring birding festival at North House Folk School concentrates on field work in the spring landscape. It also features internationally renowned experts on birding and ecology.
Location: North House Folk School
Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Starting in mid-May the woods and lakeshores come to life with blossoms. Grab a wildflower guide at one of the local shops and wander the many hiking trails looking for marsh Marigolds, Columbines, Trilliums and more.
Location: county-wide
Fishing

Fishing

It almost goes without saying - fishing is one of the most popular activities in the land of 10,000 lakes. Walleye opener usually coincides with Mother`s Day weekend, giving two great reasons to visit the North Shore in mid-May! Other types of fish have various opening dates. Inland lakes have a variety of types of fish, as do the local rivers and streams. The MN Dept. of Natural Resources link below has a neat "Lake Finder" section that tells you all the details of a particular lake. It is also possible to charter a boat to go fishing on Lake Superior. This page has a good list of the options: http://toftecharters.com/ http://www.americasnorthcoast.org/outdoor-recreation/fishing.php.
Location: county-wide
Hiking

Hiking

There are many wonderful places to hike on the North Shore. Perhaps none is as well-loved as the Superior Hiking Trail. The SHT boasts varied terrain, from river banks to hilly maple woods, interspersed with stunning views of Lake Superior. The trail is divided into sections, some easy, some very challenging. One of our favorite is the Oberg Mountain Loop.
Location: County-wide
Spa

Spa

Waters Meet Spa and Wellness Center in Lutsen We value your special time with us, for rest, reflection and renewal. Massage services are provided by members of an association of experienced wellness professionals who work cooperatively at either of the two north shore locations.
Phone: 218-663-7212
Toll Free: 800-258-8736
Explore Grand Marais

Explore Grand Marais

The scenic drive to Grand Marais is a picturesque drive up the North Shore. Experience this quaint harbor village and the wonders of art, culture, dining, shopping, and of course the harbor itself. View the lighthouse and a closer look at moored sailboats. Enjoy a coffee at an eco friendly cafe and then shop the amazing art galleries and studios. Well known for its festivals and events, follow the link below for more information on the Arts Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Fisherman`s Picnic.
State Parks

State Parks

There are opportunities of easy access to four spectacular, year-round state parks near Cascade Vacation Rentals. They are Tettegouche, Temperance River, Cascade River and George Crosby Manitou. Lake Superior is next door to these picturesque parks and their features include waterfalls, rivers, and pristine forests. Adventures range from season to season including hiking, biking, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife viewing. Along the way stop at the historic Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and Gooseberry Falls State Park.
Gunflint Trail

Gunflint Trail

The Gunflint Trail offers a wild, quiet country allowing a step back from the hustle and bustle of the every day world. Enjoy the untamed wilderness, take in the wildflowers, forest and lakes as you drive along the Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway. Experience fishing, cross-country skiing, and wild berry picking.