You’ve probably heard us talking about what a fabulous snow year it is on the North Shore so far this year. And it’s true – we have excellent snow conditions which have been so fun for winter adventures.
BUT do you know what else happens as a result of plentiful snow? A spectacular waterfall season! As the hundreds of thousands of acres of melted snow finds its way to Lake Superior, it creates quite the show.
Waterfall Season Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to visit?
Peak waterfall season can vary a little based on how early of a Spring we have. Typically the best dates to see the waterfalls really roar are mid-April to mid-May.
From the smaller pop-up falls on the side of Highway 61 to the tallest waterfall in Minnesota, our area is perfect for exploring this incredible season!
It has been a spectacular waterfall season on the North Shore so far and it keeps getting better! The spring season started off rather dry to the point where we were under fire danger warnings for a little while. Around mid-April, the weather turned and we had a full week of rain. The steady rain melted all remaining snow and got the rivers to really begin to run. Since then, the inland lakes have also opened up which adds even more water. The waterfalls are now flowing at their full glory and we expect they will continue to be spectacular through May.
The unique geologic formations along the North Shore allow visitors to witness breathtaking waterfalls ranging from the highest in Minnesota – the 120-foot High Falls at Grand Portage State Park (pictured above) — to raging falls right in Bluefin Bay’s back yard. If you’ve never experienced our spring waterfalls, it’s truly a sight to be seen, heard and felt. Check out our favorite waterfalls videos below or see our waterfalls page for more information on our favorite hikes.
Biking the North Shore
One of the perks with staying at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts is that we have bikes available for guest use as part of our complimentary activities program. We also have easy access to the Gitchi-Gami State Trail, which is a paved biking path that you can ride all the way from Lutsen to Temperance River State Park. We are excited to announce that this year we purchased 20 brand new bikes to add to our fleet! They are called the Specialized Roll-Sport Low Entry and they are perfect for easy cruising while you gaze at Lake Superior.
The other exciting news is that we have had a warmer than usual spring on the North Shore (and we are loving every minute of it)! So we already have the road bikes available for guest use, which means you can get out and enjoy the sunshine on two wheels. This is probably the first time we’ve ever had bikes available before April! It will be another month or two before we get the mountain bikes out.
We’ll begin our bike & hike tours on April 10th if you want to join us! These tours are complimentary for guests. We start by riding the 2.1 mile section of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail to Temperance River State Park. We then hike along the Temperance River for a little ways and check out the amazing waterfalls. It’s one of our favorite excursions!
Remember to ride responsibly, wear your helmet and we’ll see you on the trails!
Ready For Spring?
The official start of spring is almost upon us. Even though we are still enjoying outdoor winter activities to their fullest, we can’t help get a little excited for all things spring!
Got Spring Fever? We’ve got the cure. Take advantage of our Spring Fever Special and enjoy a FREE night when you purchase two nights (midweek night is free). This amazing deal starts March 22 and runs through May 31.
In addition, the waterfall season is almost here and it’s fair to say that the North Shore of Lake Superior has the best waterfall viewing of anywhere in Minnesota, perhaps the Midwest. This year we’re predicting an exceptional waterfall season. In fact, we are already seeing many rivers starting to put on their spring flow show as the days begin to warm up. You can easily spend a few days driving up and down highway 61 checking out all the wonderful falls. Learn more and get great travel tips for the waterfall season here.
Upcoming spring events and activities:
April 10-12: Easter Weekend activities at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts: Golden Egg Hunt, Saturday Egg Hunt, and Coloring Contest
Spring is officially here. Yippee! It’s the time of year when we celebrate longer days, warm sun, rushing waterfalls, and even one last chance on the slopes or trails for spring skiing.
Got Spring Fever? We’ve got the cure. Take advantage of our Spring Fever Special and enjoy a FREE night when you purchase two nights (midweek night is free). This amazing offer runs now through June 13.
Waterfall season is almost here and it’s fair to say that the North Shore of Lake Superior has the best waterfall viewing of anywhere in Minnesota, perhaps the Midwest. This year we are predicting an exceptional waterfall season. Since we had huge amounts of winter snowfall we’ll see spectacular spring waterfalls! In fact, we are already seeing many rivers starting to put on their spring flow show. You can easily spend a few days driving up and down highway 61 checking out all the wonderful falls. Learn more and get great travel tips for waterfall season here.
We’ll be starting a weekly waterfall segment soon. Look for it on our social media pages where we’ll highlight a different not-to-miss waterfall each week!
In addition, here are a few upcoming spring events and activities you may not want to miss:
April 21: Easter Brunch at Waves Cafe on Lake Superior
April 4-6: Sweetwater Shakedown at Lutsen Mountains & Papa Charlie’s 3-day music festival
When it comes to waterfalls we don’t like to pick favorites. We love them all for their unique settings and impressive displays of rushing water each spring, but the Caribou River is a waterfall hike we never miss this time of year. The Caribou Falls State Wayside is located on the border of Lake and Cook Counties and just a 15-minute drive from Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. The parking area was greatly expanded and paved last year adding to the ease and accessibility of visiting this waterfall.
The ¾ mile long trail winds right along the beautiful cedar lined river with a couple inviting spots to hop out on rocks during the drier months. Continuing on, the trail quickly starts heading up and you will have some great views of the river gorge below. About a half mile from the parking area is a long set of wooden stairs taking you down to a breathtaking view of the 40-foot Caribou Falls. The deep canyon walls and the loud rush of the falls creates a magical and exhilarating experience. Well worth the trek back up those stairs! At the top of the stairs, you will want to continue on up the trail to the large observation deck that sits just above the falls. A perfect spot for a water and snack break as you take in the awesome view of Lake Superior and the river valley below. If you would like a longer hike, this trail also continues on to hook up with the Superior Hiking Trail.
Check out our waterfalls page for more wonderful falls to visit, maps, and viewing tips. Your waterfall tour adventure is even better when you take advantage of our Spring Fever Offer through June 14th. Enjoy a FREE night when you purchase two nights (midweek night is free)!
Searching for Spring? We’ve got Waterfalls and Maple Syrup!
The past weekend’s snow blasted most of Minnesota, including the North Shore, and has us all asking, “WHERE IS SPRING?!”
Up here in Northeastern Minnesota, we love some spring snow. It helps to stretch out the spring skiing season and once it starts melting in a couple days, it will add to the dramatic rush of the waterfalls. Sweet!
Speaking of sweet, the maple trees have been tapped and the sap has been flowing. The local award-winning maple syrup producers have been busy boiling and boiling and boiling the sap turning it into sweet goodness. Yum! You’ll want to check out the operations and purchase syrup and other maple products at these local producers: Caribou Cream and Wild Country Maple Products.
It’s time to think spring and start planning a waterfall and maple syrup tour! Head to our waterfalls page for a list of not-to-miss waterfalls and travel tips to help you plan your adventure. We’ll also be starting a Waterfall Wednesday series on social media where we’ll feature a different waterfall each week with a video, photos, and viewing tips.
Don’t miss these great spring offers:
SPRING FEVER SPECIAL! Gushing waterfalls, breathtaking Lake Superior views, and crashing waves against the rugged North Shore are even better when enjoyed during a complimentary night’s stay! Enjoy a FREE night when you purchase two nights (midweek night is free). Waterfall season is here. For best viewing stay 3 nights for the price of 2!
SENIOR WEEKS SPECIAL! The Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts is pleased to offer a special discount to our Seniors during several weeks of the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons. The spring special runs through May 24th and includes 20% off midweek (Sun-Thurs) stays of two nights or more.
Minnesota State Parks: Family Fun in the Great Outdoors!
Here at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we have easy access to four spectacular MN State Parks featuring waterfalls, rivers, and pristine forests. These state treasures can be explored year-round and offer limitless opportunities for adventure seekers: hiking, biking, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife viewing.
We are almost at waterfall season! All of these parks have spectacular rivers and falls to view as the melting winter snow and ice makes its way to Lake Superior.
Tettegouche State Park: We love this park for its diversity of activity options – you’ll find hikers, bird watchers, climbers and waterfall viewers. Don’t forget your camera for the hike to the spectacular High Falls on the Baptism River. Their beautiful visitor center complete with gift shop and interpretive center is a perfect pit stop during a day of adventure.
George H. Crosby Manitou Park: Who doesn’t want to visit this great park when the description for it is ‘where waterfalls cascade through a volcanic canyon surrounded by majestic forest.’? This park is ideal for those looking for more challenging hiking options and the spectacular views are worth the effort!
Temperance River State Park: This amazing park is practically in our backyard. When the Gitchi Gami paved trail is clear of snow you can even bike or walk there right from all the Bluefin Bay properties! We love the hikes that wind up the river just as much as the walk that leads to the beach for some rock skipping and agate hunting. This is a not-to-miss park during waterfall season!
Cascade River State Park: The name says it all. We love the series of waterfalls that are easily viewed from hiking trails and wooden bridges that wind along the top of this beautiful river gorge.