Date/Time
Event

September 25, 2020 - April 10, 2021
12:00 am

Bears Hibernate
Bears Hibernate

True hibernators’ body temps drop, their heart beat slows, and they don’t ‘wake up’ when prodded or exposed to loud noises. Black bears, chipmunks, snakes, frogs, toads and some turtles hibernate. Other mammals go into torpor, a state of deep, temporary sleep from which they wake to eat, drink, release waste.

Learn more about bear hibernation.

November 1, 2020 - April 19, 2021
12:00 am

Warmer by the Lake + Sea Smoke Season
Warmer by the Lake + Sea Smoke Season

With an average temp of 42°, Lake Superior acts like a hot water bottle emanating a little warmth up the hillsides. This occurs November through April when daily highs air temps drop below 40°. The warmth sits in the bowl created by the hills. Once you pass the hilltop, temps can drop by 15°.

When very cold winter air meets the relatively warm lake water, fog is created. This fog hovers over the surface and is known as sea smoke. You will most often see sea smoke in January when it is really cold.

December 11, 2020 - April 11, 2021
All Day

Lutsen Mountains Open Daily 20/21 season

Lutsen Mountains | Lutsen MN

2020/2021 Season

Open Daily: Dec 11, 2020 – Apr 11, 2021

Extended Weekend: April 17-18 and 24-25, and May 1-2

*Holiday Dates: Dec 26-Jan 3; Jan 16-18 and Feb 13-15

December 26, 2020 - March 31, 2021
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Cook County Ice Rink Schedule
Cook County Ice Rink Schedule

Cook County Community Center | Grand Marais MN

We plan to have the warming house open every day (except for Holidays) from 1 – 6 p.m.  We have added benches outdoors, so you may skate at any time when the warming house is not open. Skate rentals will be $2 / pair / time and skate sharpening is $5. Skate rentals and skate sharpening can only be done when our warming house is open.

January 14, 2021 - March 29, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Historic Cook County Museum Winter Hours
Historic Cook County Museum Winter Hours

Cook County Historical Society – Museum | Grand Marais Minnesota

Historic Cook County Museum is now open

Hours: Monday: 1-4, Thursday: 1-4, Friday: 10 – 4, Saturday: 10-4

For more information contact the Museum at: 218.387.2883 or email: Katie@cookcountyhistory.org

March 3, 2021 - March 10, 2021
12:00 am

Lake Superior Ice Cover
Lake Superior Ice Cover

Lake Superior freezes over completely once every 20 years, and averages about 50% ice cover. In March 2019, it froze over 91% [pictured here].

March 5, 2021 - March 28, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Reflecting Light Into Darkness
Reflecting Light Into Darkness

Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery | Grand Marais MN

This is the 12th Annual Art Show sponsored by the Spirit of the Wilderness and the Cook County ISD 166 High School Art Class. The exhibit will feature a mix of mediums and artworks by Cook County community members.

The exhibit runs March 5 – March 28.
Gallery Hours: Thursdays 1 – 4 pm; Fridays & Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm and Sundays 10 am – 2 pm.

Face Masks, Social Distancing and Using of Provided Hand Sanitizer Mandatory. Gallery Capacity is only 12 people. We look forward to seeing you!

For more information about the exhibition including to see a gallery of photographs after the opening weekend please visit johnsonheritagepost.org.

March 13, 2021
12:00 am

Best Stargazing March 2021

New moon nights – night when the moon is absent from the sky – make for great stargazing.

Here’s a great way to start – look due north after the sun has set and find the Big Dipper constellation [see photo] with its telltale 3-star handle and 4-star dipper.

In the summer, the dipper is at ‘9-o’clock’ and hangs dipper down.
In the autumn, the dipper is at ‘6-o’clock’ with the dipper facing up/handle to the left.
In the winter, the dipper is at ‘3-o’clock’ with the handle hanging down.
In the spring, the dipper is at ’12-o’clock’ with the dipper facing down/handle to the right.

March 16, 2021 - April 22, 2021
All Day

Moose Lick Road Salt
Moose Lick Road Salt

When temps warm in the spring, roads are salted to keep ice from forming. Like many of us, moose crave a little salt. Carefully drive paved roads – like the Gunflint Trail or Minnesota Highway 1 – at dusk [around 6:30 pm this time of year]. Keep an eye out and be prepared to stop. The same thing happens when temps first drop in mid-November into late December..

See more photos here

March 20, 2021
All Day

Spring Equinox
Spring Equinox

The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of spring – vernal equinox.

March 28, 2021
2:45 pm

Full 'Worm' Moon
Full 'Worm' Moon

Also known as the Sugar Moon

April 12, 2021
12:00 am

Best Stargazing April 2021

New moon nights – night when the moon is absent from the sky – make for great stargazing.

Here’s a great way to start – look due north after the sun has set and find the Big Dipper constellation [see photo] with its telltale 3-star handle and 4-star dipper.

In the summer, the dipper is at ‘9-o’clock’ and hangs dipper down.
In the autumn, the dipper is at ‘6-o’clock’ with the dipper facing up/handle to the left.
In the winter, the dipper is at ‘3-o’clock’ with the handle hanging down.
In the spring, the dipper is at ’12-o’clock’ with the dipper facing down/handle to the right.

April 17, 2021 - April 18, 2021
All Day

Lutsen Mountains Extended Weekend April 17-18

Lutsen Mountains | Lutsen MN

2020/2021 Season

Extended Weekend: April 17-18 and 24-25, and May 1-2

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