Discovering Spring on the North Shore

March 18th, 2024

Discovering Spring on the North Shore: A Stay at Cascade Lodge

Springtime on the North Shore of Lake Superior is an awakening, where the wild beauty of winter gradually transforms into a lush, vibrant landscape, beckoning adventurers and nature lovers. Nestled in this seasonal transition is Cascade Lodge, a haven that offers more than just a place to stay; it's a gateway to the abundant natural wonders of the North Shore. Here's why a springtime stay at Cascade Lodge is the quintessential North Shore experience, from waterfall chasing and scenic drives to landmark visits and culinary delights.

Waterfall Wonders
Spring is the season of waterfalls on the North Shore, and staying at Cascade Lodge puts you in the heart of this natural spectacle. Rivers swell, and waterfalls come to life, creating breathtaking scenes. A short 10 minute hike from the lodge, you'll find the Cascade River State Park, where a series of cascades thunder through a gorge, accessible via well-marked trails. It's an exhilarating experience to witness the power of nature as the winter thaw fuels these magnificent waterfalls.

Hiking Heaven
The area around Cascade Lodge is a hiker's paradise, offering trails for all skill levels. Spring hikes are particularly rewarding, as the landscape is dotted with emerging wildflowers, and the crisp air is filled with the sounds of returning birds. The Superior Hiking Trail, with its trailhead conveniently located near the lodge, offers panoramic views of Lake Superior and the surrounding forests. These hikes not only promise stunning vistas but also a peaceful escape before the summer crowds arrive.

Scenic Drives and Landmark Visits
One of the best ways to take in the vast beauty of the North Shore is by hitting the road. Scenic drives along Highway 61 offer spectacular views of Lake Superior, with plenty of pull-offs to savor the sights. A must-visit landmark is the iconic Split Rock Lighthouse, an hour long drive from Cascade Lodge. Perched on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior, the lighthouse is a historical marvel, and spring offers a unique opportunity to see it set against the backdrop of a blooming landscape.

Culinary Comforts at Cascade Restaurant and Pub
After a day of exploration, Cascade Restaurant and Pub awaits with the warmth and comfort of delicious cuisine. Whether you're craving a hearty breakfast to kickstart your day of adventures or a cozy dinner to wind down, the restaurant offers a taste of the North Shore with every dish and cocktail. The relaxed atmosphere is the perfect setting for reflecting on the day's adventures and planning the next day's explorations.

Paddling Into Spring

For those eager to get on the water, spring marks the beginning of paddling season. While the vast Lake Superior might still be a bit chilly and unsafe for small watercrafts, the inland lakes near Cascade Lodge warm up more quickly, offering serene settings for your first paddle trips of the season. Whether it's canoeing or kayaking, these peaceful waters provide a different perspective of the North Shore's beauty, surrounded by awakening wildlife and budding forests. We especially recommend Sawbill Canoe Outfitters, where you can get outfitted with a canoe, map, and a great advice for a day trip.  

Cascade Lodge truly stands out as the perfect base camp for exploring everything the North Shore has to offer. Its prime location on the trails and in the heart of the North Shore's natural attractions means you're never far from your next adventure. The lodge itself, with its cozy accommodations and friendly staff, ensures a comfortable and welcoming return at the end of each day's explorations.

Springtime at Cascade Lodge on the North Shore of Lake Superior is an experience that combines the thrill of adventure with the solace of nature. It's a time to witness the transformation of the landscape, indulge in the local culinary scene, and embark on outdoor activities that rejuvenate the spirit. Whether you're chasing waterfalls, hiking through blooming forests, or paddling on tranquil lakes, Cascade Lodge is your gateway to it all. 

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