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Beaver Falls

Not many adventurers to the North Shore are aware of the raging rush of water known as the Beaver River Falls. Visible from Highway 61, the falls plummet down over the rocks and provide a perfect place for visitors to have a great hike with beautiful scenery. Keep your eyes peeled from the highway to get a view of the huge stack of four drops that run a course of over 350 feet!

 

This part of the Beaver River runs parallel to the Superior Hiking Trail just before it cuts off the river and back up into the woods. The hike down from the trail to the river will leave you questioning what you’re about to see, but once you get down you will be rewarded with a beautiful sight. If you’re coming from the parking lot, it’s a short, easy walk that brings you right to the waterfall and allows you to explore both upstream and downstream.

 

Much like any other waterfall, the Beaver Falls are most impressive with high water as it is easier to see all the portions of the falls. Some say it’s a struggle to get all the sections into one shot, but others say it’s a plus because there is more to explore! Bring your camera and maybe even a lunch to enjoy with a view. Parents: make sure your kids are within reach—the falls rush at an incredible rate.

 


 

Cascade Vacation Rentals offers the largest selection of vacation rental homes, cabins, hotels and cottages on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our rentals cover a large area from Duluth to Grand Portage and inland up the Caribou Trail, Gunflint Trail and throughout Cook County. View rentals by location (DuluthTwo HarborsSchroederTofteLutsenGrand MaraisGunflint Trail) or category type (pet-friendlylarge homes, inland lake homes, etc) at www.cascadevacationrentals.com.

 


 

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Posted on May 1st, 2017 in Uncategorized |


Lupine

If you haven’t been to the North Shore to see these beautiful purple flowers fill the landscape, you should consider it. It’s something everyone should experience!

 

The Lupine, part of the legume  family (it’s related to peas!), is a distinct flower that displays beautiful colors during its blooming season, drawing spectators from all over the country. It is a cool weather plant that dies down from the heat of the summer and some years may not even put up a stem if the temperatures are too warm (though rare on the North Shore). The plant prefers well-drained, sandy soils that are fully exposed to the sun. Although there are hundreds, wild Lupine and Large-Leaved Lupine are most prominent along the North Shore.

 

The flower itself has an upper and lower portion that is typically blue/purple, but can also be pink or white. The upper and lower parts of the flower have dark blue veins that are forcibly opened by insects to reach their horn-shaped stamen. They typically stand around 8-18” tall and have pea-like flowers that bloom in June. Usually growing in bunches, these flowers will be easy to notice with their vibrant colors sticking out from the green brush typically surrounding them.

 


 

Cascade Vacation Rentals offers the largest selection of vacation rental homes, cabins, hotels and cottages on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our rentals cover a large area from Duluth to Grand Portage and inland up the Caribou Trail, Gunflint Trail and throughout Cook County. View rentals by location (DuluthTwo HarborsSchroederTofteLutsenGrand MaraisGunflint Trail) or category type (pet-friendlylarge homes, inland lake homes, etc) at www.cascadevacationrentals.com.

 


 

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Posted on April 25th, 2017 in Uncategorized |


Cross River Falls

 

Cross River Falls is probably one of the easiest waterfalls to visit along the North Shore of Minnesota, and is definitely worth the visit. Just southwest of the Temperance River State Park, these falls are part of a wayside park that is actually larger than the nearby state park. The falls are literally within feet of Highway 61 and can even be seen from the highway. The first set of falls are up along the Superior Hiking Trail, but the big portion of the falls is the one part of the wayside park.

 

The handy pedestrian bridges make for a great way to view the falls on both the north and south side. The upper portion of the falls is the portion that can be viewed very easily. Just like any other waterfall, the best time to view the Cross River Falls is in the spring when the river is rushing at an incredible rate, so for the best experience you’ll want to visit it soon. However, these falls are big enough that they even rush full speed during the summer months!

 

There’s a special present hidden from your sight when you’re standing on the bridge, though. If you look to the other side of the road, you’ll notice a trail that leads down to another portion of the river. From there, you’ll be able to see the second drop of the falls at an amazing angle that most spectators often overlook. You may have to do some rock-hopping, but the views make it all worth it. You’ll even get a glimpse of Lake Superior through the trees!

 

To get there: Cross River Falls is found right in the town of Schroeder, Minnesota.  Schroeder is found directly along MN-61.  This can be accessed by heading north from Duluth for just over 80 miles.

 


 

Cascade Vacation Rentals offers the largest selection of vacation rental homes, cabins, hotels and cottages on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our rentals cover a large area from Duluth to Grand Portage and inland up the Caribou Trail, Gunflint Trail and throughout Cook County. View rentals by location (DuluthTwo HarborsSchroederTofteLutsenGrand MaraisGunflint Trail) or category type (pet-friendlylarge homes, inland lake homes, etc) at www.cascadevacationrentals.com.

 


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Posted on April 18th, 2017 in Uncategorized |


Why are some North Shore rivers the color of root beer?

If you have explored rivers and lakes along the North Shore you’ve probably noticed that the water is the color of root beer. Why? Well, most people think it’s caused by flood water containing large amounts of silt. However, the actual reason is that North Shore rivers, especially when the water is low, carry tannins from swamps and decaying vegetation that keep its color an amber-brown.

 

One example of this weird phenomenon can be seen in Cascade River State Park. Many spectators have grown to believe the brown water is a result of how fast the water rushes, bringing mud from the bottom of the river with it. With how fast the water rushes down the Cascades, it’s hard to believe that it’s really just sediment being carried along!

 

Many other bodies of water around the world are also root beer colored. For example, our very own Lake Superior sometimes seems reddish-brown. This results from strong winds or rains that launch red clay particles and other sediments into the water. These sediments don’t cause any harm, although we imagine it does give spectators an uneasy feeling as they’re used to that cool-blue water that the lake is known for.

 


 

Cascade Vacation Rentals offers the largest selection of vacation rental homes, cabins, hotels and cottages on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our rentals cover a large area from Duluth to Grand Portage and inland up the Caribou Trail, Gunflint Trail and throughout Cook County. View rentals by location (DuluthTwo HarborsSchroederTofteLutsenGrand MaraisGunflint Trail) or category type (pet-friendlylarge homes, inland lake homes, etc) at www.cascadevacationrentals.com.

 


 

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Posted on April 11th, 2017 in Uncategorized |


The Cross Fox: An Unusual Minnesota Animal

Photo by Jim Raml

 

If you’ve ever seen one of these fascinating creatures, you are one of the few lucky people that have had that chance. The cross fox has a color that is similar to the red fox, but what sets it apart from the other species is its distinct long dark stripe that runs down its back, intersecting another stripe to form a cross over the shoulders. Although not as valuable as silver foxes, the coats from cross foxes were often traded among fur traders. The value of the pelt depended largely on how dark the pelt was; if it was of a paler color, it was less valuable.

 

As for their physical conformation, cross foxes are identical to red foxes but vary in several other ways. They may be slightly larger with a bushier tail and more wool under their feet. Their flanks and sides are a reddish yellow color, while their muzzle, ears, and underparts are black. The tail is usually a mix between the two colors, but is very distinct always displaying a white tip.

 

Cross foxes are found in the northern areas of North America, which is why there have been spottings of these animals along the North Shore. They make up over 30% of Canada’s red fox population! Although they have a different look, cross foxes act in similar ways of any other species of the fox and are found in almost the same habitat.

 


 

Cascade Vacation Rentals offers the largest selection of vacation rental homes, cabins, hotels and cottages on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our rentals cover a large area from Duluth to Grand Portage and inland up the Caribou Trail, Gunflint Trail and throughout Cook County. View rentals by location (DuluthTwo HarborsSchroederTofteLutsenGrand MaraisGunflint Trail) or category type (pet-friendlylarge homes, inland lake homes, etc) at www.cascadevacationrentals.com.

 


 

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Posted on March 31st, 2017 in Uncategorized |