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THOMSON - It was a much more active spring last year at Jay Cooke State Park.
"We had people hiking through March because the weather was so beautiful," Kristine Hiller with the DNR and Jay Cooke State Park said. "We had a lot of people out and about March and April campers already."
With snow piles still there and less–than-comfortable temps remaining common, camping traffic is much scarcer this time around.
But that is not to say visitors aren't having fun.
"They're snowshoeing still, they're hiking with their hiking boots, coming with their snow pants, they're prepared," Hiller said.
Well-equipped outdoor enthusiasts may still be kayaking down the river and hiking through the trails, but even the most committed golfer cannot get outside and make the best of this spring.
"This might be one of the latest openings we ever had," Matt Carlson from the Cloquet Country Club said.
Fun is still on hold at the Cloquet Country Club.
Local golfers remain haunted by the spring that has yet to arrive, but a warm forecast could make things turn around soon.
"So, a couple weeks is a target date, but a lot can happen between now and then," Carlson said.
Mother Nature can never be relied on, but if all goes well, the hustle and bustle will soon resume at Jay Cooke.
Even if it does not, it could just be the time to toughen up and show spring who's boss.
"You'll fine as long as you're prepared," Hiller said.