Lake County

wild. rugged. north.

Infinite adventures from
the North Shore to the Boundary waters

Lake County in Minnesota sits along the Lake Superior North Shore from Knife River to Little Marais. It extends north to the Canadian Border, near Ely, MN, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Lake County boasts four gorgeous state parks, including Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Tettegouche State Park, and George Crosby-Manitou State Park. Our state parks offer many miles of scenic hiking trails featuring rivers, waterfalls, and deep forests.

You’ll find breathtaking views of the Lake Superior shoreline, excellent lakeshore resorts, hotels, campgrounds, and endless outdoor adventures! We welcome you to Lake County.

There's snow place like lake county.

When the snow falls, northern Minnesota transforms into a winter wonderland. From snowshoeing or hiking through our scenic state parks, blazing new trails on a sled, or simply soaking in the magical beauty of new-fallen snow, Lake County makes the ultimate winter adventure destination.

Browse our Winter Adventure Guide for winter activity recommendations and tips for a grand up-north getaway.

Bike, Ride, or ski: Just get outside!

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Everyone can do their part to Care for Lake County by following our Leave No Trace principles.

Take the Pledge and receive a free sticker and a mini North Shore hiking guide!

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10 Ways to Get Hygge in Lake County

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Fall Fishing in Lake County

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The Gales of November on Lake Superior

Jump to November Lodging Specials “When the Gales of November came slashin’.” The Gales of November — as most famously illustrated in Gordon Lightfoot’s song, ...
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Upcoming Events

Featured events

Christmas Tea on the Edna G
Dec 17 23
Paul Van Hoven Park in Two Harbors

The Christmas Tea on the Edna G is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Edna G, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the tug, Edna G, which was built in 1896 for the D.M.& I.R. railroad.   The tea starts the day after Thanksgiving, Nov 24th, and is held every weekend [...]
Craft, Shop & Snack
Dec 13 23
North Shore Area Partners in Silver Bay

Join us at North Shore Area Partners for our first ever Craft, Shop & Snack on Wednesday, December 13 starting at 4 pm! Enjoy free snacks while you shop with local vendors for the holidays! Also, we'll have a free crafting activity: Sock Gnomes! There will be a door prize and we'll start selling tickets [...]
Meat Raffle Fridays - American Legion Post 109
Dec 15 23
American Legion Post 109 in Two Harbors

Join us every Friday night for a meat raffle at American Legion Post 109!   Click here for more information!   Click here for other events in Lake County!    
Ugly Sweater Party
Dec 15 23
Silver Bay Municipal Liquor Store & Lounge in Silver Bay

Mark your calendar... tis the season to be UGLY! Join us Friday, December 15th, for our Ugly Sweater Party AND Live music by Rev Limit at 8 pm! The ugly sweater contest will start at 8 pm, with prizes for the Ugliest sweaters, along with Drink Specials all night. See you there!

Explore Our Communities

Beaver Bay

Beaver Bay The oldest settlement on the north shore Beaver Bay (pop. 121) was founded in 1856 by German immigrants. Visit the Tourist Information Center on the east end of town, operated by the Bay ...
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Fall Lake Township and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

In the northern region of Lake County (just east of Ely, MN) you’ll find Fall Lake Township which encompasses a large portion of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).


Finland & Isabella Rugged wilderness & a captivating history Finland From MN-61, just over eight miles north on Highway 1, you’ll find the community of Finland, Minnesota, nestled in the Baptism River Valley and surrounded ...

Knife River

Knife River, MN, was settled by Captain Charles Anderson, a Norwegian seaman born in Oslo in 1840, and his wife Serene. Following the arrival of the Alger-Smith Duluth & Northern Minnesota Railroad, the tiny settlement ...

Silver Bay

Silver Bay, Minnesota A north shore gem Silver Bay, nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains, was homesteaded by fisherman Oscar Pederson in 1920; the captain of the steamship America gave the town its name, who thought ...

Two Harbors

Two Harbors, Minnesota In the late 1800s, the area of Two Harbors was actually divided into two separate communities, Agate Bay and Burlington. In 1907, the two communities merged together and became incorporated and were ...

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