Welcome to Lovin’ Lake County
Lake County in Minnesota sits along the Lake Superior North Shore from Knife River to Little Marais and extends north to the Canadian Border, near Ely, MN and the Boundary Waters Canoe area. 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 miles of scenic hiking trails featuring rivers, waterfalls and forest.
Here, you’ll find breathtaking views of the Lake Superior shoreline, amazing lakeshore resorts, hotels, and campgrounds, and endless outdoor adventures! We welcome you here in Lake County.
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“When the gales of November came slashin’.” As most famously illustrated in Gordon Lightfoot’s song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” November can bring violent storms creating gale-force winds that cause gigantic waves and fury on Lake Superior. November has notably been the month where dozens of shipwrecks had occurred. Perhaps the most violent storm…Read More »
Fall may be one of the best times for outdoor adventure on Minnesota’s North Shore. Explore via scenic road trips along the shore and into the wilderness or get moving and hike through gorgeous state parks or along the Superior Hiking Trail. Many locals enjoy hopping on their side-by-sides and riding through Lake County’s scenic…Read More »
The Edna G tugboat was the last steam-powered tugboat to work the Great Lakes. She was built for the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad in 1856 for around $35,000. Her primary role was to assist ore boats of all kinds in and out of the harbor. She was officially retired in 1980, and now the…Read More »
With the signing of the LaPointe treaty of 1854, opening of the Sault Locks in 1855 and the arrival of the Steamer Illinois in 1856, Beaver Bay became the first established community on the Minnesota shore of Lake Superior.View Community »
Two Harbors is a hub for outdoor activities. The town is a section on the Superior Hiking Trail which features 300+ miles of trails alongside Lake Superior. The city also features paved trails within the town. The town hosts the Lake County Fair, The Two Harbors Folk Festival, Heritage Days, and the Two Harbors Kayak Festival. Two Harbors is one of the checkpoints for the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, as well as the start line for the Grandma’s Marathon and the NorthShore Inline Marathon. Two Harbors is a port town with ships regularly coming into port. These ships are easily viewed from the town’s break-wall in the bay.View Community »
Knife River is a small, close-knit community that inspires artisans to call it home. You can arrange for charter fishing at the marina or just explore the expansive pebble beach. The Superior Hiking Trail starts right in town and takes you along Knife River through birch and evergreen forests.View Community »
Silver Bay offers some of the most dramatic scenery and the most visited attractions along the North Shore. Explore Gooseberry State Park, Split Rock
Lighthouse State Park, Palisade Head and Shovel Point - all within a short drive. Inland, the sprawling Tettegouche State Park and its miles of hiking, skiing and snowmobile trails will take you to the wilderness of Palisade Valley and the Superior Hiking Trail.
Finland, Minnesota is nestled in the Baptism River Valley, surrounded by rugged hills and cliffs, called the Sawtooth Mountains. Its rugged isolation made it one of the last areas of Minnesota to be settled. It wasn’t until the late 1890′s that the first Finns and other Scandinavians began to file for homesteads in this remote section of Lake County. These first settlers, who found the area strongly reminiscent of their rugged homelands, endured the great hardships in order to claim their land.View Community »
Explore Our Four State Parks
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Memories await you this summer on the North Shore.Read More »
SHOP LOCAL ~ SAVE RECEIPTS ~ BE ENTERED TO WIN PRIZES! Save your local Lake County shopping receipts dated November 27 – December 20. Add name and phone number to receipts from Lake County businesses and drop in a designated drop box near you. That’s it! You’re entered to win prizes! Head to…Read More »