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.

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Lake County Winter Adventure Guide

Ah, winter! While some folks curl up under a blanket and hibernate during the winter months, resilient Minnesotans find frolicking outdoors invigorating! Enjoying the outdoors …

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Winter Fat Biking Minnesota’s North Shore

Fat biking on Minnesota’s North Shore has become a popular winter sport for biking enthusiasts. Fat biking makes a great workout and offers a significant …

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10 Ways to Get Hygge in Lake County

You’re probably familiar with the famous Danish lifestyle trend of Hygge (pronounced “Hyoo-guh”); the Scandinavian term embraces feelings of coziness, happiness, and comfort by appreciating …

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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.

Upcoming Events

  • 09 Dec
    December 9, 2022
    Register to participate at www.twoharborscurling.com
  • 10 Dec
    December 10, 2022
    Handcrafted gifts, food, baked goods, maple syrup, soaps, jewelry, wreaths, ornaments and so much more!
  • 14 Dec
    December 14, 2022
    Join us for our Holiday Open House & Fundraiser on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 1 – 3 pm! There will be goodies, coffee, tea & hot chocolate, a performance by the William Kelley Senior Choir [...]
  • 14 Dec
    December 14, 2022
    Live Music by Andy Peterson Quartet.
  • 17 Dec
    December 17, 2022
    Join us at our first-ever outdoor Winter Market at the brewery! Local vendors will be set up outside on our patio for some winter fun and festive vibes. Weather depending, the timing for the event [...]
  • 17 Dec
    December 17, 2022
    Live music by Jerry Allan Food and Friends Come join in the holiday fun!

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 …


Fall Lake

Fall Lake Township & the Boundary Waters the World’s Most Pristine Wilderness 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 …



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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