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.


Grammy-award-winning country music band Shenandoah will play at the Lake County Fairgrounds on June 14, 2024. Featuring special guest Rafe Carlson. Tickets are on sale now.

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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Upcoming Events

Featured events

Shenandoah "Revival Tour" at the Lake County Fairgrounds
Jun 14 24
Lake County Fairgrounds in Two Harbors

  When country music lovers talk about the most significant groups in the genre, Shenandoah is always at the forefront of any discussion. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as “Two Dozen Roses,” “Church on Cumberland Road,” and “Next to You, Next [...]
Andy Hauswirth @ Larsmont Cottages
Feb 24 24
Larsmont Cottages in Two Harbors

Head to Larsmont Cottages this Saturday for great food and live music from Andy Hauswirth! The music starts at 5 pm and goes until 8 pm, don't miss out!
Bingo at Our Place!
Feb 28 24
Our Place in Finland

Head to Our Place in Finland every Wednesday at 6:30 pm for Bingo! You can win cash, prizes, and free drinks. Must be 18 to play and 21 to drink. Don't miss out!   Click here for more info! 
Bingo at Our Place!
Mar 6 24
Our Place in Finland

Head to Our Place in Finland every Wednesday at 6:30 pm for Bingo! You can win cash, prizes, and free drinks. Must be 18 to play and 21 to drink. Don't miss out!   Click here for more info! 

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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